October 08, 2014

Why do hiring schools look for "signals" from other hiring schools?

Barry Friedman (NYU) writes with an excellent set of questions and observations:

Here’s a thought worth maybe tooting on your blog.  It never ceases to catch my attention how much school hiring is driven by signals from other schools.  School X will interview candidate Y and love him/her, or will love him/her on paper, but will never move forward for an interview absent a strong signal from some number of schools they consider competitive.  Yet, in this tight market, those signals get fewer – especially at the call back and offer stage.  It has the effect I think of killing candidates that otherwise would get interviews or offers.   Yet, paradoxically, if schools had confidence in their internal assessments (and it is not like this is one person deciding; it is an entire faculty or faculty committee) this sort of market provides a real opportunity to steal that person you loved without a fight. 

So why do schools do this?  I think in most cases it is because they lack confidence in their own judgments.  But what do readers think?  I would prefer signed comments, but you must, in any case, include a valid e-mail address, which will not appear.

Posted by Brian Leiter on October 8, 2014 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink | Comments (10)

October 02, 2014

Leiter & Skeel at the Veritas Forum at Northwestern...

...on "Why Tolerate Religion?"

Posted by Brian Leiter on October 2, 2014 in Faculty News, Jurisprudence | Permalink

September 30, 2014

USC's Beth Garrett to be next President of Cornell

Story here.  Her husband, the legal philosopher Andrei Marmor, who is a professor of law and philosophy at the University of Southern California, will take up a similar position at Cornell.

(Thanks to Rick Hasen for the pointer.)

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

September 26, 2014

Troubles at Buffalo: Dean resigns amidst a lawsuit and other allegations

News story here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 26, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

September 17, 2014

One lawyer, one law professor receive MacCarthur Fellowships (CORRECTION: TWO lawyers)

They are:  William Mitchell law professor and Native American advocate Sarah Deer, civil rights lawyer Mary Bonauto, and criminal defense lawyer Jonathan Rapping. 

(These used to be called "genius" awards until it became clear they weren't really being awarded for "genius." Now they recognize people doing innovative [often political or social] work in a wide variety of fields.)

(Thanks to Orin Kerr for the pointer.)

ANOTHER CORRECTION:  Rapping is also a law professor, at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 17, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 16, 2014

Entertaining profile of Hastings Dean Frank Wu

Here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 16, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Rankings | Permalink

September 15, 2014

Chicago Alumni, Bigelows, and Public Law Fellows on the Teaching Market, 2014-15

MOVING TO THE FRONT FOR LAST TIME THIS HIRING SEASON (ORIGINALLY POSTED AUGUST 20)--THANKS TO ALL THE DEANS, HIRING CHAIRS, AND APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE MEMBERS WHO HAVE CONTACTED ME ALREADY!

In order to protect the privacy of our candidates, please e-mail me at bleiter@uchicago.edu to get a copy of the detailed profiles of our candidates, including hyperlinks to their homepages.  All these candidates (but one) will be in the first FAR distribution.

We have candidates this year in a multitude of areas:  tax, estates and trusts, corporations, banking law, criminal law and procedure, civil procedure, arbitration, international business transactions, legislation, administrative law, constitutional law, civil rights, energy law, antidiscrimination law, jurisprudence, insurance law, election law, torts, bankruptcy, commercial law, contracts, securities regulation, financial regulation, federal courts, national security law, corporate finance, privacy law, evidence, comparative law, law & society, conflicts, ADR, and intellectual property.

Our candidates include former Supreme Court clerks, numerous past editors of the Law Review, numerous former Circuit Court clerks, JD/PhDs in Political Science, Linguistics, Anthropology, Business, and History, VAPs and Fellows at other leading law schools, and many experienced practitioners (some with more than six years of experience and scholarly publications).  Several will also help meet diversity objectives in hiring.  All have publications and writing samples.

If when you e-mail, you tell me a bit about your hiring needs, I can supply some more information about all these candidates. 

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 15, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

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.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 11, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

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).

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 7, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | Comments (2)

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.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 2, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink