February 29, 2016

Signs of the times: faculty buy-outs offered at Valparaiso Law

Story here.


February 29, 2016 in Faculty News, Legal Profession | Permalink

February 25, 2016

Professor Bainbridge does not approve of the rise of the JD/PhDs

His diatribe is amusing, though for the record I think that anyone who runs a regression on what Rawls thinks should be fired!  (Also, Steve, no one is interested anymore in what
Dworkin said--that's just a UCLA thing!)


February 25, 2016 in Faculty News, Legal Humor, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 22, 2016

Triumph of the JD/PhDs

Provocative piece from Bloomberg News, prompted by a recent paper by Lynn LoPucki (UCLA).  We've certainly seen this already in some sub-fields: e.g., first-generation law & economics scholars were almost all JDs, while the current generation are almost all JD/PhDs. The rise in expectations for scholarly writing from junior faculty candidates over the last twenty years has strongly favored those with PhDs, who, of course, have a lot of writing in hand.  And some of this is simply attributable to the revolution in legal scholarship wrought by Richard Posner in the 1970s, which finally finished off the Langedellian paradigm of legal scholarship.

Although I'm quoted saying that the rise of JD/PhDs will continue, that's a descriptive not normative statement.  I think different schools have different missions.  And the relevance of the JD/PhD varies by field.   We have ten current junior faculty, only four of whom are JD/PhDs.  Our Dean is a JD/PhD, our two most recent tenures were one JD/PhD and one JD (who had even been a partner in a major law firm).   We placed three Chicago candidates at "top" law schools this year, two were JD/PhDs, one a "mere" JD.  I think my prediction is an accurate one--and at other top schools it's already come true--but it will be another twenty-five years before it is realized at the top law schools generally.


February 22, 2016 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 13, 2016

In Memoriam: Antonin Scalia (1936-2016)

Justice Scalia has passed away unexpectedly; there's a brief NY Times notice here.  [ed.--it was originally brief, now much expanded].  Prior to his appointment to the DC Circuit, and then the Supreme Court, he was a law professor, first at the University of Virginia, then at the University of Chicago.  I will add links in due course as more becomes known.

ADDENDUM:   Predictably, the debate has already turned to the politics of Justice Scalia's replacement, and for obvious reasons.  But will anyone dare say openly why this is such a contested issue?

ANOTHER:  A remembrance from my colleague Geoffrey Stone.

AND MORE:  A longer memorial notice from Chicago.


February 13, 2016 in Faculty News, Legal Profession | Permalink

February 08, 2016

Longtime Loyola/Chicago Dean David Yellen named new President of Marist College in New York

The Marist press release is here.

(Thanks to Blog Emperor Caron for the pointer.)


February 8, 2016 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 25, 2016

Duke Dean and former federal judge David Levi elected new President of the American Law Institute

Duke's announcement is here.


January 25, 2016 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 20, 2016

"Most Influential People in Legal Education"

It is alleged I am one, so too Prof. Simkovic (who surely should be, having been single-handedly responsible for bringing facts and serious data analysis to thinking about the financial aspects of legal education).   Whatever the merits of this list, I am pleased to see many esteemed friends and colleagues on it!  And thanks to those readers who took the time to vote in the survey.


January 20, 2016 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

January 15, 2016

William & Mary law prof Paul Marcus named President-elect of AALS

The William & Mary press release is here.


January 15, 2016 in Faculty News | Permalink

January 13, 2016

"What is it like to be a philosopher?"

This site is run by a young philosopher, Clifford Sosis, who kindly interviewed me.  Although it ends up focusing a good bit on academic philosophy (and some of its professional pathologies!), it may still interest some readers.


January 13, 2016 in Faculty News, Navel-Gazing | Permalink

December 31, 2015

"Heroes of the Internet, 2015"

The list includes University of Miami law professor Mary Anne Franks for her important work on "revenge porn."


December 31, 2015 in Faculty News, Law in Cyberspace | Permalink