Paul Brest is Former Dean and Professor Emeritus (active) at Stanford Law School, a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and co-director of the Stanford Law and Policy Lab. He was President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from 2000-2012.
Mr. Brest received an A.B. from Swarthmore College in 1962 and an LL.B from Harvard Law School in 1965. In the 1960s, Mr. Brest served as a law clerk to Judge Bailey Aldrich and Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan. He later practiced with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in Jackson, Mississippi doing civil rights litigation before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1969. At Stanford his research and teaching focused on constitutional law and problem solving/decision making. He served as the Dean of Stanfrod Law School from 1987 to 1999,
Together with Hal Harvey, Mr. Brest co-authored Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy (Bloomberg Press, 2008). He is also co-author of Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (5th ed. 2007) and Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment (forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2010).