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February 8, 2013

Edwin Mellen Press sues librarian for millions after he criticizes the quality of the Press's catalogue

IHE has a write-up on this remarkable story.  The lawsuit was brought in Canada.

UPDATE:  The Gawker site has some fun with this.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 8, 2013 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 7, 2013

Letsou Named Dean of Memphis

The University of Memphis School of Law has announced that Peter Letsou will become its new dean this ummer.  Letsou, a University of Chicago Law grad, moves to Memphis from Willamette Law.

Posted by Dan Filler on February 7, 2013 in Faculty News | Permalink

February 6, 2013

"Legal Realisms, Old and New"

The final version (pending copy-editing), which was given as the 2012 Seegers Lecture in Jurisprudence this past fall at Valparaiso, and which will appear in their law review later this year.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 6, 2013 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

The case for law school...

...courtesy of the University of Denver.  This echoes some of the points noted in an earlier debate.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 6, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thomson Reuters Dumps Law School Publishing

As first reported by Paul Caron, Thomson Reuters has sold its law academic publishing division to Eureka Growth Capital.  West Academic, Foundation and Gilbert will now be  part of West Academic Publishing.  Given the increasing transition to digital materials with hyperlinks - first with TWEN (which presumably stays part of the Thomson Reuters stable) and soon with digital texts - I'm curious about how Thomson and West Academic Publishing will (or will not) continue to integrate their products. Is Thomson Reuters planning on creating its own digital law school textbook line?

Posted by Dan Filler on February 6, 2013 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 5, 2013

From the ABA Legal Education Consultant's Archive

In the early 1970's, law schools expanded dramatically as more and more women enrolled.  Millard Ruud, and later James White, ABA consultants on legal education, wrote about this phenomenon - and related job placement challenges - in a series of ABA Journal articles from 1972 to 1975.  While the context is different - tuition, for one thing, has gone through the roof - these pieces remain interesting reading for those following the current crisis.  Citations to, and selected excerpts from, The Burgeoning Law School Enrollment series are here.

Posted by Dan Filler on February 5, 2013 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 4, 2013

Petition in support of academic freedom at Brooklyn College

There is information about recent events at Brooklyn College here and also here (and follow the various links).  Brooklyn College President Gould's latest, and strong, statement on the matter is here.   The petition is here, and has already been signed by hundreds of academic philosophers.  Since a law professor, Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School, has been leading the charge against Brooklyn College, I hope law professors, including those at Harvard, will sign this petition to make clear where the legal academic community stands on this issue.  (You may include identifying information in the "comment" section of the petition.)

UPDATE:  Although it presents different issues, it seems to me that this is, qua academic freedom matter, as clear a case as the call for Berkeley to fire John Yoo several years ago. 

ANOTHER:  The New York Times has come out strongly in support of academic freedom, and repudiated the position of Professor Dershowitz.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 4, 2013 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Submitting to law reviews

Updated for Spring 2013.  Co-author Nancy Levit (Missouri/Kansas City) writes:   

The highlights from this round of revisions include the following:  First, there has been movement toward Scholastica and we have tried to track which law reviews prefer Scholastica or exclusively accept through that channel.  Second, the chart now includes, where available, information about whenjournals are open to receive articles—i.e. the opening date for the submission season.


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Posted by Brian Leiter on February 4, 2013 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

American legal education in global perspective

An optimistic take from NYU's Rob Howse.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 4, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 2, 2013

Total number of law schools and law students, 1964 to the present

Useful data here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 2, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink