May 31, 2006
More Scrutiny of the U.S. News Rankings...
UPDATE: And one more!
May 30, 2006
New Study of Placement in Law Teaching
This newest study looked at which schools were most successful at placing their graduates in the "best" law teaching jobs. The results are not significantly different from the results based on aggregating Larry Solum's data on all placements, though there are some clearer lines to be drawn.
May 26, 2006
New Paper: "Why Tolerate Religion?"
I have posted a new paper--the subject of my 'Or 'Emet Lecture at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto this past March--on the subject: "Why Tolerate Religion?" You may download the working draft here. Comments are welcome. Here is the abstract:
Religious toleration has long been the paradigm of the liberal ideal of toleration of group differences, as reflected in both the constitutions of the major Western democracies and in the theoretical literature explaining and justifying these practices. While the historical reasons for the special “pride of place” accorded religious toleration are familiar, what is surprising is that no one has been able to articulate a credible principled argument for tolerating religion qua religion: that is, an argument that would explain why, as a matter of moral or other principle, we ought to accord special legal and moral treatment to religious practices. There are, to be sure, principled arguments for why the state ought to tolerate a plethora of private choices, commitments, and practices of its citizenry, but none of these single out religion for anything like the special treatment it is accorded in, for example, American and Canadian constitutional law. So why tolerate religion? Not because of anything that has to do with it being religion as such—or so this paper argues.
Tracking Changes to the U.S. News Ranking Criteria
May 25, 2006
Swaine from Wharton School to GW
Edward Swaine (international law, antitrust, foreign relations law), an Associate Professor of Legal Studies at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, who also holds a secondary appointment in the Law School at Penn, has accepted a tenure-track offer from the law school at George Washington University, to start in the fall.
May 24, 2006
Pildes Turns Down Harvard, To Remain at NYU
Richard Pildes (constitutional law, voting rights) at New York University School of Law has declined the senior offer from Harvard Law School.
May 23, 2006
Labor Law Expert Fischl from Miami to Connecticut
Richard Michael Fischl (labor law, Critical Legal Studies), a longtime member of the law faculty at the University of Miami, has accepted a senior offer from the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford.
May 22, 2006
Penn Makes Bid for Yoo at Vanderbilt
Christopher Yoo (law & technology, copyright, telecommunications law) at Vanderbilt University has received a senior offer from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
May 20, 2006
Meares from Chicago to Yale
Tracey Meares (criminal law & procedure) at the University of Chicago Law School has accepted a senior offer from Yale Law School. Meares's former colleague and occasional co-author Dan Kahan (criminal law & procedure) moved from Chicago to Yale in 1999.
Yale, which also hired Heather Gerken (election law, voting rights) from Harvard this year, will be announcing one more senior hire of a woman from the Harvard faculty before long--or so I am told.
May 19, 2006
Congratulations UT Law Class of 2006!
It's been a pleasure and privilege to have had the opportunity to work with many of you during your time in the Law School. I'm sure I speak for all my colleagues in wishing you much professional success and personal happiness in the years ahead. I look forward to seeing many of you at tomorrow's graduation ceremony.