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

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).

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 31, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

Berkeley Dean candidate finalists

Here; Judge Fletcher from the 9th Circuit, Professor Bagenstos from Michigan, Professor Choudhry from NYU, and Acting Dean Lester.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 31, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink