March 20, 2006
Parisi from George Mason to Minnesota
Francesco Parisi (comparative law, international law, European Union law, law and economics), who is currently Director of the distinguished Law and Economics Program at George Mason University, and who is a hugely prolific and widely cited author in a variety of fields, has accepted a senior offer from the law school at the University of Minnesota. This is turning into a major year for lateral recruitments for Minnesota.
March 15, 2006
Three Senior Hires by Minnesota
The University of Minnesota Law School has made three senior appointments: Thomas Cotter (intellectual property) from Washington & Lee University (Cotter moved to Washington & Lee only recently from the University of Florida); Claire Hill (corporate law, law and economics) from the Chicago-Kent College of Law; and (to a half-time position) Robert Stein (trusts & estates), former Dean at Minnesota, and, most recently, Executive Director of the American Bar Association.
March 14, 2006
Harvard Law Dean Kagan Reported an Early Favorite to Succeed Larry Summers as Harvard President
So claims this story. (The story implies the Arts & Sciences at Harvard needs to be "shaken up," but I know of no evidence suggesting that is the case. Unlike Harvard Law School, which had a history of ferocious appointments battles and lack of tenure standards, Arts & Sciences as a whole at Harvard has not had those problems [though particular departments may have].)
The rumor mill also mentions Anne-Marie Slaughter, former Harvard Law School faculty member, and now Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Whether any of this has any basis in fact is another matter...
March 13, 2006
Baylor's Essary Named New Campbell Law Dean
Baylor law professor Melissa Essary (employment law, torts) has been named the new Dean of the School of Law at Campbell University in North Carolina. The Baylor press release is here and the Campbell release here. (Thanks to Jeff Watters for the heads up.)
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March 11, 2006
Cole Named New San Diego Law Dean
Long-time faculty member Kevin Cole (criminal law and procedure), who is the current Interim Dean at the University of San Diego School of Law, has been named the new Dean, succeeding Daniel Rodriguez, whose aggressive efforts at faculty recruitment and retention clearly established the school as having one of the top 25-30 faculties in the country.
March 9, 2006
The University of Michigan Law School Faculty Bibliography, 1859 to the Present
Michigan has compiled a bibliography of every Michigan Law faculty member since 1859. For students of legal education and law schools, it's a fascinating document along several dimensions: (1) one can chart fashions in legal scholarship over the last century; (2) it reminds one that most legal scholarship, even by faculty at top law schools, disappears into oblivion (ask yourself how many of the papers by Michigan faculty in the 1950s, say, are by (a) authors you've heard of, and (b) of contemporary interest); and (3) it provides an interesting institutional history of Michigan itself, recording, as it were, the school's status as one of the top five law schools for much of the postwar period through the 1980s, and then its slippage from that lofty perch in the 1990s, as many of the top faculty retired or migrated elsewhere.
March 7, 2006
Off to Toronto
I'm off to Toronto tomorrow for this event, and while I have one or two items in the pipeline for later in the week, the next few days may be more quiet than usual. If there is news, and I have a chance, I may post something from up north.
March 4, 2006
Waldron from Columbia to NYU
Jeremy Waldron, who has made many important contributions to political and legal philosophy, and who is currently a University Professor at Columbia Law School, has accepted a senior offer from New York University School of Law. He is the third senior faculty member to move downtown in the last year. His move will also help sustain NYU's position as the strongest law school in jurisprudence in the U.S. (Waldron still has a senior offer from Harvard Law School, so prospective students may want to keep their ears open on that score.) Columbia will, though, continue to have a strong presence in jurisprudence and philosophy of law, with Joseph Raz (who is roughly half-time), Kent Greenawalt, and George Fletcher, among others.
March 3, 2006
Duke's Chemerinsky Declines North Carolina Law Deanship
UNC has posted an unusually candid announcement here on the Law School's homepage:
You may have heard by now that Professor Erwin Chemerinsky has declined Carolina's offer to be the next dean of the School of Law. I deeply regret that this is the case, but I also want to reassure everyone that we are moving forward. Provost Shelton made an extraordinary offer that would have allowed the next dean to do wonderful and important things, especially when combined with other external support. In fact, I believe that the scope of the offer from Provost Shelton is unprecedented at Carolina. It represented a meaningful commitment to advancing the interests of the Law School. Professor Chemerinsky ultimately decided that the resources were not adequate to achieve his goals for the Law School.
One might wonder whether making the grounds of Professor Chemerinsky's decision public will make filling the post easier.