My colleague Richard Epstein--who has been on phased retirement for several years now, teaching in the falls at NYU as a visiting professor, and then teaching in the Spring at Chicago as well as serving as a permanent Fellow at the Hoover Institution in Palo Alto in the Winter--will conclude the phased retirement from Chicago officially in 2010, but continue with the same divided schedule under new titles: he will take up a professorship at NYU (where he will continue to teach fall semesters) and continue teaching at Chicago thereafter as a Senior Lecturer in the Spring (as well as continuing on at the Hoover Institution). The Chicago press release is here. This works out happily for Richard (who gets one of those famed NYC apartments that NYU periodically doles out [Richard's adult children live in NYC]) and for us (since he will continue to teach at Chicago [where he's actually just bought a new apartment as well], notwithstanding the conclusion of his phased retirement). (Epstein is the second distinguished senior scholar that NYU has hired after their retirement from another top law school--NYU hired Arthur Miller [civil procedure] a couple of years ago after his retirement from Harvard. I would like to strongly urge both NYU and Northwestern to continue their practice of hiring Chicago faculty upon their retirement for at least 25 more years!)
(One small inaccracy in the article: NYU did not rank in the 30s in the 1970s--it was always in the top 15, sometimes the top ten: see, e.g., here. On the other hand, it is certainly true that while John Sexton was the public face of NYU's improvement in the 1990s, Sager was the 'brains,' i.e., a key player in identifying the faculty a school with aspirations should be hiring.)
If you need to reach me or colleagues today (or our excellent Bigelows on the teaching market, I should add!), a better bet may be e-mail, since our voice mail system in particular seems not to be working. We are "upgrading" the phone system, which today at least appears to mean making it irregular and unpredictable!
UPDATE (1 pm CST): The voicemail system appears to be working again here.
I haven't written about the Autoadmit lawsuit in awhile, but there have been some developments worth noting briefly. I'll post them, below the fold, with a warning to readers that I am going to quote some of the words of the loathsome defendants to make clear what's at issue in this case.
And congratulations to Bill Henderson (Indiana/Bloomington)! He is, by my lights, the single most informative and substantive law blogger out there. (I confess, of course, to not following some of the specialized law blogs at all--I imagine there are some very good ones.)