May 31, 2011
In Memoriam: Angus McSwain
Baylor University School of Law reports that Angus McSwain, an emeritus faculty member who served as law school dean for 19 years (from 1965-84) passed away this weekend. He was 87. McSwain was surely one of the longest-serving law faculty members in America. He was a full-time member of the faculty from 1949 until his formal retirement in 1994, but he continued teaching until 2008 - for a total of 59 years in the classroom.
May 27, 2011
Darby Dickerson Named Dean at Texas Tech
After a long search, Texas Tech University School of Law has found its next dean. She is Dean Darby Dickerson of Stetson University College of Law. Dickerson, who holds a JD from Vanderbilt Law, has been at Stetson since 1995 and has been dean since 2004. Among many other things, she is the author of the Association of Legal Writing Directors' ALWD Citation Manual.
May 26, 2011
In Memoriam: Laura Chisolm
Case Western Reserve School of Law reports the sad news that Professor Laura Chisolm has died of metastatic breast cancer. She was 63. Chisolm's primary area of scholarly focus was nonprofit organizations. She joined the Case faculty twenty seven years ago.
May 25, 2011
A two-tier associate track?
This is new, and not necessarily a bad thing for the reasons some of those interviewed report.
May 24, 2011
The Changing Cost of Legal Education
May 23, 2011
Corporate Practice Commentator's "Top 10" Corporate & Securities Articles for 2010
Here it is:
The Corporate Practice Commentator is pleased to announce the results of its seventeenth annual poll to select the ten best corporate and securities articles. Teachers in corporate and securities law were asked to select the best corporate and securities articles from a list of articles published and indexed in legal journals during 2010. More than 440 articles were on this year’s list. Because of the vagaries of publication, indexing, and mailing, some articles published in 2010 have a 2009 date, and not all articles containing a 2010 date were published and indexed in time to be included in this year’s list. Because of ties, there are eleven on this year’s list.
The articles, listed in alphabetical order of the initial author, are:
Ayotte, Kenneth and David A. Skeel, Jr. Bankruptcy or bailouts? 35 J. Corp. L. 469-498 (2010).
Bebchuk, Lucian A. and Ehud Kamar. Bundling and entrenchment. 123 Harv. L. Rev. 1549-1595 (2010).
Bebchuk, Lucian A. and Holger Spamann. Regulating bankers’ pay. 98 Geo. L.J. 247-287 (2010).
Bratton, William W. and Michael L. Wachter. The case against shareholder empowerment. 158 U. Pa. L. Rev. 653-728 (2010).
Choi, Albert and George Triantis. Strategic vagueness in contract design: The case of corporate acquisitions. 119 Yale L.J. 848-924 (2010).
Choi, Stephen, Jill Fisch and Marcel Kahan. The power of proxy advisors: Myth or reality? 59 Emory L.J. 869-918 (2010).
Kahan, Marcel and Edward Rock. Embattled CEOs. 88 Tex. L. Rev. 987-1051 (2010).
Roe, Mark J. Delaware’s shrinking half-life. 62 Stan. L. Rev. 125-154 (2009).
Squire, Richard. Shareholder opportunism in a world of risky debt. 123 Harv. L. Rev. 1151-1213 (2010).
Subramanian, Guhan, Steven Herscovici and Brian Barbetta. Is Delaware's antitakeover statute unconstitutional? Evidence from 1988-2008. 65 Bus. Law. 685-752 (2010).
Harvard (Bebchuk, Spamann, Triantis, Roe, Subramanian), NYU (S. Choi, Kahan), and Penn faculty (Skeel, Bratton, Wachter, Fisch, Rock) dominate the list.
Not the Kind of Attention One Wants a New Faculty Appointment to Attract
It is a bit surprising that a law school like Georgia with a strong tradition in international law would hire someone with this disgraceful incident in his background.
May 20, 2011
Iowa's Margaret Raymond Named Dean at Wisconsin
UPDATE: Dean-to-be Raymond's husband, Mark Sidel--a specialist in comparative and international law, as well as legal issues related to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector--will also leave the Iowa faculty to take up a tenured post at Wisconsin.
Weather forecast for Judgment Day
ADDENDUM: Useful pre-Rapture tips.