The American Bar Association has announced that the current interim Consultant on Legal Education, Barry Currier, will permanently take on the job of Managing Director of Legal Education and Accreditation. This is a new title for the position of Consultant. Currier served as the Deputy Consultant from 2000-04.
Annette Clark, who served an abbreviated term as dean of Saint Louis University School of Law and was interim dean of Seattle University School of Law from 2009-10, has been named the new dean of Seattle.
Last week, Federal Judge William Walls (District of N.J.) denied Widener University School of Law's motion to dismiss in a case alleging that the law school provided misleading and
incomplete graduate employment rates in violation of New Jersey and Delaware Consumer
Fraud Acts. The opinion is here.
Professor Daniel Hamilton, the associate dean for faculty development at the University of Illinois College of Law, has been named the new dean of the University of Nevada Las Vegas law school. Hamilton has a JD from George Washington and a Ph.D in history from Harvard. As Al Brophy notes over at the Faculty Lounge, Hamilton joins Bill Treanor, Dave Douglas, Bruce Smith, Ray Solomon, and Greg Mark as legal historians turned law school deans.
Lucinda Harrison-Cox, Raquel Ortiz, and Michael Yelnosky of Roger Williams Law have updated their annual study of per capita faculty scholarly productivity in top journals, now from 1993 to 2012. The results are here.
Their research focuses on schools outside the US News Top 50, and uses a modified version of the methodology Brian employs in this ranking.
As Brian pointed out previously, this list gives some insight into which regional schools have more of a scholarly culture.
I hope nobody will blame me for noting that in Drexel's debut year in the study, our faculty cracked the Top 40. That's not bad, given that the majority of our faculty members weren't scholars during most of the relevant time period (which began in 1993); most were hired into their first tenure track job in 2006 or later.
Indiana University - Indianapolis School of Law has named Andrew Klein as its next dean. Klein, who has been on the IU-I faculty since 2000, currently serves as the University's vice-chancellor for academic affairs.
Paul Caron (tax), longtime faculty member at the University of Cincinnati and, of course, tax blogger extraordinaire, and Emperor of a vast blog empire, has accepted a senior offer from the law school at Pepperdine University, effective this fall. Congratulations to Paul, and to Pepperdine, which has been on a steep upward trajectory of both lateral and junior hiring over the last decade.
Spring Break begins here, and I'm on a lecture tour abroad in South America and won't be on the Internet much, if at all, for most of the next two weeks (I also travel with only an ipad which, for reasons unknown, doesn't work with typepad anyway). Dan Filler will probably also be taking a Spring Break from blogging, but it's possible he may have one or two items; I have one special item pre-scheduled for Monday, and that's it. Regular blogging will resume in April. (For those curious, since I know some readers here also occasionally read my philosophy blog too, I always pre-schedule a lot of material for that blog, since it has both more traffic and paying advertisers! There will also be a guest-blogger there for some of the time.)
I imagine many others are on Spring Break as well; I wish those readers a pleasant break.