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Deborah L. Rhode

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Deborah L. Rhode is the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, the director of the Center on the Legal Profession, and the director of the Program in Law and Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University. 

Professor Rhode is the most frequently cited scholar on legal ethics and one of the countryís leading scholars on gender, law, and public policy.  She has received the American Bar Associationís Michael Franck Award for contributions to the field of professional responsibility; the American Bar Foundationís W. M. Keck Foundation Award for distinguished scholarship on legal ethics, the American Bar Foundationís Outstanding Scholar Award, the American Bar Associationís Pro Bono Publico Award for her work on expanding public service opportunities in law schools, and the White Houseís Champion of Change Award for a lifetimeís work in increasing access to justice.  She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and vice chair of the board of Legal Momentum (formerly the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund).  She is the former founding president of the International Association of Legal Ethics, the former president of the Association of American Law Schools, the former chair of the American Bar Associationís Commission on Women in the Profession, the former founding director of Stanfordís Center on Ethics, a former trustee of Yale University, and the former director of Stanfordís Institute for Research on Women and Gender. 

She also served as senior counsel to the minority members of the Judiciary Committee, the United States House of Representatives, on presidential impeachment issues during the Clinton administration.

Before joining the Stanford Law faculty, Professor Rhode was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.


Amanda Packel

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As managing director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, Packel coordinates and executes the centerís programs and projects and serves as co-director of Stanford Directorsí College, the leading executive education program for board members and senior executives of publicly traded firms. She also oversees the centerís communications strategy, web assets, and finances, and maintains strategic relationships with corporate affiliates and other key partners. In addition, she conducts research on corporate governance issues, with publications on diversity on corporate boards, leadership, and ethics in nonprofits. Packel serves on the board of directors of The Thirty Percent Coalition, a national organization committed to the goal of women holding 30 percent of board seats across public companies. She is also an advisory board member of the Silicon Valley Directorsí Exchange (SVDX) and a member of the leadership committee of the Stanford Women on Boards Initiative.

Prior to joining the Rock Center, Packel served as executive director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession, where she conducted research on leadership and the changing dynamics of the legal profession and co-authored Leadership: Law, Policy, and Management (with Deborah L. Rhode), a text specifically designed for teaching leadership in law schools.

Packel previously practiced white collar criminal defense and conducted corporate investigations as an associate at Covington & Burling and a senior associate at Orrick. Her experience includes defending individuals and companies against SEC enforcement actions and federal criminal investigations in the areas of antitrust, securities fraud, stock options backdating, public corruption, and off-label promotion. She has also represented audit committees and conducted internal investigations into allegations including securities fraud, the Bank Bribery Act, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Prior to law school, Packel did empirical research and analysis in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. She received her A.B. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Princeton University and a J.D., order of the coif, from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she was an Articles Editor of the California Law Review. After graduating from law school, she served as a law clerk to Judge Marsha S. Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.