The WVU news item is here. The finalists are: Marion G. Crain at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (who was previously a member of the WVU law faculty); Mary J. Davis at the University of Kentucky; H. Marshall Jarrett, a WVU Law alum who is counsel for professional responsibility in the U.S. Department of Justice; Joyce E. McConnell, currently at West Virginia, where she is a professor of law and associate dean for academic affairs; Alfred Dennis Mathewson at the University of New Mexico; and Thomas Metzloff at Duke University.
something very interesting is happening in legal scholarship. The legal
academy is gradually becoming acclimated to blogs as vehicles of scholarship and scholarly quality.
Legal scholarship is really doomed if that is true! Alternatively, it reveals something very unflattering about what counts as legal "scholarship." In any case, this reminds me of an article by someone about "Why Blogs Are Bad for Legal Scholarship." Which I think is still true, even more so, if Balkin is right. (And notwithstanding my own very modest experiment with slightly more scholarly blogging, which really operates more like a listserve for like-minded scholars.)
Of course, blogs are the perfect medium for circulating information about the academic profession, and news and views about matters of little intellectual substance!