Stanley Chess

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Who is Stanley Chess?

Stanley Chess is an American legal commentator and former bar review course executive.

Chess was Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Daily Sun during the 1968-1969 campus unrest and was a member of the Quill and Dagger society. Following the takeover of Willard Straight Hall, Chess wrote an influential editorial entitled, "Friday Night - Ugly and Stupid" which called for the equal application of law to both black and white students following an episode where white students "joustled" then President James A. Perkins. He graduated in 1969 and received a law degree in 1972.

Upon graduation, Chess organized courses to assist law students to prepare for bar examinations. He became an executive in Barbri. After selling his interests, he started a new venture called Legal America, Inc., which operates a number of law-related websites including,,,, and a legal blog called En Passant.

Chess then founded an alumni association for the Cornell Daily Sun, financing $145,000 of the acquisition cost of an office building for that publication.

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on July 23, 2013


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