April 14, 2015
It breaks my heart to have to post this, since Mike Schill has been a terrific Dean here the last 5 1/2 years, but we all knew he was in demand elsewhere: he will be the new President of the University of Oregon, come July 1. Oregon is damn lucky, and I know I speak for everyone at Chicago in saying that Mike Schill will be greatly missed here.
April 09, 2015
It was another tight year on the law teaching market, probably even more difficult than last year. Happily most of our candidates once again were successful at securing tenure-track positions. They are:
Laura Napoli Coordes '10 who will join the faculty at Arizona State University, where she is presently a VAP. She graduated with Honors from the Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review and served as a Legal Fellow at the Student Press Law Center upon graduation, before working at Weil, Gotshal & Manges as a bankruptcy associate in New York. Her teaching and research interests include bankruptcy, commercial law, contracts, and corporate finance.
Goldburn P. Maynard, Jr. '05, who will join the faculty at the University of Louisville. He was a member of the Law Review at Chicago,and 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. He was a VAP at Washington University, St. Louis and at Florida State University. His research and teaching interests include federal tax, estates and trusts, and estate and gift tax.
Joshua Sellers '08 who will join the faculty at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. At Chicago, he was Articles Editor of the Law Review and also earned a Ph.D. in Political Science with a dissertation on "The 'Crown Jewel' at a Crossroads: Appraising the Contemporary Political Function of the Voting Rights Act." He clerked for Judge Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and was an associate at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C. for three years, where he primarily litigated insurance claims. Most recently, he was a post-doc in the Maxwell School of Public Policy at Syracuse University. His research and teaching interests include election law, civil rights, constitutional law, legislation, insurance law, and torts.
Sloan G. Speck '07 who will join the faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He graduated with Honors from the Law School, where he also served as Articles Editor of the Law Review. He also earned an M.A. in History from Chicago (where he focused on the history of tax and business) and an LL.M. in tax (2010) from New York University, where he has been Acting Assistant Professor of Tax Law since 2013. He will receive his PhD in History from Chicago in 2016. He was a tax associate at Skadden Arps in Chicago for five years. His teaching and research interests include tax law and policy (including corporate and international tax), as well as legal and business history.
Matthew J. Tokson '08 who will join the faculty at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. He graduated with High Honors and Order of the Coif from the Law School, where he served as both Executive Articles Editor and Book Review Editor of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Randolph on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, served first as a Kauffman Fellow then as a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School from 2009-2011, before clerking on the U.S. Supreme Court for both Justice Ginsburg and Justice Souter in 2011-12. He was also a litigation associate at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C. His teaching and research interests include criminal procedure, privacy, intellectual property, judicial behavior, criminal law and torts.
(I will have a separate post about our Bigelows and other Fellows once their situations are all settled; as always, they all have tenure-track offers.)
April 08, 2015
So far the leadership of Dean Andrew Morriss seems to already be paying dividends, with five senior hires:
Irene Calboli (intellectual property, international trade, and comparative law) from Marquette University.
Susan Fortney (legal ethics, legal professions, legal malpractice, bioethics and torts) from Hofstra University.
Nuno Garoupa (law & economics, comparative law) from University of Illinois.
Glynn S. Lunney, Jr. (intellectual property, law & economics) from Tulane University.
Peter Yu (intellectual property, communications law and policy, and comparative and international law) from Drake University.
April 05, 2015
Two William Mitchell law professors file suit as planned merger with Hamline may result in abrogation of tenure
March 31, 2015
March 04, 2015
March 03, 2015
Many readers have mentioned Prof. Steven Calabresi's rather impassioned and personal defense of Justice Scalia, for whom he clerked, against a recent critical biography by Bruce Murphy. My colleague Justin Driver made some similar points in The New Republic, and it does seem the biography in question is unfair to Justice Scalia on several points. But while Prof. Calabresi repeatedly chides Murphy for mean-spiritedness and pettiness, the latter charge seems to apply equally well to Calabersi's surprisingly score-settling rejoinder, in which various conservative politicans and legal officials (from Kenneth Starr to William Reynolds) are dismissed as mediocrities and lightweights (I'm happy to believe Prof. Calabresi is right, however). But Prof. Calabresi's polemics against Judge Posner and Judge Wilkinson are curious and rather unseemly. Particularly amusing is his diatribe against Richard Posner, which includes this observation:
The relationship between Posner and Scalia is affectionate on Scalia’s side but filled with envy, pettiness, and anger on Posner’s side, at least in my opinion. Posner is the author of more than forty books, countless law review articles, and countless judicial opinions. I think he feels that he was far more successful as a law professor and a founder of law and economics than Scalia was when he taught at the University of Chicago School of Law.
"Envy, pettiness and anger"? I think anyone who knows Judge Posner will find this a rather implausible explanation. Judge Posner has had scholarly polemics with many people, including some of his best friends, and I've never seen him to take any of it "personally." But I'm quite puzzled by Prof. Calabresi's comment that, "I think [Posner] feels that he was far more successful as a law professor and a founder of law and economics than Scalia was when he taught at the University of Chicago Law School." "I think"? Isn't it obviously true? Being on the Supreme Court has made Justice Scalia's views far more influential than he ever was as a legal scholar. Prof. Calabresi, who worked in several Republican Administrations in Washington and was involved with SCOTUS nominations, says:
When Posner’s name did come up [in connection with SCOTUS vacancies), which was rarely, it was so that we could laugh about his immoral and politically fatal proposal to reform adoption law by legalizing the selling of babies. Posner was not respected by any of the last three Republican Administrations. He was the butt of a joke.
I suppose only in the insider world of the American far right could one think that reporting that "Posner was not respected by any of the last three Republican Administrations" counts against Judge Posner, rather than as (yet) another badge of merit.
As I said, curious.
February 25, 2015
After the dramatic budgetary announcement by the University President last week, the current Washington & Lee Law Dean Nora Demleitner announced she was stepping down and the President has--already!--announced the new Dean. One wonders whether there was any faculty consultation about this transition.