April 07, 2014

Lawyers, law professors and depression

A bracing series of posts by Charlotte Law's Brian Clarke:  this is the third in the series, with links back to the earlier ones.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 7, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession | Permalink

March 26, 2014

What is REALLY going on at Denver (contrary to ATL's fabrications)

In typically irresponsible fashion, ATL yesterday posted factually inaccurate rumors about Denver (which they are slowly correcting).  Here is what a tenured colleague at Denver wrote to me:

The truth is that we are reducing our tenure and tenure-track faculty by 10 over multiple years.  This is consistent with a long-term plan to shrink the size of the school that began in 2007, prior to the economic downturn.  At that point we had 380 students.  Our ultimate goal was and is approximately 250 students.  The school needs *at most* one person to retire or take a buyout this year to meet our budget for 2014-2015.  In subsequent years the faculty who will be offered the option of buyouts will be exclusively tenured faculty who have held their positions for a minimum number of years. The buyouts will NOT include tenure-track faculty who are not yet tenured.  That is, the ATL story is simply wrong when it says that untenured tenure-track faculty are being asked to leave.  None has been asked to do so.  In fact, Denver Law has recommended 4 tenure-track faculty for tenure this year.  While tenure is not official until the summer, it is common knowledge that the Dean has recently assured those four faculty members that the planned buyouts will not affect their tenure process.  Finally, ATL's unattributed claim that the Denver Law faculty is "quite displeased" with direction of the school is simply false.  Of course there are outliers in every institution, but the overall faculty climate is collegial and the vast majority of faculty are pleased with Dean Katz's leadership during a difficult time for all law schools.  Of course, it is never ideal for ATL to report facts that are patently false, particularly with respect to untenured faculty, and one would hope that they care enough about their credibility to print a correction.

I've heard the same about Dean Katz from other faculty at Denver as well.  (I hope Blog Emperor Caron will learn a lesson from this incident, namely, not to reprint nonsense from ATL without independent verification.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on March 26, 2014 in Faculty News, Law in Cyberspace, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

March 21, 2014

More signs of the times

Appalachian cutting faculty.  In addition, I recently spoke to a colleague at another law school--a strong, regional school but with a faculty with a national scholarly reputation--who reported the teaching load has been raised from 10 hours per year per faculty member to 12 hours.  Twenty years ago, 12 hours was the norm at most law schools, except for the very top ones.  Over the last twenty years, 10 hours/3 courses became increasingly common.  For a school of this caliber to make the move back to 12 suggests that other schools are following or will soon follow suit.

Posted by Brian Leiter on March 21, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

March 18, 2014

Buffalo offers retirement incentives to faculty over 55...

...and eight accept, bringing the size of the full-time faculty from 48 down to 40.  The school is also shrinking its class size slightly.  Seems like sensible responses to the current economic climate for legal education.

Posted by Brian Leiter on March 18, 2014 in Faculty News, Ludicrous Hyperbole Watch, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

March 15, 2014

U of Florida Dean Search Fails

Sounds like an ordeal, and it certainly won't be easier next year to fill the position given the start and now the finish to this year's.

Posted by Brian Leiter on March 15, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

March 05, 2014

Case Western Dean Lawrence Mitchell, who had been on leave, resigns

He has been embroiled in litigation involve allegations of retaliation and sexual harassment since last year.

Posted by Brian Leiter on March 5, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

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.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 24, 2014 in Faculty News, Memorial Notices | Permalink

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.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 13, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

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.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 7, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

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.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 4, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink