May 01, 2015

This year's rookie law teaching market (2014-15) looks to have been worse than last year

Sarah Lawsky (UC Irvine) is, as usual, gathering the data, and so far there are only 55 tenure-track academic hires, with, I gather two or three more expected.  15% of all the hires so far are either Chicago grads (5) or Chicago Fellows (3) who were on the market; only Harvard and Yale appear to have had a bigger share.

Last year, there were 64 tenure-track academic hires.  Before the crash in applications, 150-180 rookies would be hired into law teaching positions most years.

May 1, 2015 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News | Permalink

April 27, 2015

I call "bullshit" on this one...

...a story allegedly about a fearful closeted Christian law professor at an elite school?  The late William Stuntz at Harvard, Michael McConnell at Stanford, David Skeel at Penn, Stephen Bainbridge at UCLA all seem to have done rather well at elite schools, despite being quite openly religious.  (I'm sure there are others, but the preceding scholars have incorporated their religious commitments into at least some of their scholarly and popular writing.)  I invite the alleged subject of this article to contact me; I will also preserve his anonymity, but I'd like to pose some further questions about what it is about his institutional environment that would lead to the behavior described.  I'm afraid it just doesn't ring true to what I've seen at the institutions I've taught.  Yes, levels of religiosity among law professors are not high (though they are higher than among philosophy professors); but norms of collegiality and respect for differences have generally created environments in which no one would reasonably feel a need to go into the closet as described.  Maybe I've been lucky, but...

April 27, 2015 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

April 22, 2015

Six law professors elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

They are:  Noah Feldman (Harvard), David Garland (NYU), Jane Ginsburg (Columbia), Philip Hamburger (Columbia), Lewis Kornhauser (NYU), and Robin West (Georgetown). 

April 22, 2015 in Faculty News | Permalink

April 15, 2015

Video of University of Oregon's announcement of Dean Schill's Appointment as President

April 14, 2015

Chicago's Dean Mike Schill to become next President of U of Oregon

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 14, 2015 in Faculty News | Permalink

April 09, 2015

Congratulations to the Chicago alumni who got tenure-track jobs this year

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. 

If you're curious, you can read about some of our recent placements in law teaching  hereherehere and here, and see a more comprehensive listing here

(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 9, 2015 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News | Permalink

April 08, 2015

Lots of hires with tenure at Texas A&M Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan)

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 8, 2015 in Faculty News | Permalink

April 05, 2015

Two William Mitchell law professors file suit as planned merger with Hamline may result in abrogation of tenure

Story here.  One imagines that William Mitchell will argue that the merger demonstrates financial exigency.  A very unhappy situation.

April 5, 2015 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

March 31, 2015

A lot of finalists for Dean at North Carolina!

Here.  A strong pool as well.

ADDENDUM:  A smaller pool of finalists at Illinois, including one also in the running at UNC.

March 31, 2015 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

March 04, 2015

GW Dean and AALS President Blake Morant interviewed...