June 29, 2017
Based on our running list, these law schools made at least three lateral hires with tenure this year:
Georgetown University: Sheila Foster from Fordham University; Brad Snyder from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Urska Velikonja from Emory University.
Rutgers University: Sahar Aziz from Texas A&M University; Rachel Godsil from Seton Hall University; Rosa Villazor from the University of California, Davis.
University of California, Berkeley: Adam Badawi from Washington University, St. Louis; Erwin Chemerinsky from the University of California, Irvine (as Dean); Catherine Fisk from the University of California, Irvine; Frank Partnoy from the University of San Diego.
University of New Hampshire: Megan Carpenter from Texas A&M University (as Dean); Tonya Evans from Widener Commonwealth University; Ryan Vacca from the University of Akron.
University of Pennsylvania: Allison Hoffman from the University of California, Los Angeles; David Hoffman from Temple University; Herbert Hovenkamp from the University of Iowa.
University of Southern California: Orin Kerr from George Washington University; Michael Simkovic from Seton Hall University; Franita Tolson from Florida State University.
June 09, 2017
Congratulations to the University of Chicago alumni and Bigelows who accepted tenure-track jobs this year
We didn't have many candidates this year, but are delighted by the success of those we did have in what was an extremely tight market. They are:
Ben Grunwald, who will be joining the faculty at Duke University. He received his J.D. (cum laude) in 2014 and his Ph.D. in Criminology in 2015, both from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was also Articles Editor of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Ambro on the Third Circuit, and served as a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School. His teaching and research interests include all aspects of criminal law, procedure and the justice system, torts, professional responsibility and empirical legal studies.
Adi Liebovitch LLM ’11, SJD ’16, who will be joining the faculty at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She earned her first law degree (magna cum laude) in 2005 and an MBA in 2007, both from the Hebrew University. Before commencing graduate work at Chicago, she practiced criminal and military law for four years in Israel, first as Prosecutor and Deputy Head of the Intelligence and Narcotics Section in the Office of the Chief Military Prosecutor, and then as a public defender in the Office of the Military Public Defender. Most recently, she was an academic fellow at Columbia Law School. Her teaching and research areas include all aspects of criminal law, procedure, and the justice system, as well as evidence, military law, and law and economics.
Michael C. Pollack, who will be joining the faculty at Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University. He received his J.D. summa cum laude from New York University in 2011, where he was a Furman Scholar and Articles Editor of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Brown on the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Sotomayor on the Supreme Court, and was also a trial attorney for two years in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C., before coming to the Law School as a Bigelow Fellow. His teaching and research interests include property, land use, local government law, administrative law, and environmental law.
In addition, two alumni who recently took tenure-track jobs have lateraled to tenure-track jobs at new schools already. They are:
Joshua Sellers '08, who joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma, Norman in 2015-16, and is now moving to Arizona State University. At Chicago, he was Articles Editor of the Law Review and also earned a Ph.D. in Political Science with a dissertation on "The 'Crown Jewel' at a Crossroads: Appraising the Contemporary Political Function of the Voting Rights Act." He clerked for Judge Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and was an associate at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C. for three years, where he primarily litigated insurance claims. Before that, he was a post-doc in the Maxwell School of Public Policy at Syracuse University. His research and teaching interests include election law, civil rights, constitutional law, legislation, insurance law, and torts.
Matthew J. Tokson '08, who joined the faculty at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in 2015-16, and is now moving to the University of Utah. He graduated with High Honors and Order of the Coif from the Law School, where he served as both Executive Articles Editor and Book Review Editor of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Randolph on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, served first as a Kauffman Fellow then as a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School from 2009-2011, before clerking on the U.S. Supreme Court for both Justice Ginsburg and Justice Souter in 2011-12. He was also a litigation associate at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C. His teaching and research interests include criminal procedure, privacy, intellectual property, judicial behavior, criminal law and torts.
If you're curious, you can read about some of our recent placements in law teaching here, here, here, here, here and here, and see a more comprehensive listing here. You can see a comprehensive list of past Bigelows and where they now are here.
June 01, 2017
...according to the data helpfully compiled by Professor Sarah Lawsky (Northwestern). On the other hand, my strong impression is that there's been an increase in untenured lateral movements--several schools that advertised for rookies, and indeed interviewed at the "meat market," ended up hiring untenured laterals--not surprising, given that the tight market the last few years means many candidates probably underplaced to how they would have done in normal times.
You can see figures on the total number of graduates each school had on the market this year here. The top ten were:
Harvard University (35)
Georgetown University (31)
Yale University (26)
New York University (25)
University of Michigan (18)
Columbia University (16)
Northwestern University (14)
Stanford University (12)
University of California, Berkeley (12)
University of Pennsylvania (9)
George Washington University (8)
(Chicago had a light year, just three graduates on the market, only two of whom we were working with, one of whom got multiple offers and did accept a job. Some other recent Chicago JDs were among the untenured laterals this year as well.)
May 30, 2017
The complaint is here. Fletcher has apparently enjoyed an arrangement in which he teaches his 10 credits in the fall and then spends the Spring in Israel. His new Dean, Gillian Lester, and the Associate Dean, Avery Katz--both defendants in the suit--had concerns about student enrollments and evaluations of some of his classes. Fletcher claims they want him to retire, and so are trying to disrupt his cozy teaching arrangement, or something like that. This ranking of mine makes a surprising implicit appearance in paragraph 29 of the complaint:
[Dean Gillian] Lester further stated in her communication [to Professsor Fletcher] in January of 2016 that the Law School would "like to go back to offering just two sections of Introduction to American Law, taught by the other instructors." The other instructors referenced by Lester are less qualified than Fletcher: for instance, they are not members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, to which Fletcher was elected in 2004. Membership in the Academy is a primary measurement of prestige in law school circles, and is used in determining law school rankings. Upon information and belief, the other two professors are ten (10) or more years younger than Fletcher.
The argument here is obviously absurd: no one is elected to the AAAS because of their teaching ability, but because of their scholarly accomplishments--often ones from long ago. Moreover, faculty are typically elected later in their career, as Fletcher was--of course most of his younger colleagues are not elected to the American Academy!
Be that as it may, I'm not sure the complaint pleads enough facts to suggest that age discrimination was at work here, but we will find out soon enough, as Columbia has moved, predictably, to dismiss.
ADDENDUM: The complaint mentions that Fletcher taught at UCLA from 1969 until 1983, when he moved to Columbia. For reasons unknown, it omits that his first teaching job was at the University of Florida (1965-66), and then the University of Washington (1966-1969), where he was, bizarrely, denied tenure, a decision that did not redound to the credit of the UW law school.
UPDATE: Reader Eric Chiappinelli kindly passed along a copy of Columbia's motion to dismiss: Download 2017.05.23 Fletcher v. Columbia MOTION TO DISMISS. I expect the case will be dismissed.
May 25, 2017
May 17, 2017
Here's a nice reflection on his accomplishments at Irvine from his colleague Rick Hasen. And here's the announcement from Berkeley's Interim Provost:
I am very pleased to announce that Erwin Chemerinsky, current and founding Dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, has been appointed to be the next Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law. He will begin his five-year term on July 1st.
One of the nation’s foremost scholars of constitutional law and federal civil procedure, Dean Chemerinsky is also a skilled administrator who, in less than a decade, built UCI Law from its founding into an institution whose faculty rank among the top in the country in scholarly impact, and whose student body admissions qualifications are comparable with the nation’s best law schools. Over the course of nine years, Dean Chemerinsky has been a central figure in the creation of UCI Law’s experiential learning-focused teaching philosophy, as well as in its highly successful faculty recruitment, curriculum development, fundraising, and strategic planning efforts.
As a professor and legal scholar, Dean Chemerinsky prizes public service and embodies the role of a public intellectual. He is the author of ten books and more than 200 law review articles, a weekly column for the Orange County Register, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and regular op-eds in newspapers across the country. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court. Dean Chemerinsky’s support for public service at UCI Law has placed the institution among the very top law schools in terms of number of federal clerkships, graduates in government and public interest jobs, and community service contribution. In January 2017, National Jurist magazine named him the most influential person in legal education in the United States.
Dean Chemerinsky graduated from Northwestern University in 1975, and received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1978. Prior to assuming his deanship at Irvine, he was a professor at Duke Law School and the University of Southern California Law School.
Dean Chemerinsky’s appointment comes at the end of a thorough search process, and I would like to extend my thanks to search committee chair Dean Henry Brady, the entire search committee, and everyone in the extended Berkeley Law community who provided feedback on the next dean. I would like to also extend particular thanks to Berkeley Law Interim Dean Melissa Murray, who took the reins at a difficult time and has provided steadfast leadership over the course of the past year.
Dean Chemerinsky is an acclaimed researcher, gifted teacher, and accomplished administrator, and I believe he will be a phenomenal leader for our law school, someone who will ensure that Berkeley Law remains not only a powerhouse of legal scholarship and training, but also a community built on mutual respect and inclusion.
Please join me in welcoming Erwin Chemerinsky to our campus.
Congratulations to Berkeley on a major catch for their Deanship!
UPDATE: Berkeley's news release about the appointment.
May 13, 2017
May 08, 2017
May 02, 2017
Robert Thompson (Georgetown) kindly shared the 2016 results (this is the 25th year they've been running these surveys about leading articles):
The Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2016
The Corporate Practice Commentator is pleased to announce the results of its twenty-third 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 2016. More than 490 articles were on this year’s list. Because of the vagaries of publication, indexing, and mailing, some articles published in 2016 have a 2015 date, and not all articles containing a 2016 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:
Baker, Lynn A., Michael A. Perino and Charles Silver. Is the Price Right? An Empirical Study of Fee-setting in Securities Class Actions. 115 Colum. L. Rev. 1371-1452 (2015).
Cain, Matthew D., Jill E. Fisch, Sean J. Griffith & Steven Davidoff Solomon. How Corporate Governance is Made: The Case of the Golden Leash. 164 U. Pa. L. Rev. 649-702 (2016).
Catan, Emiliano M. and Marcel Kahan. The Law and Finance of Antitakeover Statutes. 68 Stan. L. Rev. 629-680 (2016).
Cremers, K.J Martijn and Simone M. Sepe. The Shareholder Value of Empowered Boards. 68 Stan. L. Rev. 67-148 (2016).
Elhauge, Einer. Horizontal Shareholding. 129 Harv. L. Rev. 1267-1317 (2016).
Fox, Merritt B., Lawrence R. Glosten and Gabriel V. Rauterberg. The New Stock Market: Sense and Nonsense. 65 Duke L.J. 191-277 (2015).
Goshen, Zohar and Assaf Hamdani. Corporate Control and Idiosyncratic Vision. 125 Yale L.J. 560-619 (2016).
Korsmo, Charles R. and Minor Myers. Appraisal Arbitrage and the Future of Public Company M&A. 92 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1551-1615 (2015).
Talley, Eric L. Corporate Inversions and the Unbundling of Regulatory Competition. 101 Va. L. Rev. 1649-1751 (2015).
Thompson, Robert B. Anti-Primacy: Sharing Power in American Corporations. 71 Bus. Law. 381-425 (2016).