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May 30, 2014

The "Top Ten" Lateral Moves for 2013-14

Here they are, based on a scientific analysis (i.e., my best judgment) as to the significance of the hire for the hiring school and/or the loss for the losing school (the full list of moves are here); I've left out any moves connected to my school, Chicago:

*Oren Bar-Gill (contracts, law & economics) from New York University to Harvard University.  Perhaps the leading contracts scholar of his generation.

 

*Mitchell Berman (criminal law, constitutional law, jurisprudence) from the University of Texas, Austin to the University of Pennsylvania.   If there were doubts as to whether Penn already had the best crim law faculty in the country, there can't be after this move; also strengthens an already excellent law & philosophy group at Penn.  Berman is probably the leading criminal law theorist of his generation in the U.S..

 

*Sujit Choudhry (comparative constitutional law) from New York University to the University of California, Berkeley, to become Dean.  Berkeley took several lateral losses this year, but one piece of good news was the recruitment of Choudhry, a prominent comparative constitutional law scholar, from NYU.

 

*Lee Epstein (empirical legal studies, law &  politics, judicial behavior) from the University of Southern California to Washington University, St. Louis.  One of the country's leading scholars of judicial behavior, her return after not quite a decade away (first at Northwestern, then at USC), is a major boost for Wash U, both the Law School and the Political Science Department.

 

*Michele B. Goodwin (law & technology, bioethics, constitutional law) and Gregory Shaffer (international law, international trade), both from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to the University of California, Irvine.  Irvine had a busy hiring year, but this high-profile scholarly couple may be the stand-out recruitment coup for UCI this season.

 

*Gillian Lester (employment law) and Eric Talley (corporate law, law & economics), both from the University of California, Berkeley to Columbia University (in 2015).  Another high-power scholarly couple, Lester will become Dean and Talley will join the faculty. 

 

*Andrew Morriss (law & economics, labor & employment law, energy law, environmental law, business regulation) from the University of Alabama to Texas A&M University [formerly Texas Wesleyan Law], to become the Dean.  A prolific and well-known scholar, Morriss previously held tenured posts at the University of Illinois and Case Western Reserve University.  

 

*David Sklansky (criminal law & procedure) from the University of California, Berkeley to Stanford University.  Stanford had a busy year of lateral hiring, but perhaps the biggest coup was Sklansky, who also had offers from Yale and Harvard.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 30, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

May 29, 2014

More attacks on the academic freedom of law professors: Gene Nichol at UNC-Chapel Hill

This one is far more ominous than the Laycock harassment noted the other day.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 29, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

May 28, 2014

My legal philosophy blog...

...is coming back to life.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 28, 2014 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

U Arizona cuts non-resident tuition

Blog Emperor Caron has the details.  I suspect that part of the plan is to make up lost revenue with the new B.A. in which law faculty will teach.  All-in-all, some interesting strategic moves by U of Arizona that will be watched closely by schools nationwide.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 28, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Lateral hires with tenure 2013-14

MOVING TO FRONT FOR THE LAST TIME--THE LATERAL HIRING SEASON APPEARS TO BE OVER (originally posted Oct. 16, 2013)--far more lateral hires than one would have expected given the economic climate.

These faculty haved accepted appointments with tenure that will begin in 2014-15:

*Howard Abrams (tax) from Emory University to the University of San Diego.

 

*Michelle Wilde Anderson (local government, land use) from the University of California, Berkeley to Stanford University.

 

*Anthony Appiah (moral & political philosophy) from Princeton University (Philosophy) to New York University (joint with the Philosophy Department, Law School, and NYU-Abu Dhabi).

 

*Kenneth Ayotte (bankruptcy, law & economics) from Northwestern University to the University of California, Berkeley. [Listed last year, but move is effective in 2014]

 

*Oren Bar-Gill (contracts, law & economics) from New York University to Harvard University.

 

*Mitchell N. Berman (criminal law, constitutional law, jurisprudence) from the University of Texas, Austin to the University of Pennsylvania.

 

*John Borrows (indigenous law, comparative law, human rights) from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities back to the University of Victoria.

 

*Mark Brandon (constitutional law) from Vanderbilt University to the University of Alabama (to become Dean).

 

*William Buzbee (environmental law, administrative law) from Emory University to Georgetown University.

 

*Jenny Carroll (criminal procedure) from Seton Hall University to the University of Alabama.

 

*Sujit Choudhry (comparative constitutional law) from New York University to the University of California, Berkeley (to become Dean).

 

*Steve Clowney (property, land use) from the University of Kentucky to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

 

*Andrew Coan (constitutional law, civil procedure) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison to the University of Arizona.

 

*Jennifer Collins (criminal law, family law) from Wake Forest University to Southern Methodist University (to become Dean).

 

*Steven Davidoff (corporate law) from Ohio State University to University of California, Berkeley. [move listed last year, but is actually effective in 2014]

 

*Michael Doran (tax) from Georgetown University back to the University of Virginia.

 

*Justin Driver (constitutional law) from the University of Texas, Austin to the University of Chicago.

 

*Lee Epstein (empirical legal studies, judicial behavior, law & politics) from the University of Southern California to Washington University, St. Louis.

 

*Kimberly Ferzan (criminal law, jurisprudence) from Rutgers University, Camden to the University of Virginia.

 

*Kaaryn Gustafson (law & inequality, poverty law, criminal procedure) from the University of Connecticut to the University of California, Irvine.

 

*Michele B. Goodwin (law & technology, bioethics, constitutional law) from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to the University of California, Irvine.

 

*G. Mitu Gulati (contracts, corporate, law & economics, empirial legal studies) from Duke University to the University of Southern California. (Gulati will stay at Duke)

 

*Emily Hammond (energy law, environmental law, administrative law) from Wake Forest University to George Washington University.

 

*Bernard Harcourt (criminal law, critical theory) from the University of Chicago to Columbia University.

 

*David Hasen (tax) from Santa Clara University to the University of Colorado, Boulder.

 

*Michael Hatfield (tax, legal ethics, wills & estates) from Texas Tech University to the University of Washington, Seattle.

 

*Christine Hurt (corporate law, tax) from the University of Illinois to Brigham Young University.

 

*Darian Ibrahim (corporate) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison to the College of William & Mary.

  

*Charles Jalloh (international human rights, international criminal law) from the University of Pittsburgh to Florida International University.

 

*Cathleen Kaveny (law & religion, ethics) from the University of Notre Dame to Boston College.

 

*Kimberly Krawiec (corporate) from Duke University to the University of Southern California. (Krawiece will stay at Duke)

 

*Andrew Kull (restitution, contracts, constitutional law) from Boston University to the University of Texas, Austin.

 

*Amy Landers (intellectual property) from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law to Drexel University.

 

*Gillian Lester (employment law) from the University of California, Berkeley to Columbia University (as Dean in January 2015).

 

*Jacqueline Lipton (intellectual property, Cyberlaw) from the University of Houston to the University of Akron.

 

*Robert MacCoun (law & psychology) from the University of California, Berkeley to Stanford University.

 

*Patricia McCoy (insurance law, consumer law, regulation of financial services) from the University of Connecticut to Boston College.

 

*Edward R. Morrison (bankruptcy, law & economics, empirical legal studies) from the University of Chicago back to Columbia University.

 

*Andrew Morriss (law & economics, labor & employment law, energy law, environmental law, business regulation) from the University of Alabama to Texas A&M University [formerly Texas Wesleyan Law] (to become Dean)

 

*Samuel Moyn (legal history) from Columbia University (History Dept) to Harvard University (Law School).

 

*Xuan-Thao Nguyen (intellectual property, tax) from Southern Methodist University to Indiana University, Indianapolis.

 

*Saule Omarove (banking law, financial regulation, corporate finance) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to Cornell University.

 

*Eduardo Penalver (property, law & religion) from University of Chicago back to Cornell University (to become Dean).

 

*Wendell Pritchett (land use, legal history, urban policy) from Rutgers University, Camden (where he was Chancellor) back to the University of Pennsylvania.

 

*Intisar A. Rabb (Islamic law) from New York University to Harvard University.

 

*Robert Rhee (corporate law & finance) from the University of Maryland to the University of Florida, Gainesville.

 

*L. Song Richardson (criminal law & procedure) from the University of Iowa to the University of California, Irvine.


*Kalyani Robbins (environmental law) from the University of Akron to Florida International University.

 

*Troy Rule (property, natural resources & energy law, land use, real estate) from the University of Missouri to Arizona State University. 

 

*Gregory Shaffer (international law, international trade) from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to the University of California, Irvine.

 

*Stephen Sheppard (international, environmental, and constitutional law; legal history) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville to St. Mary's University (to become Dean).

 

*David Sklansky (criminal law & procedure) from the University of California, Berkeley to Stanford University.

 

*A. Benjamin Spencer (civil procedure) from Washington & Lee University to the University of Virginia.

 

*Paul Stancil (civil procedure, antitrust) from the University of Illinois to Brigham Young University.

 

*Nancy Staudt (tax) from the University of Southern California to Washington University, St. Louis (to become Dean).

 

*Adam Steinman (civil procedure, federal courts) from Seton Hall University to the University of Alabama.

 

*Kristen Stilt (Islamic law and society, legal history) from Northwestern University to Harvard University.

 

*David Studdert (health law, empirical legal studies) from the University of Melbourne to Stanford University (joint with the Law School and the Medical School). 

 

*Eric Talley (corporate law, law & economics) from the University of California, Berkeley to Columbia University (in 2015).

 

*Donald Tobin (tax, election law) from Ohio State University to the University of Maryland (to become Dean).

 

*Gerald Torres (environmental law, Federal Indian law, critical race theory) from the University of Texas, Austin to Cornell University.

 

*Deborah Tuerkheimer (criminal law, domestic violence, feminist legal theory) from DePaul University to Northwestern University.

 

*Jeremy Waldron (political & legal philosophy), who had been part-time at Oxford University and part-time at New York University the past two years, will return full-time to NYU.

 

*Robert Weber (corporate law & finance, banking law) from the University of Tulsa to Georgia State University (he is moving to GSU, but it is a lateral tenure-track move, not tenured)

 

I will move this to the front of the blog at various intervals during the year.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 28, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

May 27, 2014

Law professors as university presidents

This is just off the top of my head, but it seems like a lot:  Kent Syverud at Syracuse University; Michael Fitts at Tulane University; Joel Seligman at University of Rochester; John Sexton at New York University; Lee Bollinger at Columbia University; Bill Powers at the University of Texas at Austin; Frederick Lawrence at Brandeis University; Nicholas Zeppos at Vanderbilt University; David Leebron at Rice University; Ronald Daniels at Johns Hopkins University. Other current ones?

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 27, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink | Comments (26)

May 24, 2014

Dear UVA students: in prying into Prof. Laycock's e-mails you are attacking his academic freedom

Douglas Laycock (Virginia) is, I would agree, on the wrong side of a number of recent religious liberty issues in both his advocacy and in his scholarship, but students requesting his e-mails are engaged in harassment and intimidation that infringe upon his academic freedom.  Cut it out, kids!  No good will come of this kind of mischief.  (You also won't succeed in stifling Prof. Laycock, so you're also wasting your time.  Try talking to him!  He's not that scary.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 24, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

May 23, 2014

On the right to be forgotten

A sensible commentary from my colleague Eric Posner.  It's one of the many travesties that is modern First Amendment law that it would prohibit the recognition of such a right here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 23, 2014 in Jurisprudence, Law in Cyberspace, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

May 21, 2014

LSAC settles ADA lawsuits

Good news for students with disabilities considering law school.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 21, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

More thoughts on legal education

This time from Chapman's Richard Redding.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 21, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink