Brian Leiter's Law School Reports

Brian Leiter
University of Chicago Law School

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Monday, January 21, 2013

"Why Tolerate Religion" on the radio in Chicago

Here (hit "click play" at the center top if you'd like to listen).

January 21, 2013 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Rodriguez & Estreicher NY Times Op-ed in support of two-year law degree

Most readers will have seen this, but just in case.  What do readers think?  Signed comments only:  full name and valid e-mail address required.

January 19, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink | Comments (2)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Yale Law School's New Fake "PhD in Law" Program... only 82 applicants, which is surprising.  I would have expected higher demand for a three-year paid Fellowship for aspiring law teachers!  (The linked article, bizarrely, thinks this is an impressive tally, yet I can't imagine any other "PhD program" at Yale has so few applicants.  On why the program is a fake qua PhD program, see the earlier discussion.)

January 17, 2013 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Cato Gets in on Law School Bashing

Sorry for being a day late on this; the first comment is also funny.

UPDATE:  And in other breaking news, a failed legal academic who refers to legal education tout court as a "scam" complains when someone points out that it is absurd to say getting a law degree is worthless.  One can't make this kind of stuff up, as they say.

January 17, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Rivera from CUNY to NY Court of Appeals

Andrew Cuomo named CUNY Law Professor Jenny Rivera to the New York Court of Appeals earlier this week.

January 17, 2013 | Permalink

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Schwartz Named Dean at Arkansas - Little Rock

Michael Hunter Schwartz, who is currently a professor and the associate dean at Washburn Law, has been named the new dean at the University of Arkansas - Little Rock School of Law.  He holds a JD from UC Hastings.

January 16, 2013 in Faculty News | Permalink

Monday, January 14, 2013

In Memoriam: Jeff O'Connell

Jeffrey O'Connell, Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia School of Law, passed away last week.  He was 84.  O'Connell, a torts and insurance scholar who was an early proponent of no-fault insurance, graduated from Harvard Law.  Over his career, he also taught at Illinois and Iowa, and visited at a number of other schools.  

January 14, 2013 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

SMU Dean Attanasio Will Not Have Contract Renewed

Although the Dallas Morning News story (subscription required) cites an uproar over the provost's decision not to renew the John Attanasio's contract, I understand that faculty opinion is far from uniform.

January 14, 2013 in Faculty News | Permalink

Friday, January 11, 2013

In Memoriam: James Hogg

James Hogg, a professor of law at William Mitchell College of Law, passed away this week at the age of 83.  Hogg served as president and dean of William Mitchell from 1985-95.  He also served as dean of Western State College of Law from 2001-03.  He was a member of the University of Minnesota Law School faculty from 1956-70. 

January 11, 2013 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Thursday, January 10, 2013

National Jurist asked 350 people who "the most influential" individuals are in legal education...

...but they don't disclose how many responded.  Here's the top five according to NJ, some (Tamanaha, Henderson, Chemerinsky etc.) are not surprising.  But I trust that Jack Crittenden, the editor, will disclose the actual number of respondents and their breakdown (how many law school deans really replied to the e-mail survey, for example?).  I e-mailed him a couple of days ago, but have not yet gotten a response.

UPDATE:  Mr. Crittenden reports his "recollection" is that they had "around a 40% response rate," which would be about 140 responses.  I've inquired how many of those were actually Deans and faculty, as opposed to bloggers, journalists, etc.

January 10, 2013 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink