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January 19, 2007

"How Far Will Law Schools Go to Win the Rankings Race?"

Why, as far as it takes, of course, at least as long as manipulation and deceit yield results.

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Former Indiana Dean Aman Named Dean at Suffolk

Alfred Aman, Jr., former Dean of the law school at Indiana University at Bloomington, where he is still on the faculty, has been named Dean of the law school at Suffolk University.  That's a big catch for Suffolk.  Their press release is here.

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January 18, 2007

Congratulations to Sir Basil Markesinis...

...my esteemed colleague on his latest international honor, this time from France.

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January 17, 2007

Wolff from UC Davis to Penn

Tobias Wolff, a leading young scholar in civil procedure and constitutional law in the law school at the University of California at Davis, has accepted a tenured offer from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he visited last fall.

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January 16, 2007

"Which Tenured Boalt Faculty Still Publish Articles?"

So asks a Boalt student with too much time on his hands.  With students like these, who needs enemies?  (And what the heck are the "most cited" journals?  The results are sufficiently odd that one wonders.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 16, 2007 in Rankings | Permalink | TrackBack

January 15, 2007

Law Deans Criticize Bush Official's Attempt to Intimidate Pro Bono Attorneys for Guantanomo Detainees

Details here.

UPDATE:  David Hoffman (Temple) takes apart the official's fake "apology."

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 15, 2007 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink | TrackBack

More Scrutiny of the U.S. News Rankings: Employment Rates

Andrew Morriss (Illinois) and Bill Henderson (Indiana), two veteran dissecters of the U.S. News rankings, as well as sophisticed students of the profession, have posted their latest study here.  As we have had occasion to note in the past, the employment figures reported in U.S. News are essentially "works of the imagination," and Professors Morriss and Henderson's findings seem to confirm that.

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January 12, 2007

Washington Law Dean to Resign at End of Academic Year

W.H. "Joe" Knight, Dean of the law school at the University of Washington at Seattle since 2001, will step down as Dean at the end of this academic year.  There is a news item here.  My impression, from afar, is that the Law School did much better hiring, especially at the junior level, during his tenure, especially in interdisciplinary areas.

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Funniest Law Firm Names

Daniel Solove (George Washington) has the details

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 12, 2007 in Legal Humor | Permalink | TrackBack

January 11, 2007

The Saga of the Most Controversial Podium Visitor in America Continues

The first installment was noted here, and now various conservatives and former OLC folks have come to Professor Delahunty's defense.  Some of the comments at the Volokh site are also actually worth reading, which is rare.

With my philosopher's hat on, I can't resist noting that in his prior career as professional philosopher Professor Delahunty wrote a fine book on Spinoza!

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 11, 2007 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | TrackBack