Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Partially on-line JD proposed by Syracuse

Monday, April 18, 2016

Princeton Review rankings

The methodology is dubious, but what else is new?  (Anyone going to NYU over Columbia, however, for "career prospects" has made a mistake!  Choose NYU for particular programs or intellectual reasons (the NYU faculty is stronger than Columbia's in many areas), but reputations die hard in the law school world, and Columbia's is still stronger; and see also)

April 18, 2016 in Rankings | Permalink

Friday, April 15, 2016

Maryland's Citron on cyber-harassment... The Guardian.  I still think the crucial move is to repeal Section 230 of the CDA, since it's that provision, more than anything else, that facilitates the vast heaps of garbage that is the internet.

April 15, 2016 in Law in Cyberspace, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Three finalists for the Deanship at Florida State

They are:  Erin O'Hara O'Connor (Vanderbilt), Hari Osofsky (Minnesota), and Heidi Hurd (Illinois).  A strong line up of candidates, as one would expect for a school with a national scholarly profile.  Hurd was a very successful Dean at the University of Illinois, who then got unfairly smeared during an expose of political meddling in admissions.  Kudos to Florida State for correctly assessing what transpired and making her a finalist for their Deanship.

April 14, 2016 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Congratulations to the Chicago alumni and Bigelow Fellows who secured tenure-track jobs this year

Another tight year on the academic law market, though my guess is that when the final numbers are in, there will turn out to be 80 or so new hires, compared to 65 (roughly) each of the last two years (but still way down from the 150-175 pre-recession).  Once again, our alumni and Bigelows did gratifyingly well.  (As in prior years, all our Bigelows secured tenure-track offers, though two of them (one also an alumna) had to turn down the positions for personal reasons.)   Here are the Chicago candidates--alums and Bigelows--who have accepted tenure-track jobs for the fall; they are:


Aditya Bamzai ’04 who will join the faculty at the University of Virginia.  He graduated with Honors from the Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Sutton on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, spent two years in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Justice Department, and then clerked for Justice Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C. for five years, three of them as a partner. He is presently Counsel in the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  His research and teaching areas include federal courts, civil procedure, administrative law, property, and national security law.


Paul Crane who will join the faculty at the University of Richmond.  He is presently a a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School. He received his J.D. Order of the Coif from the University of Virginia in 2007; he also earned an M.A. in History at Virginia. He clerked for Judge Wilkinson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Chief Justice Roberts on the U.S. Supreme Court, and worked as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General of the U.S., as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., and as an associate in the Supreme Court & Appellate Practice Group at Latham & Watkins, also in D.C., before coming to Chicago. His teaching and research areas include criminal procedure, criminal law, evidence, federal courts, and constitutional law.


Ryan D. Doerfler who will join the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is presently a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School. He received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard in 2013 and his Ph.D. in Philosophy, also from Harvard, in 2011. He clerked for Chief Judge Lynch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston during 2013-14, before coming to Chicago. His teaching and research interests include legislation, administrative law, federal courts, jurisprudence, constitutional law, criminal law, and law and race.


Cathy Hwang '10 who will join the faculty at the University of Utah.  At the Law School, she was Managing Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law and Co-President of the China Law Society.  She was an M&A associate with Skadden Arps in New York for three years, before becoming an Academic Fellow in the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School.  Her research and teaching areas inclue business associations, contracts, securities regulation, mergers & acquisition, commercial law, and international business transactions.


Matthew B. Kugler '15 who will join the faculty at Northwestern University.  He graduated with Highest Honors and Order of the Coif from the Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Law Review and both a Rubenstein Scholar and a Kirkland & Ellis Scholar.  He also has a PhD in Psychology from Princeton University.  He is presently clerking for Judge Posner on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  His teaching and research areas include intellectual property, privacy, property, criminal procedure, and law & psychology.


Seth C. Oranburg ’11 who will join the faculty at Duquesne University.  He graduated with Honors and Order of the Coif from the Law School, where he was also a Kirkland & Ellis Scholar.  He worked as an antitrust associate for one year with Cadwalader in Washington, D.C., before becoming a corporate associate at Fenwick LLP in Silicon Valley, where he worked extensively on venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, and other finance issues with the high tech and computer industries. He has been a VAP at both Florida State University and Chicago-Kent College of Law.  His teaching and research interests include business associations, contracts, commercial law, entrepreneurship, securities regulation, corporate finance, and financial institutions. 


William Ortman ’06 who will join the faculty at Wayne State University.  He graduated with Highest Honors from the Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Tatel on the D.C. Circuit, and then practiced criminal defense and commercial litigation in his native Iowa for six years, finishing as a partner with Weinhardt & Logan in Des Moines.   He is presently a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School. His teaching and research interests include administrative law, legislation, civil and criminal procedure, criminal law, evidence, federal courts, and conflicts.


Vanessa Casado Perez LLM ’09 who will join the faculty at Texas A&M University.  She earned undergraduate degrees in law and in economics from the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, before taking her LLM at Chicago and an SJD at New York University School of Law. Most recently, she was a Teaching Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy and a Lecturer at Stanford Law School. While in the U.S., she has advised Spanish law firms on issues of environmental and natural resources law. Her research and teaching interests include environmental law, water law, natural resouces, and property


Aaron Simowitz ’06 who will join the faculty at Willamette University.  He graduated with Honors from the Law School, where he was the Book Reviews Editor and Business Manager of the Law Review.  He clerked for Judge D. Brooks Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and was a litigator for four years with Gibson Dunn in New York, where he worked extensively on international commercial disputes.  He has been an Acting Assistant Professor in the Lawyering Program at NYU Law School and a Lecturer at Columbia Law School (teaching Transnational Litigation and Arbitration) and a Fellow at NYU.  His research and teaching interests include international business transactions, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, civil procedure, conflicts, and contracts.



One additional graduate has a tenure-track offer, but has not yet decided whether to accept it.  I will update this post when a decision is made.

If you're curious, you can read about some of our recent placements in law teaching herehereherehere and here, and see a more comprehensive listing here.   You can see a comprehensive list of past Bigelows and where they now are here.

April 13, 2016 | Permalink

Monday, April 11, 2016

Journalists with an agenda

You would never know from this article  about the Choudhry case at Berkeley that I spent most of the time talking to this reporter about tenure and the due process rights of faculty--indeed, she had called me because of this.

April 11, 2016 in Faculty News, Legal Profession | Permalink

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Percentage of job seekers who secured tenure-track jobs, by school


As Prof. Lawsky collects the data on entry-level hiring, bear in mind that the total number of graduates on the teaching market varies considerably by school; once all the hiring results are in, I'll post the percentage success rates.  But here are the total number of graduates by school that were on the market this year:  45 from Harvard; 42 from Yale; 29 from Georgetown; 29 from NYU; 21 from Columbia; 19 from Stanford; 16 from Berkeley; 12 from Chicago; 12 from Virginia; 10 from Northwestern; 9 from Michigan; 6 from Duke; 5 from Penn; 5 from Cornell; 5 from UCLA; 3 from Southern California; 3 from Texas.  I know that 75% of the Chicago grads on the teaching market secured a tenure-track job; I'll post the final listing in a couple of weeks.

4/9/16 UPDATE:  So as I surmised awhile back, we seem to be closing in on about eighty tenure-track hires this year, compared to about 65 the last two years.  Based on the data so far, here's how the placement looks for the preceding schools that had at least two placements (the data is not yet complete, however; it counts only JD placements, though some of the gross numbers, above, include some LLM or SJDs, though those appear to be distributed across the schools with the biggest numbers--I'll fix that in the final count when Prof. Lawsky is done collecting the data):

Chicago:  6 of 12 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (50%)

UCLA:  2 of 5 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (40%)

Yale    17 of 42 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (40%)

Stanford:  7 of 19 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (37%)

Michigan:  3 of 9 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (33%)

Columbia:  6 of 21 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (29%)

Harvard:  11 of 45 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (24%)

NYU:  7 of 29 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (24%)

Virginia:  3 of 12 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (25%)

Berkeley:  2of 16 candidates secured tenure-track jobs (13%)

April 9, 2016 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News | Permalink

Friday, April 8, 2016

Four law professors win Guggenheim Fellowships

They are:  Andrea McDowell (Seton Hall), Alexandra Natapoff (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles), David Rabban (Texas/Austin), and Robert Spoo (Tulsa).

April 8, 2016 in Faculty News | Permalink

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Finalists for the Deanship at the University of Minnesota

Here.  An unusual list, only one or two seem like obviously suitable candidates for a major academic law school usually viewed as one of the top 20 or so in the U.S.  But I may also not be well-informed about some of the others.

(Thanks to Susan Franck for the pointer.)

April 7, 2016 in Faculty News | Permalink

In Memoriam: Carl Auerbach (1915-2016)

My former San Diego colleague Bert Lazerow kindly shared the USD Dean's message about Professor Auerbach's passing and his extraordinary career:

I am sorry to inform you that our beloved colleague, Carl Auerbach, died early today at the age of 100, after a short illness.

Carl Auerbach was nothing less than a legend.  His distinguished career of public service, teaching and scholarship began before World War II.  After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1938, Carl worked at the Department of Labor (1938-40) and in the Office of Price Administration (1940-43) before serving in the Office of Strategic Service (OSS) of the U.S. Army in Europe from 1943 to 1946.  His intelligence services as an officer in the OSS and then on the Allied Control Council in Germany were nothing short of heroic and played a vital part in establishing post-war peace and freedom in Western Europe.  When he returned to the U.S. in 1946, Carl served in important positions as General Counsel of the Office of Price Administration and Associate General Counsel of the Office of Economic Stabilization.  In 1946, he entered academia and joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he taught for 14 years before moving to the University of Minnesota in 1961.  Carl then taught at Minnesota for 28 years, serving as dean of the University of Minnesota Law School for seven years from 1972-79.  He joined our faculty as Distinguished Visiting Professor in 1985.   In addition to visiting at USD, he also held visiting appointments at the University of Iowa, University of Utah, UCLA and Uppsala University law schools and at the Hoover Institution at Stanford.

Carl was the author or co-author of three books.  He also published nearly 70 articles on administrative law, civil rights, constitutional law, legal education, law and the social sciences and other significant legal topics, many of them in leading legal journals and other influential publications.  His landmark article “Jury Trials and Civil Rights,” published in the New Leader in 1957, is often credited with providing the blueprint for compromise that led to the passage of the first civil right legislation.  Among his other awards, he was  a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Law Institute. 

Carl was a passionate and popular teacher during the 27 years he taught at our law school.  From 1985 to 2001, he taught two courses each spring, from a menu that included Professional Responsibly, Administrative Law, American Legal History, Legislation and European Union Law.  From 2002 until his retirement in 2012, he taught a seminar on the Law of American Democracy, which drew both on his scholarship and his life-long experience in politics and public service.  In December 2015, the Board of Trustees of USD bestowed upon Carl the title of Emeritus Professor Law.

April 7, 2016 in Memorial Notices | Permalink