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Brian Leiter
University of Chicago Law School

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

What's actually going on at Suffolk Law?

Various blogs picked up on a brief, and unsourced, line in a longer story about Suffolk University to the effect that all tenured faculty were being offered buy-outs.  All the tenured faculty?  Really?  I can imagine that like a number of schools seriously affected by declines in enrollments, retirement incentives and/or buy-outs are being made available, but it's hard to see the sense in buying out all your tenured faculty.  If someone from Suffolk would like to confirm or clarify, I'm opening comments for that purpose.  Please include a valid e-mail address (which will not appear).


September 7, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | Comments (2)

Friday, September 5, 2014

In Memoriam: Sanford Kadish (1921-2014)

A giant in the field of criminal law, Professor Kadish spent most of his career on the law faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.  I will post links to memorial notices when they appear.

UPDATE:  Berkeley's memorial notice.


September 5, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Judge Posner "whacks" (truly) Wisconsin and Indiana

It's a very amusing read that lays waste to some rather pathetic arguments.


September 4, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Columbia law professor Katherine Franke joins boycott against University of Illinois...

...and cancels scheduled talk, though she will travel to Urbana-Champaign at her own expense to participate in a symposium about the Salaita case.


September 2, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

New University of Illinois Law Faculty blog

Some papers posted on SSRN during the summer...

...in case they're of interest to anyone who took a vacation from blogs during the summer:

"The Case Against Free Speech"

"Marx, Law, Ideology, Legal Positivism"

"Reply to Five Critics of Why Tolerate Religion?


September 2, 2014 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Signs of a rebound in the legal market?

Some Philadelphia firms are hiking starting salaries.


August 28, 2014 in Legal Profession | Permalink

Gaming the U.S.News.com COLLEGE rankings

The case of Northeastern.  To get a sense of how nuts this is, note that at #49 in the USNews.com list, Northeastern ranks ahead of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Washington in Seattle, both among the top 20 research universities in the United States by normal measures of academic excellence (academic reputation, research funding, membership in National Academies, citations, etc.).


August 28, 2014 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Salaita v. University of Illinois: the Constitutional Issues

Here.


August 27, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ASU's annual "Aspiring Law Profs" conference...