Monday, August 28, 2017
Here are eight lateral moves from the 2016-17 list that, judging from my in-box and what I've heard other ways, made members of the academic community stop and take notice:
*Richard R.W. Brooks (contracts, business organizations, law & economics, law & social norms) from Columbia University to New York University. Brooks only moved to Columbia from Yale a couple of years ago, but he's now joined a long list of faculty who have decamped downtown over the last dozen years from Morningside Heights: Jose Alvarez, Cynthia Estlund, Scott Hemphill, Samuel Issacharoff, Trevor Morrison (who moved to become Dean), Catherine Sharkey, and Jeremy Waldron. No faculty member has moved from NYU to Columbia in over 25 years, which is a remarkable transformation in the relative academic position of the two schools from a generation ago. (Columbia has done plenty of lateral recruitment of its own, to be sure, poaching faculty from Yale, Chicago, and Virginia, among other places. Interestingly, Columbia graduates continue to dominate NYU graduates in the job market for new lawyers, though that gap has narrowed from a generation ago.)
*Eleanor Brown (property, immigration and migration law, law & development) from George Washington University to Pennsylvania State University, University Park. A scholar of migration and the role of property rights in migrant success, she takes up a joint appointment with both the law school and the school of international affairs, both of which will now be led by Hari Osofky, recruited from the University of Minnesota to be Dean of both. It's always a good sign when a school is able to recruit established scholars from currently higher-ranked institutions.
*Erwin Chemerinsky (constitutional law, civil procedure) from the University of California, Irvine to the University of California, Berkeley (to become Dean). One of the most influential (and most-cited) public law scholars in the United States, his move to Berkeley would have made news even if he weren't also becoming Dean.
*Brett Frischmann (intellectual property, Cyberlaw) from Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University to Villanova University. A leading scholar in these areas, Frischmann was recruited by Villanova with a new endowed University professorship. A big pick-up for Villanova.
*Herbert Hovenkamp (antitrust, intellectual property, legal history) from the University of Iowa to the University of Pennsylvania. The leading figure in antitrust in the United States, he spent roughly the last thirty years at the University of Iowa, turning down offers from Columbia and Chicago during that time. But now he's joining Penn as a Penn-Integrates-Knowledge (PIK) University Professor, with appointments in the Law School and the Wharton School. That's the second really eye-catching senior appointment for Penn recently; the year before, Penn recruited Beth Simmons, the eminent human rights scholar, from Harvard, also with a PIK University Professorship, and appointments in both the Law School and Political Science department.
*Orin Kerr (criminal procedure, computer crime law) from George Washington University to the University of Southern California (effective January 2018). Quite apart from being a well-known law blogger, he's also the most-cited criminal law and procedure scholar in the U.S. in recent years. That's certainly a "big news" appointment for USC, which also made two other tenured lateral hires this past year (Franita Tolson from Florida State and my co-blogger Michael Simkovic from Seton Hall).
*Samuel Moyn (legal history, human rights) from Harvard University to Yale University. An influential historian of human rights, he only moved from Columbia's History department to Harvard Law School a few years ago, but is now moving to Yale.
*Alice Ristroph (criminal law & procedure, constitutional law, political theory) from Seton Hall University to Brooklyn Law School. Currently visiting at Harvard Law School, Ristroph is the second notable senior hire for Brooklyn in the last two years (Alex Stein [torts, evidence, medical malpractice] moved from Cardozo to BLS the year before). Despite the turmoil in legal education, Brooklyn seems poised to give Fordham competition for the #3 spot in academic excellence among New York area law schools.