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.)
February 09, 2017
February 02, 2017
Should a law school Dean be writing op-eds in support of controversial (or even uncontroversial) political appointees?
That's an issue posed by a dispute between Nancy Staudt, Dean of the law school at Washington University, St. Louis--who wrote an opinion piece in support of Andrew Puzder, Trump's nominee for Secretary of Labor, who is also an involved alum of Wash U--and Emeritus Professor Richard Kuhns, whose open letter you can read here: Download Puzder letter Kuhns. Professor Kuhns thinks it was inappropriate for the Dean to write this column; I am inclined to agree. But I am curious what others think about the propriety of Dean Staudt's piece. Signed comments only: full name and valid e-mail address. Submit the comment only once, it may take awhile to appear.
January 27, 2017
Some want to play an "indispensable" role in the search for a new Dean. I'm sure student feedback on candidates will receive some weight, but that's about it. Were I a betting man (I am not), I would bet on John Goldberg or John Manning--both current HLS faculty--to be chosen as the new Dean.
January 10, 2017
U of Oregon President Mike Schill (former Dean of U of Chicago and UCLA Law Schools) responds to commentary on Shurtz case
January 09, 2017
With the start of a new year, here they are:
1. Cass Sunstein (Harvard), 266,146 downloads of 232 papers (posting papers since 1996)
2. Daniel Solove (George Washington), 263,111 downloads of 45 papers (remarkably, more than 60% of the downloads are due to a single paper!) (posting papers since 2001)
3. Lucian Bebchuk (Harvard), 249,457 downloads of 174 papers (posting papers since 1996)
4. Mark Lemley (Stanford), 188,578 downloads of 161 papers (posting papers since 1996)
5. Bernard Black (Northwestern), 178,719 downloads of 155 papers (posting papers since 1996)
6. Stephen Bainbridge (UCLA), 123,522 downloads of 98 papers (posting papers since 1997)
7. Dan Kahan (Yale), 122,574 downloads of 69 papers (posting papers since 1996)
8. Brian Leiter (Chicago), 122,416 downloads of 67 papers (posting papers since 2000)
9. Orin Kerr (George Washington), 108,160 downloads of 54 papers (posting papers since 2002)
10. Eric Posner (Chicago), 105,954 downloads of 135 papers (posting papers since 1997)
January 03, 2017
December 22, 2016
...according to an investigation by outside counsel. The report (available at the preceding link) ultimately turns on a Pickering balancing analysis, which like most such analyses could easily have come out the other way.
UPDATE: Some additional context here.
ANOTHER: Oregon law professor Shurtz objects to release of report, claiming errors and violations of confidentiality. I suspect this matter is heading to court.