Ilya Somin (George Mason), libertarian true believer, thinks regular Republican Rick Hills (NYU) has "a good critique" of my views on tenure. Except Rick mostly doesn't discuss my views on tenure, as I pointed out in the comments, though Rick makes up some views he ascribes to me. (Commenters on Rick's thread then make the points I made originally, which is even funnier.) Somin says: "Some of the exchange between Hills and Leiter has do with possible conflicts of interest in the debate. For example, Leiter attacks Columbia professor Mark Taylor for criticizing tenure when he is about to retire and no longer needs its protection." But Leiter never attacked Taylor for this reason, since it would be silly. (Read what I wrote.)
Another triumph for rational dialogue in Cyberspace!
CORRECTIONS THAT AREN'T QUITE CORRECTIONS: Professor Somin updates his post in order to describe as "my statement" someone else's statement (really a fragment of a sentence in a lengthy quotation that had nothing to do with Professor Somin's misattribution of a view about conflicts of interest to me). But I am grateful that he acknowledged the 'misinterpretation.'
Cynthia Nance, the first woman and first African-American dean of the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville law school is resigning effective July 2011. We will be establishing a list of this year's dean searches shortly over at The Faculty Lounge.
Forbes and US News both recently released rankings of American colleges and universities. The US News college and university ranking methodology is here. It is obviously a bit different than the magazine's approach to law school rankings. Here's the data Forbes used to create its rankings, in order of weight:
Student Evaluations from RateMyProfessor.com (17.5%)
Salary of Alumni from Payscale.com (15%)
Four-year Debt Load for Typical Student Borrower (12.5%)
Listings of Alumni in Who's Who in America (10%)
Actual Four-year Graduation Rate (8.75%)
Predicted vs. Actual Four-year Graduation Rate (8.75%)
Student Nationally Competitive Awards (7.5%)
Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention Rates (5%)
Student Evaluations from MyPlan.com (5%)
Alumni in Forbes/CCAP Corporate Officers List (5%)
Student Loan Default Rates (5%)
In the interest of full disclosure, the undergraduate program at Drexel got flayed using this approach. US News was much more accurate kinder.
Bob Morse and the folks at US News released their new university and college rankings at midnight and I'm not stunned to see something north of 200 stories already reporting the big news: Princeton has fallen to number 2. I trust that scores of potential Tigers will now abandon ship and head north to Cambridge.
James K. Robinson, a Washington D.C. attorney who served as dean of Wayne State Law School during the mid-1990s's, died this week. He was a partner at Cadwalader in D.C., and also served as the President of the Michigan Bar Association and a Clinton-era assistant AG. He was 66.
Larry Ribstein (Illinois) comments on recent developments. Since law school tuition levels depend on recent graduates securing lucrative employment, these developments, if Ribstein's diagnosis is correct (which I suspect it is), will also entail fundamental changes in legal education: the number of law schools, the salaries of law school professors, the support for legal scholarship, and so on.