Stanford Law School Launches Constitutional Law Center

“This is a unique and thrilling opportunity to press for the right answers to critical constitutional questions and to help students at the law school translate theory into practice,” said Shaffer. “To launch this endeavor at Stanford and with Kathleen Sullivan as my colleague is really a dream come true.”

Inaugural Public Lecture by Cass Sunstein on Presidential War Powers September 18

In commemoration of Constitution Day, on September 18 the Center will host its first event, a public lecture by renowned constitutional law scholar and University of Chicago Law School Professor Cass R. Sunstein. One of the nation’s leading legal theorists, Sunstein will speak at Stanford Law School about issues surrounding the president’s war powers, including his right to detain suspects and engage in wiretapping when national security is threatened. For event information[1].

Derek Shaffer to join Stanford Constitutional Law Center

Derek Shaffer graduated first in his class as a Nathan Abbott Scholar from Stanford Law School in May of 2000. For the past five years, he has specialized in complex litigation matters, particularly those involving governmental bodies and unsettled constitutional and statutory questions, while working at Cooper & Kirk, an elite litigation boutique headquartered in Washington, D.C. In 2006, Shaffer obtained from the United States Department of Agriculture an unprecedented payment of full attorney’s fees claimed under the Equal Access to Justice Act after vindicating an elephant handler over the course of protracted, hotly contested administrative proceedings. In 2005, he played a central role on trial teams successfully representing the State of Tennessee in federal district court and then the Sixth Circuit in disputes over proposed Medicaid reforms as they related to governing judicial decrees. Prior to law school, Shaffer graduated first in his class of 1996 from the College of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University; he also achieved preeminence as one of the nation’s top debaters.

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