Stanford University Law School

In 1893 Stanford hired their first two law professors and began offering legal studies courses. One of those attorney’s was Nathan Abbott, who assembled a small faculty and became head of the program that has withstood the challenges of time to become of the nation’s top law schools. The other attorney hired in 1893 was Benjamin Harrison, who happened to be the former President of the United States.

The Stanford Law School was dominated by students setting up law clubs that encouraged court room training and social ettiquete. The school was also notable for admitting students who would not be admitted elsewhere because of their ethnicity. This included women, Hispanic, Chinese, and Japanese students.

Initially, Stanford’s law program was for undergraduate major and there wasn’t a graduate program. This changed in 1924 when the Law School began requiring Bachelor Degree’s for admission to the school. This was in response to the growing professionalism of law and the high standard that the law industry expected from aspiring lawyers.

After World War II, a period that saw a decrease in enrollment across the nation, Stanford’s Law school diversified due to the changing political climate. In 1965 the school admitted its first black student, Sallyanne Payton who graduated in 1968. More student law organizations started up in response to the change legal climate which was adding new disciplines. An Environmental Law Society was founded as was the Women of Stanford Law group, and the Stanford Chicano Law Student Association.

Daniel Chammas is an experienced litigator in his native Los Angeles area. He specializes in labor and employment issues such as sexual harassment, unpaid wages, wrongful termination, union grievances, and racial discrimination. His clients consist of Fortune 500 companies and premier providers of products and services. He received his Bachelor of Arts from UCLA after which he attended Stanford. In 1999 he graduated from Stanford’s Law School and received his JD.