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July 8, 2011

New Canadian Law School at Lakehead University

Ontario has approved the creation of the province's first new law school since 1969, signing off on the creation of a program at Lakehead University.  Lakehead, located in Thunder Bay, is about nine hours from the nearest law school (the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg.)  Based on news reports, at least, it appears that Lakehead has the potential to meet significant unmet needs for attorneys in the region.  The school which will receive some province funding and plans to open its doors with a 55 student class in the fall of 2013.  It will be housed in a refurbished high school.

Posted by Dan Filler on July 8, 2011 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink | TrackBack

July 7, 2011

Another "State" Law School Contemplating Going Private

Minnesota.

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 7, 2011 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink | TrackBack

Rosin on the LSAT, Bar Passage, Diversity and the ABA

For those of you who haven't been following this series, Gary Rosin has had a number of interesting, in-depth posts about the LSAT, bar passage rates, and the implications of the ABA's accreditation rules for law schools seeking to admit significant numbers of under-represented minorities.  Among other things, they complicate the recent news of ABA's de-accreditation of the University of LaVerne School of Law.  They're worth a look.

The LSAT-Free Illusion
Interpretation 301-6: Low LSATs and High “Cut Scores”
"Down Market" Diversity and Bar Passage
Historically Black Law Schools and the ABA
Estimating 301-6 Risk: First Cut 
ABA, the DoE and 301-6
Sander v. State Bar of California
ABA Pulls LaVerne's Accreditation
More on LaVerne
A Tale of Two Law Schools: Introduction
A Tale of Two Law Schools: Cut Scores and Bar Passage Rates

 

Posted by Dan Filler on July 7, 2011 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink | TrackBack

July 6, 2011

In Memoriam: Dean David Getches

This news item is both sad and rather sudden.  On June 30, David Getches stepped down after a successful eight year run as dean of the University of Colorado School of Law.  Yesterday, he passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.  He had intended to return to teaching as the Raphael J. Moses Professor of Natural Resources Law.  He joined the Colorado faculty in 1979 and was 68 years old.

Posted by Dan Filler on July 6, 2011 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

July 5, 2011

Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Law, Volume 1...

...is now out, clocking in at 298 pages.   (UK Amazon lists it as 'in stock,' and presumably the US will shortly.)  OUP has done a very nice production job, and Les Green and I were extremely pleased with the contributions for the first volume.  There are four papers on issues in general jurisprudence (by David Enoch of the Hebrew University, Mark Greenberg of UCLA, Kevin Toh of San Francisco State, and Riccardo Guastini of the University of Genoa); an essay on constitutional theory by John Gardner at Oxford; and three papers on various philosophical (and sometimes empirical issues) surrounding criminal law and procedure, by Larry Laudan from UNAM, Marcia Baron of Indiana, and Thomas Nadelhoffer of Dickinson.

The full contents of volume 1:

1. Reason-Giving and the Law , David Enoch

2. The Standard Picture and Its Discontents , Mark Greenberg

3. Legal Judgments as Plural Acceptance of Norms , Kevin Toh

4. Rule-Scepticism Restated , Riccardo Guastini

5. Can There be a Written Constitution? , John Gardner

6. The Rules of Trial, Political Morality and the Costs of Error: Or, Is Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Doing More Harm than Good? , Larry Laudan

7. Self-Defense: The Imminence Requirement , Marcia Baron

8. Criminal Law, Philosophy, and Psychology: Working At the Cross-roads , Thomas Nadelhoffer

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 5, 2011 in Jurisprudence | Permalink | TrackBack

Still More Thoughts on Law School Enrollments, Jobs, Tuition, etc.

Tamanaha v. Seto.  To some extent, they seem to be talking past each other, but Tamanaha's basic points seem to me to stand.

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 5, 2011 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink | TrackBack

July 2, 2011

The changing legal marketplace

More interesting "big picture" perspective from Bill Henderson (Indiana).

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 2, 2011 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | TrackBack

July 1, 2011

More on Law School Enrollments and the Demand for New Lawyers

Ted Seto (Loyola/LA) comments.

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 1, 2011 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings, Student Advice | Permalink | TrackBack

Duquesne Law Professor Settles Suit; Ottawa Law Prof Sues Former Colleague

About a year ago I reported that Professor Vanessa Brown-Barbour, an associate professor at Duquesne Law, had sued her employer on the grounds that she was improperly passed over for the position of interim dean. We don't know the details, but it appears that the case settled last week.   

Meanwhile, up the road a piece - in Ontario - University of Ottawa law professor Joanne St. Lewis is suing her old colleague, Denis Rancourt (a former physics professor) for defamation.  Rancourt called St. Lewis "Allan Rock's House Negro" in his blog U of O Watch.  (Rock, a former political figure in Canada is now the president of the University of Ottawa.)  The post remains active; you can find it here.

Posted by Dan Filler on July 1, 2011 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack