May 31, 2007
Benkler from Yale to Harvard
Yochai Benkler (information law and policy, communications law, intellectual property) at Yale Law School has accepted the senior offer from Harvard Law School.
May 30, 2007
Workplace Prof Blog on the Ledbetter Decision
May 29, 2007
Visiting Professors (07-08) in Contracts and Commercial Law
May 28, 2007
"Conservative Organization Flourishes at Yale Law School"
This is an actual headline and news story on the front page of the YLS web site.
That they need to post items like this may explain some of what was motivating Peter Schuck (Yale) in our debate about law schools and "ideological diversity" awhile back. But as I said then: "we shouldn't visit the apparent sins of Yale on American law schools generally."
May 25, 2007
Harvard has a lot of offers outstanding!
So reports Einer Elhauge (Harvard)--in addition to those we've reported previously (Michael Klarman [Virginia], Martha Nussbaum [Chicago], William Rubenstein [UCLA], and Cass Sunstein [Harvard]), Professor Elhauge also now confirms offers to Yochai Benkler (Yale), Richard Ford (Stanford), Pamela Karlan (Stanford), Robert Post (Yale), Seana Shiffrin (UCLA), Reva Siegel (Yale), and Henry Smith (Yale). My guess is they may get half these folks, but time will tell!
May 23, 2007
Sitkoff from NYU to Harvard
May 22, 2007
Whittier Facing Possible Loss of ABA Accreditation
UPDATE: More on the Whittier situation here.
May 21, 2007
Why so many visiting professors?
A couple of faculty, including one Dean, wrote in to remark that the number of visitors at the top schools is double what it was 10-20 years ago. The question is what explains this development? My hypothesis is that the efforts by Harvard and Columbia to expand their faculties has created enormous pressure all the way down the "food chain" (compounded by the fact that Harvard occasionally raids Columbia, as well as many other top schools). This has resulted in more lateral movement, and also more need for visiting stints to size up potential new faculty hires.
In addition, of course, there has been a general tendency towards reducing teaching loads and increasing research leaves, which no doubt creates curricular pressures. Interdisciplinary hiring, which is particular pronounced at the very best law schools, also often creates curricular gaps that need to be filled with visitors who (imagine this!) can actually teach core substantive law courses.
Do readers agree that there are more visiting professors now than 10 or 20 years ago? If so, what explains this development? Comments are open; as usual non-anonymous comments are far more likely to be approved. Post only once; comments may take awhile to appear.
Greenberg, Leiter, Quine, Realism, Naturalized Jurisprudence
Via Solum, I see that Mark Greenberg (UCLA--but whom we're fortunate to have at Texas this calendar year as a Harrington Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Law School) has put on-line a revised version of the very fine paper on my work that he gave at a conference at Columbia six years ago. In my just released book Naturalizing Jurisprudence, there is actually an extended discussion of Greenberg's critique at pp. 112-117, where I note that Greenberg's "cleverly framed objection [is] the most intriquing one registered against my account over the last decade," but then argue that "it gets both Quine, and my own use of Quine, wrong in subtle ways" (p. 113). The issues here are somewhat tricky and technical, but philosophically-minded readers interested in Quine and in my arguments for naturalized jurisprudence will surely profit from Greenberg's paper and should also take a look at my discussion of his arguments in the book.
May 20, 2007
Gibson, Dunn Partner in NYC Named New LSU Law Dean
Blog Emperor Caron has details and links.