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.
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.
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.
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.
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.