Susan Brooks, a clinical professor of law at Vanderbilt University who specializes in children's rights, child welfare, family law, and therapeutic jurisprudence, has accepted appointment as Professor of Law at Drexel University.
Sarah Cleveland (international law) at the University of Texas at Austin has accepted a senior offer from Columbia Law School, where she visited last year. (She has also turned down the offer from the University of Michigan Law School.) She is currently a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. She'll be missed in Austin!
“Pragmatism,” says Rorty, “puts natural science on all fours with politics and art. It is one more source of suggestions about what to do with our lives.” I argue that the truth in pragmatism—-that the epistemic norms that help us cope are the ones on which we rely--is obscured by Rorty's promiscuous version of the doctrine, which confuses the criteria for relying on particular epistemic norms (namely, that they work for human purposes) with the content of the norms themselves (most of which make no reference to human purposes, but rather criteria like causal or explanatory power). We need presuppose no Archmiedean standpoint to conclude, as Richard Posner does, that moral inquiry is feeble in a way physics is not; we need only take seriously our best current understanding of the world, how it works, and the epistemic norms that have proven most effective in making sense of it.
Bernard Meltzer, the distinguished labor law expert who taught for many decades at the University of Chicago Law School, and who was also a prosecutor at the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials after WWII, died this morning. Chicago's memorial notice is here.
Robert H. Klonoff, an expert on complex litigation in the law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (and before that a partner with Jones Day), has been named the new Dean of the law school at Lewis & Clark College. The Lewis & Clark press release is here.