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Practicums (2013-2014)

  • Working in teams with lawyers and PhD economists from MedPAC and physicians and fellows from Stanford Hospital, practicum students advised states on two topics: (1) how to reform the scope of practice regulations to expand the healthcare workforce to help meet the escalating public demand for healthcare, and (2) how to design antitrust policy to achieve the benefits of coordination and avoid the costs of consolidation.

  • This Policy Practicum worked closely with the Brookings Institution to aid the Environmental Protection Agency and Office of Management and Budget in developing economically efficient New Source Performance Standards to control greenhouse gas emissions for new and existing coal and natural gas fired electric power plants.

  • This seminar assesses China's competitive strengths in the global solar industry to suggest finance and policy approaches that could allow the United States and China to operate more strategically in an economically efficient global solar market and, by extension, contribute to a globalizing market for cleaner sources of energy.

  • Students in this Practicum supported the Public Interest Law and Policy Group (PILPG), a pro bono international law firm, which is advising civil society groups in Libya on constitutional issues and decentralization. Students developed a legal memorandum analyzing comparative state practice of the distribution of powers between the national executive and provincial level executives in federal or decentralized states.

  • Students worked collaboratively to assist the San Mateo Superior Court in developing and implementing an online mediation process for the Small Claims and Family Law divisions.

  • Working closely with the Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic on an environmental suit against the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, this practicum researches the policy side of a possible remediation regime for polluted surface and ground waters in the Salinas River Valley and Elkhorn Slough.

  • Students will work with policymakers in Sacramento and Washington this fall in evaluating new regulatory and market-based options to address the environmental impacts of energy-related projects.

  • Students will research administrative problems that have plagued recent elections, as well as potential reform proposals.

  • This Practicum is producing the first patent litigation database to comprehensively identify and categorize patent plaintiffs in order to better understand the economic impact of patent trolls and their litigation.

  • By researching options and technologies to bring California courts into compliance with federal and state law, this policy practicum recommends reforms to enhance access to justice for limited English proficient (LEP) litigants and other court users.

  • This Practicum contributes to the analysis of the current state of human rights and the criminal justice system in one or more countries in the Americas, with particular attention to pretrial detention and prison conditions and overcrowding. Students work closely with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to understand the complexity of pretrial detention policies, the deficiencies of prison conditions, and to research options that support due process rights and the democratic rule of law.

  • In teams with social psychologists and a blood donor organization, practicum students analyzed the psychological processes and legal concerns associated with potential changes to donation recruitment techniques.

  • Students worked closely with the U.S. Copyright Office and Register of Copyrights to research a broad array of policy options that may enhance current copyright ownership management, including recordation and registration procedures.

  • Practicum students collaborated with California Law Revision Commission staff to identify, research, and analyze issues related to mediation confidentiality and attorney malpractice.

  • This Practicum assessed options to help develop next generation policy for the Federal Communications Commission in the wake of a court decision striking down core provisions of the Commission’s Open Internet Order of 2010.

  • This practicum developed obesity initiatives for Santa Clara County. Law, medical, and public policy students worked with representatives from the County Board of Supervisors to identify practical strategies for reducing child and adult obesity.

  • Participants will join small interdisciplinary team of faculty and students from the Schools of Law, Education, and Humanities and Sciences to explore scalable interventions aimed at increasing the enrollment at elite universities of high achieving economically disadvantaged students. This project also considers policy options to help colleges, universities, and other academic institutions enhance educational equity by reducing stereotype threat for at-risk minority groups within their communities.

  • This practicum advised the California Law Revision Commission on legal and policy concerns relevant to California Senate Bill SCR 54 (State. Res. Chapter 115, Statutes of 2013), which focuses on state and local government agencies’ access to customer information from communications service providers. Students researched and wrote a full background report, addressing civil liberties, public safety, and the scope of federal preemption in the area, with an emphasis on new and emerging communication services.

  • Students evaluated western states according to the extent to which they allow the transfer of water rights for environmental use and in terms of the regulatory, financial, and social hurdles that such transactions face in each state.

  • Students in this practicum took a close look at key issues raised by one proposed Treasury regulation of hundreds of billions of dollars of annual transactions. They researched the relevant literature, interviewed stakeholders, and, in their individual names, provided public comments and testimony to the Treasury Department.

  • This Practicum contributed to the White House Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) broad efforts to modernize and reinvigorate Federal agency implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Students investigated recommendations for the reform and modernization of NEPA, with particular consideration of legislative and agency calls for various overrides and exemptions to NEPA.

  • This policy lab seminar addressed the legal and policy tools to combat the international wildlife trafficking crisis. Students worked hand-in-hand with the Federal Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking to recommend possible reforms to U.S. and international laws, and transnational enforcement efforts in cracking down on ivory and other wildlife-related trafficking.