May 04, 2007


So I'm getting asked this enough, that I should probably post something, especially given some of the weird rumors circulating in Cyberspace that have been sent my way the last couple of months.  I do have an offer from the University of Chicago Law School, where I had a very rewarding visiting stint last fall.  It's an outstanding law school and university, and I'm grateful to have the option of joining them.  Decisions like this are extremely complex, but I'll post mine in due course.  Thanks to those who have inquired.  (Chicago also has offers out to two other senior faculty, which I'll post about if and when I get the OK to do so from those involved.)

May 4, 2007 in Faculty News, Navel-Gazing | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

April 26, 2007

"Naturalizing Jurisprudence: Essays on American Legal Realism and Naturalism in Legal Philosophy"

...has now been published in the U.S.  It is available in paperback, so hopefully someone will read it!

April 26, 2007 in Jurisprudence, Navel-Gazing | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

March 24, 2007

"Naturalizing Jurisprudence: Essays on American Legal Realism and Naturalism in Legal Philosophy"

My book of this title was published in Britain two days ago; happily, it is available in paperback right away.  It should be "officially" out in the U.S. in the next month or two.

March 24, 2007 in Jurisprudence, Navel-Gazing | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

February 05, 2007

"Why Evolutionary Biology is (so far) Irrelevant to Law"

A revised version of this paper I wrote with the philosopher of biology Michael Weisberg at Penn is now on-line at SSRN.  This is pretty much the penultimate version, and comments would still be timely and welcome for a few more weeks.

February 5, 2007 in Jurisprudence, Navel-Gazing, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

December 23, 2006


This Brian Leiter is now back in Austin, and while e-mail is still being forwarded from my Chicago address, it would be best now to reach me via the Texas address.

December 23, 2006 in Navel-Gazing | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

December 20, 2006

Texas "Emerging Scholars Program" Still Taking Applications!!!

I don't usually post these kinds of items, but will make an exception for my beloved home institution; one of my colleagues involved in the selection of candidates passes the following along:

The Emerging Scholars Program at the University of Texas School of Law is still taking application for fellowships beginning in Fall 2007.  The ESP provides financial and institutional support for three or four semesters of teaching and scholarship in residence at UT for persons who intend to pursue an academic career.  ESP Fellows are welcome into the community of scholars at UT and receive substantial faculty assistance with their scholarly projects.  More information about the program can be found on the ESP webpage.

Interested candidates should send their applications before January 26, 2007 to the address found on the webpage.  If you are already in the academy  and know someone (especially someone in practice) who might be interested and well qualified, please forward this information to him or her.

Let me add a few comments of my own.  First, our program--this is, in the more common vernacular, a kind of Visiting Assistant Professor program--is relatively new (this fall is only the third year we have welcomed faculty to the ESP), but so far quite successful.  We've had a total of three participants who have entered the job market--the first is now in a tenure-track job at a very good law school (and got a huge amount of play on the job market, with interviews at most of the very top law schools), and the next two (on the market now) have had dozens and dozens of interviews at excellent law schools, from the very top national law schools to the very best regional law schools, and already have two offers in hand (last I heard, two weeks ago--I've been out of the loop a bit because I was visiting at Chicago this fall).  So our track record is good!  Because our faculty is large and congenial, whatever your interests, you're likely to find helpful colleagues in your areas.  The teaching is structured so as to maximize the candidate's research, but also to provide opportunity for teaching experience in a "bread and butter" class.  (Basically what this has meant in practice is one course a term:  either a seminar in the area of research or an upper-level course in one of the candidate's primary areas.) 

Candidates who are on the general teaching market this year who haven't received attractive tenure-track offers should consider applying specifically to the ESP.

December 20, 2006 in Navel-Gazing | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

December 12, 2006

UT Law & Philosophy Program for 2006-07

For those who might be interested, we have finally updated the site for 2006-07.  Prospective students should feel free to contact me with any questions.

December 12, 2006 in Navel-Gazing | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

October 19, 2006

Apologies for the Dearth of Postings Lately...

...but proofing this, copy-editing this, and processing the data for this--in addition to teaching, research & writing, and the lively intellectual interchange with colleagues and students here at Chicago--has left me rather short of time for the blog.  I hope to have more law school news next week.

October 19, 2006 in Navel-Gazing | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

September 14, 2006

Sorry for the Paucity of Postings...

...of late, but I have to deliver the manuscript for this book imminently (by tomorrow).  I will have a Sextonism Watch item tomorrow, and a bit more, I expect, next week.

September 14, 2006 in Navel-Gazing | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

September 11, 2006

For Chicago Law Students Interested in my Jurisprudence Seminar

On the off chance that some Chicago students visit this blog:  I appreciate the strong interest in the Jurisprudence seminar, and I plan to increase the size of the seminar significantly (at least 50%) in order to accomodate some of the students on the waitlist.  Please be there the first day if you remain interested in taking the seminar.  I hope to circulate this message via Chicago's "chalk" system, which I'm still figuring out. 

September 11, 2006 in Navel-Gazing | Permalink | TrackBack (0)