May 06, 2010

Yet More Thoughts on the Harvard Racist E-Mail Controversy...

...from Eric Muller (North Carolina).  And, in a related vein, yet more fun with David Bernstein (I know, I know, but it is sometimes just hard to resist).

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 6, 2010 in Legal Humor, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink | TrackBack

April 26, 2010

"Gordon Liu: Wrong Man for the 9th Circuit" (real headline)

Indeed, especially since no Gordon Liu has been nominated.  I like the quote from Professor Painter of Minnesota:  "There are real left-wingers in the" academy.  That sounds scary.  Happily, Professor Painter assures us that Professor Liu is not one of them. Whew!

(Thanks to Diane Amann for the pointer.)

UPDATE:  Alas, they finally caught the mistake!

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 26, 2010 in Legal Humor | Permalink | TrackBack

April 14, 2010

Some readers claim the new U.S. News law school rankings have been leaked...

...but I just checked Drudge, and there's no mention of them, so everyone can relax.

UPDATE:  The story gets funnier--the material circulating shows Duke as reporting 100% employment at graduation--the only school in the country (the world?) to claim 100% at graduation.  As hoaxes go, this one is not subtle.  (Of course, I guess it's possible that US News is just the messenger for this hoax...nah, surely a [former] news magazine would investigate before publishing astonishing claims like this.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 14, 2010 in Legal Humor, Rankings | Permalink | TrackBack

April 01, 2010

Speaking of April Fools' pranks...

...this looks like a good paper, esp. the bit about interpretivism and science.

UPDATE:  Also this one.  Solum is good at this.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 1, 2010 in Legal Humor | Permalink | TrackBack

Mass Faculty Exodus Strikes Yale: Amar, Ayres and Whitman to Columbia; Hansmann and Romano to NYU; Donohue, Gerken, and Jolls to Harvard; Ackerman, Ellickson and Schwartz to Retire;

In a rather stunning reversal, eleven senior and, in several cases, longtime Yale faculty have either announced their retirements or that they are moving to schools in New York City or to Harvard.  According to one of the professors, the timing of the decision was not entirely accidental:  "We were at a faculty meeting," according to the source who asked to remain anonymous, "when Bruce Ackerman said, 'you know, we are so great that we could be anywhere, isn't it odd that we're all stuck in this dump of a town?'  From there, the meme spread." 

Students reported seeing Akhil Amar wandering the halls muttering, "What am I doing in New Haven?  I could be in Palo Alto, in New York, in London.  How could this have happened?  How could this have happened?"  Faculty who regularly commute from New York City, like Hansmann and Whitman, soon reported their despair at being the only people on the train commuting to New Haven.  "Even the conductors sometimes snicker at us," Whitman was heard to say to a colleague at Columbia.

Robert Post, the Dean at Yale, and his partner, Reva Siegel, have vowed to remain on the Yale faculty, as have several Yale faculty who apparently can not get offers from Columbia and NYU, notwithstanding the traditional bounty that attaches to such prey.  Solicitor General Elena Kagan, upon hearing the news, took time out from an oral argument to say, "Hah, hah.  No more #1 for Yale!" 

Happy April Fools' Day!

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 1, 2010 in Legal Humor | Permalink | TrackBack

March 11, 2010

Alcohol and Sign Painting Don't Mix


Posted by Brian Leiter on March 11, 2010 in Legal Humor | Permalink | TrackBack

January 07, 2010

Where's the copy-editor?

Where, indeed.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 7, 2010 in Legal Humor | Permalink | TrackBack

December 03, 2009

The Truth about "Above the Law" Revealed at Last

By a commenter (who else?):

ATL [says it] takes its journalistic mission seriously. ATL, please get over yourselves and realize that what you produce is nothing more than trashy entertainment for niche group of wretched people. If this site went suddenly offline forever the world would be no worse off.

(Thanks to a reader who asked to remain anonymous, but was inspired to write by our earlier item.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on December 3, 2009 in Legal Humor, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | TrackBack

December 01, 2009

The salsa doesn't taste right?

Try leaving out the cement.

Posted by Brian Leiter on December 1, 2009 in Legal Humor | Permalink | TrackBack

November 23, 2009

Bainbridge Meets the "Comments" Section at "Above the Law"...

...and has some fun with it.

Posted by Brian Leiter on November 23, 2009 in Legal Humor | Permalink | TrackBack