Monday, September 23, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
...is now out, with new essays by Stephen Perry, Barbara Baum Levenbook, Matthew Kramer, Bruno Celano, Michael Giudice, R.A. Duff, C.L. Ten, Hanoch Sheinman, and Luis Duarte D'Almeida. The volumes covers topics in general jurisprudence, as well as the philosophy of criminal law, international law, and contracts, among other topics. Perry's important paper has already commanded attention from jurisprudential scholars.
I'm also pleased to report that John Gardner, the Professor of Jurisprudence at Oxford, will join Leslie Green and me as co-editors of volume 3.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
MOVING TO FRONT FROM OCT. 3 2011, SINCE IT IS TIMELY AGAIN
I've occasionally commented in the past about particular schools that clearly had artificially low overall ranks in U.S. News, and readers e-mail me periodically asking about various schools in this regard. Since the overall rank in U.S. News is a meaningless nonsense number, permit me to make one very general comment: it seems to me that all the law schools dumped into what U.S. News calls the "third" and "fourth" tiers are unfairly ranked and represented. This isn't because they all have as good faculties or as successful graduates as schools ranked in "the top 100"--though many of them, in fact, do--but because the metric which puts them into the "third" and "fourth" tier is a self-reinforcing one, and one that assumes, falsely and perniciously, that the mission of all law schools is the same. Some missions, to be sure, are the same at some generic level: e.g., pretty much all law schools look to train lawyers and produce legal scholarship. U.S. News has no meaningful measure of the latter, so that part of the shared mission isn't even part of the exercise. The only "measures" of the former are the fictional employment statistics that schools self-report and bar exam results. The former aren't even really a measure of the training of lawyers, since U.S. News counts as employment any kind of employment, whether legal or otherwise. The latter are slightly more probative, except that the way U.S. News incorporates them into the ranking penalizes schools in states with relatively easy bar exams. So with respect to the way in which the missions of law schools are the same, U.S. News employs no pertinent measures.
But schools differ quite a bit in how they discharge the two generic missions, namely, producing scholarship and training lawyers. Some schools focus much of their scholasrhip on the needs of the local or state bar. Some schools produce lots of DAs, and not many "big firm" lawyers. Some schools emphasize skills training and state law. Some schools emphasize theory and national and transnational legal issues. Some schools value only interdisciplinary scholarship. And so on. U.S. News conveys no information at all about how well or poorly different schools discharge these functions--that worry, I should add, applies to its ranking of the "top 100" too. But by putting some 100 schools in the "third" and "fourth" tier, U.S. News conveys no actual information, it simply gratuitously insults hard-working legal educators and scholars and their students and graduates.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
MOVING TO FRONT (FOR THE LAST TIME) FROM BEFORE SEPT 3, NOW THAT 2ND FAR IS OUT
This post is strictly for schools doing hiring this year; it concerns our alumni and our Bigelow and other Fellows on the teaching market. I am Chair of the Placement Committee at the Law School, and happy to supply more information, including confidential evaluations, on any of these candidates. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 773-702-0953. You may also contact the recommenders listed below directly, of course, but I've talked to all the Chicago ones and may be able to save you some time (or point you to the recommenders who would be most helpful given your school's needs/interests).
Here are profiles of the alumni candidates and Bigelows (some are both) who presently have recommenders at Chicago and with whom we have worked, and so about whom we have the most information. (There is one candidate in constitutional law not mentioned below, since his/her employer does not know s/he is on the teaching market; if you have needs in constitutional law, feel free to contact me directly about this candidate, who already has a strong publication record.) All these candidates have submitted materials to the FAR:
Vincent Buccola '08 is presently a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School. He has research and teaching interests in bankruptcy, contracts, business associations, corporate finance, and civil procedure. He graduated with High Honors and Order of the Coif from the Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Easterbrook on the 7th Circuit, and was a litigator at Bartlit Beck in Chicago for three years. His articles appear in Kansas Law Review and George Mason Law Review. His Chicago references include Douglas Baird, Anthony Casey, Todd Henderson, Saul Levmore, and Judge Easterbrook.
Roger Ford '05 is presently a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School. He has research and teaching interests in intellectual property (esp. patents and trademarks), property, information privacy, criminal and civil procedure, and antitrust. He graduated with Honors and Order of the Coif from the Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review. He practiced patent and trademark litigation and privacy law at Covington & Burlington for five years, and also clerked for Judge Easterbrook on the 7th Circuit. He has also been a Microsoft Research Fellow at NYU, and an adjunct professor at George Mason, where he taught Federal Courts. His articles appear in Cornell Law Review, George Mason Law Review, and elsewhere. His Chicago recommenders include Daniel Abebe, Anthony Casey, Jonathan Masur, Lior Strahilevitz and Judge Easterbrook; his NYU references include Katherine Strandburg.
Randall K. Johnson '12 has research and teaching interests in property, evidence, real estate transactions, land use, and civil rights. At the Law School, he held the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Earl Warren Legal Training Scholarship for two years. He is presently a Law Fellow with the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. His articles appear in Northern Illinois Law Review and Wake Forest Law Review Online. His Chicago recommenders include Lisa Bernstein and Jeff Leslie; Prof. Amos Jones (Campbell) is also available as a reference.
Goldburn P. Maynard, Jr. '05 has research and teaching interests in federal tax, estates and trusts, and estate and gift tax. At Chicago, he was a member of the Law Review, and he also earned an LL.M. in tax at Northwestern. He was a tax associate at Skadden Arps in Chicago, and then an estate tax attorney with the I.R.S. for four years, before taking up his present position as a VAP at Washington University, St. Louis. His scholarship has appeared in the Tulane Law Review. His recommenders include Lisa Bernstein and Lior Strahilevitz at Chicago; Adrienne Davis and Adam Rosenzweig at Wash U; and Nancy Staudt at Southern California.
Greg Reilly is a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School. He has research and teaching interests in intellectual property (esp. patents), civil procedure and complex litigation, federal courts, and contracts. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2006 and clerked for Judge Dyk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He was a patent and products liability litigator with Morrison & Foerster in San Diego for five years before coming to Chicago. His articles appear in Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue, and elsewhere. His Chicago references include Daniel Abebe, Douglas Baird, Anthony Casey, and Jonathan Masur; his Harvard references include Peter Barton Hutt and Arthur Miller (Prof. Miller is emeritus at Harvard and now teaching at NYU).
Nathan Richardson '09 has research and teaching interests in environmental law, property, administrative and energy law, and law and economics. He graduated with Honors from the Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law. He is presently a Research Scholar at Resources for the Future in Washington, DC, where he has extensive experinece doing legal and interdisciplinary research, often in collaboration with economists. His dozen publications appear in Environmental Law, Stanford Journal of Environmental Law, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and elsewhere. His Chicago recommenders include Anup Malani, Eric Posner, and David Weisbach. He can also provide references from economists.
Veronica Root '08 has research and teaching interests in professional responsibility, employment law, business associations, contracts, and commercial law. At the Law School, she was Managing Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law, and also received the Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy. She clerked for Judge Stewart on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and then litigated with Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C. for three years, before taking up a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Notre Dame Law School, where she has taught professional responsibility. Her articles appear in University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law and University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. Her Chicago references include Lisa Bernstein, Emily Buss, and Lior Strahilevitz; her Notre Dame references include Rick Garnett and Mark McKenna.
Aaron D. Simowitz '06 has research and teaching interests in international business transactions, arbitrarion, civil procedure, conflicts, and remedies. 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. Since 2011, he has been an Acting Assistant Professor in the Lawyering Program at NYU Law School. His articles appear in DePaul Law Review, American Criminal Law Review, and in a forthcoming volume on International Commercial Arbitrarion edited by Franco Ferrari. His Chicago recommenders include Lisa Bernstein, Richard Epstein, and Bernard Harcourt; his NYU references include Franco Ferrari and Linda Silberman.
Finally, if you're curious, you can read about some of our recent placements in law teaching here, here and here, and see a more comprehensive listing here. You can also see a list of past Bigelows and where they now teach here.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013