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May 9, 2006

Texas Dean Search

Various correspondents have  inquired about our Dean Search here at UT.  I can report that the Search Committee has sent the names of the finalists to the President and Provost, and I am hopeful there will be an official announcement soon.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 9, 2006 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

May 8, 2006

Limitations of Citation Studies

Informative article here.

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Eugene Volokh Fan Club Loses Another Member

Here.  Admittedly, the club rosters may have been thinning since last year's odd defense of the idea that gays "convert" nice straight folks, or his rush of enthusiasm for torture.  Also see the apt comments by Ann Bartow (South Carolina). 

Very odd.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 8, 2006 in Law Professors Saying Dumb Things | Permalink | TrackBack

May 7, 2006

More Fun with SSRN...the May Stats are In

Here's what everyone (or no one, as the case may be) has been waiting for:  the updated SSRN download stats for the start of May.  The ten most downloaded authors in the last 12 months were:

1.  Lucian Bebchuk (Harvard; corporate) (14,621)

2.  Bernard Black (Texas; corporate) (10,771)

3.  Stephen Bainbridge (UCLA; corporate) (8,986)

4.  Cass Sunstein (Chicago; public) (7,475)

5.  Mark Lemley (Stanford; IP) (7,175)

6.  Francesco Parisi (Minnesota; L&E) (6,255)

7.  Larry Ribstein (Illinois; corporate) (6,188)

8.  Brian Leiter (Texas; jurisprudence) (5,866)

9.  John Coffee (Columbia; corporate) (5,680)

10. Daniel Solove (George Washington; IP, public) (5,557)

The ten authors, with at least three new papers in the last 12 months, with the most downloads-per-paper were:

1.  Brian Leiter (Texas; jurisprudence) (533 downloads per paper; 4 new papers)

2.  Roberta Romano (Yale; corporate) (368 downloads per paper; 4 new papers)

3.  Guido Ferrarini (Genoa; corporate) (341 downloads per paper; 3 new papers)

4.  Orin Kerr (George Washington; criminal) (328 downloads per paper; 3 new papers)

5.  Donald Braman (Yale; public, law & psychology) (302 downloads per paper; 4 new papers)

6.  Timothy Wu (Columbia; IP) (299 downloads per paper; 3 new papers)

7.  Randy Barnett (Georgetown; public) (277 downloads per paper; 6 new papers)

8.  Ronald Gilson (Stanford & Columbia; corporate) (246 downloads per paper; 3 new papers)

9.  Henry Hansmann (Yale; corporate) (245 downloads per paper; 3 new papers)

10. John Mikhail (Georgetown; jurisprudence) (222 downloads per paper; 6 new papers)

The ten law schools with the most downloads in the last 12 months were:

1.  Harvard University (40,064)

2.  University of Chicago (29,064)

3.  Columbia University (28,267)

4.  University of California, Los Angeles (27,115)

5.  University of Texas, Austin (24,989)

6.  Yale University (24,989)

7.  George Washington University (23,570)

8.  Stanford University (23,303)

9.  University of Illinois (17,991)

10. Georgetown University (17,717)

The ten schools, with at least 48 papers in the last 12 months (48 turned out to be the natural cut-off point), with the most downloads per paper were:

1.  University of Texas, Austin (117 downloads per paper; 64 papers)

2.  George Washington University (115 downloads per paper; 63 papers)

3.  Columbia University (107 downloads per paper; 49 papers)

4.  Yale University (93 downloads per paper; 68 papers)

5.  University of Chicago (84 downloads per paper; 73 papers)

6.  University of California, Los Angeles (81 downloads per paper; 76 papers)

7.  University of Illinois (77 downloads per paper; 59 papers)

8.  Harvard University (75 downloads per paper; 100 papers)

9.  Georgetown University (73 downloads per paper; 48 papers)

10. George Mason University (72 downloads per paper; 49 papers)

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 7, 2006 in Rankings | Permalink | TrackBack

May 5, 2006

Another Lateral Hire for Michigan: James Hines, Jr.

James Hines, Jr., an expert on international taxation previously on the Business School faculty at Michigan, will now hold a joint appointment with the Law School and Economics Department there.  Professor Hines also had senior offers from Harvard Law School and from Oxford.   This appears to conclude what must surely be the busiest and most successful year of lateral hiring for Michigan in a very long time.  Other additions to the senior ranks this year were:  Douglas Laycock (constitutional law, remedies) from Texas (his wife is to become Provost at Michigan, while he will take emeritus status here); Jessica Litman (intellectual property) from Wayne State; and Margaret Jane Radin (intellectual property, property), who has taken an early retirement incentive from Stanford.  The only senior loss this year was Roderick Hills, Jr. to NYU.

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May 3, 2006

Never Ask a Question on Cross to Which You Don't Know the Answer!

Case in point.  Very funny.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 3, 2006 in Legal Humor | Permalink | TrackBack

May 2, 2006

"Top Ten" Corporate & Securities Articles for 2005

Thanks to Robert Thompson (Vanderbilt) for sharing the following:

The Corporate Practice Commentator is pleased to announce the results of its annual poll of the 10 best corporate and securities articles.  (Because of ties there are 11 on this year’s list.)  Teachers in corporate and securities law were asked to select the best corporate and securities articles from a list of articles published during 2005.  Because of the vagaries of publication, indexing, and mailing, some articles published in 2005 have a 2004 date, and not all articles containing a 2005 date were published in time to be included in this year’s list.  The articles, listed in alphabetical order of the initial author, are:

Bebchuk, Lucian Arye (Harvard).  The case for increasing shareholder power.  118 Harv. L. Rev. 833-914 (2005).

Bratton, William W (Georgetown).  The new dividend puzzle.  93 Geo. L.J. 845-895 (2005).

Elhauge, Einer (Harvard).  Sacrificing corporate profits in the public interest.  80 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 733-869 (2005).

Johnson, Lyman P.Q (Washington & Lee).  Corporate officers and the business judgment rule.  60 Bus. Law. 439-469 (2005).

Milhaupt, Curtis J (Columbia).  In the shadow of Delaware?  The rise of hostile takeovers in Japan.  105 Colum. L. Rev. 2171-2216 (2005).

Ribstein, Larry E (Illinois).  Are partners fiduciaries?  2005 U. Ill. L. Rev. 209-251.

Roe, Mark J (Harvard).  Delaware’s politics.  118 Harv. L. Rev. 2491-2543 (2005).

Romano, Roberta (Yale).  The Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the making of quack corporate governance.  114 Yale L.J. 1521-1611 (2005).

Subramanian, Guhan (Harvard).  Fixing freezeouts.  115 Yale L.J. 2-70 (2005).

Thompson, Robert B. and Randall S. Thomas (both Vanderbilt).  The public and private faces of derivative lawsuits.  57 Vand. L. Rev. 1747-1793 (2004).

Weiss, Elliott J. (Arizona) and Lawrence J. White (NYU Business School).  File early, then free ride:  How Delaware law (mis)shapes shareholder class actions.  57 Vand. L. Rev. 1797-1881 (2004).

UPDATE:  This attorney has collected links to these articles.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 2, 2006 in Rankings | Permalink | TrackBack

May 1, 2006

Political and Legal Philosopher Waldron Declines Harvard Law School Offer

Jeremy Waldron (political and legal philosophy), whose move from Columbia to NYU we noted a few weeks ago, has now officially declined the outstanding senior offer he had from Harvard Law School.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 1, 2006 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack