Secret Lives of the SLS Faculty

Ever wonder what members of the Stanford Law School faculty are up to outside of the classroom? Here's a look at some little known facts about our faculty.


  1. Janet Cooper Alexander, Frederick I. Richman Professor of Law, Emerita

    "As a graduate student in English at Stanford I was an anti-Vietnam war activist and a Marixist-Leninist-Maoist. I served ten days in jail for violating an injunction against campus disruptions, and in 1971 was suspended for heckling former Ambassador to South Vietnam Henry Cabot Lodge at a speech at DInkelspiel Auditorium. After leaving Stanford I worked in an electronics factory and then became a rank and file union activist, a shop steward, and a local official in a big clerical workers union. I originally went to law school with the goal of being a union-side labor lawyer."
  2. Richard Craswell, Professor of Law

    "When I’m not in the classroom I’m setting famous Contract Law cases to music."
  3. Contracts Songs playlist - YouTube
  4. Michele Dauber, Frederick I. Richman Professor of Law

    "I raise chickens, play bluegrass fiddle and I also used to be a wilderness ranger at Yosemite."
  5. John J. Donohue III, C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law

    "When I'm not in the classroom I enjoy a good game of basketball (especially with my two boys aged 15 and 19 – the latter being a Stanford freshman). I once won the Chicago Bulls-sponsored free throw competition for the City of
    Chicago (when I was teaching at Northwestern Law School)."
  6. Lawrence Friedman, Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law

    "I'm an author of mystery novels. The most recent is A Heavenly Death; the main character is a lawyer..."
  7. Ron Gilson, Charles J. Meyers Professor of Law and Business, Emeritus

    "I spend a great deal of time at a cabin in the Eastern Sierra at just under 8,000 feet. Perfect takeoff point for the back country."
  8. Hank Greely, Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law

    "Poorly playing old person’s tennis doubles - lots of lobs, drops, and spins.
    Watching Stanford football, Stanford women’s and men’s soccer, San Jose Earthquakes soccer, and the San Francisco Ballet. I suspect my wife and I are the only people in the world with season tickets to all of those events!"
  9. Mark Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor of Law

    "When not in the classroom you can find me playing video games (at this writing, Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)."
  10. Mark Kelman, James C. Gaither Professor of Law and Vice Dean

    "If I'm not in the classroom -- and yet am REALLY in a good mood -- I am probably working on a novel."
  11. Janet Martinez, Senior Lecturer in Law

    "You can find me rowing at the Dolphin Club in San Francisco Bay, practicing piano or picking grapes to make wine at friends' vineyard."
  12. Miguel Mendez, Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law, Emeritus

    "When I'm not in the classroom, you can find me at the gym or running the Dish."
  13. Joan Petersilia, Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law

    "When I am not in the classroom you can find me doing any type of arts and crafts. My latest craze is mosaic tiling."
  14. A. Mitchell Polinsky, Josephine Scott Crocker Professor of Law and Economics

    "When I'm not in the classroom or at my desk, you can find me in the Great Basin flying a glider."