June 01, 2017

John Manning is the new Dean at Harvard Law

Announcement hereNot unexpected and seems like a strong choice!


June 1, 2017 in Faculty News | Permalink

Rookie hiring collapsed again this year (only 60+ rookie hires nationwide)...

...according to the data helpfully compiled by Professor Sarah Lawsky (Northwestern).  On the other hand, my strong impression is that there's been an increase in untenured lateral movements--several schools that advertised for rookies, and indeed interviewed at the "meat market," ended up hiring untenured laterals--not surprising, given that the tight market the last few years means many candidates probably underplaced to how they would have done in normal times.

You can see figures on the total number of graduates each school had on the market this year here.  The top ten were:

Harvard University (35)

Georgetown University (31)

Yale University (26)

New York University (25)

University of Michigan (18)

Columbia University (16)

Northwestern University (14)

Stanford University (12)

University of California, Berkeley (12)

University of Pennsylvania (9)

George Washington University (8)

(Chicago had a light year, just three graduates on the market, only two of whom we were working with, one of whom got multiple offers and did accept a job.  Some other recent Chicago JDs were among the untenured laterals this year as well.)


June 1, 2017 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

May 30, 2017

George Fletcher sues Columbia and his Law School Deans for age discrimination

The complaint is here.  Fletcher has apparently enjoyed an arrangement in which he teaches his 10 credits in the fall and then spends the Spring in Israel.  His new Dean, Gillian Lester, and the Associate Dean, Avery Katz--both defendants in the suit--had concerns about student enrollments and evaluations of some of his classes.  Fletcher claims they want him to retire, and so are trying to disrupt his cozy teaching arrangement, or something like that.  This ranking of mine makes a surprising implicit appearance in paragraph 29 of the complaint: 

[Dean Gillian] Lester further stated in her communication [to Professsor Fletcher] in January of 2016 that the Law School would "like to go back to offering just two sections of Introduction to American Law, taught by the other instructors." The other instructors referenced by Lester are less qualified than Fletcher: for instance, they are not members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, to which Fletcher was elected in 2004. Membership in the Academy is a primary measurement of prestige in law school circles, and is used in determining law school rankings. Upon information and belief, the other two professors are ten (10) or more years younger than Fletcher.

The argument here is obviously absurd:  no one is elected to the AAAS because of their teaching ability, but because of their scholarly accomplishments--often ones from long ago.  Moreover, faculty are typically elected later in their career, as Fletcher was--of course most of his younger colleagues are not elected to the American Academy!  

Be that as it may, I'm not sure the complaint pleads enough facts to suggest that age discrimination was at work here, but we will find out soon enough, as Columbia has moved, predictably, to dismiss.

ADDENDUM:  The complaint mentions that Fletcher taught at UCLA from 1969 until 1983, when he moved to Columbia.  For reasons unknown, it omits that his first teaching job was at the University of Florida (1965-66), and then the University of Washington (1966-1969), where he was, bizarrely, denied tenure, a decision that did not redound to the credit of the UW law school. 

UPDATE:  Reader Eric Chiappinelli kindly passed along a copy of Columbia's motion to dismiss:   Download 2017.05.23 Fletcher v. Columbia MOTION TO DISMISS.  I expect the case will be dismissed.


May 30, 2017 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

May 25, 2017

The ongoing investigation into the murder of Dan Markel and the involvement of his ex-inlaws

The Adelsons are still under investigation, but still no formal charges.  We may find out in July who is paying the legal bills for the go-between between the accused killers-for-hire and the Adelson family; the state clearly suspects it is the Adelsons.


May 25, 2017 in Faculty News | Permalink

May 17, 2017

UC Irvine's founding Dean Erwin Chemerinsky to become new Dean at Berkeley

Here's a nice reflection on his accomplishments at Irvine from his colleague Rick Hasen.  And here's the announcement from Berkeley's Interim Provost:

I am very pleased to announce that Erwin Chemerinsky, current and founding Dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, has been appointed to be the next Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law. He will begin his five-year term on July 1st.

 

One of the nation’s foremost scholars of constitutional law and federal civil procedure, Dean Chemerinsky is also a skilled administrator who, in less than a decade, built UCI Law from its founding into an institution whose faculty rank among the top in the country in scholarly impact, and whose student body admissions qualifications are comparable with the nation’s best law schools. Over the course of nine years, Dean Chemerinsky has been a central figure in the creation of UCI Law’s experiential learning-focused teaching philosophy, as well as in its highly successful faculty recruitment, curriculum development, fundraising, and strategic planning efforts.

 

As a professor and legal scholar, Dean Chemerinsky prizes public service and embodies the role of a public intellectual. He is the author of ten books and more than 200 law review articles, a weekly column for the Orange County Register, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and regular op-eds in newspapers across the country. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court. Dean Chemerinsky’s support for public service at UCI Law has placed the institution among the very top law schools in terms of number of federal clerkships, graduates in government and public interest jobs, and community service contribution. In January 2017, National Jurist magazine named him the most influential person in legal education in the United States.

 

Dean Chemerinsky graduated from Northwestern University in 1975, and received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1978. Prior to assuming his deanship at Irvine, he was a professor at Duke Law School and the University of Southern California Law School.

 

Dean Chemerinsky’s appointment comes at the end of a thorough search process, and I would like to extend my thanks to search committee chair Dean Henry Brady, the entire search committee, and everyone in the extended Berkeley Law community who provided feedback on the next dean. I would like to also extend particular thanks to Berkeley Law Interim Dean Melissa Murray, who took the reins at a difficult time and has provided steadfast leadership over the course of the past year.

 

Dean Chemerinsky is an acclaimed researcher, gifted teacher, and accomplished administrator, and I believe he will be a phenomenal leader for our law school, someone who will ensure that Berkeley Law remains not only a powerhouse of legal scholarship and training, but also a community built on mutual respect and inclusion.

 

Please join me in welcoming Erwin Chemerinsky to our campus.

 

Sincerely,

Carol Christ

 

Congratulations to Berkeley on a major catch for their Deanship!

UPDATE:  Berkeley's news release about the appointment.


May 17, 2017 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

May 13, 2017

Penn Law (& Political Science) Professor Beth Simmons elected to the American Philosophical Society

A full list of newly elected members is here.


May 13, 2017 in Faculty News | Permalink

May 08, 2017

Former Law Dean Bard and U of Cincinnati settle lawsuit...

...on terms that look to me quite favorable to Professor Bard and which vindicate her position.


May 8, 2017 in Faculty News | Permalink

May 02, 2017

Top corporate and securities articles for 2016

Robert Thompson (Georgetown) kindly shared the 2016 results (this is the 25th year they've been running these surveys about leading articles):

The Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2016

 

The Corporate Practice Commentator is pleased to announce the results of its twenty-third 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 2016.  More than 490 articles were on this year’s list.  Because of the vagaries of publication, indexing, and mailing, some articles published in 2016 have a 2015 date, and not all articles containing a 2016 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:

 

Baker, Lynn A., Michael A. Perino and Charles Silver. Is the Price Right? An Empirical Study of Fee-setting in Securities Class Actions. 115 Colum. L. Rev. 1371-1452 (2015).

 

Cain, Matthew D., Jill E. Fisch, Sean J. Griffith & Steven Davidoff Solomon. How Corporate Governance is Made: The Case of the Golden Leash. 164 U. Pa. L. Rev. 649-702 (2016).

 

Catan, Emiliano M. and Marcel Kahan. The Law and Finance of Antitakeover Statutes. 68 Stan. L. Rev. 629-680 (2016).

 

Cremers, K.J Martijn and Simone M. Sepe. The Shareholder Value of Empowered Boards. 68 Stan. L. Rev. 67-148 (2016).

 

Elhauge, Einer. Horizontal Shareholding. 129 Harv. L. Rev. 1267-1317 (2016).

 

Fox, Merritt B., Lawrence R. Glosten and Gabriel V. Rauterberg. The New Stock Market: Sense and Nonsense. 65 Duke L.J. 191-277 (2015).

 

Goshen, Zohar and Assaf Hamdani. Corporate Control and Idiosyncratic Vision. 125 Yale L.J. 560-619 (2016).

 

Korsmo, Charles R. and Minor Myers. Appraisal Arbitrage and the Future of Public Company M&A. 92 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1551-1615 (2015).

 

Talley, Eric L. Corporate Inversions and the Unbundling of Regulatory Competition. 101 Va. L. Rev. 1649-1751 (2015).

 

Thompson, Robert B. Anti-Primacy: Sharing Power in American Corporations. 71 Bus. Law. 381-425 (2016).


May 2, 2017 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

April 28, 2017

Four law professors win Carnegie fellowships in 2017 (Michael Simkovic)

 Winners of Carnegie Fellowships for 2017 include:

  • Katerina Linos (U.C. Berkeley)

  • Polly Price (Emory)

  • Emily Ryo (USC)
  • Mila Versteeg (University of Virginia)

The Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program provides fellowships advancing research in the social sciences and humanities.  35 winners are selected from among hundreds of candidates.


April 28, 2017 in Faculty News, Guest Blogger: Michael Simkovic | Permalink

April 26, 2017

Three law professors win Guggenheim Fellowships in 2017 competition

They are:  Heidi Kitrosser (Minnesota), Adriaan Lanni (Harvard), and Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA).


April 26, 2017 in Faculty News | Permalink