July 30, 2014

Petition in support of Hanoch Sheinman

I would urge readers to sign this well-crafted petition in support of Prof. Sheinman, drafted by lawyer/philosopher Matthew Kramer (Cambridge) and philosopher Sergio Tenenbaum (Toronto).

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 30, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

July 29, 2014

Another Israeli legal academic in the news, this time for sending an e-mail expressing some recognition of the suffering in Gaza (but not only there)

I am grateful to Prof. Ariel Katz (Toronto) for translation of the pertinent parts of this news item concerning Prof. Hanoch Sheinman, a well-known legal philosopher at Bar-Ilan University.  Prof. Sheinman sent an e-mail announcing another exam date to his students.  The message opened by expressing the hope that the message,

finds you in a safe place and that you, your families and friends...are not among the hundreds of people killed, thousands injured, or the tens of thousands whose homes were destroyed or forced to leave their homes during or as a direct result of violent conflict in the Gaza Strip and the surrounding area.

The Dean at Bar-Ilan was “shocked” and called the email “highly offensive”. The Dean announced that the,

Letter from Professor Scheinman - both content and style – is contrary to the values ​​of the University and the Faculty of Law. The Faculty of Law champions the values ​​of pluralism, tolerance and freedom of expression, but the inclusion of positions [such as those expressed in Prof. Scheinman’s email] in an administrative notice sent by Professor Scheinman to students regarding examinations is not an exercise of academic freedom or freedom of personal expression in every way acceptable. This is abuse of power by a lecturer who exploits his position as a jurisprudence teacher to send messages reflecting his views, which are highly offensive to the feelings of students and their families.  

I agree with the Dean that this is not an issue of academic freedom, but his response to the benign recognition that many people are suffering and Prof. Sheinman's hope that his students are not among them is bizarre.  As Prof. Katz wrote to me, "I guess this is what it looks like when a democracy is losing its mind."

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

July 15, 2014

Highly cited election law scholars

Now we know!  I suspect more than 25% of the cites to some of these folks are to non-voting rights scholarship, but I may be wrong.

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 15, 2014 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

July 06, 2014

Visiting Faculty at the Top Six Law Schools, 2014-15, 3rd Draft

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, much less than 10% 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 2014-15; 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.  (Not all schools use podium visitors--Chicago does not, for example.  But Harvard and NYU, among others, do.) 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

John Brooks (Georgetown University)

Amichai Cohen (Ono Academic College)

Hanoch Dagan (Tel-Aviv University)

Yehonatan Givati (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)

Julie Goldscheid (City University of New York)

Sudhir Krishnaswamy (Azim Premji University)

Alice Ristroph (Seton Hall University)

Russell Robinson (University of California, Berkeley)

Wolfgang Schoen (Max-Lanck Institute)

Alex Stein (Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University)

Guglielmo Verdirame (King's College, London)

Harvard Law School

Robert Anderson (University of Washington)

Noa Ben-Asher (Pace University)

Sergio Campos (University of Miami)

Daniela Caruso (Boston University)

Jennifer Chacon (University of California, Irvine)

Daniel Coquilette (Boston College)

Susan Crawford (Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University)

Elizabeth Emens (Columbia University)

Mark Geistfeld (New York University)

John Golden (University of Texas, Austin)

Helen Hershkoff (New York University)

Scott Hershovitz (University of Michigan)

Bert Huang (Columbia University)

Sanford Levinson (University of Texas, Austin)

Catharine MacKinnon (University of Michigan)

James Salzman (Duke University)

David Skeel (University of Pennsylvania)

Sonja Starr (University of Michigan)

Jordan Steiker (University of Texas, Austin)

Michael Stein (College of William & Mary)

Chantal Thomas (Cornell University)

George Triantis (Stanford University)

Alain-Laurent Verbeke (University of Leuven)

Tess Wilkinson-Ryan (University of Pennsylvania)

New York University School of Law

Fareda Banda (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)

Eyal Benvenisti (Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law)

Charles Cameron (Princeton University)

Robert Cooter (University of California, Berkeley)

Graeme Dinwoodie (Oxford University)

Zev Eigen (Northwestern University)

John Gillespie  (Monash University)

Stefan Grundmann (Humboldt University, European University Institute)

Scott Hemphill (Columbia University)

Johanna Hey (University of Cologne)

Robert Inman (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

Frederic Jenny (ESSEC Business School)

Michael McConnell (Stanford University)

Melissa Murray (University of California, Berkeley)

Stanford Law School

Ryan Bubb (New York University)

Ariela Gross (University of Southern California)

Marian Pargendler (Fundação Getulio Vargas School of Law, Sao Paulo)

Camille Gear Rich (University of Southern California)

Alan Sykes (New York University)

Chantal Thomas (Cornell University) 

Tess Wilkinson-Ryan (University of Pennsylvania)

University of Chicago Law School

Kelli Alces (Florida State University)

Corey Brettschneider (Brown University)

Stavros Gadinis (University of California, Berkeley)

George Geis (University of Virginia)

Alon Harel (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)

Douglas Levene (Peking University Transnational Law School)

Katerina Linos (University of California, Berkeley)

Ariel Porat (Tel-Aviv University)

Louis Michael Seidman (Georgetown University)

Robert Simpson (Monash University)

Pierre-Hugues Verdier (University of Virginia)

Yale Law School

Eyal Benvenisti (Tel-Aviv University)

Philip Bobbitt (Columbia University)

Steven Calabresi (Northwestern University)

Aaron Dhir (Osgoode Hall/York University, Toronto)

Zev Eigen (Northwestern University)

Emmanuel Gaillard (Sciences Po, Paris)

Moshe Halbertal (Hebrew University, Jerusalem; New York University)

Edward Janger (Brooklyn Law School)

Johanna Kalb (Loyola University, New Orleans)

Aaron Seth Kesselheim (Harvard Medical School)

Mattias Kumm (New York University)

Christine Landfried (University of Hamburg)

Margaret Lemos (Duke University)

Sanford Levinson (University of Texas, Austin)

Angela Onwuachi-Willig (University of Iowa)

Charles Sabel (Columbia University)

Norman Silber (Hofstra University)

Wojciech Sadurski (University of Sydney)

Gerald Torres (Cornell University)

Neil Walker (University of Edinburgh)

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 6, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

June 16, 2014

Ten most cited law faculty in 11 specialties, 2009-2013

Here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 16, 2014 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

June 13, 2014

Another preview: ten most highly cited tax scholars, 2009 through 2013

Here it is:

TAX

Rank

Name

Institution

Citations

Age in 2013

1

Michael Graetz

Columbia University

400

69

 

David Weisbach

University of Chicago

400

50

3

Reuven Avi-Yonah

University of Michigan

350

56

4

Daniel Shaviro

New York University

340

56

5

Leandra Lederman

Indiana University, Bloomington

290

47

 

Lawrence Zelenak

Duke University

290

58

7

Victor Fleischer

University of San Diego

280

42

8

Edward Zelinsky

Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University

270

63

9

Joseph Bankman

Stanford University

250

58

 

Edward McCaffery

University of Southern California

250

55

 

Highly cited scholars who work   partly in tax

 

 

 

 

Louis Kaplow

Harvard University

1100

57

 

Brian Galle                                                           

Kristin Hickman

Boston College

University of Minnesota

  310

  310

41

43

 

Mark Gergen

University of California, Berkeley

  270

57

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 13, 2014 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

June 12, 2014

Wake Forest Dean Blake Morant to become new Dean at George Washington

Story here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 12, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

June 11, 2014

Ten most cited law faculty in the U.S. 2009 through 2013

Next week, I'll have up on the ranking site a new study of the ten most-cited faculty during the years 2009 through 2013 in 11 different areas of legal schoarship (everything from corporate law to legal history to tax).  As a teaser, here are the ten most-cited faculty overall (who are still in law teaching) for the period 2009-2013, listed by the schools they teach at:

 Ten Most Cited Faculty Overall

Rank

Name

Institution

Total Citations

Age in 2013

1

Cass Sunstein

Harvard University

5540

59            

2

Erwin Chemerinsky

University of California, Irvine

3010

60

3

Richard Epstein

New York University, University of Chicago

2700

70

4

Eric Posner

University of Chicago

2450

48

5

Mark Lemley

Stanford University

2360

47

6

William Eskridge, Jr.

Yale University

2070

62

7

Mark Tushnet

Harvard University

1910

68

8

Akhil Amar

Yale University

1790

55

9

Lawrence Lessig

Harvard University

1750

52

10

Daniel Farber

University of California, Berkeley

1740

63

 

Laurence Tribe

Harvard University

1740

72

Prominent judges who still teach part-time were not included in this study; but just for fun, here are the figures for the three most prominent:  Judge Posner (Chicago) was cited 6980 times during this period; Judge Easterbrook (Chicago) was cited 2130 times; and Judge Calabresi (Yale) was cited 1290 times. 

(Note:  total citations really means the total number of articles in which the scholar is cited.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 11, 2014 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

June 09, 2014

"The limits of religious tolerance"

The scholarly debate has made it to the Chronicle of Higher Education,with lots of lawprofs featured, including me, Schwartzmann, Laycock, McConnell, Sager, Smith, and Koppelman.

 

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 9, 2014 in Faculty News, Jurisprudence, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Penn's Anita Allen receives "lifetime achievement award"...

...for her work on the law and ethics of privacy.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 9, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink