December 20, 2010
Morris Cohen, Influential Law Librarian, Dies
Morris L. Cohen, a major force in American law libraries in the twentieth century, died this weekend. He was 83. Since 1991, Cohen has been Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He served as Professor of Law and Director of Yale Law School's Lillian Goldman Law Library from 1981 to 1991, after having served from 1971 to 1981 as the Librarian of the Harvard Law School Library. He was also the director of both the Penn and SUNY - Buffalo law libraries. He served as president of the American Association of Law Libraries from 1970 to 1971. He published a number of significant research and bibliographic works, including Bibliography of Early American Law.
December 17, 2010
A great new way to waste time!
I refer, of course, to Google book search, which allows you to chart references to names and topics over time. Here, for example, are references to some law bloggers (plus Frederick Schauer, for a 'control' as it were) since 1995. What does this all mean? I've no idea, but I'm sure it will make for lots of holiday amusement. Here's a NY Times piece on the new toy.
UPDATE: And some more:
1. Six "household names" of the legal academy: Ronald Dworkin (NYU), Richard Epstein (Chicago/NYU), Martha Nussbaum (Chicago), Richard Posner (Chicago), Cass Sunstein (Harvard), Catharine MacKinnon (Michigan).
2. Some giants of constitutional law.
6. Legal philosophers: Under 70. (No way to search reliably for Michael S. Moore, however.)
Have fun by designing your own.
"Smartest" Academics by Field
It's now official: "Philosophers are the smartest humanists, physicists the smartest scientists, economists the smartest social scientists."
Breaking news: David Bernstein (George Mason) Accuses *Other* Legal Academics...
...of "consciously or not, [trying] to justify their preferred political outcomes" under the guise of disinterested scholarship.
(Thanks to Peter A. for the link.)
December 16, 2010
Faculty Perceptions of the Tenure Process
Katherine Barnes and Elizabeth Mertz have a new paper up on SSRN, Is It Fair: Law Professors' Perceptions of Tenure. The authors surveyed about 500 law professors on the question of whether they viewed their tenure process as fair, easy, and rewarding. It's an interesting study that indicates that faculty have a pretty high confidence in the process, overall. Still, there are notable distinctions between demographic groups.
No shock, white men seem most positive overall. Men who are members of minority groups feel a bit less positive. And women, and particularly women of color, have notably mixed responses. Consider this one snapshot: on the question of whether they found their own tenure process fair, 12% of white men, 15% of minority men, 24% of white women, and 35% of minority women said no. The authors found similar results on the questions of whether the tenure process had been easy or rewarding.
I suspect that this study will be the subject of discussion and debate for some time to come.
Update: I erroneously stated that the authors surveyed about 500 professors. The number was actually 1221.
December 15, 2010
Schools Graduating the Most Supreme Court Clerks, 2000 through 2010 Terms
Updated data here.
December 14, 2010
University of California Raises Retirement Age, Reduces Benefits for New Hires
This is a decision that will almost certainly have major ramifications for the future of the University of California system--in the short term, it may keep certain distinguished senior faculty in the UC system longer, but long term, it is likely to make working in the UC system less attractive, since the retirement benefits were, for a long time, the best in the country.
ADDENDUM: There are some informative comments by philosophers at my philosophy blog on these developments.
Pepperdine Dean Finalists
Here. The big surprise, to my mind, on that list is Robert George from Princeton. Interesting.
December 10, 2010
U.S. News to Publish a Detailed Breakdown of the Employment Data that Schools Report
More information here.
December 8, 2010
"The Political Philosophy of Julian Assange"
Some readers may find this expository essay by philosopher Peter Ludlow from Northwestern University of interest.