Rogers Williams has updated its annual study of the scholarly productivity of schools outside the "top 50" in U.S. Snooze. No major changes this year, but it's certainly a good snapshot of more regional law schools with highly productive faculties.
Dorothy Roberts at Northwestern University has accepted an interdisciplinary appointment in the Law School and the Sociology Department at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written widely on issues at the intersection of race, gender and the law.
According to a new study by the American Association of University Professors, university and college faculty salaries have grown at a far slower rate than university and college tuitions. Thus, adjusted for inflation, faculty salaries at four year doctoral private schools have gone up 7.7% while tuition at all private four year universities have gone up 28.9% over the last decade. More thoughts and details here.
Former SUNY Buffalo Law Professor Jeffrey Malkan is suing the school's dean, Dean Makau W. Mutua, on the grounds that he fired Malkan illegally in 2008. Malkan, the former director of UB's legal research and writing program, argues that the school didn't follow proper process in dismissing him. Among other things, he argues that he was entitled to faculty review of the decision. Mutua argues that the firing was legitimate because it resulted from the shutdown of the school's entire legal writing program. The program was replaced by something called a "skills" program. More details here.
Not surprising, given the advantages for doing that kind of work there. The two lateral moves are my esteemed colleague Anu Bradford, who is going to Columbia; and Alan Sykes, who is leaving Stanford for NYU.
Swamped with real work, I haven't had a chance to add much new material to the ranking site lately, but a few projects are in the works: an updated ranking of schools based on AAAS membership; a study of where the top litigation boutiques (as ranked by Vault) go to hire legal talent; and a new scholarly impact study, being prepared by Gregory Sisk and his team at St. Thomas (I'm offering help, but they're doing the real work). All of these should be on-line by the fall, the first two much sooner than that.