October 10, 2006
More on Curricular Reform at HLS...
...in the Harvard Crimson, complete with me shooting from the hip. But let me add that Harvard (as the article speculates) would be fortunate to get Dean Kagan as President, after Larry "the bull in the China shop" Summers. (If only Summers had had a blog, the Harvard Trustees would have known better!) She's done well by Harvard Law School.
October 9, 2006
All of Judge Posner's Opinions Are Now Searchable On-Line...
...here, thanks to the efforts of Timothy Wu (professor at Columbia Law School, intellectual property expert, and former Posner clerk) and Stuart Sierra (a web designer and programmer at CLS). This is a fun resource, and may well be useful both for attorneys and law students, as well as scholars interested in how Judge Posner's work on the bench does (and does not) relate to his academic work.
October 7, 2006
Which Schools are Producing the Most "Empirical" Legal Scholarship?
MOVING TO FRONT from 9/29: see the UPDATE.
Tracey George (Vanderbilt) compiles a list of the faculties with the most faculty producing empirical work, a list which has few surprises. Note that Professor George here measures quantity, not quality, which, as with any literature, is quite variable.
UPDATE: Looks like this purportedly empirical measure of empirical legal scholarship isn't very sound!
October 6, 2006
Harvard Law School Revises 1L Curriculum
Story here. Legislation and regulatory law, as well as international law, are in, and the usual subjects are losing hours to make room for the new offerings.
UPDATE: More details on these changes here.
October 5, 2006
Fennell, McAdams from Illinois to Chicago
The University of Chicago Law School has picked off two of the stars that have been part of Dean Heidi Hurd's revolutionary transformation of the University of Illinois College of Law. My much esteemed former Texas colleague Lee Anne Fennell (property, land use, state and local government law, welfare law) and Richard McAdams (criminal law) have both accepted senior offers from Chicago; Fennell is particularly known for her economic and behavioral law and economics approach to legal problems in diverse areas, while McAdams is especially known for his contributions to the literature on law and social norms. (Sidenote: they are not a couple, these were independent hires.) Fennell is currently visiting at the University of Virginia School of Law, and visited last year at Yale and NYU; McAdams has taught previously at Chicago-Kent, BU, Yale, and Virginia.
Although a setback for Illinois--and an important set of hires for Chicago--these moves don't fundamentally alter the strong scholarly developments at Illinois during Dean Hurd's tenure.
ADDENDUM: The first sentence, it was pointed out to me, wrongly implies that Professor McAdams was hired during Hurd's tenure as Dean, when, in fact, his appointment predates her tenure by a couple of years.
"Clerkship Notification Blog"
Here. Don't know whether the information is accurate or not. Comments welcome on whether this is a useful resource or not.
Updated and Corrected Law Prof Blogger Census...
...here. Some 300 law faculty are now blogging. Yikes! Off the top of my head, I could name only about four dozen or so. It would be interesting to know what the average readership is like for this huge number of law profs blogging.
October 3, 2006
The "Liberal" Answer to the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy...
...is now on-line.
October 2, 2006
New Law Blogger "Census"