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."
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.
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)
June 16, 2014
Ten most cited law faculty in 11 specialties, 2009-2013