February 29, 2016
February 25, 2016
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 22, 2016
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 13, 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 08, 2016
January 25, 2016
January 20, 2016
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 15, 2016
January 13, 2016
December 31, 2015
The list includes University of Miami law professor Mary Anne Franks for her important work on "revenge porn."