October 18, 2011
ABA Drafting New Sanctions for Falsification of Placement Data
The ABA Section on Legal Education announced today that its chair is directing the standards review committee to draft new sanctions for schools that publish deceptive placement data. More details are here. The press release notes that publication of false admissions data already puts schools at risk of losing accreditation. It will be interesting to see what transgression might trigger such severe sanctions.
October 17, 2011
The Logic of an MIT Law
Dan Katz has a proposal for an MIT School of Law grounded in computational legal studies. How many professors at Yale or Harvard Law, he asks, "seriously know anything about legal information engineering, not normative argumentation or policy making." What better place to reimagine law in computational terms than MIT?
Of course, MIT might simply start a Department of Legal Engineering. Or LE, as it would presumably be known among the locals.
October 13, 2011
University of Baltimore Prepares for Dean Search
The University of Balitmore has announced that it will be boosting the law school budget by an extra one million dollars per year for the next five years. This is good news for any law school, but might not be blogworthy except for the fact that Dean Phil Closius waseased out of his job last spring after complaining about the percentage of law school tuition revenue captured by the University. (The University told a slightly different story.) In any case, UB now needs to find a new permanent dean - and stay in the good graces of the ABA - so this maneuver makes sense. And my guess is that this infusion is only the beginning. Any strong decanal candidate is going to be asking for significant financial commitments for the law school going forward.
UB is a very good law school. The university will have to decide whether it would prefer the law school to serve the broader institution as a a reputation leader or a cash cow. It can't have both. And that decision will have significant implications for the sort of dean the school is able to attract.
Why Tolerate Religion?
October 12, 2011
Some AALS Interview Tips
From Lyrissa Lidsky (Florida).
"Occupy Wall Street"
Frank Pasquale (Seton Hall) has an illuminating post (with lots of links) about the growing protests against the plutocracy.
October 11, 2011
"Do you have any questions for us?"
Senator Boxer Still Pressing the ABA to Reform Employment Data Reporting by Law Schools
Curious how interested she's now gotten in this issue. Usually Senators have personal reasons for getting obsessed with issues like this. E-mail me if you have any idea what led Senator Boxer to champion this cause.
October 10, 2011
Class Stratification in American Legal Education
Blog Emperor Caron has links to an interesting set of articles.
October 8, 2011
Ian Ayres Might Pay You to Listen to His Songs
Ian Ayres (former executive editor of The Hilltop and current Yale law prof) and his daughter Anna, spent lots of time writing songs this summer. He'd like a) for you to listen to some of them and b) to gather data. So he's created a contest in which you play three songs - two by Anna and one co-authored by the two of them - and guess which one he co-wrote. The winner gets an iTunes gift card, the value of which is determined by the number of people who view the YouTube clips.
While the contest is open until October 31, he's offering special prizes (i.e., autographed copies of his books) for talented contestants who enter before October 10. I am assuming that regulators will consider this particular challenge a test of skill - thus exempting it from various domestic and foreign regulations of sweepstakes. He must be worried about those pesky regulators since he explicitly notes:
This is not a legally enforceable offer or agreement. While I intend to give someone a gift card, you shouldn’t rely on this post to your detriment. Feel free to say bad things about me though if I don’t pay off.
If you're game to invest eight minutes listening to The Ayres Family Greatest Hits, you can try your luck...uhh, I mean skill... here.