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Fellows

Ron A. Dolin
Research Fellow

Ron received his B.A. in math and physics from U.C. Berkeley before heading to Geneva to work at CERN, the high-energy physics lab. After a few years there, he left for graduate work in computer science, obtaining a Ph.D. from U.C. Santa Barbara with his dissertation on scalable search. Ron ended up as one of the first 100 at Google, and left after several years to get a law degree from U.C. Hastings. Ron is an angel investor, focusing on legal technology startups, and teaches legal technology and informatics at Stanford Law School. Ron is working on a program on legal innovation at Stanford's School of Design, as well as working with Berkeley's Schools of Law and Information, gearing up to teach legal technology there as well. Ron recently gave a keynote talk about the injection of innovation in big law at the G100 meeting of the CIO's of the 100 largest law firms at the ILTA 2013 conference in Las Vegas.

Patrick M. Hanlon
Research Fellow

Patrick M. Hanlon received a doctorate in political science from Harvard University in 1974 and a JD from Harvard Law School in 1976. After a year clerking for Chief Judge Irving R. Kaufman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, he joined Shea & Gardner in Washington DC. For the next 30 years he practiced as a litigator at Shea & Gardner and (after a merger in 2004) Goodwin Procter, concentrating in complex litigation, class actions, and mass toxic and environmental torts. From 2008 through 2011 he was on the faculty of Boalt Hall, where he taught torts and professional responsibility. In 2012 he joined Stanford as a Research Fellow at the Center on the Legal Profession, where he is studying the impact of globalization and technology on the world of “Big Law.” Hanlon has a special interest in examining the forces that that have led to an unprecedented number of law firm failures in recent years.

Deborah M. Hussey Freeland
Research Fellow
650 736.9643

Deborah M. Hussey Freeland earned her Ph.D. in Biophysics from Stanford University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School. She has pursued her primary research interests in Legal Ethics and Law & Science as a Graduate Fellow of the Stanford Center of Conflict and Negotiation, as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Environmental Science and Policy, and as a Science Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford. She teaches Science and the Law, Civil Procedure and Evidence on the faculty of the University of San Francisco School of Law. In 2013 she joined the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession as a Research Fellow, studying trends in legal education and the market for legal services.

Sergio Puig
Research Fellow
650 736.7988

Dr. Sergio Puig is a Lecturer in Law and a Teaching Fellow in the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies (SPILS), as well as a Research Fellow at the Center on the Legal Profession and the Center for Legal Informatics. Sergio’s main academic interests include topics related to international economic law, international arbitration, law and society, and the legal profession. In addition to Research Methods for Empirical Legal Studies and the SPILS Thesis Seminar, this year Sergio will also be teaching International Trade Law.

Molly Selvin
Research Fellow
650 736.9643

Molly Selvin serves as Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs and an Adjunct Professor at Southwestern Law School, where she oversees the JD/MBA program with the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University and the Certificate Program with the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is associate editor of the Journal of Legal Education; and teaches courses in media and the history of public policy. Just prior to joining Southwestern, Selvin served as Interim Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS) where for 25 years she has taught courses on the U.S. Constitution, the uses of history in policy analysis, and the role of the media in public policy. From 1990 to 2008, she was on the staff of the Los Angeles Times, as an editorial writer and news reporter, focusing on civil and criminal justice, the legal profession, local government, land use, and reproductive rights. Selvin has also been a Senior Fellow in UCLA’s School of Public Affairs for several years. In 2012, she became a Research Fellow at the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession, where her research focuses on changes in the market for corporate legal services.