April 15, 2007
Supreme Court Clerkship Placement: 2000 through 2007 Terms
New data here.
April 13, 2007
Hynes from William & Mary to Virginia
Rich Hynes (bankruptcy, corporate law, contracts), Associate Professor of Law at the College of William & Mary, has accepted an offer from the law school at the University of Virginia.
April 12, 2007
New AAUP Report on Faculty Salaries; Gap Between Law and Other Disciplines Grows
Professor Caron has the details.
Davis from North Carolina to Wash U/St. Louis
Adrienne Davis (legal history, property, Critical Race Theory) at the University of North Carolina School of Law has accepted a senior offer from the law school at Washington University, St. Louis. We had the good fortune of having Professor Davis visit at Texas several years ago, and so I can report that, in addition to her many scholarly and collegial contributions, Washington University will also be getting an outstanding classroom teacher.
April 11, 2007
Yale Law Journal Pocket Part Pulls Link to Notorious "Autoadmit" Board from Its Web Site
Dan Markel (Florida State) has the details, including the response of Anthony Ciolli, the Penn law student involved in running the site. YLJ's explanation for the move is here. The first comment here (from a Penn law student) is also telling.
Molot from George Washington to Georgetown
Jonathan Molot (civil procedure, professional responsibility, federal courts, and administrative law) at George Washington University Law School has accepted a tenured offer from the law faculty at Georgetown University.
Here's a question: has a GW faculty member ever turned down an offer from Georgetown? (Let me know, and I'll add an update.) Georgetown, it seems, often plunders the GW faculty (just in recent years: John Thomas in intellectual property and William Bratton in corporate). I can't think of two essentially "national" law schools in the same city that stand in such a relationship: Columbia used to enjoy such a position vis-a-vis NYU, but that is now ancient history; UCLA and USC have been basically peers for a very long time, with little movement between them. University of Chicago and Northwestern may be in a similar situation (though recently some faculty have retired from Chicago and taken up posts from Northwestern, but in general, to the extent Chicago has wanted to hire Northwestern faculty, it seems able to do so). Stanford has often succeeded in hiring Berkeley faculty, though they aren't as closely situated as any of the others.
UPDATE: A GW faculty member points out to me that since Georgetown only hires faculty after they have visitied, any GW faculty not interested in Georgetown would simply not visit in the first place.
A "Tax 'Power' Couple"?
Who knew there was such a thing? Blog Emperor Caron has the details on their migrations.
April 10, 2007
Wayne State: the Latest Victim of the US News Craziness
The Detroit News reports on the turmoil after U.S. News, in its typically irresonsible fashion, dumped Wayne State into the "fourth tier" because of what turns out to be a reporting error on employment statistics. (Dean Frank Wu comments on the cause of the absurd drop here.) Someone should ask Robert Morse, who runs the ranking charade for U.S. News, to explain how it is these kinds of random, wild fluctuations provide meaningful information to students? Unfortunately, law faculties--even ones like Wayne State's that are clearly in the top third, not the bottom quarter, of American law schools--don't have standing to sue for defamation.
Dean Wu is also resigning as Dean at the end of next academic year, for what he says here are unrelated reasons.
More on Decanal Hypocrisy About the US News Rankings
Story from a Minnesota newspaper here. Several of the Deans make reasonable points in defense of their calling attention to how they ranked.
April 9, 2007
Presidents of Liberal Arts Colleges Trying to Organize Boycott of U.S. News