August 25, 2015

National Security Law Journal repudiates an article it published!

Here.  (Those with somewhat longer memories may recall the author of the now repudiated piece as this fellow; more here.)

ADDENDUM:  A critique of William Bradford's article by Prof. Jeremy Rabkin (George Mason):

When an article proposes to arrest law professors and bomb law schools and nearby TV studios, it’s not engaging in “controversy,” but slipping into an alternate universe. It’s not “discomforting.”  It is bonkers. The journal could not reasonably have expected readers to “respond” – unless to ask, “Are you out of your minds?”

August 25, 2015 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

August 20, 2015

The first FAR distribution: only 410 candidates, down from over 600 about five years ago

Sarah Lawsky (UC Irvine) has the numbers.   In the past, I would estimate that 50% of those in the FAR were non-starters wasting their time and their money.  That percentage has probably gone down with the amount of information easily accessible via the Internet.  But does the drop in total applicants represent the casual/tourist candidates not bothering or does it represent credible, but well-informed candidates deciding to wait in light of the weak market?  I'm not sure.  Here's another data point:  there are roughly 200 candidates in the FAR with JDs or LLMs from Yale, Chicago, Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Michigan, Columbia, NYU, and Virginia, to take schools that send sizable numbers into law teaching on a regular basis.  Add in graduates of Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, UCLA, Northwestern, Penn, Southern California, and Texas, and the total rises to about 270.   Not all these candidates are going to turn out to be serious--I'd guess 15-25% of these folks threw their hat in the ring without much consultation or preparation.  If, in fact, there is more hiring this year (my impression so far is that the number of schools hiring is up slightly), then it could turn out to be a good year to be on the teaching market given the overall decline in candidates--but it's too soon to say for sure.

August 20, 2015 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

August 08, 2015

In Memoriam: Robert Burt

Yale Law Professor Robert Burt passed away this week.  Rick Garnett has a remembrance here.  Professor Burt was 76,

August 8, 2015 in Faculty News, Memorial Notices | Permalink

August 06, 2015

Florida State's Dean Weidner to step down this summer

Story here.  He truly has been a transformative Dean, firmly establishing Florida State as a national player in legal scholarship.

August 6, 2015 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

August 04, 2015

Supreme Court clerks, ten years later

August 03, 2015

Should we be surprised that Harvard Law School is offering a course on "Nietzsche for Lawyers"?

I don't think so; I've occasionally taught bits of Nietzsche in seminars, though invariably ones cross-listed with Philosophy. What's really shocking is that the description says:

His biography; his “intent”; the phases of his twenty-year career; the context [historical, philosophical] in which he wrote; his interpretation by others; indeed “the” meaning of his writing … all of that fosters erudite avoidance … and so will be out of bounds.   The seminar is for “amateurs” able to take Nietzsche’s passionate, enigmatic words personally – and, so, able to be provoked by them.

Now that's embarrassing that an academic institution offers a course premised on the idea that utter ignorance is a virtue, since basic scholarly knowledge and competence would allegedly lead to "erudite avoidance." 


August 3, 2015 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

July 21, 2015

Visiting faculty at the top six law schools, 2015-16, 4th & Penultimate 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, maybe 5% 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 2015-16; 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.  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

Michelle Wilde Anderson (Stanford University)

Susanna Augenhofer (Humboldt University, Berlin)

Aharon Barak (Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya)

Noa Ben-Asher (Pace University)

Brian Cheffins (Cambridge University)

Albert Choi (University of Virginia)

Hanoch Dagan (Tel Aviv University)

Rosalind Dixon (University of New South Wales)

David Enoch (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)

Lindsay Farmer (University of Glasgow)

James Forman (Yale University)

Sudhir Krishnaswamy (Azim Premji University)

Katja Langenbucher (Goethe University, Frankfurt)

Jennifer Laurin (University of Texas, Austin)       

Alessio Pacces (Erasmus University, Rotterdam)

Dennis Patterson (European University Institute; Rutgers University, Camden; University of Swansea)

Knut Benjamin Pissler (Max Planck Institute)

Sophie Robin-Olivier (University of Paris I-Pantheon/Sorbonne)

Russell Robinson (University of California, Berkeley)

Victor Rodriguez-Rescia (DePaul University)

Sonia E. Rolland (Northeastern University)

Scott Shapiro (Yale University)

Dan Simon (University of Southern California)

Julie Suk (Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University)

Mila Versteeg (University of Virginia)

Rose Cuison Villazor (University of California, Davis)

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July 21, 2015 in Faculty News | Permalink

July 17, 2015

Stapleton elected to British Academy

Jane Stapleton, a distinguished torts scholar at the University of Texas School of Law (and previously at the ANU), has been elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.

July 17, 2015 in Faculty News | Permalink

July 16, 2015

Are scholarship and teaching complementary? (Michael Simkovic)

A new empirical article by Tom Ginsburg and Thomas J. Miles finds evidence of possible complementarity between scholarly output and quality of teaching at the University of Chicago.

From the conclusion:

The recent debate on the mission of American law schools has hinged on the assumption that a trade-off exists between teaching and research, and this article’s analysis, although limited in various ways, casts some doubt on that assumption.

Tom Ginsburg & Thomas J. Miles, The Teaching/ Research Trade-Off in Law: Data From the Right Tail, 39 Evaluation Rev. 46 (2015).

July 16, 2015 in Faculty News, Guest Blogger: Michael Simkovic, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Science | Permalink

July 06, 2015

UC Davis's Vikram Amar to be the new Dean at the University of Illinois

I'll post a link to a news release when one is available.  Perhaps now that Illinois has appointed a distinguished Dean from the outside, those U.S. News evaluators who have been punishing Illinois in the reputational surveys will consider giving the school a more generous score?

UPDATE:  The Illinois announcement.

July 6, 2015 in Faculty News | Permalink