February 3, 2006
IP Expert Radin from Stanford to Michigan
Margaret Jane Radin (intellectual property, Cyberlaw, feminist legal theory) will retire from Stanford Law School and take up a professorship at the University of Michigan Law School beginning in fall 2007. She will join Rebecca Eisenberg, a longtime Michigan faculty member, and Jessica Litman, recently appointed from Wayne State, in giving Michigan a quite strong presence in the intellectual property and Cyberlaw areas. Stanford (with Paul Goldstein, Mark Lemley, and Lawrence Lessig) will still remain a leader in these fields, though not as clearly dominant as they were with Radin on faculty.
February 2, 2006
Texas Seeks a New Dean: The Official Ad
I'm on the search committee; so feel free to e-mail me. My own view is that we'd hire someone outstanding who had a PhD, but not a JD, as long as their scholarly work was connected to law and they met the other desiderata.
The University of Texas at Austin
Dean, School of Law
The University of Texas at Austin seeks a highly qualified individual as Dean of the School of Law. The Dean is responsible for providing academic and scholarly leadership and administration to the School; furthering the continued development of nationally recognized programs of instruction, research, and public service; enhancing a collegial atmosphere and learning environment through open and effective interaction with faculty, students, staff, the campus's other units, and external constituencies. As the chief executive officer of the School, the Dean, like the University's 16 other deans, reports to the University's chief academic officer: the Executive Vice President and Provost.
The Dean must be a dynamic leader who can effectively manage a nationally recognized School of Law. In Fall 2005, the School enrolled 1427 students. The tenured and tenure-track faculty numbers 62; the School's operating budget for 2005-06 is $37 million, and its endowment is $158 million. Please consult the School's website at http://www.utexas.edu/law/ for further information.
Candidates for this position should possess the following qualifications:
An earned law degree and distinction sufficient to merit the rank of full professor (with tenure) in the School of Law.
National recognition for accomplishments in education, research, and professional activities.
Successful administrative experience at a significant level with leadership, managerial, and communicative skills.
An ability and desire to lead the School to even greater national distinction and recognition.
Experience in securing financial support for research and educational purposes and in raising funds in the private sector.
Applications and nominations will be accepted until March 3, 2006; after this date the Committee has the discretion to consider additional applicants. A letter discussing relevant experience and accomplishments, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references, with phone numbers and e-mail addresses, should accompany applications. These materials should be sent either by mail or electronically to:
Consultative Committee for the Selection of
The Dean of the School of Law
c/o Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station G1000
Austin, Texas 78712
The University of Texas at Austin is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
Bankruptcy Judge in Texas Savages New Bankruptcy Bill
The full opinion is here: Download monroe_opinion.pdf. An excerpt:
Those responsible for the passing of [the "Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005"] did all in their power to avoid the proffered input from sitting United States Bankruptcy Judges, various professors of bankruptcy law at distinguished universities, and many professional associations filled with the best of the bankruptcy lawyers in the country as to the perceived flaws in the Act. This is because the parties pushing the passage of the Act had their own agenda. It was apparently an agenda to make more money off the backs of the consumers in this country. It is not surprising, therefore, that the Act has been highly criticized across the country. In this writer's opinion, to call the Act a "consumer protection" Act is the grossest of misnomers.
The whole opinion (which is short) is worth reading. Post it in your faculty lounge.
February 1, 2006
UNC Interim Dean Agrawal Named New Dean at Kansas
Gail Agrawal, who is presently Interim Dean of the law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (which presently has its own Dean search underway), has accepted appointment as Dean of the law school at the University of Kansas. The KU press release is here.