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May 14, 2013

Trasviña Named Dean of USF

John Trasviña, the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, has been appointed dean of the University of San Francisco School of Law.  He holds a JD from Stanford and previously headed up the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Posted by Dan Filler on May 14, 2013 in Faculty News | Permalink

May 13, 2013

Brooks from Yale to Columbia

Richard Brooks, a leading contracts and law & economics scholar at Yale Law School, has accepted a senior offer from Columbia.  He's the second senior faculty member to move from Yale to Columbia in recent years (the other being tax scholar Michael Graetz).

UPDATE:  Jonathan Adler (Case Western) points out that technically Brooks is the third, since Thomas Merrill moved from Columbia to Yale a few years ago, but then moved back to Columbia about a year later.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 13, 2013 in Faculty News | Permalink

May 12, 2013

Mother's day thoughts

I found interesting this set of reflections by Rick Hills (NYU).

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 12, 2013 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

May 10, 2013

Corporate Practice Commentator's "Top 10" Articles for 2012

The full list is here; the authors of the 11 articles are:  (1) John Armour (Oxford), Bernard Black (Northwestern), and Brian Cheffins (Cambridge); (2) Oren Bar-Gill & Ryan Bubb (both NYU); (3) Robert Bartlett (Berkeley); (4) Michal Barzuza (Virginia); (5) William Bratton & Michael Wachter (both Penn); (6) Matthew Cain (Notre Dame, Business) & Steven Davidoff (Ohio State); (7) Cheffins (Cambridge), Armour (Oxford), & Black (Northwestern) again, for a different piece; (8) Jill Fisch (Penn); (9) Edward Rock (Penn); (10) Richard Squire (Forhdam); and (11) Randall Thomas (Vanderbilt) & Robert Thompson (Georgetown).

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 10, 2013 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

Richard Epstein on Harper's "The Lawyer Bubble"

From the conclusion of what is a quite measured review of a lazy and careless book:  "Mr. Harper's blunderbuss condemnation of most large firms and most law schools is off-target. By and large, they have proved resilient in a competitive legal climate."

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 10, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

May 9, 2013

Another law school adopts a 2-year accelerated JD program

The first in the New York area.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 9, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

"Unsubstantiated assertion" and "platitudinous self-congratulation"

This is funny:

Professor Silver’s response [to Tamanaha] contains a number of unsubstantiated assertions.  This Essay addresses three of them....These claims illustrate how, in my view, the crisis of the American law school is in large part a product of the tendency of law school faculty to indulge in platitudinous self-congratulation...

when juxtaposed in the very same piece with this bit of unsubstantiated self-congratulation:

These facts [about the bad job market for new lawyers and the high cost of law school], which are central to Tamanaha’s argument that the economics of American legal education are broken, did not become generally known through a perfect storm of market correction but rather via the efforts of a committed cadre of reformers....

I guess those who fancy themselves part of a "cadre" can't be expected to substantiate their self-congratulation.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 9, 2013 in Law Professors Saying Dumb Things | Permalink

May 8, 2013

Law faculty salaries 2012-13

Blog Emperor Caron breaks out the latest SALT data.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 8, 2013 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

Decline in lateral hiring of faculty

The evidence.  Not surprising.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 8, 2013 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

May 7, 2013

Is law school tuition going up or down?

No one really knows, but given the data from private universities and colleges, the answer is very likely "down."

MEANWHILE an uptick in employment for new lawyers.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 7, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink