March 16, 2011
A Statement Concerning Private Manning's Detention
A good statement by Bruce Ackerman (Yale) and Yochai Benkler (Harvard). It invites signatories.
March 15, 2011
In Memoriam: William Stuntz (1958-2011)
Professor Stuntz, a preeminent scholar of criminal law and procedure at Harvard Law School, passed away after a long illness, about which he wrote with great courage and candor at a joint blog (with Professor David Skeel of Penn) over the last several years. The HLS memorial notice is here.
Michigan Law Receives $20 Million Gift. For Dorms.
Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charles Munger announced a big gift to the law school attached to his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Michigan. He will give $20 million to renovate a law school housing facility. He previously donated $43 million to Stanford for the purpose of building a graduate residence hall. Munger received his JD from Harvard.
March 12, 2011
Chicago's New LRAP Program for Students Doing Public Interest Work
Details here. I gather that Chicago's program had not been as good as some peer schools, but now we will have the most generous program of its kind in the nation; an excerpt:
The three most important changes to the program are that it now offers the opportunity for any graduate staying in public interest for ten years to go to law school for free, that all graduates who serve as judicial clerks will be eligible for the program, and that a generous $80,000 salary cap will make the program more inclusive than ever.
March 11, 2011
US "News," which has aided, abetted, and encouraged the dissemination of fraudulent and misleading employment data...
...would like that to stop, but isn't going to do anything about it, except tweak the ranking formula. Mr. Morse, here is what you can do: don't use self-reported data at all. Follow the lead of Maclean's in Canada, who took my suggestion, and uses employment data in the public arena. This would require more work, but it would also report real information, not fiction.
March 10, 2011
U.S. News Rankings Fraud (or Joke?) Watch
It's hard to believe they did this, but they did: U.S. News got 105 lawyers throughout the entire United States to rank the law schools they like to recruit from, and then posted it as a "ranking." Yes, 105, that's it. No information on where these 105 went to school, or where they work. Maybe it is just meant as a joke, that could be. Or maybe it's meant to burnish the image, by contrast, of the main fraud on the consumers of legal education for which U.S. News is known, and which is due out next week.
Zinnecker From South Texas to Campbell
Timothy Zinnecker, my co-blogger over at the Faculty Lounge, has accepted a senior offer from Campbell Law School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tim's area of expertise is commercial law.
Does your school have SSRN "norms"?
A discussion some may find useful here.
March 9, 2011
Weiler vs. Calvo-Goller Redux
The French court did the right thing.
March 8, 2011
Two Senior Tax Laterals for Florida State: Johnson from Nevada, Kahn from Washington & Lee
Florida State University has made two senior hires in the tax area: Steve Johnson, currently a chaired professor of law at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas; and Jeffrey Kahn, professor of law at Washington & Lee University.