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.
February 7, 2013
Letsou Named Dean of MemphisThe 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.
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.
The case for law school......courtesy of the University of Denver. This echoes some of the points noted in an earlier debate.
Thomson Reuters Dumps Law School PublishingAs 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?
February 5, 2013
From the ABA Legal Education Consultant's ArchiveIn 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.
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.
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.