March 05, 2014
Case Western Dean Lawrence Mitchell, who had been on leave, resigns
February 24, 2014
In Memoriam: Theodore Eisenberg (1947-2014)
I am sorry to report the startling and unhappy news that Professor Eisenberg, a longtime member of the Cornell faculty and a pioneer in "empirical legal studies," has passed away. The Cornell memorial notice is here.
February 13, 2014
Former Georgetown Dean Judith Areen named new Executive Director of AALS
I think that is a very welcome development, and wish Dean Areen good luck in her new role.
February 07, 2014
Albany Law offering "buy-outs" to 8 senior faculty...
...according to this story. I continue to hear, though, that there is no financial emergency at Albany, and that there are other sources of conflict between the Dean and some faculty. If someone from Albany would like to weigh in "for the record" (and with their name attached), I will be glad to post. Please send me an e-mail.
February 04, 2014
Penn Law Dean Mike Fitts to become President of Tulane
He has been Dean at Penn since roughly 2001, and has had a very successful tenure. A lucky catch for Tulane! Tulane's announcement.
January 31, 2014
Signs of the times: Albany Law School declares financial crisis...
...and is threatening to fire faculty, including possibly tenured faculty. It is not clear, however, that there really is a financial crisis there (follow the link to the Albany AAUP website). Albany did, however, suffer an S&P downgrade last year. Any firings of tenured faculty are likely to result in costly lawsuits, given the evidence in the public domain.
Note that Albany Law School is a freestanding law school, and is not part of the State University of New York system. It is also one of four law schools in "upstate" New York (the others are Syracuse, SUNY-Buffalo and Cornell, though Cornell is not sending graduates primarily into the upstate markets). The New York City area is served by Columbia, NYU, Fordham, Cardozo, Brooklyn, NYLS, St. John's, Hofstra, Pace, Touro, Seton Hall, and Rutgers-Newark (not to mention the many schools farther from New York that send large numbers of graduates there).
Berkeley Dean candidate finalists
Here; Judge Fletcher from the 9th Circuit, Professor Bagenstos from Michigan, Professor Choudhry from NYU, and Acting Dean Lester.
January 29, 2014
NYU's Revesz to be new Director of the American Law Institute
January 24, 2014
DePaul Dean, Gregory Mark,stepping down at end of the academic year
He took over only in 2011, coming to DePaul from Rutgers-Newark. I have heard various reports about why he is stepping down so soon, but so far there's no reliable public information. Dean Mark came in after an earlier fiasco involving heavy-handed administrators (who are not implicated in this resignation).