June 12, 2014

Wake Forest Dean Blake Morant to become new Dean at George Washington

Story here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 12, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

June 11, 2014

Ten most cited law faculty in the U.S. 2009 through 2013

Next week, I'll have up on the ranking site a new study of the ten most-cited faculty during the years 2009 through 2013 in 11 different areas of legal schoarship (everything from corporate law to legal history to tax).  As a teaser, here are the ten most-cited faculty overall (who are still in law teaching) for the period 2009-2013, listed by the schools they teach at:

 Ten Most Cited Faculty Overall




Total Citations

Age in 2013


Cass Sunstein

Harvard University




Erwin Chemerinsky

University of California, Irvine




Richard Epstein

New York University, University of Chicago




Eric Posner

University of Chicago




Mark Lemley

Stanford University




William Eskridge, Jr.

Yale University




Mark Tushnet

Harvard University




Akhil Amar

Yale University




Lawrence Lessig

Harvard University




Daniel Farber

University of California, Berkeley




Laurence Tribe

Harvard University



Prominent judges who still teach part-time were not included in this study; but just for fun, here are the figures for the three most prominent:  Judge Posner (Chicago) was cited 6980 times during this period; Judge Easterbrook (Chicago) was cited 2130 times; and Judge Calabresi (Yale) was cited 1290 times. 

(Note:  total citations really means the total number of articles in which the scholar is cited.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 11, 2014 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

June 09, 2014

"The limits of religious tolerance"

The scholarly debate has made it to the Chronicle of Higher Education,with lots of lawprofs featured, including me, Schwartzmann, Laycock, McConnell, Sager, Smith, and Koppelman.


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

Penn's Anita Allen receives "lifetime achievement award"...

...for her work on the law and ethics of privacy.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 9, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

May 30, 2014

The "Top Ten" Lateral Moves for 2013-14

Here they are, based on a scientific analysis (i.e., my best judgment) as to the significance of the hire for the hiring school and/or the loss for the losing school (the full list of moves are here); I've left out any moves connected to my school, Chicago:

*Oren Bar-Gill (contracts, law & economics) from New York University to Harvard University.  Perhaps the leading contracts scholar of his generation.


*Mitchell Berman (criminal law, constitutional law, jurisprudence) from the University of Texas, Austin to the University of Pennsylvania.   If there were doubts as to whether Penn already had the best crim law faculty in the country, there can't be after this move; also strengthens an already excellent law & philosophy group at Penn.  Berman is probably the leading criminal law theorist of his generation in the U.S..


*Sujit Choudhry (comparative constitutional law) from New York University to the University of California, Berkeley, to become Dean.  Berkeley took several lateral losses this year, but one piece of good news was the recruitment of Choudhry, a prominent comparative constitutional law scholar, from NYU.


*Lee Epstein (empirical legal studies, law &  politics, judicial behavior) from the University of Southern California to Washington University, St. Louis.  One of the country's leading scholars of judicial behavior, her return after not quite a decade away (first at Northwestern, then at USC), is a major boost for Wash U, both the Law School and the Political Science Department.


*Michele B. Goodwin (law & technology, bioethics, constitutional law) and Gregory Shaffer (international law, international trade), both from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to the University of California, Irvine.  Irvine had a busy hiring year, but this high-profile scholarly couple may be the stand-out recruitment coup for UCI this season.


*Gillian Lester (employment law) and Eric Talley (corporate law, law & economics), both from the University of California, Berkeley to Columbia University (in 2015).  Another high-power scholarly couple, Lester will become Dean and Talley will join the faculty. 


*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 the Dean.  A prolific and well-known scholar, Morriss previously held tenured posts at the University of Illinois and Case Western Reserve University.  


*David Sklansky (criminal law & procedure) from the University of California, Berkeley to Stanford University.  Stanford had a busy year of lateral hiring, but perhaps the biggest coup was Sklansky, who also had offers from Yale and Harvard.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 30, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

May 29, 2014

More attacks on the academic freedom of law professors: Gene Nichol at UNC-Chapel Hill

This one is far more ominous than the Laycock harassment noted the other day.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 29, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | 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