January 11, 2006
Corporate Law Scholar Hurt from Marquette to Illinois
Christine Hurt (corporate law), currently Assistant Professor of Law at Marquette University, has accepted a tenure-track offer from the law school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I don't usually announce junior lateral moves, but Professor Hurt is a UT Law grad whom I had the pleasure of advising when she first sought teaching jobs a few years ago and, in addition, she is better-known than most junior faculty thanks to her contributions to a well-known business law blog. Her appointment continues the aggressive lateral recruitment efforts of Illinois during the tenure of Dean Heidi Hurd.
January 10, 2006
Another Loss for Iowa: Brinig Accepts Chair at Notre Dame
Margaret Brinig, a leading scholar in family law and law and economics who moved to Iowa from George Mason in 1999, has now accepted a chair in the law school at the University of Notre Dame. That's an important hire for Notre Dame, which has not had a significant presence previously in law and economics.
Blanck from Iowa to University Professorship at Syracuse
This news is a bit old, but still noteworthy since I missed it when it was fresh: Peter Blanck, a leading scholar in the disability law field and in law and psychology, has left the University of Iowa for a University Professorship at Syracuse University, with an appointment in the College of Law, among other units. That's a big catch for Syracuse, and continues the noticeable exodus of senior faculty from Iowa over the last decade (which includes Robert Clinton and Michael Saks to Arizona State, James Anaya to Arizona, and Randall Thomas to Vanderbilt, among others). On the other hand, some of the best-known faculty at Iowa (like Herbert Hovenkamp, Steven Burton, and Adrienne Wing) remain.
January 9, 2006
Profile of Roy Mersky, Law Librarian Extraordinaire
For forty years, UT has enjoyed the services of Roy Mersky, whom Yale's Blair Kauffman once called "the emperor of worldwide law librarianship," in recognition of his enormous influence in setting the standard for service and professionalism in the field, in large part through training so many other law librarians. There is now a nice profile of Mersky in the current UT alumni magazine, which some readers may enjoy. It includes interesting details of his WWII experience, though less, alas, about the harassment he suffered during the McCarthy years or in the 1960s when he challenged the display of a cross on public buildings in Austin. Those interesting stories will have to wait for the full-length biography!
January 5, 2006
Welsh White (1940-2005)
The University of Pittsburgh memorial notice is here.
January 4, 2006
Laycock & Sullivan from Texas to Michigan
Teresa Sullivan, a professor of sociology and law at the University of Texas at Austin and current Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs for the University of Texas System, has accepted appointment as Provost at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her husband, my esteemed colleague Douglas Laycock (constitutional law, remedies), has accepted an appointment in the Law School at Michigan.
This is a big coup for Michigan, which had first tried to hire Laycock away from Texas more than a dozen years ago. Laycock will give Michigan for the first time in awhile a major senior scholar in constitutional law, as well as the nation's leading authority on the law of remedies. The UT news item on Professor Laycock's distinguished career and contributions during nearly a quarter-century at Texas is here. The Michigan press release is here.
Doug and Terry shall be missed in Austin!