Monday, January 20, 2014

More thoughts on the "contraception mandate" and religious liberty

This time from BYU's Fred Gedicks.

January 20, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Friday, January 17, 2014

In Memoriam: Abe Dash

Emeritus Professor Abraham Dash, of the University of Maryland law school, passed away last week. He was 86.  In 2005, the Maryland Law Review published a lovely series of tributes to Dash.  You can read them here.

January 17, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

"dybbuk" the cyber-harasser

I appreciate all the feedback via the poll and many e-mails.  Notwithstanding the attempted blackmail, I will be posting the identity of "dybbuk," the sexist cyber-harasser and generally pathetic human being, but I would like to wait for the Illinois Bar's investigation, which is now in process, to conclude, since I would not want cyber-hysteria to affect the evaluation of the merits.  I expect by April we will know where things stand.

January 17, 2014 in Law in Cyberspace, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A lot of people want to be Dean at the University of Florida...

...and thanks to digging by UF law professor Jeffrey Harrison (a somewhat notorious crank), their applications, including in many cases letters discussing their qualifications, are now a matter of public record.  I expect this publicity is not going to make the search any easier.

(Thanks to Dan Filler for the pointer.)

January 16, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A New Dean at Roger Williams...

On CDA 230

Useful perspective from Mary Anne Franks (Miami).  The Internet is the cesspool of vile stupidity and vicious harassment that it is mostly because of CDA 230.  The recent court decision against The Dirty website (discussed by Prof. Franks) is a hopeful sign.

January 15, 2014 in Law in Cyberspace, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

American legal education...

Monday, January 13, 2014

LSATs Administered: December figures

According to LSAC, 28,363 LSATs were taken in December 2013, which is down 6.2% from December 2012.  October 2013 LSATs administered were down 10.9% from October 2012, and June 2013 LSATs were down 4.9% from the prior year.  (LSAC doesn't report how many are repeat test-takers--since it is now easier to get into law school than just a few years ago, one would imagine that creates less incentive to re-take, but what the actual numbers are we do not know.) 

Judging from the last few years, there's a reasonable chance that the number of applicants may stabilize in the next year or two, since this year's declines are much smaller than the prior years.  So, for example, LSATs taken jumped 15.6% in December 2009 from the prior year, then fell 16.5% in 2010, dropped another 14.9% in 2011, and another 15.6% in 2012, but only dropped 6.2% this year.  The pattern is similar with the other test months. 

January 13, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

Saturday, January 11, 2014

On being female (and feminist) in cyberspace

Another account, that started, of course, with the Autoadmit cesspool, whose deranged participants have now migrated to the so-called "scam" blogs, among other places.

(Thanks again to Jason Walta for the pointer.)

January 11, 2014 in Law in Cyberspace, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, January 9, 2014

LSAT takers and predicting fall 2014 applications