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Brian Leiter
University of Chicago Law School

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August 25, 2015

National Security Law Journal repudiates an article it published!

Here.  (Those with somewhat longer memories may recall the author of the now repudiated piece as this fellow; more here.)

ADDENDUM:  A critique of William Bradford's article by Prof. Jeremy Rabkin (George Mason):

When an article proposes to arrest law professors and bomb law schools and nearby TV studios, it’s not engaging in “controversy,” but slipping into an alternate universe. It’s not “discomforting.”  It is bonkers. The journal could not reasonably have expected readers to “respond” – unless to ask, “Are you out of your minds?”


August 25, 2015 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Chicago Alumni and Bigelows on the Teaching Market, 2015-16

MOVING TO FRONT, ORIGINALLY POSTED AUGUST 12

This post is for schools who expect to be hiring this year.

In order to protect the privacy of our candidates, please e-mail me at bleiter@uchicago.edu to get a copy of the detailed profiles of our candidates, including hyperlinks to their homepages.  All these candidates (except for two) will be in the first FAR distribution.

We have a very strong group of candidates this year in a multitude of areas, including federal courts, civil procedure, administrative law, property, legislation, national security, corporate law, securities regulation, corporate finance, insurance law, criminal law & procedure, evidence, constitutional law, jurisprudence, law & race, contracts, commercial law, international business transaction, international trade, intellectual property, privacy, empirical legal studies, consumer law, torts, conflicts, environmental law, water law, natural resources, alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, land use, local government law, real estate, labor law, and employment discrimination. 

Our candidates include former Supreme Court clerks; numerous past editors of the Law Review; numerous former Circuit Court clerks; JD/PhDs in Philosophy, Psychology, and Linguistics; and many experienced practitioners (some with years of practice experience and publications).  Several will also help meet diversity objectives in hiring.  All have publications and writing samples.

If when you e-mail, you tell me a bit about your hiring needs, I can supply some more information about all these candidates, since we have vetted them all at some point in the recent past.


August 25, 2015 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

August 20, 2015

The first FAR distribution: only 410 candidates, down from over 600 about five years ago

Sarah Lawsky (UC Irvine) has the numbers.   In the past, I would estimate that 50% of those in the FAR were non-starters wasting their time and their money.  That percentage has probably gone down with the amount of information easily accessible via the Internet.  But does the drop in total applicants represent the casual/tourist candidates not bothering or does it represent credible, but well-informed candidates deciding to wait in light of the weak market?  I'm not sure.  Here's another data point:  there are roughly 200 candidates in the FAR with JDs or LLMs from Yale, Chicago, Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Michigan, Columbia, NYU, and Virginia, to take schools that send sizable numbers into law teaching on a regular basis.  Add in graduates of Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, UCLA, Northwestern, Penn, Southern California, and Texas, and the total rises to about 270.   Not all these candidates are going to turn out to be serious--I'd guess 15-25% of these folks threw their hat in the ring without much consultation or preparation.  If, in fact, there is more hiring this year (my impression so far is that the number of schools hiring is up slightly), then it could turn out to be a good year to be on the teaching market given the overall decline in candidates--but it's too soon to say for sure.


August 20, 2015 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

August 11, 2015

Top 40 law faculties in scholarly impact, 2015

Gregory Sisk & colleagues have updated their scholarly impact ratings (last edition), looking at mean and median citations to tenured faculty scholarship for the years 2010-2014 inclusive, using 2015-16 faculty rosters as the benchmark.  (Sisk et al. rank 70 faculties; I print the top 40, below.)  The weighted score represents the sum of the mean citations for the tenured faculty times 2, plus the faculty median.  Where the median is low relative to the immediate competition that's an indicator that a few highly cited faculty are carrying the school; in other cases, where the median is quite high, it's an indicator of more across the boards scholarly output.  By noting age, one can see that some faculties are heavily dependent on their most senior members for their citations.  Ties reflect the normalized weighted scores.

Citations to faculty scholarship is, of course, only one metric of scholarly distinction.  Some schools that experts would reasonably assess as top 20 (like Southern California) underperform by this measure.  Still, the metric is a useful check on uninformed opinions, and tracks rather well the actual scholarly output of different schools.

In the fall, I hope to put together new lists of the most-cited scholars by specialty utilizing the Sisk data.

Detailed Scholarly Impact Ranking of Law Faculties, 2015-16

(based on citations for the period 2010 through 2014)

Ranking

Law   School

Weighted   Score

Mean,   Median

10   Most Cited (Tenured) Scholars

(* indicates 70 or older in 2015)

1

Yale University

1766

638,   490

*B.   Ackerman, A. Amar, I. Ayres, J. Balkin, W. Eskridge, D. Kahan, H. Koh, J.   Macey, R. Post, R. Siegel

2

Harvard   University

1384

520,   344

R.   Fallon, J. Goldsmith, L. Kaplow, L. Lessig, M. Minow, S. Shavell, C.   Sunstein, *L. Tribe, *M. Tushnet, A. Vermeule

3

University of Chicago

1300

468,   364

D. Baird,   O. Ben-Shahar, T. Ginsburg, B. Leiter, S. Levmore, R. McAdams, M. Nussbaum,   E. Posner, G. Stone, D. Strauss

4

New York   University

1123

397,   329

R. Barkow, S. Choi, *R. Epstein, B. Friedman,   S. Issacharoff, *A. Miller, G. Miller, R. Pildes, *R. Stewart, J. Waldron

5

Stanford   University

1013

369,   275

*L. Friedman, *P. Goldstein, *R. Gordon, P.   Karlan, M. Lemley, M. McConnell, M. Polinsky, D. Rhode, D. Sklansky, A. Sykes

6

University of   California, Irvine

994

392,   210

D. Burk, J. Chacón, E. Chemerinsky, C. Fisk, B.   Garth, R. Hasen, C. Leslie, C. Menkel-Meadow, A. Reese, G. Shaffer

7

Columbia   University

945

348,   249

R. Briffault, *J. Coffee, K. Crenshaw, R. Gilson,   *K. Greenawalt, T. Merrill, *H. Monaghan, *J. Raz, *R. Scott, *P. Strauss

8

Duke University

910

312,   286

M. Adler,   J. Boyle, C. Bradley, J. Cox, M. Gulati, L. Helfer, H.J. Powell, A. Rai, S.   Schwarcz, E. Young

9

Vanderbilt   University

812

303,   206

L. Bressman, C. Guthrie, N. King, J.   Rossi, E. Rubin, J.B. Ruhl, S. Sherry, C. Slobogin, R. Thomas W.K. Viscusi

9

University of   California, Berkeley

808

300,   208

*R. Cooter, S. Davidoff Solomon, D. Farber, *M.   Feeley, I. Haney Lopez, P. Menell, R. Merges, P. Samuelson, J. Yoo, *F. Zimring

11

University of Pennsylvania

780

289,   202

T. Baker M. Berman, S. Bibas, W. Bratton, S.   Burbank, J. Fisch, G. Parchomovsky, D. Roberts, P. Robinson, E. Rock, D.   Skeel, C. Yoo

12

Northwestern   University

756

277,   202

R. Allen,   B. Black, S. Calabresi, D. Dana, S. Diamond, A.   Koppelman, J. McGinnis, J. Pfander, *M. Redish, D. Rodriguez, D. Schwartz

13

Cornell   University

748

273,   202

G.   Alexander, J. Blume, *K. Clermont, M. Dorf, V. Hans, M. Heise, E. Peñalver,   J. Rachlinski, S. Schwab, L. Stout

13

University of   California, Los Angeles

733

272,   189

S.   Bainbridge, D. Carbado, K. Crenshaw, J. Kang, R. Korobkin, H. Motomura, N.   Netanel, K. Raustiala, J. Salzman, E. Volokh, A. Winkler

15

Georgetown   University

636

239,   158

R. Barnett, J. Cohen, D. Cole, L. Gostin, N.   Katyal, D. Langevoort, D. Luban, L. Solum, R. Tushnet, R. West

15

University of Michigan,   Ann Arbor

640

230,   180

R. Avi-Yonah, S. Bagenstos, D. Crane, R.   Eisenberg, S. Gross, J. Litman, C. MacKinnon, A. Pritchard, C. Schneider, B.   Simma

17

University of Virginia

608

231,   146

D. Brown, J. Duffy, B. Garrett, J.   Jeffries, D. Laycock, C. Nelson, S. Prakash, F. Schauer, A. Spencer, *G.E.   White

17

George   Washington University

600

226,   148

M. Abramowicz, N. Cahn, B. Clark, R. Glicksman,   O. Kerr, W. Kovavic, *R. Pierce, J. Rosen, M. Selmi, D. Solove

19

University of   Minnesota, Twin Cities

564

203,   158

J. Carbone, T. Cotter, R.A. Duff, R. Frase, K.   Hickman, C. Hill, B. Karkkainen, A. Klass, H. Kritzer, B. McDonnell, R.   Painter, M. Tonry

20

University of   Texas, Austin

554

199,   156

R. Bone, R. Chesney, F. Cross, D. Jinks, *S.   Levinson, T. McGarity, *L. Sager, C. Silver, W. Wagner, *J. Westbrook

21

George Mason   University

537

196,   145

D. Bernstein, H. Butler, D. Ginsburg, M. Greve,   B. Kobayashi, N. Lund, A. Mossoff, I. Soomin, J. Wright, T. Zywicki

21

Washington   University, St. Louis

533

193,   147

S. Appleton, L. Epstein, P. Joy, P. Kim, D.   Law, S. Legomsky, *D. Mandelker, N. Richards, H. Sale, B. Tamanaha

21

Boston   University

532

192,   148

J. Beermann, S. Dogan, J. Fleming, *T. Frankel,   W. Gordon, K. Hylton, G. Lawson, T. Maclin, L. McClain, M. Meurer

24

University of   California, Davis

519

191,   137

A. Bhagwat, A. Chander, G. Chin, W. Dodge, A.   Harris, D. Horton, K. Johnson, P. Lee, M. Sunder, D. Ventry, R. Villazor

25

Case Western   Reserve University

479

171,   137

J. Adler, C. Burke Robertson, G. Dent, *P.   Gianelli, B. Hill, S. Hoffman, K. McMunigal, L. Mitchell, C. Nard, M. Scharf

25

University of   Notre Dame

468

161,   146

R. Alford, A. Bellia, *J. Finnis, N. Garnett, R.   Garnett, M. McKenna, J. Nagle, N. Newton, M. O’Connell, J. Tidmarsh

27

University of   Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

467

169,   129

V. Amar, P. Heald, D. Hyman, J. Kesan, K. Lash,   R. Lawless, J. Mazzone, *M. Moore, J. Robbennolt, S. Thomas, R. Wilson

27

Emory University

460

161,   138

R. Ahdieh, J. Bailey, M. Dudziak, M. fineman, T.   Holbrook, M. Kang, J. Nash, *M. Perry, R. Schapiro, J. Witte, *B. Woodhouse

29

Cardozo Law   School/Yeshiva University

442

154,   134

B. Frischmann, M. Gilles, M. Hamilton, M. Herz,   A. Reinert, M. Rosenfeld, B. Scheck, A. Sebok, A. Stein, S. Sterk, E.   Zelinsky

29

University of Arizona

441

160,   121

J. Anaya, D. Bambauer, K. Engel, *R. Glennon, D.   Marcus, T. Massaro, M. Miller, *C. Rose, W. Sjostrom, R. Williams

29

University of Colorado,   Boulder

437

154,   129

A. Gruber, M. Hart, P. Huang, S. Moss, *C.   Mueller, H. Norton, P. Schlag, A. Schmitz, P. Weiser, *C. Wilkinson

29

Ohio State   University

434

160,   114

M. Alexander, D. Berman, G. Caldeira, M.   Chamallas, S. Cole, R. Colker, J. Dressler, D. Merritt, P. Shane, D. Tokaji

33

University of North   Carolina, Chapel Hill

431

150,   131

A. Brophy, J. Conley, V. Flatt, M. Gerhardt, T.   Hazen, M. Jacoby, W. Marshall, R. Mosteller, G. Nichol, M. Papandrea, G.   Polsky, J. Wegner

33

Brooklyn Law   School

421

150,   121

W. Araiza, M. Baer, A. Bernstein, D. Brakman   Reiser, I. Capers, M. Garrison, E. Janger, *R. Karmel, E. Schneider, L.   Solan, N. Tebbe, *A. Twerski

35

Indiana   University, Bloomingon

414

141,   132

H. Buxbaum, F. Cate, K. Dau-Schmidtz, C. Geyh, M.   Grossberg, W. Henderson, M. Janis, D. Johnsen, L. Lederman, A. Parrish

35

University of Utah

413

149,115

R. Adler, A. Anghie, P. Cassell, R.   Craig, L. Davies, A. Guiora, F. Hessick, C. Hessick, C. Peterson, *A. Reitze

35

Fordham   University

408

145,   118

J. Brudney, N. Davidson, H. Erichson, M.   Flaherty, S. Foster, J. Gordon, B. Green, S. Griffith, C. Huntington, T. Lee,   E. Leib, R. Pearce, B. Zipursky

35

University of   San Diego

399

159,   81

*L. Alexander, D. Dripps, V. Fleischer,   O. Lobel, D. McGowan, F. Partnoy, M. Ramsey, M. Rappaport, T. Sichelman, S.   Smith

39

Florida State   University

395

140,   115

F. Abbott, K. Alces, R. Atkinson, S. Hsu, S.   Johnson, W. Logan, D. Markell, E. Ryan, M. Seidenfeld, N. Stern, F. Tesón, M.   Utset

 

39

Arizona State   University

393

142,   109

*K. Abbott,   D. Bodansky, R. Clinton, *I. Ellman, A. Fellmeth, J. Hodge, E. Luna, G.   Marchant, *J. Murphy, M. Saks, R. Tsosie

39

University of   Southern California

393

142,   109

J. Barnett, R. Brown, S. Estrich, A.   Gross, A. Guzman, G. Hadfield, G. Keating, E. Kleinbard, E. McCaffery, R.   Rasmussen, D. Simon

39

University of   St. Thomas (Minn.)

393

147,   99

T. Berg, T. Collet, R. Delahunty, *N. Hamilton,   L. Johnson, J. Nichols, M. Paulsen, G. Sisk, S. Stabile, R. Vischer


August 11, 2015 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

August 08, 2015

In Memoriam: Robert Burt

Yale Law Professor Robert Burt passed away this week.  Rick Garnett has a remembrance here.  Professor Burt was 76,


August 8, 2015 in Faculty News, Memorial Notices | Permalink

August 06, 2015

Florida State's Dean Weidner to step down this summer

Story here.  He truly has been a transformative Dean, firmly establishing Florida State as a national player in legal scholarship.


August 6, 2015 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

August 04, 2015

Supreme Court clerks, ten years later

August 03, 2015

Should we be surprised that Harvard Law School is offering a course on "Nietzsche for Lawyers"?

I don't think so; I've occasionally taught bits of Nietzsche in seminars, though invariably ones cross-listed with Philosophy. What's really shocking is that the description says:

His biography; his “intent”; the phases of his twenty-year career; the context [historical, philosophical] in which he wrote; his interpretation by others; indeed “the” meaning of his writing … all of that fosters erudite avoidance … and so will be out of bounds.   The seminar is for “amateurs” able to take Nietzsche’s passionate, enigmatic words personally – and, so, able to be provoked by them.

Now that's embarrassing that an academic institution offers a course premised on the idea that utter ignorance is a virtue, since basic scholarly knowledge and competence would allegedly lead to "erudite avoidance." 

 


August 3, 2015 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

July 21, 2015

Visiting faculty at the top six law schools, 2015-16, 4th & Penultimate draft

MOVING TO FRONT:  YALE LIST IS NOW, I THINK, COMPLETE--PLEASE NOTIFY ME OF ANY REMAINING ERRORS

As I've done in the past, I'm posting a list of the visiting professors (who hold university appointments elsewhere) at the top six law schools, the schools that are "top six" by almost all measures of faculty quality--which are also the schools that also typically have the most visiting professors on a regular basis. While many visiting stints are made with an eye to possible permanent appointment, not all are; some are so-called "podium" visits, which aim to fill an immediate teaching need at the school. By my calculation, for example, maybe 5% of the visits last year resulted in (or are in process of resulting in) offers of permanent employment--perhaps a slightly higher percentage of the non-podium visits resulted in such offers. Often visitors from local schools in the area are invited for podium visit purposes--though some "locals" may also be "look-see" visitors, i.e., under consideration for appointment. NYU also has a fair number of "enrichment" and "global" visitors, well-known senior folks who are keen to spend some time in New York, but who aren't necessarily interested in, or being considered for, lateral moves. (Columbia gets some of these folks too.) From the outside, of course, it's very hard to tell all these apart, so here, without further comment, are the visiting professors for 2015-16; please e-mail me about omissions or corrections (though I'm hopeful this is the final version).

Please note that not every visit, below, is for the entire academic year; indeed, my guess is at least half are not, meaning students can expect many of these faculty to *also* be teaching at their home institution. In the case of HLS, many of the visitors come in the Winter Term, i.e., just the month of January.

Please also note that this is supposed to be a list of visiting faculty who have gone through some kind of appointments process at the school at which they are visiting, whether a process for look-see visitors, "enrichment" visitors, or podium visitors.  These are supposed to be faculty who are teaching at the host school and who are being paid by the host school to teach.

Columbia Law School

Michelle Wilde Anderson (Stanford University)

Susanna Augenhofer (Humboldt University, Berlin)

Aharon Barak (Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya)

Noa Ben-Asher (Pace University)

Brian Cheffins (Cambridge University)

Albert Choi (University of Virginia)

Hanoch Dagan (Tel Aviv University)

Rosalind Dixon (University of New South Wales)

David Enoch (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)

Lindsay Farmer (University of Glasgow)

James Forman (Yale University)

Sudhir Krishnaswamy (Azim Premji University)

Katja Langenbucher (Goethe University, Frankfurt)

Jennifer Laurin (University of Texas, Austin)       

Alessio Pacces (Erasmus University, Rotterdam)

Dennis Patterson (European University Institute; Rutgers University, Camden; University of Swansea)

Knut Benjamin Pissler (Max Planck Institute)

Sophie Robin-Olivier (University of Paris I-Pantheon/Sorbonne)

Russell Robinson (University of California, Berkeley)

Victor Rodriguez-Rescia (DePaul University)

Sonia E. Rolland (Northeastern University)

Scott Shapiro (Yale University)

Dan Simon (University of Southern California)

Julie Suk (Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University)

Mila Versteeg (University of Virginia)

Rose Cuison Villazor (University of California, Davis)

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July 21, 2015 in Faculty News | Permalink

July 17, 2015

Stapleton elected to British Academy

Jane Stapleton, a distinguished torts scholar at the University of Texas School of Law (and previously at the ANU), has been elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.


July 17, 2015 in Faculty News | Permalink