October 25, 2013
George Mason's Todd Zywicki profiledInteresting, and not wholly surprising. To be sure, Professor Zywicki is a committed ideologue, so I would expect him to take the positions he takes even if he weren't being paid to do so. (We last encountered Professor Zywicki last year during the fake scandal du jour about Professor Warren.)
October 07, 2013
Judge Posner named likely candidate for this year's Nobel Prize in Economics......by Thomson Reuters, using their Web of Science citation data.
September 24, 2013
All about law school Deans......courtesy of Mississippi College School of Law Dean Rosenblatt: who are the Deans, how long have they served, etc.
September 15, 2013
Chicago Alumni (and Bigelows) on the Teaching Market, 2013-14
MOVING TO FRONT (FOR THE LAST TIME) FROM BEFORE SEPT 3, NOW THAT 2ND FAR IS OUT
This post is strictly for schools doing hiring this year; it concerns our alumni and our Bigelow and other Fellows on the teaching market. I am Chair of the Placement Committee at the Law School, and happy to supply more information, including confidential evaluations, on any of these candidates. You can reach me at email@example.com or at 773-702-0953. You may also contact the recommenders listed below directly, of course, but I've talked to all the Chicago ones and may be able to save you some time (or point you to the recommenders who would be most helpful given your school's needs/interests).
Here are profiles of the alumni candidates and Bigelows (some are both) who presently have recommenders at Chicago and with whom we have worked, and so about whom we have the most information. (There is one candidate in constitutional law not mentioned below, since his/her employer does not know s/he is on the teaching market; if you have needs in constitutional law, feel free to contact me directly about this candidate, who already has a strong publication record.) All these candidates have submitted materials to the FAR:
Vincent Buccola '08 is presently a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School. He has research and teaching interests in bankruptcy, contracts, business associations, corporate finance, and civil procedure. He graduated with High Honors and Order of the Coif from the Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Easterbrook on the 7th Circuit, and was a litigator at Bartlit Beck in Chicago for three years. His articles appear in Kansas Law Review and George Mason Law Review. His Chicago references include Douglas Baird, Anthony Casey, Todd Henderson, Saul Levmore, and Judge Easterbrook.
Roger Ford '05 is presently a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School. He has research and teaching interests in intellectual property (esp. patents and trademarks), property, information privacy, criminal and civil procedure, and antitrust. He graduated with Honors and Order of the Coif from the Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review. He practiced patent and trademark litigation and privacy law at Covington & Burlington for five years, and also clerked for Judge Easterbrook on the 7th Circuit. He has also been a Microsoft Research Fellow at NYU, and an adjunct professor at George Mason, where he taught Federal Courts. His articles appear in Cornell Law Review, George Mason Law Review, and elsewhere. His Chicago recommenders include Daniel Abebe, Anthony Casey, Jonathan Masur, Lior Strahilevitz and Judge Easterbrook; his NYU references include Katherine Strandburg.
Randall K. Johnson '12 has research and teaching interests in property, evidence, real estate transactions, land use, and civil rights. At the Law School, he held the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Earl Warren Legal Training Scholarship for two years. He is presently a Law Fellow with the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. His articles appear in Northern Illinois Law Review and Wake Forest Law Review Online. His Chicago recommenders include Lisa Bernstein and Jeff Leslie; Prof. Amos Jones (Campbell) is also available as a reference.
Goldburn P. Maynard, Jr. '05 has research and teaching interests in federal tax, estates and trusts, and estate and gift tax. At Chicago, he was a member of the Law Review, and he also earned an LL.M. in tax at Northwestern. He was a tax associate at Skadden Arps in Chicago, and then an estate tax attorney with the I.R.S. for four years, before taking up his present position as a VAP at Washington University, St. Louis. His scholarship has appeared in the Tulane Law Review. His recommenders include Lisa Bernstein and Lior Strahilevitz at Chicago; Adrienne Davis and Adam Rosenzweig at Wash U; and Nancy Staudt at Southern California.
Greg Reilly is a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School. He has research and teaching interests in intellectual property (esp. patents), civil procedure and complex litigation, federal courts, and contracts. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2006 and clerked for Judge Dyk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He was a patent and products liability litigator with Morrison & Foerster in San Diego for five years before coming to Chicago. His articles appear in Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue, and elsewhere. His Chicago references include Daniel Abebe, Douglas Baird, Anthony Casey, and Jonathan Masur; his Harvard references include Peter Barton Hutt and Arthur Miller (Prof. Miller is emeritus at Harvard and now teaching at NYU).
Nathan Richardson '09 has research and teaching interests in environmental law, property, administrative and energy law, and law and economics. He graduated with Honors from the Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law. He is presently a Research Scholar at Resources for the Future in Washington, DC, where he has extensive experinece doing legal and interdisciplinary research, often in collaboration with economists. His dozen publications appear in Environmental Law, Stanford Journal of Environmental Law, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and elsewhere. His Chicago recommenders include Anup Malani, Eric Posner, and David Weisbach. He can also provide references from economists.
Veronica Root '08 has research and teaching interests in professional responsibility, employment law, business associations, contracts, and commercial law. At the Law School, she was Managing Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law, and also received the Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy. She clerked for Judge Stewart on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and then litigated with Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C. for three years, before taking up a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Notre Dame Law School, where she has taught professional responsibility. Her articles appear in University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law and University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. Her Chicago references include Lisa Bernstein, Emily Buss, and Lior Strahilevitz; her Notre Dame references include Rick Garnett and Mark McKenna.
Aaron D. Simowitz '06 has research and teaching interests in international business transactions, arbitrarion, civil procedure, conflicts, and remedies. He graduated with Honors from the Law School, where he was the Book Reviews Editor and Business Manager of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge D. Brooks Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and was a litigator for four years with Gibson Dunn in New York, where he worked extensively on international commercial disputes. Since 2011, he has been an Acting Assistant Professor in the Lawyering Program at NYU Law School. His articles appear in DePaul Law Review, American Criminal Law Review, and in a forthcoming volume on International Commercial Arbitrarion edited by Franco Ferrari. His Chicago recommenders include Lisa Bernstein, Richard Epstein, and Bernard Harcourt; his NYU references include Franco Ferrari and Linda Silberman.
Finally, if you're curious, you can read about some of our recent placements in law teaching here, here and here, and see a more comprehensive listing here. You can also see a list of past Bigelows and where they now teach here.
September 13, 2013
Doug Ginsburg to George MasonDouglas Ginsburg, Senior Judge on the D.C. Circuit, is moving from NYU Law to George Mason Law . He joined NYU in January 2012.
September 12, 2013
Syverud Named Chancellor of SyracuseDean Kent Syverud of Wash U. School of Law has accepted a new position as Chancellor of Syracuse University. Syverud was previously dean of Vanderbilt Law. He began his teaching career at the University of Michigan.
September 07, 2013
Visiting Professors at the Top Six Law Schools, 2013-14
ORIGINALLY POSTED JUNE 3
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, muc less than 10% 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 2013-14; 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. (Not all schools use podium visitors--Chicago does not, for example. But Harvard and NYU, among others, do.) 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
Thomas Brennan (Northwestern University)
Bernard Harcourt (University of Chicago)
Sudhir Krishnaswamy (Azim Premji University)
Jennifer Laurin (University of Texas, Austin)
Niamh Moloney (London School of Economics)
Cristoforo Osti (University of Salento)
Michele Papa (University of Florence)
H. Jefferson Powell (Duke University)
Anthea Roberts (London School of Economics)
Richard Squire (Fordham University)
Doron Teichman (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
Edouard Treppos (University of Lyon)
Antoine Vauchez (University of Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne)
Harvard Law School
Howard Abrams (Emory University/University of San Diego)
Hidetaka Aizawa (Hitotsubashi University)
Robert Anderson (University of Washington, Seattle)
Samantha Besson (University of Freibourg)
William Burke-White (University of Pennsylvania)
Daniel Coquillette (Boston College)
Susan Crawford (Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University)
Scott Cummings (University of California, Los Angeles)
Justin Driver (University of Texas, Austin)
John Echeverria (Vermont Law School)
Stavros Gadinis (University of California, Berkeley)
Anna Gelpern (Georgetown University)
Robert George (Princeton University)
Robert W. Gordon (Stanford University)
Lorie Graham (Suffolk University)
Karl Hofstetter (University of Zurich)
Bert Huang (Columbia University)
Vik Khanna (University of Michigan)
Daniel Klerman (University of Southern California)
Sanford Levinson (University of Texas, Austin)
Katerina Linos (University of California, Berkeley)
Catharine MacKinnon (University of Michigan)
Christopher Robertson (University of Arizona)
Jeswald Salacuse (Fletcher School, Tufts University)
Michael Stein (College of William & Mary)
George Triantis (Stanford University)
Alain-Laurent Verbeke (Universities of Leuven & Tilburg)
Paul Waldau (Canisius College)
Michael Walzer (Institute for Advanced Study)
Lauren Willis (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles)
Mikhail Xifaras (Sciences Po, Paris)
New York University School of Law
Alan Auerbach (University of California, Berkeley)
Stefan Bechtold (ETH Zurich)
Charles Cameron (Princeton University)
Simon Chesterman (National University of Singapore)
David Dyzenhaus (University of Toronto)
Lech Garlicki (University of Warsaw)
Michael Klausner (Stanford University)
Mike Joseph Kobetsky (University of Melbourne)
Robert L. Rabin (Stanford University)
Woljciech Sadurski (University of Sydney)
David A. Skeel (University of Pennsylvania)
Stefan Vogenauer (Oxford University)
Stanford Law School
Michael Asimow (University of California, Los Angeles)
Binyamin Blum (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
Justin Driver (University of Texas, Austin)
Siegfried Fina (University of Vienna)
Avishai Margalit (Hebrew University, Jersualem)
Manfred Nowak (University of Vienna)
University of Chicago Law School
Dhammika Dharmapala (University of Illinois)
Kimberly Ferzan (Rutgers University, Camden)
Ariel Porat (Tel-Aviv University)
Mila Versteeg (University of Virginia)
Yale Law School
Steven G. Calabresi (Northwestern University)
Kristin Collins (Boston University)
Aaron Dhir (Osgoode Hall School of Law, York University, Toronto)
Emmanuel Gaillard (Sciences Po, Paris)
Lech Garlicki (University of Warsaw)
Gregory Keating (University of Southern California)
Jonathan Klick (University of Pennsylvania)
Alexandra Lahav (University of Connecticut)
Jeffrey Meyer (Quinnipiac University)
Jon Michaels (University of California, Los Angeles)
Angela Onwuachi-Willig (University of Iowa)
Deborah Rhode (Stanford University)
David Schleicher (George Mason University)
Robert Sloane (Boston University)
Noah Zatz (University of California, Los Angeles)
Peer Zumbansen (Osgoode Hall School of Law, York University, Toronto)
August 08, 2013
Hiring in bankruptcy and/or commercial law?
Michael Simkovic at Seton Hall is now well-known to readers of this blog, but due to the notorious situation at Seton Hall (where all untenured faculty have been told they may be let go at the end of this academic year due to budgetary concerns), he is on the teaching market for the first time. (Seton Hall hired him directly out of practice.) His references include Douglas Baird (Chicago), Steven Davidoff (Berkeley), Jesse Fried (Harvard), David Skeel (Penn), and a certain U.S. Senator who may be a bit hard to reach these days; his Seton Hall colleagues Patrick Hobbs (the Dean), Stephen Lubben, and Charlie Sullivan are also available as references. I have heard unsolicited from well-known senior scholars in his field that Prof. Simkovic is doing good work (and not just on the economics of legal education), so this is a unique opportunity to hire an up-and-coming scholar with an established track record.
August 05, 2013
Legal scholars talk about their scholarship cited by the U.S. Supreme CourtJack Chin (UC Davis) has been running a nice series of interviews with scholars whose work was cited by the Court during the most recent term--informative and interesting on many levels, including about what kind of scholarship catches the Court's attention.
July 16, 2013
More schools shrinking their faculties (and their student bodies)
There is an informative piece (behind a paywall, however) in the WSJ about the elimination of faculty positions, mostly through retirements and buy-outs of existing faculty; besides Seton Hall and Vermont, other schools mentioned are:
Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minn....has shrunk its full-time faculty about 18% since 2010, and the school is exploring ways to further scale back its head count. Ten faculty members have retired since the school began offering early-retirement incentives in 2011, and four more have accepted agreements and plan to retire in the coming academic year....
This year's entering class at Hamline is expected to be about 100 students, Mr. Lewis [the Dean] said—a 55% drop from 2010....
Earlier this year, 21 professors accepted buyout packages at Widener University School of Law, which operates campuses in Wilmington, Del., and Harrisburg, Pa. And last fall, the University of Dayton School of Law offered early-retirement packages to 14 professors, seven of whom took them....
At University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, Calif....[s]everal professors have taken buyouts as the school rescales its JD program from 1,000 students to about 600, a size that Dean Jay Mootz said is better suited to the school's regional market....
The article also reports that George Mason, which had a 2012 entering class that was half the size of its 2010 class, is having faculty teach larger classes and not filling staff positions except when necessary.