November 17, 2016

Bureaucratic resistance to executive misconduct

Interesting points by my colleague Jennifer Nou.

November 17, 2016 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

November 16, 2016

Letter from attorneys opposing Bannon appointment to White House

It's a good letter, I've just signed, I hope others will too.

UPDATE:  If you want to know more about Bannon's reactionary and bizarre worldview, see this.

November 16, 2016 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

10% of law school enrollment is now non-JD students...

...more than double what it used to be twenty years ago, while only 30% of non-JD graduates pass the bar on the first try.

November 16, 2016 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

November 15, 2016

New York switches to "Uniform Bar Exam" and overall pass rate rises 4%

Details here.  NYU, Columbia, and Cornell had the three best pass rates, but it's striking that Syracuse came in 4th, ahead of Fordham, Brooklyn, and Cardozo among others.  So whatever Syracuse is doing, other schools should take a look!

November 15, 2016 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

November 14, 2016

Understanding working-class voters

Another fine piece, this one by Joan Williams (Hastings), that helps make sense of what happened and what a rational electoral strategy would look like.

November 14, 2016 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

November 09, 2016

On the day after... everyone tries to adjust to what appears to have happened, I commend this useful discussion of checks and balances by Orin Kerr (George Washington).

November 9, 2016 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

November 08, 2016

University of Houston Law Center succeeds in effort to block South Texas College of Law...

November 04, 2016

LSATs taken in September/October up 1% from last year...

...though recall that last year was up nearly 8% from the year prior to that.  It's still early, but this suggests that this year's applicant pool is likely to be similar to last year's, meaning this may be the "new normal" for awhile.

November 4, 2016 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

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 31, 2016

Indiana Tech Law School to close...

...despite recently getting conditional accreditation.  But given the enrollment figures and lack of demand, this is not a surprising development.

October 31, 2016 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink