9. The law school at Berkeley won the 2008 "Thank God U.S. News never audits the data schools self-report" award.
8. Colorado's Paul Campos was selected by acclamation as "The Law Professor Most Hostile to the First Amendment Rights of His State University Colleagues."
5. Two elite law schools, long hostile to hiring law-and-philosophy scholars, both made senior appointments in the area this year, thus, decisively, conjoining Judge Edwards's famous "growing disjunction."
4. Rick Hills (NYU) received the award for being "The Law Professor Most Likely to be Invited to Dinner at the House of Phyllis Schlafly."
3. U.S. News failed to respond to the fact that its 'method' for ranking law schools was now totally, and quite publicly discredited.
2. Meanwhile, law school reputations in the real world remained unchanged.
1. But in the world of "insiders", Harvard Law School clearly re-established itself as the top law school in the country (at least in terms of scholarly distinction of the faculty) for the first time since the 1970s, while Yale faculty and alumni lobbied furiously for Dean Kagan to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Happy New Year to all readers!