April 03, 2017
Mary Bilder (Boston College) wrote an opinion piece for the Boston Globe about originalism and Judge Gorsuch. This elicited the following astonishing reply from originalist Larry Solum (Georgetown) on his usually benign and informative Legal Theory Blog. Some of the questions might have made sense were Solum the referee for a scholarly article making some of these claims; as a response to an op-ed, they are almost comical overreactions. Take just Solum's first intervention:
Question One: You wrote the following:
Today, most originalists contend that a judge should abide by the text’s “original public meaning” — a term of art that originalist scholars have written thousands of pages trying to explain.
What is the basis for the page count? Which articles by which originalists scholars are you discussing? I am very familiar with the theoretical literature on original public meaning, but if this claim is correct there is a large body of work that I have missed entirely.
The basis for the "page count"? Seriously? One can look just at Solum's own SSRN page to find at least 400 pages of writing on this topic. And that's just one author. Add in Randy Barnett, Keith Whittington, the late Justice Scalia, John McGinnis, Michael Rappaport, Larry Alexander, Will Baude, and Stephen Sachs, and "thousands" seems like a plausible off-the-cuff estimate. But why quibble about nonsense like this?
I would advise Prof. Bilder to let these questions pass in silence.
UPDATE: Prof. Solum replies here; I will give him the final word on this matter!
March 30, 2017
March 28, 2017
March 09, 2017
First, bail was reduced from $500,000 to $3,000, and now the criminal charges are about to be dropped. I would imagine Professor Parisi will have a good defamation action against the accuser. Do see the comments by the lawyer involved in the property dispute between Parisi and his accuser: this lawyer "believes the criminal allegations were being used to defame and retaliate against Parisi."
UPDATE: It's official, all charges against Parisi have been dropped, but not until he had to spend three weeks in jail! Unbelievable, I imagine Professor Parisi will explore his legal options against the local authorities.
March 07, 2017
March 01, 2017
Daniel Schwarcz (Minnesota) and Colleen Chien (Santa Clara) win American Law Institute Young Scholars Medal (Michael Simkovic)
The press release is here. The award is highly selective. The ALI--publisher of the influential Restatements of Law and co-creator of the Uniform Commercial Code--selects two out of thousands of eligible "young scholars" every two years for work that has the potential to change the law for the better.
Congratulations to Dan and Colleen!
February 23, 2017
February 22, 2017
February 13, 2017
This is amusing, courtesy of law professor Ryan Whalen (Dalhousie), a recent JD/PhD graduate of Northwestern. One minor drawback is that faculty who retire and move elsewhere are treated as ordinary lateral moves. (So, too, with moves to assume Deanships: there too, the reasons for the move are different than ordinary lateral moves.)