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Brian Leiter
University of Chicago Law School

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Friday, January 30, 2015

K&L Gates tackles "revenge porn," files civil suit on behalf of a victim

Interesting developments, which may do something to make the Internet less of a cesspool than it presently is.


January 30, 2015 in Law in Cyberspace, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Latest LSAC report on law school applications

As of January 23, 2015: 

As of 1/23/15, there are 168,887 fall 2015 applications submitted by 24,097 applicants.  Applicants are down 7.3% and applications are down 9.8% from 2014. 

This represents a smaller drop in applicants compared to the last report, consistent with the apparent trend towards more applications later in the cycle.


January 29, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Simkovic on under-investment in higher education

Here.


January 28, 2015 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Lateral hires with tenure, 2014-15

MOVING TO FRONT--ORIGINALLY POSTED AUGUST 22, 2014

These are appointments with tenure that will begin in 2015; I will move this to the front at various intervals during the year; recent additions are bolded.

*Joshua Cohen (political philosophy) resigned from Stanford University (where he taught in Law, Philosophy & Political Science) in October 2014 to join Apple University.  He will now also be part-time at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

*Matthew Diller (administrative law, social welfare law & policy) from Cardozo Law School to Fordham University (as Dean).

 

*William Dodge (international law, international transactions, international dispute resolution) from the University of California, Hastings to the University of California, Davis.

 

*Elizabeth Garrett (legislation, administrative law) from the University of Southern California to Cornell University (to become President).

 

*Andrew Guzman (international law and trade, law & economics) from the University of California, Berkeley to the University of Southern California (as Dean).

 

*Sonia Katyal (intellectual property, civil rights, privacy, property, law & sexuality) from Fordham University to the University of California, Berkeley.

 

*Gillian Lester (employment law) from the University of California, Berkeley to Columbia University (as Dean in January 2015).

 

*Andrei Marmor (legal philosophy) from the University of Southern California to Cornell University.

 

*Andrea Matwyshyn (law & technology, cyberlaw, privacy) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (untenured) to Northeastern University.

 

*Paul Ohm (law & technology, computer law, privacy, intellectual property) from the University of Colorado, Boulder to Georgetown University.

 

*Dave Owen (environmental law, natural resources, water law, administrative law) from the University of Maine to the University of California, Hastings.

 

*Dylan Penningroth (legal history) from Northwestern University (History Dept.) and American Bar Foundation to the University of California, Berkeley.

 

*James Salzman (environmental law) from Duke University to the University of California, Los Angeles (Law) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (Environmental Science & Management). 

 

*Kenneth Simons (torts, criminal law, law & philosophy) from Boston University to the University of California, Irvine.

 

*Eric Talley (corporate law, law & economics) from the University of California, Berkeley to Columbia University (in July 2015).

 

*Melanie Wilson (criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence) from the University of Kansas to the University of Tennessee (as Dean). 


January 27, 2015 in Faculty News | Permalink

$30 million naming gift for the law school at British Columbia

I wonder if there has ever been a larger gift to a Canadian law school?


January 27, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Rostron & Levit's Guide to Submitting to Law Reviews

Friday, January 23, 2015

"Stop the madness," i.e., the law review submission process

Paul Gowder (Iowa) comments.


January 23, 2015 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

Thursday, January 22, 2015

"Marx, Law, Ideology, Legal Positivism"

The final version of this paper, forthcoming in the Virginia Law Review symposium on "Jurisprudence and (its) History."


January 22, 2015 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

In Memoriam: Henry G. Manne (1928-2015)

Professor Henry Butler at George Mason kindly shared this obituary:

Henry Girard Manne died on January 17, 2015 at the age of 86. A towering figure in legal education, Manne was one of the founders of the Law and Economics movement, the 20th century’s most important and influential legal academic discipline.

Manne is survived by his wife, Bobbie Manne; his children, Emily and Geoffrey Manne; two grandchildren, Annabelle and Lily Manne; and two nephews, Neal and Burton Manne. He was preceded in death by his parents, Geoffrey and Eva Manne, and his brother, Richard Manne. 

Henry Manne was born on May 10, 1928, in New Orleans. The son of merchant parents, he was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Central High School in Memphis, and graduated with a BA in economics from Vanderbilt University in 1950. Manne received a JD from the University of Chicago in 1952, and a doctorate in law (SJD) from Yale University in 1966. He also held honorary degrees from Seattle University, Universidad Francesco Marroquin in Guatemala and George Mason University. 

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January 20, 2015 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

IHE covers the drop in LSAT scores at many law schools

Friday, January 16, 2015

Criteria for awarding endowed chairs or professorships?

Reader Gerard Ambreson writes:

In your capacity of chief commentator on legal education, perhaps you could provide your thoughts on your blog on named professorships/chairs. Some questions it would be interesting to see you address:

What should the criteria for awarding chairs be?  For example, should schools take into account things besides scholarship, such as other contributions to the school, like excellent teaching or service?  Is it appropriate to consider non-legal writings for chairs in law schools?  See, for example, St. John's Law School's Reverend Joseph T. Tinnelly, C.M., Professor of Law, Lawrence Joseph, who may be better known for his poetry than his writing on legal matters?

My impression is that criteria vary with school and often with the particular endowment--many schools have named positions to recognize excellent teaching, for example.


January 16, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink | Comments (5)

Diamond v. some law school critics

These folks are not intellectual heavyweights, but it's decent of Prof. Diamond (Santa Clara) to wade through their messes and confusions and try to shine the light of reason.


January 16, 2015 in Law in Cyberspace, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, January 15, 2015

LSAC: applicants down 8.5% from this time last year

Here.  Another pattern from recent years is more applicants later in the season than in the past, so my guess is total applicants will be down less than 8.5% by the end of the application cycle.


January 15, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Signs of the times: George Washington admits nearly 100 transfer students...

Monday, January 12, 2015

"Constitutional Law, Moral Judgment and the Supreme Court as Super-Legislature"

Here's a draft of the Tobriner Memorial Lecture in Constitutional law that I will be giving at Hastings later this afternoon in San Francisco.


January 12, 2015 in Jurisprudence, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Sunday, January 11, 2015

2015 Report on the State of the Legal Market

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Nice WSJ write-up about New Hampshire's "Webster Program" to train generalist litigators ready to hit the ground running

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Berkeley's Guzman to become Dean at USC

Andrew Guzman, a leading scholar of international law and trade at Berkeley, will become Dean of the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California on July 1, 2015.

UPDATE:  The USC press release.  (Thanks to Bob Rasmussen for sending it along.)


January 6, 2015 in Faculty News | Permalink

Most cited scholars in legal ethics/professional responsibility

Here.


January 6, 2015 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Monday, January 5, 2015

Cardozo Dean Matthew Diller to return to Fordham as Dean in 2015-16

Fordham's announcement here.

(Thanks to John Feerick for the pointer.)


January 5, 2015 in Faculty News | Permalink

Cardozo's Susan Crawford, Miami's Mary Anne Franks and Columbia's Tim Wu named 2014 "Heroes of the Internet"...

...here.

(Thanks to Jason Walta for the pointer.)


January 5, 2015 in Faculty News, Law in Cyberspace | Permalink