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January 9, 2009

U of Illinois Legal Historian Bruce Smith Named Dean

The Illinois press release is here.

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Freshfields Partner Paulsson To Take Up New Chair and Establish International Arbitration Institute at Miami

Details here.

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January 7, 2009

Sunstein from Harvard/Chicago to the Obama Administration

Cass Sunstein, professor at Harvard and regular visiting professor at Chicago, will now be teaching at neither institution as he prepares to join the Obama Administration as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.  I have not spoken to Cass, but I assume he is taking a leave of absence, and I'm sure either Harvard or Chicago would be delighted to have him back in four or eight years when his government work is done.

UPDATE:  More details here.

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Four Finalists for the Deanship at U of Washington/Seattle

They are:  Jim Chen, current Dean at Louisville; Lawrence Gostin, Associate Dean and a leading health law scholar at Georgetown; Patricia White, the former (and very successful) Dean at Arizona State; and Kellye Testy, current Dean at Seattle University.

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January 5, 2009

Indiana/Bloomington's Dawn Johnsen Nominated as Assistant AG for the Office of Legal Counsel

Story here.

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It's Official: Obama to Nominate HLS Dean Kagan as Solicitor General

Dean Kagan has sent an e-mail out to the Harvard Law School community.  Congratulations to Dean Kagan!

Early reports are of pandemonium and jubilation in New Haven especially.

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January 3, 2009

Harvard Dean Kagan, Former Stanford Dean Sullivan Said to be "Favorites" for Obama's SG

Story here.  

UPDATE:  The Boston Globe reports on Kagan's SG candidacy here.  The first commenter on the article reports his skepticism of Kagan and Obama based on his own experience at the University of Chicago, which he refers to as "Moscow on the Midway," and says no one talked to him when he declared that he was not a communist.  I suspect this fellow thinks the John Birch Society is too moderate as well.  In any case, first thing Monday morning, I'm going to find Richard Epstein and Eric Posner in their offices and let them know our reputation. 

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