May 10, 2011
Michigan Law Grads Protest Graduation Speech by Anti-Gay Senator Portman
Story here. It sounds like the students handled the protest quite effectively. Kudos to them!
May 9, 2011
Delaware, Other Universities Shelve New Law School Plans
The big news out of Newark, Delaware this weekend is that the University of Delaware has delayed plans to open a law school. Delaware President had ordered a feasibility study just last December - but the results weren't good. It turns out (surprise, surprise) that quality law schools are not cash cows. And given the economy, fundraising is apparently quite slack.
Delaware goes the way of several other new law school projects languishing on the drawing board. SUNY Binghamton put their new law school on hold. Wilkes University Law School is stalled. And law school plans at SUNY Stony Brook, St. John Fisher, and the University of North Texas have also gone silent.
If the legal economy bounces back, some of these proposals may be reactivated. And the folks at Belmont University College of Law seem to be moving forward with a Fall 2011 entering class. But times have certainly changed in the law school expansion world. Opening a law school is no more of sure thing for universities than a JD is for students contemplating grad school.
"Becoming a Law Professor: A Candidate's Guide"
So I finally got around to examining this new book from the ABA, which is preposterously overpriced at nearly $100! It's clearly not worth that price, since most of the information it contains is available on-line and for free. (Examples here, here, and here.) That being said, it would be easy to recommend if it were $9.99, since it does aggregate a lot of the information that is dispersed around cyber-space, and it adds some useful commentary on a variety of issues aspiring law teachers confront. Those interested in law teaching might see about getting a library copy of this book to peruse.
May 6, 2011
Large Defamation Verdict For Law Professors Reduced
Back in December I noted that David Rudovsky, a Senior Fellow on the Penn Law faculty, and Len Sosnov, Professor of Law at Widener, won a $5 million dollar punitive damages verdict in a defamation case against West Publishing. The case arose when West published an allegedly crappy update to Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure without the permission (or participation) of the authors.
Last month, Judge John Fullam reduced the verdict to a mere $400,000. That shrinks a luxe beach block vacation home into a bachelor's degree from NYU. Still, not bad for a day's work. Mark Giangrande and Joe Hodnicki consider this case in substantial depth over at Law Librarian Blog.
May 5, 2011
Michael Martin Named Dean at Fordham
Fordham University School of Law announced yesterday that Professor Michael Martin, who has been serving as interim dean since the departure of Dean Bill Treanor, has been named permanent dean. This will no doubt raise a few eyebrows because Martin was not one of the three finalists forwarded to the university administration. Indeed, Martin was not a candidate for the deanship. My understanding is that one finalist was offered, and declined, the deanship.
May 4, 2011
Huang from Temple to Colorado
Peter Huang (corporate & securities law, law & economics, law & psychology) at Temple University has accepted a new Chair at the University of Colorado School of Law, where he will start this fall.
Three Current or Former Legal Academics Elected to the American Philosophical Society
The new members are Associate Justice Elena Kagan of the U.S. Supreme Court (who taught previously at Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Law School); Robert C. Post, Dean of Yale Law School; and Anne-Marie Slaughter, the former Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University and a current professor of politics and public affairs there, who taught previously at Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Law School.
May 3, 2011
How Some Law Schools Use "Scholarships" to Boost 1L Credentials, and Then Pull the $$$ If the Students Don't 'Perform'
Most readers will have seen this New York Times article, but just in case I'm linking it. It's worth a read.
May 2, 2011
Epstein, Staudt from Northwestern to Southern California
Lee Epstein, a leading scholar in the study of judicial behavior, and Nancy Staudt (tax law), both professors of law at Northwestern University, have accepted senior offers from the University of Southern California (the USC press releases are here). Epstein will hold a joint appointment with the College of Liberal Arts at USC. Not long ago, USC also recruited a leading positive political theorist, Mathew McCubbins (from UC San Diego). With the addition of Epstein, USC will now be a very top destination of choice for students interested in a JD/PhD in political science.