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July 20, 2010

In Memoriam: Paul McDaniel (1936-2010)

A leading tax scholar, Professor McDaniel held full-time posts at Boston College, New York University, and the University of Florida.  Blog Emperor Caron has more.

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 20, 2010 in Memorial Notices | Permalink | TrackBack

July 19, 2010

Wisconsin Law Prof Victoria Nourse Nominated to 7th Circuit

Story here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 19, 2010 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

July 16, 2010

Professor Kagan Remembered

This is charming.

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 16, 2010 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

July 15, 2010

Senate Republicans Trying to Make Issue Out of Kagan's Handling of the Harvard Law School Plagiarism Cases

So reports this often funny blog (scroll down) devoted to coverage of the three HLS plagiarism cases (though I've since revised my view about the plagiarism allegations against Dershowitz in light of this decisive analysis)    Although the plagiarism at issue was perhaps the least dramatic in the case of Dershowitz, the fall-out from the failure of Harvard to expose it in his case was perhaps the most serious.  In any case, the Republicans are appraently focusing on the Tribe case.  It seems rather far-fetched that these matters will derail Kagan's nomination, but it appears like they are about to get their 15 minutes of fame (again!).

Do see the earlier comments by Mark Tushnet on the use of research assistants.

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 15, 2010 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | TrackBack

July 14, 2010

Where Did Younger Faculty at the Top Law Schools Earn Their JD?

In the fall, I'll post a new study on the ranking site that looks at the schools from which roughly the forty strongest law faculties in terms of scholarly distinction (as measured by reputation and/or impact studies) have been hiring their 'younger' faculty.  In order to make the study more current, and so as not to reflect the law school hierarchy of yesteryear, we looked only at tenure-stream academic faculty who earned their J.D. since 1995 or later.  Here's a brief preview of the reults, confined to the post-95 faculty at the top 16 law schools that tend to dominate the market for hiring the best new faculty talent (Yale, Harvard, Chicago, Stanford, Columbia, Michigan, NYU, Virginia, Berkeley, Penn, Duke, Texas, Georgetown, Northwestern, UCLA, Cornell).

It will surprise no one to learn that Yale Law School graduates dominate, with 80 of the post-1995 faculty at the top law schools surveyed earning their J.D. there.  By contrast, there were 52 Harvard Law School graduates in tenure-stream academic appointments at the leading law schools, even though HLS is more than twice as big as Yale.  Then came (again no surprises) graduates of Stanford (16) and University of Chicago (15), both schools that, like Yale, usually graduates less than 200 students per year.  After that, there is a large drop-off:  seven graduates each of Columbia and Virginia (though five of the UVA grads were teaching at UVA); five from NYU (which is more than twice the size of Stanford and Chicago); four from Berkeley; three from Michigan.

Outside the top 16, Yale's dominance recedes, though is still apparent, while Chicago and Stanford increase their share.  Full results in the early fall.

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 14, 2010 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Rankings, Student Advice | Permalink | TrackBack

July 12, 2010

In Memoriam: Philip Frickey (1953-2010)

I am very sorry to report that Professor Frickey, a distinguished scholar in many different areas (including constitutional law, Indian law, public choice, and legislation), has passed away.  He joined the Berkeley faculty in 2000, after teaching for many years at the University of Minnesota.  I will add a link to memorial notices when they appear.

UPDATE:  The Berkeley memorial notice is here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 12, 2010 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

Salaries for law professors at a wide array of public universities

This site collects data in the public domain for salaries across different fields, including law, at a wide array of public universities.  It is often, but not always, possible to search by "law," though in some cases you need to search by name.  Anyone thinking of an academic career in law ought to spend some time looking at this data in order to get a realistic sense of what the financial future might look like.  There is considerable variation even among public university law schools--contrast, e.g., at one end places like Michigan, Virginia, Texas, and (at least at the high end) Illinois, with Wisconsin and Missouri.  Bear in mind that the data does not always include summer salaries (the Texas data does not, for example, and in many cases that increases the amount by a third).   Law professors are certainly well-compensated, with senior faculty typically having a reasonable expectation of compensation in the 200-300K range.   Michigan, Virginia, and Texas are fairly indicative of what top private law schools pay as well.

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 12, 2010 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | TrackBack

July 8, 2010

GW Law Dean Frederick Lawrence Named Brandeis President

Frederick Lawrence, the dean of George Washington University Law School, has been named President of Brandeis University.  Lawrence, who holds his JD from Yale and has written extensively on civil rights laws and hate crimes, joined GW as dean in 2005.  He was previously on the Boston University law faculty.  In addition to deaning, teaching, and writing, he also has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with the New York Choral Society.

Posted by Dan Filler on July 8, 2010 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

More Thoughts on Empirical Legal Studies

From Josh Wright (George Mason).

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 8, 2010 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink | TrackBack

July 7, 2010

Suing the Law Schools

Vanessa Browne-Barbour, an associate professor at Duquesne Law School (at least according to the school's website) filed suit last week againt Duquesne.  She argues that she was passed over for the position of interim dean (when former dean Donald Guter was forced out) because of her race and gender.  She is arguing that her prior experience as an associate dean made her better qualified for the interim position than the man - Ken Gormley - who was ultimately selected as interim, and now permanent, dean.  She was the first African-American woman tenured at Duquesne and is a Duquesne law alum.  Whether or not her claims are true, she has an awfully tough road ahead for her case - if only because Gormley's pedigree fits the deanship so well. 

Meanwhile, Hofstra Legal Writing Professor Scott Fruehwald has his suit tossed a couple of months ago.  Mitchell Rubenstein over at Adjunct Law Prof Blog explains:

Here, a legal writing instructor was denied a 5 year long term renewable contract. After he accepted a one year probationary type appointment, he sued claiming the Hofstra's decision to deny him a long term contract was arbitrary and capricious which is the governing standard under CPLR Article 78. After reviewing complicated procedural issues, the court concluded that Hofstra was not arbitrary and capricious, given the deference court's pay to law school decisions, because multiple observers noted issues with the petitioner's teaching performance.

Posted by Dan Filler on July 7, 2010 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack