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May 19, 2011

Law Students Who Transfer: the Facts

Jeffrey Rensberger (South Texas) has prepared an informative and detailed analysis, not by school name, but by school characteristics (e.g., U.S. News rank, tuition, public vs. private, etc.).

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 19, 2011 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink | TrackBack

May 18, 2011

Coming and going from Harvard Law School

Coming:  Mihir Desai, an expert in tax policy and international and corporate finance at Harvard Business School, has accepted a joint appointment with the Law School.

Going:  Gráinne de Búrca, an expert in European Union Law, who will join the faculty at New York University School of Law, where her husband, Philip Alston (international law), presently teaches.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 18, 2011 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

Congratulations to the Chicago Alumni Who Accepted Tenure-Track Positions for Next Year


Congratulations to the following University of Chicago alumni who were on the very difficult teaching market this year and who have now accepted tenure-track positions for 2011-12:

Samuel Bray '05, who will join the faculty at the University of California at Los Angeles.  He clerked for (then) Judge McConnell on the 10th Circuit, practiced with Mayer Brown in Washington, D.C., was an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School, and is the current Executive Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School.   He specializes in remedies, constitutional law, and property.

Anthony Casey '02, who will join the faculty at the University of Chicago.  He clerked for then-Chief Judge Flaum on the 7th Circuit and was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, before becoming a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School.  He specializes in commercial law, corporate law, and bankruptcy.

William Hubbard '00, who will join the faculty at the University of Chicago.  He clerked for Judge Higginbotham on the 5th Circuit and practiced commercial law and appellate litigation for five years with Mayer Brown in Chicago, before entering the PhD program in Economics at the University of Chicago.  He is currently a Kauffman Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Chicago.  He specializes in law and economics, empirical legal studies, civil procedure, and labor and education economics.

Anthony Johnstone '99, who will join the faculty at the University of Montana.  He clerked for Judge Thomas on the 9th Circuit in Billings and practiced with Cravath Swaine & Moore in New York, before becoming Assistant Attorney General of Montana in 2004, and then State Solicitor.  He specializes in constitutional law, state and local government law, legislation, and election law.

Jason Rantanen '03, who will join the faculty at the University of Iowa.  He clerked for Judge Bryson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and litigated patents at Monger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco, before taking up a position as Visiting Researcher at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.  He also holds an M.A. in History from Chicago.  He specializes in intellectual property and patents.

Shine Tu '08, who will join the faculty at West Virginia University.  He is currently an associate with Foley & Lardner in Washington, DC, where he practiced intellectual property and patent law.  Prior to law school, he earned a PhD in pharmacology and cell biology at Cornell University.  He specializes in patents and intellectual property. 

In addition, five other alumni (or soon-to-be alumni!) have taken VAP/Fellowship positions (not all of them were on the teaching market this year):

Karen M. Bradshaw '10 has accepted the Koch-Searle Fellowship for 2011-13 at New York University.  She is presently clerking for Judge Jolly on the 5th Circuit.  She also has an M.B.A. from California State University, Chico.  She specializes in private law, with a focus on norms, propert, and environmental issues.

Justin (Gus) Hurwitz '07 has accepted a Fellowship for 2011-13 at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania Law School directed by Professor Christopher Yoo.  He has been a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC and is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University this Spring.  He specializes in antitrust, intellectual property, and regulated industries.

Rhett Larson '05 has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professorship for 2011-13 at Arizona State University.   He practiced environmental and natural resources law in Phoenix, and is completing an M.Sc. in Water Science, Policy & Management at Oxford University.  He specializes in environmental and natural resources law.

Roger Perlstadt '02 has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professorship for 2011-13 at the University of Florida, Gainesville.  He clerked for Judge Bucklo in the Northern District of Illinois, and has been a commercial litigator in Chicago.  He specializes in civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, contracts, and employment discrimination.

David Schraub '11 has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professorship for 2011-12 at the University of Illinois College of Law.  He will then clerk for Judge Murphy on the 8th Circuit in 2012-13.  He specializes in antidiscrimination law and constitutional law and theory.

Aaron Simowitz '07 has accepted an Acting Assistant Professorship for 2011-13 in the Lawyering Program at New York University.  He clerked for Judge Smith on the 3rd Circuit, and has been a litigator with Gibson Dunn in New York City.  He specializes in criminal law, immigration law, constitutional law, and property.

Again, congratulations to them all!

ADDENDUM:  For those interested in trends in law school hiring over a longer period of time, do see this recent study.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 18, 2011 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

May 17, 2011

Updated Lateral Faculty Moves

I have updated my list of 2011 law school faculty moves here.  Please let me know ASAP if there are any changes - I feel a powerful need to put this year's list to bed.  Meanwhile, Sarah Lawsky has finalized this year's entry level hiring report here.

ADDENDUM FROM LEITER:  As Professor Lawsky notes, the entry-level hiring report is more a "snapshot" than a complete picture, since it undercounts very substantially (and it also overcounts a bit, since it includes some hires from last year in this year's count).  I don't think this affects the utility of some of the data, however, such as the distribution of graduate degrees, VAPs, and Fellowships, since I don't suppose there is a reason to think those are systematically undercounted in a skewed way.  (I was going to post on this separately, but Dan beat me to the punch, so I figured I'd just add my comment here.)

SOME MORE ENTRY-LEVEL DATA (LEITER):   Using Professor Lawsky's data (with two corrections:  adding one Yale grad who got a job at Michigan, and subtracting one Harvard grad who was hired in 2009-10 at Chicago, not this year) here's where those who got jobs at "top 35" law schools (see this earlier study of mine) earned their U.S. law degree:  Yale (9); Harvard (8); Chicago (4); NYU (4); Duke (2); and one each from Penn, Stanford, Northwestern, UC Hastings, Michigan, Southern California, Berkeley, Connecticut, and Wisconsin.   Taking into account class size, Yale grads had more than twice the success rate of Harvard and Chicago grads who were tied; and NYU and Duke had about half the success rate of Harvard and Chicago grads.


Posted by Dan Filler on May 17, 2011 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

May 16, 2011

Northwestern Law School Dean Search Update

This community-wide e-mail has now been sent out from the Northwestern Provost:

I am writing to update you on the status of the search for a new dean for the Law School.  As you know, the search committee recommended three finalists to President Schapiro and me, and these candidates visited the Law School in mid-April.  In follow-up to these visits, we engaged in serious discussions with finalists regarding the deanship.  Unfortunately, these discussions did not result in the appointment of a new dean. 

As we now move forward in our search for a new dean, I am pleased to announce that Kim Yuracko has agreed to extend her service to the School and University as interim dean, for a brief period, if necessary.  Kim has provided outstanding leadership in this interim capacity, and we appreciate her willingness to continue to lead the School in this role. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Law School dean search committee, and particularly committee chair Shari Diamond, for their diligence and effort in undertaking this search.   The committee has made a significant commitment to this endeavor over the past academic year, and both President Schapiro and I would like to recognize the outstanding work that they have conducted.  Shari Diamond graciously agreed to become chair of the committee while the search was underway, and her leadership of the committee was exceptional. 

For the next phase of the search, we will continue to rely on our search firm consultants, Russell Reynolds, to identify additional highly qualified individuals who would be interested in the position of dean.  As we consider these candidates, I will again turn to the search committee for their input, and will ensure that any finalists have the opportunity to meet with the faculty, staff, and students of the Law School. 

While we have faced challenges to date in finding the next dean of the Law School, President Schapiro and I remain very committed to working with the Law School community to find an exceptional next dean who will continue to lead the School forward.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 16, 2011 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

Krugman on Althouse


Posted by Brian Leiter on May 16, 2011 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink | TrackBack

May 13, 2011

Alabama's David Patton Named Federal Defender for SDNY

Professor David Patton, of the University of Alabama, has been named the new chief federal defender for the Southern District of New York.  Patton previously practiced with that office and has taught the criminal defense clinic at UA for the past 3 years.  (This past term he was visiting at Stanford.)

Posted by Dan Filler on May 13, 2011 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

May 12, 2011

Kraus from Virginia to Penn

Jody Kraus (contracts, commercial law, law & philosophy), a longtime member of the faculty at the University of Virginia, has accepted a senior offer from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.   What a splendid appointment for Penn!

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 12, 2011 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

Three Finalists for Wisconsin Deanship...

...described here on a blog by Wisconsin LawProf Ann Althouse, who asks for "comments" from her readers, who then proceed to trash and insult the candidates for Dean of her school!  Wow!   

(Thanks to a colleague at Wisconsin for the pointer.)

UPDATE:  A colleague elsewhere writes:

[A] quick thought on Althouse’s post on the Wisconsin Dean finalists: the comments not only were negative on the candidates (as you note), but degenerated into a cesspool of vile misogyny and homophobia (not only multiple calling Margaret Raymond a token “diversity” candidate, but multiple posts opining that she should get the job only if she has “big tits” and speculating that she’s a lesbian).  Isn’t Althouse at risk of letting her blog turn into AutoAdmit?  She has the free speech right to run whatever cesspool she wants, but is she prioritizing her desire for a widely read blog over her obligation to be a responsible member of academia? I’d prefer not to say this for attribution...only because I’m a prof at [another law school] where Margaret Raymond was named a Dean finalist too – but that’s part of why I’m so offended on her behalf; she’s a fantastic and impressive woman who deserves far better than a professor (Althouse) at a school where she’s a finalist (Wisconsin) hosting this sort of festival of misogyny and homophobia.

ANOTHER (5/14):   Apparently the Althouse blog site has been down, for reasons unknown, though the link will presumably come back to life.  In any case, my correspondent, above, gives the flavor of the comments.  Meanwhile, the current Wisconsin Dean did send out the following e-mail to the law school community:

At today’s faculty meeting, the faculty expressed concerns with the derogatory comments about the three dean finalists recently posted on a blog. In response to our discussion, I wish to share the following statement:

Like the rest of the Law School community, I was extremely impressed with the caliber of the applicants to be the next Dean of our school, and believe that each of the three finalists would be an outstanding Dean.

That makes it all the more unfortunate that a few individuals have used a blog maintained by one of our own faculty members to post scurrilous comments about the finalists. To the best of my knowledge, none of the individuals posting these comments claims to have any connection to our school or university. We are appalled by these remarks. Kathie Hendley and I have communicated this to each of the finalists.

Given the tenor and nature of the blog comments, I believe that a public response is inappropriate and might give the comments more weight than is warranted.

Please continue to share your thoughts and concerns with me. I appreciate the thoughtfulness of the law school community.

AND YET ANOTHER:   Google's Blogger service apparently went beserk yesterday, and is still not fully back in service, but the original thread from the Althouse blog is here.   It turns out that Professor Althouse apparently believes the Blogger crash is part of a plot!

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 12, 2011 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

May 11, 2011

La Verne Law Loses ABA Full Accreditation Bid

The ABA accreditation committee rejected the University of La Verne College of Law's bid for full accreditation last week.  La Verne, which received provisional accreditation in 2006, sought full accreditation last year. The ABA Council, the final arbiter of these decisions, deferred its decision for a year.  Now the accreditation committee is recommending that the Council deny full accreditation.

La Verne's challenge is simple: its alumni have not passed the California bar at sufficiently high rates.  In July 2009, 34% of La Verne graduates passed the state's bar on their first attempt.  This number rose to 47% in July 2010.  In July 2010, 68% of first time takers passed the California bar.

Posted by Dan Filler on May 11, 2011 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink | TrackBack