June 16, 2011
Changes on the Horizon for the Employment Data ABA Collects
Scroll down to page 20 of this ABA memorandum for the details. In sum: the ABA is going to start asking for details about the types of jobs graduates are taking: whether they require a JD or not, whether they are full-time or part-time, whether they are of limited duration, whether the university is funding the position. They are also going to stop collecting and publishing school-specific salary data. These changes are, of course, salutary, though are going to put real pressure on the general reluctance of law schools to lie to the ABA, at least while USNWR hovers. And, of course, changes in ABA data means changes in what U.S. News does with the data (though it is a bit much for U.S. News--which is entirely responsible for the incentive to fudge reporting due to its heavy reliance on self-reported data--to present itself like a neutral do-gooder in this whole affair).
It looks like the era of reported 100% employment rates are over. Will U.S. News, one wonders, apologize for perpetrating a fraud on its readers for so many years?
June 15, 2011
ABA Accreditation News
June 14, 2011
In Memoriam: David Baldus (1935-2011)
A longtime member of the law faculty at the University of Iowa, Professor Baldus did hugely important empirical work on the capital punishment system in the United States. A memorial notice is here.
The top "law" blogs have almost nothing to do with law
Blog Emperor Caron, an inveterate list-compiler, once again identifies the most-trafficked blogs by law professors, and the immediately striking fact is that four of the top five have almost nothing to do with law, and four of the top five are right-wing blogs, three of which owe large portions of their traffic to endless links from the benighted Glenn Reynolds (yes, that guy). One thing I like about these lists is it keeps track of which direction my traffic is going! Without a doubt, of course, I have the most important readership of any of these blogs.
June 13, 2011
Some more lateral moves
Here's a few that have come to my attention; some transpired a few months back, though I learned of them (or had them confirmed) more recently:
Ann Bartow (intellectual property, cyberlaw) from the University of South Carolina to Pace University.
Kenworthy Bilz (criminal law, evidence, law & psychology) from Northwestern University to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Gabriel (Jack) Chin (criminal law, immigration law, race and the law) from the University of Arizona to the University of California at Davis.
Adam Cox (voting rights, immigration law), from University of Chicago to New York University (where, alas, his wife had a professional opportunity unavailable in Chicago).
Paul Heald (intellectual property), from University of Georgia to University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Vicki Jackson (comparative constitutional law, federal courts), from Georgetown University to Harvard University.
Kristin Madison (health law, economics & policy), from University of Pennsylvania to Northeastern University.
Tanina Rostain (legal ethics) from New York Law School to Georgetown University.
June 11, 2011
Congratulations to the University of Chicago Law School Class of 2011!
It's been a pleasure and a privilege to teach such talented young men and women, and I am sure I speak for all of my colleagues in wishing you much professional success and personal happiness in the years ahead!
June 10, 2011
In Memoriam: Steven Gey
As both Franita Tolson and Howard Wasserman have noted, Professor Steven Gey of the Florida State University School of Law, passed away on June 9. I only met Steve a couple of times, but he was always incredibly thoughtful and kind. He had been in a battle with ALS since 2006 - when he was told he had three years to live. During his illness, Dan Markel posted several memorable life updates from Steve here, here, and here.
Steve didn't let up the whole time. What was doing as the illness took its toll? Writing law review articles of course!
See, e.g., Why Should Free Speech Protect Government Speech When the Government Has Nothing to Say?, 95 Iowa L. Rev. 1259 (2010); The Brandenberg Paradigm and Other First Amendments, 12 Pa. J. Const. Law 971 (2010); The Procedural Annihilation of Structural Rights, 61 Hastings L.J. 1 (2009).
Watch the video of a wonderful old graduation speech by Professor Gey here.
We will miss him.
Triantis from Harvard to Stanford
George Triantis, a leading writer on the law and economics of contracts and commercial law at Harvard Law School, has accepted a senior offer from Stanford Law School.
June 9, 2011
More Moral Insight from Professor Reynolds
After reading our example from earlier in the week, a reader in New York kindly sent another example of acute moral insight from Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds (who is apparently already renowned for his enthusiasm for murder, genocide and war!); in this case, Professor Reynolds is responding to a reader's query: "Why should we be all fired up about women's health and not men's health? Is there a special role of government in taking care of women? Why?". Reynolds' answer:
Because women want an Uncle Sugar to take the place of a husband?
Certainly that must be the reason.
June 8, 2011
Leeds Named Dean at Arkansas
Stacy Leeds has been named the new dean at the University of Arkansas School of Law. She is currently is the interim associate dean for academic affairs, professor of law, and director of the Tribal Law and Government Center at the University of Kansas School of Law. Arkansas reports that she is the first American Indian woman to serve as a law school dean.