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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Finalizing Faculty Lists for Ranking Studies for 07-08

MOVING TO FRONT

Over the summer, I plan to carry out a new citation study, and in the fall, we may (finally) undertake a new on-line reputational survey.  To that end, we've compiled draft lists of faculty for 49 law schools that appear likely to rank in the top 35-40 by these different measures.  We may add a few more faculties to the mix, especially for purposes of a reputational survey.  The faculty lists include only academic faculty (an effort has been made to exclude clinical, adjunct, and legal writing faculty, since these studies will focus on scholarly output).  The ranking study will be per capita across the whole faculty, since many have worried that by looking only at the top quarter of the faculty in the past produced distorted results because of one or two very highly cited faculty at certain schools (e.g., Chemerinsky at Duke, or Delgado at Pittsburgh).  The draft faculty list is here:  Download law_faculty_lists_0708.rtfPlease read the introductory paragraph explaining the criteria for inclusion in the list.  I invite faculty members at the schools in question to post corrections in the comments section below.  You must post under your name with a verifiable e-mail address and, again, post only about your own school.  Corrections would include things like faculty who are retiring or leaving, and so won't be teaching in 2007-08; new hires for 2007-08 not already included on the lists; the mistaken inclusion of clinical or adjunct faculty or the mistaken omission of regular academic faculty; and so on.  Please post only once, and be patient, as comments may take awhile to appear.  Thank you for your assistance.

Note:  the 49 faculties listed are:  Arizona, Arizona State, Berkeley, Boston Coll, Brooklyn, BU, Cardozo, Chicago, Chicago-Kent, Colorado, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Emory, Florida, Florida State, Fordham, George Mason, Georgetown, George Washington, Harvard, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, NYU, Ohio State, Penn, Pittsburgh, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, San Diego, Southern Cal, Stanford, Texas, UC Davis, UC Hastings, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Washington & Lee, Wash U/St. Louis, William & Mary, Wisconsin, Yale.

UPDATE:  Do NOT e-mail me the corrections, post them in the comments please!  This way it will be a matter of public record what the corrections are, and I won't get multiple e-mails on the same point.  All changes, if they are to be incorporated, need to be posted here.  Thank you all very much for your help.

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Corrections to your listing for Boston University School of Law:

1. David B. Rossman should be included. (He is a tenured faculty member who teaches in the nonclinical curriculum as well as supervising the criminal clinic)

2. The following should be excluded from your listing:

Baerst is deceased.
Carter is an adjunct, with no appointment in the law school.
D'Agostino has no appointment in the law school.
Freehling has left the law school, and is now employed by the ABA.
Green is no longer a member of the faculty.
Koniak is no longer a member of the faculty.
Silber's is a courtesy title; he has never taught in the law school.
"Whiteheal" should be Whitehead.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Simons
Associate Dean for Research
BU School of Law

Posted by: Kenneth Simons | Jun 1, 2007 12:29:01 PM

Corrections to your listing for Boston University School of Law:

1. Kevin Outterson and David B. Rossman should be included. (Rossman is a tenured faculty member who teaches in the nonclinical curriculum as well as supervising the criminal clinic)

2. The following should be excluded from your listing:

Baerst is deceased.
Carter is an adjunct, with no appointment in the law school.
D'Agostino has no appointment in the law school.
Freehling has left the law school, and is now employed by the ABA.
Green is no longer a member of the faculty.
Koniak is no longer a member of the faculty.
Silber's is a courtesy title; he has never taught in the law school.
"Whiteheal" should be Whitehead.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Simons
Associate Dean for Research
BU School of Law

Posted by: Kenneth Simons | Jun 1, 2007 1:58:54 PM

Since Samuel Scheffler is moving full time to NYU I suppose he ought not be on Berkeley's faculty list.

Posted by: Matt | Jun 1, 2007 2:34:12 PM

Dear Brian,

With respect to Notre Dame:

Alan Gunn has retired.

Don Kommers's primary appointment is in the Political Science Department.

(Hon.) Kenneth Ripple, of the 7th Circuit, is a former tenured faculty member who continues to teach regularly.

Best, Rick

Posted by: Rick Garnett | Jun 1, 2007 5:22:29 PM

Re George Mason: Lash is deceased. Smith, McCabe, and Schum are affiliated faculty. Robb is not a tenured member of the law school or university faculty, and doesn't teach law students. Schwartzstein has been in the provost's office for ten years or so, I don't know how you "count" that.

Posted by: David Bernstein | Jun 1, 2007 5:29:04 PM

Re George Mason (II): Kimberly Moore is no longer a faculty member (appointment to the Fed. Cir.). Michelle Boardman, Alison Hayward, Neomi Rao, and Samson Vermont should be included. Bart Wilson is also affiliated.

Posted by: Josh Wright | Jun 1, 2007 6:54:13 PM

re George Mason (III): Ferdinand P. Schoettle is part-time (here for one semester every year).

Posted by: David Bernstein | Jun 2, 2007 2:07:00 AM

Regarding Florida State University:

Wayne Logan and Manuel Utset are both full time faculty members at FSU College of Law and should be listed with our faculty.

Sandy (Talbot) D'Alemberte (professor and president emeritus) has an office at and continues to teach at the law school. At a minimum he should be listed as a part time faculty member.

John Yetter and Charles Ehrhardt have each taken emeritus status as of Fall 2007, but each also will continue in service teaching a course a year at the law school. They should be listed as part time faculty members.

We also have courtesy faculty affiliations with Bruce Benson (economics) and John Scholz (political science).

Thanks.

Posted by: Jim Rossi | Jun 2, 2007 6:42:02 AM

Regarding Vanderbilt University:

Pauline Aranas is at USC since 2002; Assistant Professor of Law Martin Cerjan now directs Vanderbilt's Massey Law Library.

Nita Farahany's last name is misspelled

Donald J. Hall and Thomas R. McCoy are now emeritus; both retired this spring.

Jennifer F. Reinganum's last name is misspelled

Larry D. Soderquist is deceased (Fall 2005)

Ingrid Wuerth (now at Cincinnati) will join Vanderbilt's faculty in Fall 2007.

We also have courtesy faculty affiliations with William G. Christie (management), Mark A. Cohen (management), Andrew F. Daughety (economics), Stefanie Lindquist (political science), Ronald S. Masulis (management) and C. Neal Tate (political science)

Posted by: Grace Renshaw | Jun 2, 2007 11:35:16 AM

My name is spelled incorrectly. Even Hastings itself does it from time to time. It is Leib, not Lieb.

Jeff Leftsin's name is also spelled incorrectly. It is Leftsin, not Lefstein.

I believe Mary Kay Kane is retiring, effective next year -- but you might double check.

Posted by: Ethan Leib | Jun 2, 2007 1:49:51 PM

Hi Brian,

Anne V. Dalesandro is the Librarian at Rutgers Camden. If you are not including clinicians, I wonder whether you intended to include librarians.

Best,
Kim

Posted by: Kim Ferzan | Jun 2, 2007 4:15:51 PM

Corrections for Stanford Law School:

Larry Marshall has a regular academic appointment, and while he directs our clinical program, he also teaches civil procedure and various seminars and continues to publish scholarship.

Barbara van Schewick will be joining the faculty as a new tenure-track appointment. Barbara has an LLB/PhD in Computer Science and works in communications law, antitrust law, and cyberlaw/internet policy.


Posted by: Larry Kramer | Jun 2, 2007 4:38:04 PM

Corrections for Columbia:

Subha Narasimhan has retired and should no longer be listed.

Debra Livingston and Jerry Lynch, though both federal judges, continue as professors and teach part time. On the Chicago precedent of Easterbrook, Posner, and Wood, they should be listed as "part time" faculty.

Alice Kessler-Harris should be listed as "affiliated faculty."

Posted by: Jeff Gordon | Jun 3, 2007 6:51:34 AM

At UVA, Graham Lilly, Dick Merrill and Bob O'Neil have retired. We will miss them.

Posted by: Paul Stephan | Jun 3, 2007 9:43:22 AM

There may be other corrections for USC, but here are two:

(1) Mark Weinstein is an affiliated faculty member (does regular teaching in Law School, but a voting faculty member)

(2) it is Shmuel (not Schuel) Lesem (his first name is not where one davens!)

Mark Weinstein

Posted by: Mark Weinstein | Jun 3, 2007 3:37:11 PM

correction to previous posting, I am NOT a voting faculty member in the Law School

Posted by: Mark Weinstein | Jun 3, 2007 3:38:17 PM

Florida State University:

We do not have a "Charles D. Luke" on our faculty. It's a typo: The correct name is Charlene D. Luke.

Posted by: Adam Hirsch | Jun 3, 2007 6:17:38 PM

Corrections for University of Michigan Law School:

* Two faculty should be added to the list: Laura Beny and Nicholas Howson
* Hynes should be spelled Hines
* According to your criteria, neither Hathaway nor Simpson should be listed with the qualifier "part-time"
* Dagan is no longer a part-time faculty member.

Posted by: Evan Caminker | Jun 3, 2007 6:26:40 PM

Re: UNC

Paul Hardin is retired.

Kevin Haynes will be teaching as a visitor but does not appear to meet the criteria of the list to be counted.

Carol Brown, currently at Alabama, is joining the UNC faculty in 2007-08.

Posted by: Eric Muller | Jun 3, 2007 6:44:39 PM

A few more Columbia corrections, all misspellings. Correct spellings are as follows: Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Petros C. Mavroidis, Paul S. Appelbaum, W. Bentley MacLeod.

Posted by: Avery Katz | Jun 3, 2007 7:49:51 PM

Further re: UNC

When I commented earlier, I neglected to mention that Adrienne Davis remains on the UNC faculty through the end of the fall semester of 2007.

More importantly, I neglected to mention that at UNC, our tenure standards state the same requirements for tenure-track clinical faculty as for tenure-track "classroom" faculty.

So, while I here offer no opinion on the question of whether clinical and legal writing faculty at other schools should be among your "counted," I am confident that under UNC's standards for tenure, your UNC list should include Deborah Weissman, Tamar Birckhead, Tom Kelley, and Alistair Newbern.

Posted by: Eric Muller | Jun 4, 2007 7:26:50 AM

Additional corrections at Vanderbilt:

Paul Edelman, Ellen Wright Clayton and Carol Swain have secondary appointments.

Posted by: Grace Renshaw | Jun 4, 2007 7:31:06 AM

At UVA: Leslie Kendrick is joining our tenure-track faculty, but is delaying her arrival for a year to clerk for Justice Souter, so she will not be with us next year.

Posted by: Kerry Abrams | Jun 4, 2007 8:11:46 AM

Some corrections, effective July 1:

Washington & Lee
--David Zaring has moved to Wharton's Department of Legal Studies
--Montre Carodine has moved to U. of Alabama Law School
--Donald Smythe has moved to Cal Western School of Law

Ohio State
--Barbara Snyder has moved to become president of Case Western Reserve University

Posted by: Tom Gallanis | Jun 4, 2007 8:49:25 AM

At the University of North Carolina, most of our clinic teachers are tenure-track and have the same scholarship requirements as other faculty.

To the UNC list, please add the following:

Deborah Weissman, Professor, tenured
Tom Kelly, Associate Professor
Tamar Birckhead, Assistant Professor
Alistair Newbern, Assistant Professor

Posted by: Laura N. Gasaway | Jun 4, 2007 10:02:57 AM

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