September 29, 2014

Three Chicago law schools prevail in lawsuits brought by graduates

Story here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 29, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

"The Invention of Low Value Speech"

Andy Koppelman (Northwestern) has a nice discussion of recent scholarship by our Bigelow Genevieve Lakier.

UPDATE:  I just learned that Lakier's paper will appear in the Harvard Law Review!  Congratulations to Prof. Lakier!

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 29, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 25, 2014

More on Thomas Jefferson and the prospect of law schools closing

At CHE.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 25, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

"The Circumstances of Civility"

This topic has become timely again with the Salaita affair at Illinois, and various public addresses, including by the Berkeley Chancellor, about the topic.  And for a different take, try this.

(And Happy New Year to those celebrating!)

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 25, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 24, 2014

New AALS website...

...is now on-line.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 24, 2014 in Law in Cyberspace, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 23, 2014

Akron, Cincinnatti, Toledo see enrollment declines, while majority of Ohio schools hold steady (or show gains) from 2013

See especially the chart accompanying the article, which focuses on Toledo's woes.  My guess is that Cincinnatti's anomalous enrollment drop is due to a desire to preserve its national rank.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 23, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

September 21, 2014

Signs of the times: Thomas Jefferson Law School misses bond payment, seeks restructuring of debts

MOVING TO FRONT FROM SEPT. 17:  UPDATED

Story here.  TJLS is a free-standing law school in San Diego, facing two better-established competitors in the local market, California Western and University of San Diego.

UPDATE:  Blog Emperor Caron reports bad news for TJLS from one of the ratings agencies (not that they have much credibility, but....).

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 21, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 18, 2014

$50 million naming gift for Drexel's law school

Wow!

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 18, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 17, 2014

One lawyer, one law professor receive MacCarthur Fellowships (CORRECTION: TWO lawyers)

They are:  William Mitchell law professor and Native American advocate Sarah Deer, civil rights lawyer Mary Bonauto, and criminal defense lawyer Jonathan Rapping. 

(These used to be called "genius" awards until it became clear they weren't really being awarded for "genius." Now they recognize people doing innovative [often political or social] work in a wide variety of fields.)

(Thanks to Orin Kerr for the pointer.)

ANOTHER CORRECTION:  Rapping is also a law professor, at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 17, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 11, 2014

Northwestern's Ronald Allen first law professor to receive China's highest award for non-nationals: the China Friendship Award

Dean Rodriguez has the details.

ADDENDUM:  Colin Picker (New South Wales) points out that one other U.S. law professor appears to have been so recognized.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 11, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink