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

January 29, 2014

NYU's Revesz to be new Director of the American Law Institute

He succeeds Columbia's Lance Liebman (another former Dean) in the role.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 29, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

January 24, 2014

DePaul Dean, Gregory Mark,stepping down at end of the academic year

He took over only in 2011, coming to DePaul from Rutgers-Newark.   I have heard various reports about why he is stepping down so soon, but so far there's no reliable public information.  Dean Mark came in after an earlier fiasco involving heavy-handed administrators (who are not implicated in this resignation).

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 24, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

January 23, 2014

A notable pair of lateral moves, from Duke to USC: Gulati, Krawiec

G. Mitu Gulati and Kim Krawiec are heading west from Duke to USC.  Nice catch for USC!

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 23, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

January 16, 2014

A lot of people want to be Dean at the University of Florida...

...and thanks to digging by UF law professor Jeffrey Harrison (a somewhat notorious crank), their applications, including in many cases letters discussing their qualifications, are now a matter of public record.  I expect this publicity is not going to make the search any easier.

(Thanks to Dan Filler for the pointer.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 16, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

December 31, 2013

Signs of the times: 2013 in review

A useful wrap-up from Karen Sloan at The National Law Journal.

Happy New Year to all readers!

Posted by Brian Leiter on December 31, 2013 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

December 16, 2013

Parrish Named Dean of Indiana-Bloomington

Indiana University - Bloomington has named Southwestern Law School Professor Austen Parrish as its new law dean.  Parrish is a 1997 graduate of Columbia Law and joined Southwestern in 2002.  

Posted by Dan Filler on December 16, 2013 in Faculty News | Permalink

December 09, 2013

Johnson Named Dean of Lewis and Clark

Professor Jennifer Johnson of Lewis and Clark Law School has been named the school's new dean, effective this June.  She succeeds Robert Klonoff, who is stepping down.  Johnson, who hold a JD from Yale, joined the school's faculty in 1980.

Posted by Dan Filler on December 9, 2013 in Faculty News | Permalink