September 17, 2014
One lawyer, one law professor receive MacCarthur Fellowships (CORRECTION: TWO lawyers)
They are: William Mitchell law professor and Native American advocate Sarah Deer, civil rights lawyer Mary Bonauto, and criminal defense lawyer Jonathan Rapping.
(These used to be called "genius" awards until it became clear they weren't really being awarded for "genius." Now they recognize people doing innovative [often political or social] work in a wide variety of fields.)
(Thanks to Orin Kerr for the pointer.)
ANOTHER CORRECTION: Rapping is also a law professor, at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School.
September 16, 2014
Entertaining profile of Hastings Dean Frank Wu
September 15, 2014
Chicago Alumni, Bigelows, and Public Law Fellows on the Teaching Market, 2014-15
MOVING TO THE FRONT FOR LAST TIME THIS HIRING SEASON (ORIGINALLY POSTED AUGUST 20)--THANKS TO ALL THE DEANS, HIRING CHAIRS, AND APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE MEMBERS WHO HAVE CONTACTED ME ALREADY!
In order to protect the privacy of our candidates, please e-mail me at email@example.com to get a copy of the detailed profiles of our candidates, including hyperlinks to their homepages. All these candidates (but one) will be in the first FAR distribution.
We have candidates this year in a multitude of areas: tax, estates and trusts, corporations, banking law, criminal law and procedure, civil procedure, arbitration, international business transactions, legislation, administrative law, constitutional law, civil rights, energy law, antidiscrimination law, jurisprudence, insurance law, election law, torts, bankruptcy, commercial law, contracts, securities regulation, financial regulation, federal courts, national security law, corporate finance, privacy law, evidence, comparative law, law & society, conflicts, ADR, and intellectual property.
Our candidates include former Supreme Court clerks, numerous past editors of the Law Review, numerous former Circuit Court clerks, JD/PhDs in Political Science, Linguistics, Anthropology, Business, and History, VAPs and Fellows at other leading law schools, and many experienced practitioners (some with more than six years of experience and scholarly 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.
September 11, 2014
Northwestern's Ronald Allen first law professor to receive China's highest award for non-nationals: the China Friendship Award
Dean Rodriguez has the details.
ADDENDUM: Colin Picker (New South Wales) points out that one other U.S. law professor appears to have been so recognized.
September 07, 2014
What's actually going on at Suffolk Law?
Various blogs picked up on a brief, and unsourced, line in a longer story about Suffolk University to the effect that all tenured faculty were being offered buy-outs. All the tenured faculty? Really? I can imagine that like a number of schools seriously affected by declines in enrollments, retirement incentives and/or buy-outs are being made available, but it's hard to see the sense in buying out all your tenured faculty. If someone from Suffolk would like to confirm or clarify, I'm opening comments for that purpose. Please include a valid e-mail address (which will not appear).
September 02, 2014
Columbia law professor Katherine Franke joins boycott against University of Illinois...
...and cancels scheduled talk, though she will travel to Urbana-Champaign at her own expense to participate in a symposium about the Salaita case.
August 10, 2014
Lateral hires with tenure 2013-14
MOVING TO FRONT FOR THE LAST TIME (originally posted Oct. 16, 2013)--far more lateral hires than one would have expected given the economic climate. Late additions bolded.
These faculty haved accepted appointments with tenure that will begin in 2014-15:
*Howard Abrams (tax) from Emory University to the University of San Diego.
*Mark L. Adams (labor & employment law) from Valparaiso University to the University of Idaho (as Dean).
*Michelle Wilde Anderson (local government, land use) from the University of California, Berkeley to Stanford University.
*Anthony Appiah (moral & political philosophy) from Princeton University (Philosophy) to New York University (joint with the Philosophy Department, Law School, and NYU-Abu Dhabi).
*Kenneth Ayotte (bankruptcy, law & economics) from Northwestern University to the University of California, Berkeley. [Listed last year, but move is effective in 2014]
*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.
*Mark Brandon (constitutional law) from Vanderbilt University to the University of Alabama (to become Dean).
*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.
*Sujit Choudhry (comparative constitutional law) from New York University to the University of California, Berkeley (to become Dean).
*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.
*Jennifer Collins (criminal law, family law) from Wake Forest University to Southern Methodist University (to become Dean).
*Jorge Contreras (intellectual property, patents) from American University to the University of Utah.
*Steven Davidoff (corporate law) from Ohio State University to University of California, Berkeley. [move listed last year, but is actually effective in 2014]
*Dhammika Dharmapala (tax, corporate law & finance, law & economics) from the University of Illinois to the University of Chicago.
*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.
*Bernard Harcourt (criminal law, critical theory) from the University of Chicago to Columbia 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)
*Andrew Kull (restitution, contracts, constitutional law) from Boston University to the University of Texas, Austin.
*Amy Landers (intellectual property) from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law to Drexel University.
*Gillian Lester (employment law) from the University of California, Berkeley to Columbia University (as Dean in January 2015).
*Jacqueline Lipton (intellectual property, Cyberlaw) from the University of Houston to the University of Akron.
*Robert MacCoun (law & psychology) from the University of California, Berkeley to Stanford University.
*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.
*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 Dean)
*Samuel Moyn (legal history) from Columbia University (History Dept) to Harvard University (Law School).
*Xuan-Thao Nguyen (intellectual property, tax) from Southern Methodist University to Indiana University, Indianapolis.
*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.
*Stephen Sheppard (international, environmental, and constitutional law; legal history) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville to St. Mary's University (to become Dean).
*David Sklansky (criminal law & procedure) from the University of California, Berkeley to Stanford University.
*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).
*Eric Talley (corporate law, law & economics) from the University of California, Berkeley to Columbia University (in 2015).
*Donald Tobin (tax, election law) from Ohio State University to the University of Maryland (to become Dean).
*Christopher Tomlins (legal history) from University of California, Irvine to the University of California, Berkeley.
*Gerald Torres (environmental law, Federal Indian law, critical race theory) from the University of Texas, Austin to Cornell University.
*Deborah Tuerkheimer (criminal law, domestic violence, feminist legal theory) from DePaul University to Northwestern University.
*Jeremy Waldron (political & legal philosophy), who had been part-time at Oxford University and part-time at New York University the past two years, will return full-time to NYU.
*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.
July 31, 2014
One more lateral hire for the 2013-14 season
I've added it to the earlier list, but am happy to report that Dhammika Dharmapala (tax law & policy, corporate law & finance, law & economics) from the Universityi of Illinois has accepted a tenured offer to join the faculty here at Chicago, beginning this academic year (14-15).
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).
UPDATE: An editorial in Haaretz criticizes the Bar-Ilan Dean, rightly so.
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."