May 28, 2014

Lateral hires with tenure 2013-14

MOVING TO FRONT FOR THE LAST TIME--THE LATERAL HIRING SEASON APPEARS TO BE OVER (originally posted Oct. 16, 2013)--far more lateral hires than one would have expected given the economic climate.

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.

 

*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).

 

*Steven Davidoff (corporate law) from Ohio State University to University of California, Berkeley. [move listed last year, but is actually effective in 2014]

 

*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).

 

*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.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 28, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

May 27, 2014

Law professors as university presidents

This is just off the top of my head, but it seems like a lot:  Kent Syverud at Syracuse University; Michael Fitts at Tulane University; Joel Seligman at University of Rochester; John Sexton at New York University; Lee Bollinger at Columbia University; Bill Powers at the University of Texas at Austin; Frederick Lawrence at Brandeis University; Nicholas Zeppos at Vanderbilt University; David Leebron at Rice University; Ronald Daniels at Johns Hopkins University. Other current ones?

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 27, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink | Comments (26)

May 24, 2014

Dear UVA students: in prying into Prof. Laycock's e-mails you are attacking his academic freedom

Douglas Laycock (Virginia) is, I would agree, on the wrong side of a number of recent religious liberty issues in both his advocacy and in his scholarship, but students requesting his e-mails are engaged in harassment and intimidation that infringe upon his academic freedom.  Cut it out, kids!  No good will come of this kind of mischief.  (You also won't succeed in stifling Prof. Laycock, so you're also wasting your time.  Try talking to him!  He's not that scary.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 24, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

May 13, 2014

Cited by the Supreme Court...

...and misrepresented.

(Thanks to Robert Condlin for the pointer.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 13, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

May 09, 2014

Corporate Practice Commentator's Top 10 Articles of 2013

They are:

The Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2013

The Corporate Practice Commentator is pleased to announce the results of its twentieth annual poll to select the ten best corporate and securities articles.  Teachers in corporate and securities law were asked to select the best corporate and securities articles from a list of articles published and indexed in legal journals during 2013.   More than 550 articles were on this year’s list.  Because of the vagaries of publication, indexing, and mailing, some articles published in 2013 have a 2012 date, and not all articles containing a 2013 date were published and indexed in time to be included in this year’s list.

The articles, listed in alphabetical order of the initial author, are:

Armour, John, Bernard Black and Brian Cheffins. Is Delaware losing its cases? 9 J. Empirical Legal Stud. 605-656 (2012).

Bebchuk, Lucian A. The myth that insulating boards serves long-term value. 113 Colum. L. Rev. 1637-1694 (2013). 

Bratton, William W. and Michael L. Wachter. A theory of preferred stock. 161 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1815-1906 (2013). 

Choi, Stephen, Jill Fisch, and Marcel Kahan. Who calls the shots? How mutual funds vote on director elections. 3 Harv. Bus. L. Rev. 35-82 (2013).

Coates, John C. IV. Corporate politics, governance, and value before and after Citizens United. 9 J. Empirical Legal Stud. 657-696 (2012).

Gilson, Ronald J. and Jeffrey N. Gordon. The agency costs of agency capitalism: Activist investors and the revaluation of governance rights. 113 Colum. L. Rev. 863-927 (2013). 

Grundfest, Joseph A. and Kristen A. Savelle. The brouhaha over intra-corporate forum selection provisions: A legal, economic, and political analysis. 68 Bus. Law. 325-410 (2013). 

Klausner, Michael. Fact and fiction in corporate law and governance. 65 Stan. L. Rev. 1325-1370 (2013). 

Langevoort, Donald C. and Robert B. Thompson. "Publicness" in contemporary securities regulation after the JOBS Act. 101 Geo. L.J. 337-386 (2013). 

Rock, Edward B. Adapting to the new shareholder-centric reality. 161 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1907-1988 (2013). 

By institutional affiliation, the schools with the most authors represented are:  Penn (4), Harvard (2), NYU (2), Columbia (2), Stanford (2), Georgetown (2).

 

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

May 06, 2014

Rookie hiring 2013-14

Sarah Lawsky (UC Irvine) has recorded 73 junior hires this year, though as she notes in the comments, there appear to be just 64 tenure-track academic hires (as distinct from tenure-track clinical and/or legal writing positions--those markets generally operate rather differently, which is why it's useful to disagreggate them).  The AALS, in its infinite unwisdom, made it impossible to search job candidates this year by JD school, meaning that, unlike last year, we have no idea how many graduates from each school were actually on the market.  5 of our 7 graduates secured tenure-track positions, and one is still in the running for a 6th.  All would have placed just two or three years ago, but this year saw multiple positions for which schools interviewed disappear (sometimes after callbacks) due to budgetary concerns.  My guess is we will see only 60 or 70 academic tenure-stream lines filled next year as well.  Once the applicant pool stabilizes (my guess is it will next year), schools will go back into the hiring market for new law teachers more aggressively, since many schools are currently leaving lines unfilled for which they have needs.  Even so, I suspect a "recovery" in the teaching market will mean 100-120 new lines being filled, and that is probably 3-5 years off.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 6, 2014 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News | Permalink

May 05, 2014

NYU's Sujit Choudry to be Berkeley's new Dean

The Berkeley announcement here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 5, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

May 01, 2014

Texas A&M Law School (formerly Texas Wesleyan) names L&E scholar Andrew Morriss as new Dean

Press release here.  That's a major hiring coup, which surely would not have been possible without Texas A&M taking over Texas Wesleyan.  Morriss, most recently, held a Chair at the University of Alabama, and before that was at the University of Illinois.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 1, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

April 28, 2014

U of Arizona Dean Marc Miller profiled

Here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 28, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

April 23, 2014

Berkeley's Acting Dean Gillian Lester named Columbia's new Dean

Press release here.

UPDATE:  I should note also that Lester's husband, Eric Talley, a leading corporate law and law & economics scholar at Berkeley, will also be moving to Columbia.  This will solidify Columbia's position as having one of the two best "business law" faculties in the U.S.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 23, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink