November 07, 2016

VAPs and Fellowships open thread...

November 02, 2016

University of Oregon law professor went to Halloween Party in blackface


UPDATE:  Now 23 of the professor's colleagues have called on the faculty member to resign if the allegations are true.  That reflects poorly on them, and suggests they have no regard for  contractual and constitutional rights to academic freedom, including the right to engage in racially insensitive extramural speech.  Absent a finding that the professor treats students or colleagues in racially discriminatory ways, there is no reason for the faculty member to resign (apologizing might be a good idea though!).

ANOTHER:  The Daily Mail (not my favorite source, though they often get the facts out quickly on stories like this) reports that the offending faculty member was Prof. Nancy Shurtz, and gives some context for why she was dressed that way at the Halloween party.

HERE IS A BETTER SOURCE identifying Prof. Shurtz, and includes a statement from her.

STILL ANOTHER:  Prof. Shurtz issues a written explanation and apology.  She exercised bad judgment.  Her 23 colleagues exercised even worse judgment.  It's now their turn to apologize!

November 2, 2016 in Faculty News, Law Professors Saying Dumb Things, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

October 24, 2016

More about Phil Neal...

...whose passing we noted a few weeks ago.  These new interesting anecdotes are courtesy of law professor John Q. Barrett (St. John's).

October 24, 2016 in Faculty News, Memorial Notices | Permalink

October 20, 2016

Not much change in number of schools interviewing at FRC from 2015 to 2016

According to Professor Lawsky, there were 86 law schools at the FRC this past weekend in Washington, DC, compared to 89 in 2015.  This doesn't account for the number of slots schools are looking to fill, but my guess is that, like last year, we will see at least 80 new tenure-track academic faculty hired, perhaps a bit higher.

The 94 in 2013 is misleading, since that was a year in which many schools went to the FRC but did no hiring, due to budgetary stresses.  The real contrast, of course, is with the last reasonably good year on the market, 2012-13, when 142 schools participated in the FRC.

October 20, 2016 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

October 12, 2016

New Minnesota Law Dean talks about adjusting to significant application and enrollment declines

October 11, 2016

Hitman Rivera, who took a plea, implicate Wendi Adelson with knowledge of the plot to kill Markel

October 10, 2016

A Nobel Prize in Law?

 It's Nobel Prize season, and Law, like my other field, Philosophy, is not a recognized subject for the prize.  But what if there were a Nobel Prize?  I surveyed my philosophy readers, and came up with ten deserving candidates.  But what about for law?  I've limited this just to those working in the U.S., though there are many deserving candidates in other legal cultures, but I suspect few readers will know enough about them to meaningfully compare (outside jurisprudence, I hardly know enough to even correctly identify plausible candidates).

So which living legal scholar in the U.S. should get a Nobel Prize in Law? We'll rank the top ten.  Have fun!

ADDENDUM:  I hope it goes without saying that there are no doubt errors of omission in the list.  One that has come to my attention, who might have had a shot for the top ten, is Richard Delgado, now at Alabama.  But I fear there will be others.

A LAST ONE:  Some other good suggestions for folks who should have been included:  Elizabeth Warren, Wayne LaFave, Suzanna Sherry, Charles Lawrence.

October 10, 2016 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

October 06, 2016

More from the Blog Emperor on Adelson/Markel

Emperor Caron has been all over this case, it's a good place to go for regular updates.

October 6, 2016 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

October 04, 2016

One of two murderers-for-hire in Markel killing, Rivera, takes a plea

A promising development, which presumably means some number of Adelsons will soon be arrested.

October 4, 2016 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

William Baude's "Hamilton"-welcome to the University of Chicago Law School