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Brian Leiter
University of Chicago Law School

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

One lawyer, one law professor receive MacCarthur Fellowships (CORRECTION: TWO lawyers)

They are:  William Mitchell law professor and Native American advocate Sarah Deer, civil rights lawyer Mary Bonauto, and criminal defense lawyer Jonathan Rapping. 

(These used to be called "genius" awards until it became clear they weren't really being awarded for "genius." Now they recognize people doing innovative [often political or social] work in a wide variety of fields.)

(Thanks to Orin Kerr for the pointer.)


September 17, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Entertaining profile of Hastings Dean Frank Wu

Here.


September 16, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Rankings | Permalink

Monday, September 15, 2014

Chicago Alumni, Bigelows, and Public Law Fellows on the Teaching Market, 2014-15

MOVING TO THE FRONT FOR LAST TIME THIS HIRING SEASON (ORIGINALLY POSTED AUGUST 20)--THANKS TO ALL THE DEANS, HIRING CHAIRS, AND APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE MEMBERS WHO HAVE CONTACTED ME ALREADY!

In order to protect the privacy of our candidates, please e-mail me at bleiter@uchicago.edu to get a copy of the detailed profiles of our candidates, including hyperlinks to their homepages.  All these candidates (but one) will be in the first FAR distribution.

We have candidates this year in a multitude of areas:  tax, estates and trusts, corporations, banking law, criminal law and procedure, civil procedure, arbitration, international business transactions, legislation, administrative law, constitutional law, civil rights, energy law, antidiscrimination law, jurisprudence, insurance law, election law, torts, bankruptcy, commercial law, contracts, securities regulation, financial regulation, federal courts, national security law, corporate finance, privacy law, evidence, comparative law, law & society, conflicts, ADR, and intellectual property.

Our candidates include former Supreme Court clerks, numerous past editors of the Law Review, numerous former Circuit Court clerks, JD/PhDs in Political Science, Linguistics, Anthropology, Business, and History, VAPs and Fellows at other leading law schools, and many experienced practitioners (some with more than six years of experience and scholarly publications).  Several will also help meet diversity objectives in hiring.  All have publications and writing samples.

If when you e-mail, you tell me a bit about your hiring needs, I can supply some more information about all these candidates. 


September 15, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Northwestern's Ronald Allen first law professor to receive China's highest award for non-nationals: the China Friendship Award

Dean Rodriguez has the details.

ADDENDUM:  Colin Picker (New South Wales) points out that one other U.S. law professor appears to have been so recognized.


September 11, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A bit quiet around here...

...I'm at the Yale Political Union later today (where last week they had Al Sharpton and will soon behosting former AG Alberto Gonzalez--I'm not spotting a theme...) and will then be over at Northwestern Law on Thursday with Penn's David Skeel.  But I should have one or two more items this week inbetween.


September 9, 2014 | Permalink

Monday, September 8, 2014

Why Tolerate Religion?

En Francais.


September 8, 2014 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Sunday, September 7, 2014

What's actually going on at Suffolk Law?

Various blogs picked up on a brief, and unsourced, line in a longer story about Suffolk University to the effect that all tenured faculty were being offered buy-outs.  All the tenured faculty?  Really?  I can imagine that like a number of schools seriously affected by declines in enrollments, retirement incentives and/or buy-outs are being made available, but it's hard to see the sense in buying out all your tenured faculty.  If someone from Suffolk would like to confirm or clarify, I'm opening comments for that purpose.  Please include a valid e-mail address (which will not appear).


September 7, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | Comments (2)

Friday, September 5, 2014

In Memoriam: Sanford Kadish (1921-2014)

A giant in the field of criminal law, Professor Kadish spent most of his career on the law faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.  I will post links to memorial notices when they appear.

UPDATE:  Berkeley's memorial notice.


September 5, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Judge Posner "whacks" (truly) Wisconsin and Indiana

It's a very amusing read that lays waste to some rather pathetic arguments.


September 4, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Columbia law professor Katherine Franke joins boycott against University of Illinois...

...and cancels scheduled talk, though she will travel to Urbana-Champaign at her own expense to participate in a symposium about the Salaita case.


September 2, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

New University of Illinois Law Faculty blog

Some papers posted on SSRN during the summer...

...in case they're of interest to anyone who took a vacation from blogs during the summer:

"The Case Against Free Speech"

"Marx, Law, Ideology, Legal Positivism"

"Reply to Five Critics of Why Tolerate Religion?


September 2, 2014 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Signs of a rebound in the legal market?

Some Philadelphia firms are hiking starting salaries.


August 28, 2014 in Legal Profession | Permalink

Gaming the U.S.News.com COLLEGE rankings

The case of Northeastern.  To get a sense of how nuts this is, note that at #49 in the USNews.com list, Northeastern ranks ahead of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Washington in Seattle, both among the top 20 research universities in the United States by normal measures of academic excellence (academic reputation, research funding, membership in National Academies, citations, etc.).


August 28, 2014 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Salaita v. University of Illinois: the Constitutional Issues

Here.


August 27, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ASU's annual "Aspiring Law Profs" conference...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

"Why Tolerate Religion?" now in paperback...

"University of Illinois repeals the First Amendent for its faculty"

More thoughts on the Illinois/Salaita fiasco.  A number of law professors have been outspoken and informative on this issue--Michael Dorf (Cornell), Katherine Franke (Columbia), and Kevin Heller (London), among others--but more need to make their voices heard, especially those of us in Illinois.  This is a travesty, that bodes ill for all our colleagues at state universities around the country.  I hope my esteemed colleagues at the University of Illinois College of Law will speak up.   Many of my friends in the humanities at Illinois worry that the Admin only takes seriously the professional schools and the "STEM" faculties.


August 24, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Friday, August 22, 2014

It's official: Chancellor of the University of Illinois understands neither the First Amendment nor academic freedom

A lawsuit now seems inevitable.  This isn't going to make Illinois Law's Dean search any easier either.  The Board of Trustees has also spoken out in support of the Chancellor's illegal action.  Even in Texas (where, as many readers know, I taught for 13 years), it's been a long time since the Board has done something this inimical to the integrity of the university. 

UPDATE:  The statement by the Board is below the fold for those who are interested:

Continue reading


August 22, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Lateral hires with tenure, 2014-15

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

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

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

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


August 22, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

When the FAR goes live shortly...

...it will once again include the feature that permits one to search by law school attended (a feature that mysteriously disappeared last year).  Judy Areen, the new Executive Director of AALS, tells me they have a first-ever Chief Information Officer that fixed this.  Thanks to Judy and the AALS!


August 20, 2014 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Monday, August 18, 2014

Legal externships, circa 1940

An amusing story, of special interest to Chicago folks.

(Thanks to Dean Rowan for the pointer.)


August 18, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink