Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Three-year federal clerkship placement rates

Interesting chart, though note two things about the data:  first, it includes both district and circuit court placement, without distinguishing between them; and second, it includes only clerkships secured before graduation from law school.  With the current turmoil in the clerkship market, securing federal clerkships after graduation is increasingly common.  One thing that leaps out is that being a regional powerhouse is advantageous for clerkship placement.

May 4, 2016 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Should professors give more feedback before the final exam? (Michael Simkovic)

New research from Dan Schwarcz and Dion Farganis at Minnesota argues that providing students with practice problems and exercises that are similar to final exams and giving individual feedback prior to the final examination can help improve grades for first year law students.

Schwarcz and Farganis tracked the performance of first year students who were randomly assigned to sections, and as a result took courses with professors who either provided exercises and individual feedback prior to the final examination, or who did not provide feedback.

When the students who studied under feedback professors and the students who studied under no-feedback professors took a separate required class together, the feedback students received higher grades after controlling for several factors that predict grades, such as LSAT scores, undergraduate GPA, gender, race, and country of birth. The increase in grades appears to be larger for students toward the bottom half of the distribution. The paper also attempts to control for variation in instructor ability using student evaluations of teacher clarity.

It’s an interesting paper, and part of a welcome trend toward assessing proposed pedagogical reform through quasi-experimental methods.

The interpretation of these results raises a number of questions which I hope the authors will address more thoroughly as they revise the paper and in future research.

For example, are the differences due to instructor effects rather than feedback effects? Students are randomly assigned to instructors who happen to voluntarily give pre-final exam feedback. These might be instructors who are more conscientious, dedicated, or skilled and who also happen to give pre-exam feedback. Requiring other instructors to give pre-exam feedback—or having the same instructors provide no pre-exam feedback—might not affect student performance.

Controlling for instructor ability based on teaching evaluations is not entirely convincing, even if students are ostensibly evaluating teacher clarity. There is not very strong evidence that teaching evaluations reflect how much students learn. An easier instructor who covers less substance might receive higher teaching evaluations across the board than a rigorous instructor who does more to prepare students for practice. Teaching evaluations might reflect friendliness or liveliness or attractiveness or factors that do not actually affect student learning outcomes but that have consumption value for students.  Indeed, high feedback professors might receive lower teaching evaluations for the same quality of teaching because they might make students work harder and because they might provide negative feedback to some students, leading students to retaliate on teaching evaluations.

These issues could be addressed in future research by asking the same instructor to teach two sections of the same class in different ways and measuring both long term student outcomes and teaching evaluations.

Another question is: are students simply learning how to take law school exams? Or are they actually learning the material better in a way that will provide long-term benefits, either in bar passage rates or in job performance? At the moment, the data is not sufficient to know one way or the other.

A final question is how much providing individualized feedback will cost in faculty time, and whether the putative benefits justify the costs.

It’s a great start, and I look forward to more work from these authors, and from others, using quasi-experimental designs to investigate pedagogical variations.

April 30, 2016 in Guest Blogger: Michael Simkovic, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Science | Permalink

Friday, April 29, 2016

Lateral hires with tenure or on tenure-track, 2015-16

These are non-clinical appointments that will take effect in 2016; I will move the list to the front at various intervals as new additions come in.   Recent additions are in bold. Last year's list is here.   

 

*Edward Afield (tax) from Ava Maria School of Law to Georgia State University.

 

*Lisa Alexander (corporate, contracts, housing & urban development law) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison to Texas A&M University.

 

*James Anaya (international human rights) from the University of Arizona to the University of Colorado, Boulder (to become Dean).

 

*Craig Boise (tax, international tax, corporate tax) from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University to Syracuse University (to become Dean).

 

*Zack Buck (health law) from Mercer University to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (untenured lateral).

 

*Michael Cahill (criminal law) from Brooklyn Law School to Rutgers University (as Co-Dean).

 

*Dale Carpenter (constitutional law) from the University of Minnesota to Southern Methodist University.

 

*James Coleman (energy law) from the University of Calgary to Southern Methodist University (untenured lateral).

 

*Eric Dannenmaier (environmental law) from Indiana University, Indianapolis to Northern Illinois University (to become Dean).

 

*David Fagundes (property) from Southwestern Law School to the University of Houston.

 

*Joshua Fischman (law & economics, empirical legal studies) from Northwestern University to the University of Virginia.

 

*Michael Frakes (health law, innovation policy) from Northwestern University to Duke University.

 

*Susan Franck (international economic law & dispute resolution) from Washington & Lee University to American University.

 

*Shubha Ghosh (intellectual property, law & technology, antitrust) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison to Syracuse University.

 

*Joanna Grossman (family law, gender and the law) from Hofstra University to Southern Methodist University.

 

*Grant Hayden (corporate governance, voting rights, labor law) from Hofstra University to Southern Methodist University.

  

*Carissa Byrne Hessick (criminal law, legal ethics) from the University of Utah to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

 

*Andrew Hessick (administrative law, constitutional law, federal courts, remedies) from the University of Utah to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

 

*David Hyman (health law, insurance law) from the University of Illinois to Georgetown University.

 

*Janine Kim (criminal law, race & the law) from Marquette University to Chapman University.

 

*Renee Knake (legal ethics, constitutional law) from Michigan State University to the University of Houston.

 

*Sarah Lawsky (tax, law & philosophy) from the University of California, Irvine to Northwestern University.

 

*Fatma Marouf (immigration law & clinic) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to Texas A&M University.

 

*Thomas Mitchell (property, land use, remedies, rural development) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison to Texas A&M University.

 

*Camille Nelson (critical race theory, criminal law & procedure) from Suffolk University to American University (to become Dean).

 

*Jordan Paradise (food & drug law, administrative law, biotechnology law) from Seton Hall University to Loyola University, Chicago.

 

*Matthew Parlow (land use, urban planning & policy, sports law) from Marquette University to Chapman University (as Dean).

 

*Gregg Polsky (tax, corporate finance, corporate law) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to the University of Georgia.

 

*Lawrence Ponoroff (commercial law) from the University of Arizona to Michigan State University (to become Dean).

 

*Nicholson Price (patents, health law) from the University of New Hampshire to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (untenured lateral).

 

*Greg Reilly (patents, intellectual property) from California Western School of Law to Chicago-Kent College of Law (untenured lateral).

 

*Edward B. Rock (corporate) from the University of Pennsylvania to New York University.

 

*Amy Schmitz (aribtrarion, consumer law, contracts) from the University of Colorado, Boulder to the University of Missouri, Columbia. 

 

*Bruce P. Smith (legal history) from the University of Illinois to the University of Denver (as Dean).

  

*Jane Stapleton (torts, tort theory) from the University of Texas, Austin to Christ's College, Cambridge (to become Master)

 

*Alex Stein (evidence, torts, medical malpractice, criminal law, legal theory) from Cardozo Law School to Brooklyn Law School.

 

*Kristen van de Biezenbos (energy, oil & gas, environmental) from Texas Tech University to the University of Oklahoma, Norman (untenured lateral).

 

*Steve Vladeck (federal courts, national security law, constitutional law) from American University to the University of Texas, Austin.

 

*Gina Warren (energy law, oil & gas law) from Texas A&M University to the University of Houston

 

*Melissa Wasserman (patents, intellectual property, administrative law, torts, innovation law and policy) from the University of Illinois to the University of Texas, Austin.

 

*Ellen Yaroshefsky (legal ethics) from Cardozo Law School to Hofstra University.

 

*Taisu Zhang (legal history, comparative law) from Duke University to Yale University (untenured lateral).

April 29, 2016 in Faculty News | Permalink

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Penn, the new legal history powerhouse on the block

In recent years, Penn has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the academic market for legal historians.  Two recent Penn JD/PhDs in History, Karen Tani and Greg Ablavsky, have secured tenure-track jobs in the law schools at, respectively, Berkeley and Stanford.  Another Penn PhD in History (with a Harvard JD), Anne Fleming, is now on tenure-track at Georgetown Law.  This year, one of Penn's Sharswood Fellows, a legal historian trained elsewhere, secured a tenure-track job at Vanderbilt Law.

I asked Sarah Barringer Gordon, the distinguished senior legal historian at the University of Pennsylvania, how Penn has been so successful?  She wrote:

Our program is designed to be small and highly selective, and we invest substantial time in each student, and ensure that we support our students financially as well as intellectually.  We take only those candidates that we are confident we can train in the substantive fields of their interest and in a demanding program that is grounded equally in history and law. We also work hard to help our students enter the field as fully minted scholars, who have presented their work in multiple venues, taught, and published. We have an in-house workshop where both faculty and students who work in legal history present their work at early stages, an annual speaker series that brings in outside scholars, and we are active in the American Society for Legal History, as well as a consortium of schools that hosts an annual conference for early career legal historians. One of us also co-edits Studies in Legal History, the oldest and largest book series dedicated to legal history.  Of course, Penn has benefited from the overall success of the field of legal history, and we consider ourselves part of a broader community of scholars that is remarkably collegial.  Our legal historians on the faculty include Wendell Pritchett, Serena Mayeri, Sophia Lee, Bill Ewald, and yours truly.  We are proud to be among the strong programs in legal history, but are also committed to remaining small, as legal historians are built one at a time.

UPDATE:  Another impressive Penn-connected success story is the legal historian Christopher Beauchamp, a Cambridge-trained historian now on tenure-track at Brooklyn Law School (he does not have a law degree).  He was also a Sharswood Fellow at Penn's Law School, as well as a Fellow in Legal History at NYU's Law School, before securing his tenure-track post at Brooklyn.

April 27, 2016 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Five Law Professors Named 2016 Carnegie Fellows

They are:  Gabriella Blum (Harvard), Curtis Bradley (Duke), Margaret Burnham (Northeastern), Charles Geyh (Indiana), and Nathaniel Persily (Stanford).

April 26, 2016 in Faculty News | Permalink

Two-year post-docs at the Classical Liberal Institute at NYU Law

My colleague Richard Epstein asked me to share information about these attractive post-docs at his Institute at NYU Law School.  They are open to PhDs in History, Philosophy or Political Science with substantial law interests (a JD is not required).

April 26, 2016 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Northwestern Law School faculty read "mean" student evaluations

Monday, April 25, 2016

Former Berkeley Law Dean Choudhry files formal grievance with UC Berkeley over the attempt to revoke his tenure

Prof. Choudhry's lawyers have shared the grievance letter here:  Download 2016-04-22 Grievance Letter With Exhibits.

I do hope someone in the University of California system will stand up to President Napolitano, whose conduct in this matter is disgraceful.

 

April 25, 2016 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Corporate Practice Commentator's "Top 10" articles of 2015

The Corporate Practice Commentator is pleased to announce the results of its twenty-second annual poll to select the ten best corporate and securities articles.  Teachers in corporate and securities law were asked to select the best corporate and securities articles from a list of articles published and indexed in legal journals during 2015.  More than 540 articles were on this year’s list.  Because of the vagaries of publication, indexing, and mailing, some articles published in 2015 have a 2014 date, and not all articles containing a 2015 date were published and indexed in time to be included in this year’s list.  Because of ties, there are 12 articles on this year’s list.

The articles, listed in alphabetical order of the initial author, are:

Bartlett, Robert P. III. Do Institutional Investors Value the Rule 10b-5 Private Right of Action? Evidence from Investors' Trading Behavior following Morrison v. National Australia Bank Ltd. 44 J. Legal Stud. 183-227 (2015).

Bebchuk, Lucian, Alon Brav and Wei Jiang. The Long-term Effects of Hedge Fund Activism. 115 Colum. L. Rev. 1085-1155 (2015).

Bratton, William W. and Michael L. Wachter. Bankers and Chancellors. 93 Tex. L. Rev. 1-84 (2014).

Cain, Matthew D. and Steven Davidoff Solomon. A Great Game: The Dynamics of State Competition and Litigation. 100 Iowa L. Rev. 465-500 (2015).

Casey, Anthony J. The New Corporate Web: Tailored Entity Partitions and Creditors' Selective Enforcement. 124 Yale L. J. 2680-2744 (2015).

Coates, John C. IV. Cost-benefit Analysis of Financial Regulation: Case Studies and Implications. 124 Yale L .J. 882-1011 (2015).

Edelman, Paul H., Randall S. Thomas and Robert B. Thompson. Shareholder Voting in an Age of Intermediary Capitalism. 87 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1359-1434 (2014).

Fisch, Jill E., Sean J. Griffith and Steven Davidoff Solomon. Confronting the Peppercorn Settlement in Merger Litigation: An Empirical Analysis and a Proposal for Reform. 93 Tex. L. Rev. 557-624 (2015).

Fried, Jesse M. The Uneasy Case for Favoring Long-term Shareholders. 124 Yale L. J. 1554-1627 (2015).

Judge, Kathryn. Intermediary Influence. 82 U. Chi. L. Rev. 573-642 (2015).

Kahan, Marcel and Edward Rock. Symbolic Corporate Governance Politics. 94 B.U. L. Rev. 1997 (2014).

Velikonja, Urska. Public Compensation for Private Harm: Evidence from the SEC's Fair Fund Distributions. 67 Stan. L. Rev. 331-395 (2015).

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The authors represent the following institutions (based on fall 2016 affiliations):  Penn (3), Harvard (3), Berkeley (3), NYU (2), Vanderbilt (2), Columbia (1), Chicago (1), Georgetown (1), Emory (1), and Fordham (1) as well as  the business schools at Duke (1) and Columbia (1).

April 25, 2016 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

Friday, April 22, 2016

Book encouraging law students to be happy is latest target for scambloggers (Michael Simkovic)

Professor Paula Franzese of Seton Hall law school is something of a patron saint of law students. Widely known for her upbeat energy, kindness, and tendency to break into song for the sake of helping students remember a particularly challenging point of law, Paula has literally helped hundreds of thousands of lawyers pass the bar exam through her video taped Property lectures for BarBri.

Paula is such a gifted teacher that she won teacher of the year almost ever year until Seton Hall implemented a rule to give others a chance: no professor can win teacher of the year more than two years in a row. Since the rule was implemented, Paula wins every other year. She’s also incredibly generous, leading seminars and workshops to help her colleagues improve their teaching.

Paula recently wrote a book encouraging law students to have a productive, upbeat happy, and grateful outlook on life (A short & happy guide to being a law school student).

Paula’s well-intentioned book has rather bizarrely been attacked by scambloggers as “dehumanizing”, “vain”, “untrustworthy” and “insidious.” The scambloggers are not happy people, and reacted as if burned by Paula’s sunshine. They worry that Paula’s thesis implies that “their failure must be due to their unwillingness to think happy and thankful thoughts.”  

Happiness and success tend to go together. Some people assume that success leads to happiness. But an increasing number of psychological studies suggest that happiness causes success. (here  and here) Happiness often precedes and predicts success, and happiness appears to be strongly influenced by genetic factors.

Leaving aside the question of how much people can change their baseline level of happiness, being happier—or at least outwardly appearing to be happier—probably does contribute to success, and being unhappy probably is a professional and personal liability.

People like working with happy people. They don’t like working with people who are unhappy or unpleasant. This does not mean that people who are unhappy are to blame for their unhappiness, any more than people who are born with disabilities are to blame for being deaf or blind.

But it does raise serious questions about whether studies of law graduates’ levels of happiness are measuring causation or selection. We would not assume that differences between the height of law graduates and the rest of the population were caused by law school attendance, and we probably should not assume that law school affects happiness very much either.

 

April 22, 2016 in Faculty News, Guest Blogger: Michael Simkovic, Law in Cyberspace, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Science, Student Advice, Weblogs | Permalink

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A big year for law professors at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

The following law professors were elected to the Academy this year:  Bernard Black (Northwestern), Erwin Chemerinsky (UC Irvine), Liz Magill (Dean, Stanford), Trevor Morrison (Dean, NYU), and Peter Schuck (emeritus, Yale).  In addition, Kim Lane Scheppele (now Princeton, formerly a law professor at Penn) was also elected in the "Law" section of the Academy.  Also elected in other sections of the academy were law professors Jack Knight (Duke), elected in Political Science, and John Monahan (Virginia), elected in Psychology.  In addition, two former law professors were elected in the "Educational Administration" section:  David Leebron, President of Rice University (and formerly a law professor at Columbia), and Joel Seligman, President of the University of Rochester (and formerly a law professor at the University of Michigan and other schools).

April 21, 2016 in Faculty News | Permalink

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Harvard Law students demand free tuition as a matter of "financial justice"

Story here.  These students, I fear, do not understand justice.

April 20, 2016 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Partially on-line JD proposed by Syracuse

Monday, April 18, 2016

Princeton Review rankings

The methodology is dubious, but what else is new?  (Anyone going to NYU over Columbia, however, for "career prospects" has made a mistake!  Choose NYU for particular programs or intellectual reasons (the NYU faculty is stronger than Columbia's in many areas), but reputations die hard in the law school world, and Columbia's is still stronger; and see also)

April 18, 2016 in Rankings | Permalink

Friday, April 15, 2016

Maryland's Citron on cyber-harassment...

...in The Guardian.  I still think the crucial move is to repeal Section 230 of the CDA, since it's that provision, more than anything else, that facilitates the vast heaps of garbage that is the internet.

April 15, 2016 in Law in Cyberspace, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Three finalists for the Deanship at Florida State

They are:  Erin O'Hara O'Connor (Vanderbilt), Hari Osofsky (Minnesota), and Heidi Hurd (Illinois).  A strong line up of candidates, as one would expect for a school with a national scholarly profile.  Hurd was a very successful Dean at the University of Illinois, who then got unfairly smeared during an expose of political meddling in admissions.  Kudos to Florida State for correctly assessing what transpired and making her a finalist for their Deanship.

April 14, 2016 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Congratulations to the Chicago alumni and Bigelow Fellows who secured tenure-track jobs this year

Another tight year on the academic law market, though my guess is that when the final numbers are in, there will turn out to be 80 or so new hires, compared to 65 (roughly) each of the last two years (but still way down from the 150-175 pre-recession).  Once again, our alumni and Bigelows did gratifyingly well.  (As in prior years, all our Bigelows secured tenure-track offers, though two of them (one also an alumna) had to turn down the positions for personal reasons.)   Here are the Chicago candidates--alums and Bigelows--who have accepted tenure-track jobs for the fall; they are:

 

Aditya Bamzai ’04 who will join the faculty at the University of Virginia.  He graduated with Honors from the Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Sutton on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, spent two years in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Justice Department, and then clerked for Justice Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C. for five years, three of them as a partner. He is presently Counsel in the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  His research and teaching areas include federal courts, civil procedure, administrative law, property, and national security law.

 

Paul Crane who will join the faculty at the University of Richmond.  He is presently a a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School. He received his J.D. Order of the Coif from the University of Virginia in 2007; he also earned an M.A. in History at Virginia. He clerked for Judge Wilkinson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Chief Justice Roberts on the U.S. Supreme Court, and worked as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General of the U.S., as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., and as an associate in the Supreme Court & Appellate Practice Group at Latham & Watkins, also in D.C., before coming to Chicago. His teaching and research areas include criminal procedure, criminal law, evidence, federal courts, and constitutional law.

 

Ryan D. Doerfler who will join the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is presently a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School. He received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard in 2013 and his Ph.D. in Philosophy, also from Harvard, in 2011. He clerked for Chief Judge Lynch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston during 2013-14, before coming to Chicago. His teaching and research interests include legislation, administrative law, federal courts, jurisprudence, constitutional law, criminal law, and law and race.

 

Cathy Hwang '10 who will join the faculty at the University of Utah.  At the Law School, she was Managing Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law and Co-President of the China Law Society.  She was an M&A associate with Skadden Arps in New York for three years, before becoming an Academic Fellow in the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School.  Her research and teaching areas inclue business associations, contracts, securities regulation, mergers & acquisition, commercial law, and international business transactions.

 

Matthew B. Kugler '15 who will join the faculty at Northwestern University.  He graduated with Highest Honors and Order of the Coif from the Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Law Review and both a Rubenstein Scholar and a Kirkland & Ellis Scholar.  He also has a PhD in Psychology from Princeton University.  He is presently clerking for Judge Posner on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  His teaching and research areas include intellectual property, privacy, property, criminal procedure, and law & psychology.

 

Seth C. Oranburg ’11 who will join the faculty at Duquesne University.  He graduated with Honors and Order of the Coif from the Law School, where he was also a Kirkland & Ellis Scholar.  He worked as an antitrust associate for one year with Cadwalader in Washington, D.C., before becoming a corporate associate at Fenwick LLP in Silicon Valley, where he worked extensively on venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, and other finance issues with the high tech and computer industries. He has been a VAP at both Florida State University and Chicago-Kent College of Law.  His teaching and research interests include business associations, contracts, commercial law, entrepreneurship, securities regulation, corporate finance, and financial institutions. 

 

William Ortman ’06 who will join the faculty at Wayne State University.  He graduated with Highest Honors from the Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Tatel on the D.C. Circuit, and then practiced criminal defense and commercial litigation in his native Iowa for six years, finishing as a partner with Weinhardt & Logan in Des Moines.   He is presently a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School. His teaching and research interests include administrative law, legislation, civil and criminal procedure, criminal law, evidence, federal courts, and conflicts.

 

Vanessa Casado Perez LLM ’09 who will join the faculty at Texas A&M University.  She earned undergraduate degrees in law and in economics from the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, before taking her LLM at Chicago and an SJD at New York University School of Law. Most recently, she was a Teaching Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy and a Lecturer at Stanford Law School. While in the U.S., she has advised Spanish law firms on issues of environmental and natural resources law. Her research and teaching interests include environmental law, water law, natural resouces, and property

 

Aaron Simowitz ’06 who will join the faculty at Willamette University.  He graduated with Honors from the Law School, where he was the Book Reviews Editor and Business Manager of the Law Review.  He clerked for Judge D. Brooks Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and was a litigator for four years with Gibson Dunn in New York, where he worked extensively on international commercial disputes.  He has been an Acting Assistant Professor in the Lawyering Program at NYU Law School and a Lecturer at Columbia Law School (teaching Transnational Litigation and Arbitration) and a Fellow at NYU.  His research and teaching interests include international business transactions, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, civil procedure, conflicts, and contracts.

 

 

One additional graduate has a tenure-track offer, but has not yet decided whether to accept it.  I will update this post when a decision is made.

If you're curious, you can read about some of our recent placements in law teaching herehereherehere and here, and see a more comprehensive listing here.   You can see a comprehensive list of past Bigelows and where they now are here.

April 13, 2016 | Permalink

Monday, April 11, 2016

Journalists with an agenda

You would never know from this article  about the Choudhry case at Berkeley that I spent most of the time talking to this reporter about tenure and the due process rights of faculty--indeed, she had called me because of this.

April 11, 2016 in Faculty News, Legal Profession | Permalink

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Percentage of job seekers who secured tenure-track jobs, by school

MOVING TO FRONT FROM MARCH 17--IF YOU'VE BEEN HIRED, PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR INFORMATION AT THE PRAWFS BLOG LINK, BELOW

As Prof. Lawsky collects the data on entry-level hiring, bear in mind that the total number of graduates on the teaching market varies considerably by school; once all the hiring results are in, I'll post the percentage success rates.  But here are the total number of graduates by school that were on the market this year:  45 from Harvard; 42 from Yale; 29 from Georgetown; 29 from NYU; 21 from Columbia; 19 from Stanford; 16 from Berkeley; 12 from Chicago; 12 from Virginia; 10 from Northwestern; 9 from Michigan; 6 from Duke; 5 from Penn; 5 from Cornell; 5 from UCLA; 3 from Southern California; 3 from Texas.  I know that 75% of the Chicago grads on the teaching market secured a tenure-track job; I'll post the final listing in a couple of weeks.

4/9/16 UPDATE:  So as I surmised awhile back, we seem to be closing in on about eighty tenure-track hires this year, compared to about 65 the last two years.  Based on the data so far, here's how the placement looks for the preceding schools that had at least two placements (the data is not yet complete, however; it counts only JD placements, though some of the gross numbers, above, include some LLM or SJDs, though those appear to be distributed across the schools with the biggest numbers--I'll fix that in the final count when Prof. Lawsky is done collecting the data):

Chicago:  6 of 12 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (50%)

UCLA:  2 of 5 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (40%)

Yale    17 of 42 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (40%)

Stanford:  7 of 19 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (37%)

Michigan:  3 of 9 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (33%)

Columbia:  6 of 21 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (29%)

Harvard:  11 of 45 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (24%)

NYU:  7 of 29 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (24%)

Virginia:  3 of 12 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (25%)

Berkeley:  2of 16 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (13%)

April 9, 2016 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News | Permalink

Friday, April 8, 2016

Four law professors win Guggenheim Fellowships

They are:  Andrea McDowell (Seton Hall), Alexandra Natapoff (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles), David Rabban (Texas/Austin), and Robert Spoo (Tulsa).

April 8, 2016 in Faculty News | Permalink

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Finalists for the Deanship at the University of Minnesota

Here.  An unusual list, only one or two seem like obviously suitable candidates for a major academic law school usually viewed as one of the top 20 or so in the U.S.  But I may also not be well-informed about some of the others.

(Thanks to Susan Franck for the pointer.)

April 7, 2016 in Faculty News | Permalink

In Memoriam: Carl Auerbach (1915-2016)

My former San Diego colleague Bert Lazerow kindly shared the USD Dean's message about Professor Auerbach's passing and his extraordinary career:

I am sorry to inform you that our beloved colleague, Carl Auerbach, died early today at the age of 100, after a short illness.

Carl Auerbach was nothing less than a legend.  His distinguished career of public service, teaching and scholarship began before World War II.  After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1938, Carl worked at the Department of Labor (1938-40) and in the Office of Price Administration (1940-43) before serving in the Office of Strategic Service (OSS) of the U.S. Army in Europe from 1943 to 1946.  His intelligence services as an officer in the OSS and then on the Allied Control Council in Germany were nothing short of heroic and played a vital part in establishing post-war peace and freedom in Western Europe.  When he returned to the U.S. in 1946, Carl served in important positions as General Counsel of the Office of Price Administration and Associate General Counsel of the Office of Economic Stabilization.  In 1946, he entered academia and joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he taught for 14 years before moving to the University of Minnesota in 1961.  Carl then taught at Minnesota for 28 years, serving as dean of the University of Minnesota Law School for seven years from 1972-79.  He joined our faculty as Distinguished Visiting Professor in 1985.   In addition to visiting at USD, he also held visiting appointments at the University of Iowa, University of Utah, UCLA and Uppsala University law schools and at the Hoover Institution at Stanford.

Carl was the author or co-author of three books.  He also published nearly 70 articles on administrative law, civil rights, constitutional law, legal education, law and the social sciences and other significant legal topics, many of them in leading legal journals and other influential publications.  His landmark article “Jury Trials and Civil Rights,” published in the New Leader in 1957, is often credited with providing the blueprint for compromise that led to the passage of the first civil right legislation.  Among his other awards, he was  a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Law Institute. 

Carl was a passionate and popular teacher during the 27 years he taught at our law school.  From 1985 to 2001, he taught two courses each spring, from a menu that included Professional Responsibly, Administrative Law, American Legal History, Legislation and European Union Law.  From 2002 until his retirement in 2012, he taught a seminar on the Law of American Democracy, which drew both on his scholarship and his life-long experience in politics and public service.  In December 2015, the Board of Trustees of USD bestowed upon Carl the title of Emeritus Professor Law.

April 7, 2016 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

President Obama is at the University of Chicago Law School today discussing the Supreme Court and the nomination of Judge Garland...

...which you can watch here.  And if you'd like to know the truth about what's really going on with Supreme Court nomination battles, read this.  (I'm not there, I'm at home working, since the faculty have been thrown out of their offices for the day!)

April 7, 2016 in Jurisprudence, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Professor Bainbridge, corporate "tool"

You knew it was so, didn't you?

April 7, 2016 in Faculty News, Legal Humor | Permalink

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

George Mason's "Antonin Scalia Law School"...

Law school co-deans...

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Most cited intellectual property articles in the last decade...

...though calculated with HeinOnLine, which I've found to be a bit quirky, but perhaps still interesting results.

April 5, 2016 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink