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Friday, 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.

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