Neukom to Return to Stanford in Retirement

By Sajid Farooq
|  Thursday, Sep 15, 2011  |  Updated 4:20 PM PDT
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Now that he is no longer the owner of the San Francisco Giants, Bill Neukom talks about what's next.

Now that he is no longer the owner of the San Francisco Giants, Bill Neukom talks about what's next.

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Bill Neukom confirmed reports Thursday that he will be stepping down as the managing general partner of the San Francisco Giants at the end of the season.

But what's next for the 69-year-old former attorney? Neukom says he will return to his love of the law when his time with the Giants ends on Dec. 31 of this year.

Neukom served as Microsoft's lead legal counsel for 25 years. As a young lawyer working in Seattle, Bill Gates Sr. introduced Neukom to his son and asked him to help his company.

The bow-tie wearing CEO said he plans to dedicate more time to the non-profit organization, the World Justice Project, which focuses on the strengthening of the rule of law for the development of emerging communities.

"As much as I have a passion for baseball, I have a passion for the law," he said. "It's sophomoric, it's audacious. We are trying to make the world a safer, fairer place."

Neukom also said he plans to return to his law school Alma mater and teach.

"(Dean) Larry Kremer, in a major mistake, at Stanford Law School, don't hold it against him, is eager to have me come and teach at my alma mater," he said. "I look forward to doing that"

The details of the arrangement are still being worked out, according to Judith Romero, the associate director of media relations at Stanford Law School.

"We have been in conversation with him, we have extended an offer for him to teach here, and the details are being worked out," she said.

Neukom has a deep history with the Stanford Law School. After graduating from Dartmouth College, Neukom attended Stanford Law SChool in the late 1960s.

Then in 2006, Neuokom donated $20 million for the law school to build a new academic building.

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