Henry Butler, currently the executive director of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law, will be joining the George Mason law faculty next fall as a tenured professor. Butler was on the faculty at Mason from 1986-93, then went off and had some fun, including becoming a professor at the University of Kansas Business and Law Schools, Dean of Chapman University's B-School, and the Director of the Judicial Education Center at the Brookings/American Enterprise Institute Joint Center for Regulatory Studies.
The Daily Journal (not on-line, alas) reports that Rachel Moran at Berkeley has been offered the Deanship of the law school at the University of California at Los Angeles. That will put her into more immediate competition with the new law school at UC Irvine, where Moran spent the past two years while on leave from Berkeley.
Last week, was an unusually sad week in the law schools. The law professoriate lost two of its members. As Tim Zinnecker reported here, Brian Bromberger - the outgoing dean at Loyola-New Orleans - passed away on Thursday. He was 72. On Friday, Professor Don Marshall of the University of Minnesota died after hitting his head in his home. He was 79.
Update: There is more sad news. Jamie Grodsky, a 54 year old professor on the George Washington University law faculty passed away from illness on May 22.
John Owen Haley, a leading scholar of Japanese law, who is retiring this year from the law faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, has accepted a senior offer from the law school at Vanderbilt University.