Sai Prakash (constitutional law) at the University of San Diego School of Law has accepted a senior offer from the law school at the University of Virginia. The UVA press release is here. A couple of years ago, USD was fortunate to retain Prakash in the face of an offer from Northwestern. This solidifies UVA's position as having the strongest conservative public law contingent in the country (though Northwestern is a close second).
Michael McConnell, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and a distinguished constitutional law scholar, will resign from the bench and join the full-time faculty at Stanford Law School. The Stanford news item is here. That is, indeed, a very significant appointment for Stanford, though Dean Kramer's hyperbole (in the press release) calling him "the preeminent legal scholar writing about the religion clauses of the United States Constitution" would surely embarrass Judge McConnell, who knows as well as anyone that his former Chicago teacher, Douglas Laycock (emeritus at Texas, now at Michigan), has as much or more claim to that distinction. In any case, it's an excellent appointment for Stanford, and more than off-sets the loss to Stanford's public law group from Larry Lessig's recent move to Harvard.
Ronald J. Mann, one of the leading scholars in commercial law of his generation, at Columbia Law School has accepted a senior offer to return to the law faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught prior to moving to Columbia. (Mann may not return full-time until 2010-11.) That's a big coup for Texas, and comes on the heels of two lateral hires from Northwestern earlier this season.