Annette Gordon-Reed, a law professor at New York Law School and a history professor at Rutgers University at Newark, has won this year's Pulitzer Prize in History for her work The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. (Thanks to Mary Dudziak for the pointer.)
They include current law professors: Kenneth Abraham (Virginia), John J. Donohue III (Yale), Deborah Hensler (Stanford), Michael Klarman (Harvard), Deborah Rhode (Stanford), and Mark Roe (Harvard)--as well as former law professors Ronald Daniels (now President of Johns Hopkins, formerly at Penn and Toronto), Theodor Meron (now emeritus at NYU, currently serving on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia), and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Regarding the AAAS, and some of its sins of omission, see this earlier discussion.
Copies of the new US News rankings have appeared on the Internet. Two notable methodological changes this year: numerical credentials of part-time students were factored into the ranking (hence George Washington's dramatic drop, which of course bears no relationship to anything in the real world, just the methodology change); and US news averaged two years' worth of surveys of practitioners (those results were prone to dramatic movements, no doubt due to the small response pool--only 31% of lawyers and judges responded, compared to over 70% of academics).
A median LSAT of 167 and a median GPA of 3.65. The press release engages in a bit of Sextonism in pronouncing Irvine "the most selective" school in the nation, since a huge number of factors go into acceptance rates and yield that have nothing to do with some of the connotations of "selective". Irvine's first class is small (about 70), and the three-year full tuition ride is obviously a major attraction. But Sextonian hyperbole to one side (and a new school like Irvine needs that hyperbole more, obviously), the results are still impressive, but consistent with the faculty recruitment success Irvine has enjoyed to date. The 25th/75th numbers are 164-168 for the LSAT, and 3.43-3.76 for GPA. By the methodology I have used in prior years to rank schools based on the numerical credentials of the student body, Irvine's inaugural class would be solidly in the top 20, even allowing for its small size.
UPDATE: As a couple of readers correctly pointed out, these statistics are based on those who have put down deposits, and not necessarily those who will enroll come fall. On the other hand, I would guess that the three years of full tuition will result in less attrition than would be typical at other schools similarly situated.