May 22, 2008
U Conn's Paul Berman Named New Dean at Arizona State
The ASU press release is here. Arizona State is one of those historically more regional schools with a very good eye for faculty talent and one that is chronically underranked by U.S. News (others similarly situated--sharp eye for faculty talent and underranked by U.S. News--would include the University of Arizona, Florida State, Chicago-Kent, San Diego, George Mason, and Cardozo, among others). ASU made enormous progress under Berman's predecessor, Patricia White. ASU is probably a school to watch in the coming years.
Two Lateral Hires for Illinois: Hamilton from Chicago-Kent, Thomas from Cincinnati
The University of Illinois College of Law has made two lateral hires with tenure: Daniel Hamilton (legal history, property, constitutional law) from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and Suja Thomas (civil procedure) from the University of Cincinnati.
May 21, 2008
Lewis & Clark Law Prof John Kroger Likely to be Oregon's Next AG
Interim Dean Charles Cantu Named Dean at St. Mary's
News release here.
A Right-Wing Takeover of Dartmouth...Led by Conservative Law Profs???
In any case, one of the popular liberal blogs thinks it's happening, naming George Mason's Todd Zywicki (who has even gotten himself denounced by the Dartmouth Alumni Association!) and Virginia's Stephen Smith as among the culprits. (Judging from this, it seems as if Professor Smith may be intent on joining the hall of shame of ignorant law professors bashing biology. Sigh. Perhaps, as the author suggests, he has abandoned these views in the interim.) Whether it's true or not, even this publicity is likely to affect student and faculty recruitment.
I'm not sure I quite follow what all the huffing and puffing is about in the "clarification", but I offer the link for readers who want to get Professor Zywicki's account. Professor Zywicki says: "Brian Leiter credulously relied on the Daily Kos post--seriously--in a related post of his to comment on my colleague Stephen Smith and me (Brian, amusingly, appears to be embarrassed in doing so, referring to Daily Kos as 'one of the popular liberal blogs' rather than by name)." The parenthetical is itself amusing! I am no more "embarrassed" by referencing the Daily Kos blog (which is exactly as I described it, namely, "one of the more popular liberal blogs") than I am by referencing the Volokh Conspiracy, which one might call one of the more popular conservative blogs. Both strike me as about equally reliable, Daily Kos more so when it comes to questions of social and economic policy, the Volokh blog with respect to legal matters, but this is, frankly, based on rather limited exposure to them both. Unlike the Volokh blog, however, which is known to a great many law professors, I have no reason to think most law professors have ever heard of Daily Kos or know its politics (maybe I'm wrong).
Here, by the way, is the essay by Stephen Smith (Virginia), which I fear I understand rather too well, but, again, readers can decide for themselves.
May 20, 2008
Corporate Practice Commentator Picks "The Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2007"
You can download the complete list here: Download the_top_10_corporate_and_securities_articles_of_2007.doc
Eleven articles were chosen (due to ties); the authors of this year's winning articles are: Tom Baker (Connecticut, moving to Penn) and Sean Griffith (Fordham); Lucian Bebchuk (Harvard); Stephen Choi (NYU) & Robert Thompson (Vanderbilt); John Coffee (Columbia); James Cox (Duke) & Randall Thomas (Vanderbilt); Theodore Eisenberg (Cornell) & Geoffrey Miller (NYU); Jeffrey Gordon (Columbia); Marcel Kahan (NYU) & Edward Rock (Penn); Donald Langevoort (Georgetown); Mark Roe (Harvard); and Guhan Subramanian (Harvard).
May 19, 2008
Mikos from UC Davis to Vanderbilt
Robert Mikos (federalism) at the University of California at Davis has accepted a tenured offer from Vanderbilt University.
The Yale Law Journal Claims to Have Blind Review of Manuscripts...
...but do they really? YLJ has some explaining to do!
UPDATE: Dara Purvis, outgoing EIC of the Yale Law Journal writes:
To be honest, I am not 100% sure when and why the CV uploading capability was made, but I can tell you the only time that I as Editor-in-Chief looked at the CVs was to get contact information--professors often provide some contact information in the cover letter, but a few times they did not include enough and I checked the CV to see whether they provided any information other than what I could find through Google. The Article & Essay Editors cannot access the CVs through our submissions system; the only person with capabilities to view it is the EIC. In any case, I can tell you that we all have a very strong commitment to the anonymous review process--when we finally "broke the seal" after voting to accept a piece and found out who the author was, there was particular excitement if the author was junior--I would describe the committee's reaction to accepting Jill Anderson's piece, for example, as maniacally gleeful.
I'd also like to clarify an explanation in the comments on the post [at the link, above], that the first screening editor often knows the author of the piece. This is true, but I want to emphasize that it's not our policy--as you can see in the submissions guidelines, we ask professors to redact any identifying information. Unfortunately (and understandably, given that professors are generally submitting to a number of law reviews that don't require anonymity), professors generally don't do this--so the first editor with their hands on the piece usually knows the author, but only because the author didn't redact it. That editor then goes through the piece and rigorously redacts any identifying information, so at either of the later two stages, the submission is sent around in completely anonymous form.
May 18, 2008
Wash U Awards Honorary Degree to Ignorant Bigot...
Kudos to the many law faculty at Wash U who took a leadership role in protesting this inexcusable decision.
May 16, 2008
Against Internet Surfing During Class Time
Ian Ayres (Yale) weighs in in support of Chicago's recent move to ban Internet access from the classrooms.