April 21, 2014
Lateral hires with tenure 2013-14
MOVING TO FRONT (originally posted Oct. 16, 2013)--recent additions are bolded
These faculty haved accepted appointments with tenure that will begin in 2014:
*Howard Abrams (tax) from Emory University to the University of San Diego.
*Anthony Appiah (moral & political philosophy) from Princeton University (Philosophy) to New York University (joint with the Philosophy Department, Law School, and NYU-Abu Dhabi).
*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.
*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.
*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.
*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.
*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)
* Amy Landers (intellectual property) from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law to Drexel University.
*Jacqueline Lipton (intellectual property, Cyberlaw) from the University of Houston to the University of Akron.
*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.
*Samuel Moyn (legal history) from Columbia University (History Dept) to Harvard University (Law School).
*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.
*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).
*Gerald Torres (environmental law, Federal Indian law, critical race theory) from the University of Texas, Austin to Cornell University.
*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.
April 15, 2014
Tobin Named Dean At Maryland
Donald Tobin, a faculty member at The Ohio State University law school, has been named the new law school dean at the University of Maryland. He holds a JD from Georgetown and has been in academia since 2001.
April 12, 2014
Gulati, Krawiec will stay at Duke after all, rather than moving to USC
That's a significant retention for Duke! (Earlier announcement was here.)
April 09, 2014
Congratulations to the Chicago Alumni (and Bigelows) who accepted tenure-track positions this year
This was the most difficult year in the law teaching market in decades (my guess is maybe sixty or seventy new faculty were hired nationwide this year--down from over a hundred last year, and over 150 just a few years ago). Fortunately, most of the Chicago graduates and Fellows were extremely successful in securing tenure-track positions in this challenging market. They are:
Vincent Buccola '08, who will join the faculty at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated with High Honors and Order of the Coif from the Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Easterbrook on the 7th Circuit, and was a litigator at Bartlit Beck in Chicago for three years before becoming a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School. His scholarship has appeared in Kansas Law Review and George Mason Law Review. His areas of research and teaching interest include bankruptcy, contracts, business associations, corporate finance, and civil procedure.
Adam Chilton, who will join the faculty at the University of Chicago, where he is presently a Bigelow Fellow. He earned both his J.D. and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. His scholarship has appeared or will appear in University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Yale Journal of International Law, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, and elsewhere. Hhis teaching and research interests are primarily in international law and empirical legal studies.
Roger Ford '05, who will join the faculty at the University of New Hampshire. He graduated with Honors and Order of the Coif from the Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review. He practiced patent and trademark litigation and privacy law at Covington & Burlington for five years, and also clerked for Judge Easterbrook on the 7th Circuit. He has also been a Microsoft Research Fellow at NYU, and an adjunct professor at George Mason, where he taught Federal Courts. Most recently, he was a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School. His articles appear in Cornell Law Review, George Mason Law Review, and elsewhere. His research and teaching interests include intellectual property (esp. patents and trademarks), property, information privacy, criminal and civil procedure, and antitrust.
Randall K. Johnson '12, who will join the faculty at Mississippi College School of Law. At the Law School, he held the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Earl Warren Legal Training Scholarship for two years. He then served as a Law Fellow with the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. His articles appear in Northern Illinois Law Review and Wake Forest Law Review Online. His research and teaching interests include property, evidence, real estate transactions, land use, and civil rights.
Greg Reilly, who will join the faculty at California Western School of Law in San Diego. He is presently a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2006 and clerked for Judge Dyk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He was a patent and products liability litigator with Morrison & Foerster in San Diego for five years before coming to Chicago. His articles appear in Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue, and elsewhere. He has research and teaching interests in intellectual property (esp. patents), civil procedure and complex litigation, federal courts, and contracts.
Nathan Richardson '09, who will join the faculty at the University of South Carolina. He graduated with Honors from the Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law. He is presently a Research Scholar at Resources for the Future in Washington, DC, where he has extensive experinece doing legal and interdisciplinary research, often in collaboration with economists. His dozen publications appear in Environmental Law, Stanford Journal of Environmental Law, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and elsewhere. He has research and teaching interests in environmental law, property, administrative and energy law, and law and economics.
Veronica Root '08, who will join the faculty at the University of Notre Dame, where shes is presently a VAP. At the Law School, she was Managing Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law, and also received the Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy. She clerked for Judge Stewart on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and then litigated with Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C. for three years, before taking up a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Notre Dame Law School, where she has taught professional responsibility. Her articles appear in University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law and University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. Herresearch and teaching interests include professional responsibility, employment law, business associations, contracts, and commercial law.
If you're curious, you can read about some of our recent placements in law teaching here, here and here, and see a more comprehensive listing here. You can also see a list of past Bigelows and where they now teach here.
April 08, 2014
Law profs face off over discrimination against gay people, and the Supreme Court declines cert
The Supreme Court has denied the petition for certiorari in the much watched case of Elane Photography v. Willock, which began when a commercial wedding photography company in New Mexico refused to sell its services to a same-sex couple. Last August, the New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously found that the company's conduct violated the state public accommodations statute and that the company was not entitled to a special First Amendment exemption from that law. The Supreme Court has now declined to review the First Amendment portion of that ruling.
The plaintiff, Vanessa Willock, was represented throughout the appellate stages of the case by Tobias Barrington Wolff (Penn). Eugene Volokh (UCLA) and Dale Carpenter (Minnesota) joined with the Cato Institute in filing an amicus brief on the First Amendment issues before the New Mexico Supreme Court and again in support of the company's certiorari petition. (It's just like the 1960s, when you could count on libertarians to be friends of discrimination!) Thankfully, for the plaintiff and for fairness, Professor Wolff prevailed.
April 07, 2014
Lawyers, law professors and depression
A bracing series of posts by Charlotte Law's Brian Clarke: this is the third in the series, with links back to the earlier ones.
March 26, 2014
What is REALLY going on at Denver (contrary to ATL's fabrications)
In typically irresponsible fashion, ATL yesterday posted factually inaccurate rumors about Denver (which they are slowly correcting). Here is what a tenured colleague at Denver wrote to me:
The truth is that we are reducing our tenure and tenure-track faculty by 10 over multiple years. This is consistent with a long-term plan to shrink the size of the school that began in 2007, prior to the economic downturn. At that point we had 380 students. Our ultimate goal was and is approximately 250 students. The school needs *at most* one person to retire or take a buyout this year to meet our budget for 2014-2015. In subsequent years the faculty who will be offered the option of buyouts will be exclusively tenured faculty who have held their positions for a minimum number of years. The buyouts will NOT include tenure-track faculty who are not yet tenured. That is, the ATL story is simply wrong when it says that untenured tenure-track faculty are being asked to leave. None has been asked to do so. In fact, Denver Law has recommended 4 tenure-track faculty for tenure this year. While tenure is not official until the summer, it is common knowledge that the Dean has recently assured those four faculty members that the planned buyouts will not affect their tenure process. Finally, ATL's unattributed claim that the Denver Law faculty is "quite displeased" with direction of the school is simply false. Of course there are outliers in every institution, but the overall faculty climate is collegial and the vast majority of faculty are pleased with Dean Katz's leadership during a difficult time for all law schools. Of course, it is never ideal for ATL to report facts that are patently false, particularly with respect to untenured faculty, and one would hope that they care enough about their credibility to print a correction.
I've heard the same about Dean Katz from other faculty at Denver as well. (I hope Blog Emperor Caron will learn a lesson from this incident, namely, not to reprint nonsense from ATL without independent verification.)
March 21, 2014
More signs of the times
Appalachian cutting faculty. In addition, I recently spoke to a colleague at another law school--a strong, regional school but with a faculty with a national scholarly reputation--who reported the teaching load has been raised from 10 hours per year per faculty member to 12 hours. Twenty years ago, 12 hours was the norm at most law schools, except for the very top ones. Over the last twenty years, 10 hours/3 courses became increasingly common. For a school of this caliber to make the move back to 12 suggests that other schools are following or will soon follow suit.
March 18, 2014
Buffalo offers retirement incentives to faculty over 55...
...and eight accept, bringing the size of the full-time faculty from 48 down to 40. The school is also shrinking its class size slightly. Seems like sensible responses to the current economic climate for legal education.