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Brian Leiter
University of Chicago Law School

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Law School Dean Searches - Final Update

I've posted my final update to this year's dean search list here.  There were roughly 25 searches by existing law schools, which suggests that the oft repeated rule of thumb - the average law dean lasts five years - is probably a canard.  Based on this year, at least, that the average tenure appears more like eight years and this seems about right to me.

May 25, 2012 in Faculty News | Permalink

Thursday, May 24, 2012

For UK readers interested in the debate about gay marriage

Don't miss this event, there's nobody better or smarter than Les Green thinking about this topic.

May 24, 2012 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Monday, May 21, 2012

Corporate Practice Commentator: Top Articles of 2011

You can access the full list via Professor Thompson's homepage (at the bottom).  The winning articles are by Afra Afsharipour (UC Davis); Stephen Choi (NYU); Marcel Kahan (NYU) and Edward Rock (Penn) (they had two co-authored articles this year!); Donald Langevoort (Georgetown); Donna Nagy (Indiana); Hillary Sale (Wash U/St. Louis); Randall Thomas (Vanderbilt) and Harwell Wells (Temple); Andrew Tuch (SJD candidate, Harvard); and Charles Whitehead (Cornell).

May 21, 2012 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

Friday, May 18, 2012

Law school commencement speakers

What a curious assortment throughout the land, ranging from the natural choices to the surprising!

May 18, 2012 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Todd Zywicki Jumps the Shark on his Elizabeth Warren Obsession

This (from yesterday) is bizarre.  (I know, in cyber-time, I'm late!)

Zywicki says, falsely, that "in the past Warren identified herself as a Native American in order to put herself in a position to benefit from hiring preferences (I am certain that Brian knows this now too)."  Since I don't know this, indeed don't even believe it, I have no idea how he can be "certain" about it.  I hope he'll retract it quickly or explain how he is "certain" that I "know" something I believe is false.  Evidence please?

He says, "[I]f a very prominent conservative law professor (say, for example, John Yoo) had misrepresented himself throughout his professorial career in the manner that Elizabeth Warren has would Brian still consider it to 'the non-issue du jour'? Really?"  Yes.  Here's the proof:  many people thought John Yoo should be put "on trial" by Berkeley for his alleged war crimes during the Bush Administration, and I stated clearly, and to my mind (still) quite correctly, that there were no grounds for Berkeley to proceed against him.  Perhaps Zywicki thinks allegations of war crimes are not as serious as allegations of misreporting one's ethnic status.

Zywicki is puzzled why I compared him to the Stalinists of yesteryear.  Here's why:  (1) everything is political for him; (2) he's motivated by ideology and nothing else; and (3) he wants to destroy his political enemies, no matter what.  He's now proved the point even more clearly.  What an embarrassment for George Mason.  What an embarrassment for the legal academy.

UPDATE:  And since the non-story du jour is back on top here, I'll just repost the link to this sober commentary by Carl Bogus (Roger Williams), which is consistent with all the evidence I've reported, and with what her former colleagues at both Texas and Penn have told me--as well as being consistent with the crucial fact, namely, that elite law schools are not out looking for Native Americans.  Will the ideological zealots let it rest?  I doubt it.

May 18, 2012 | Permalink

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Congratulations to my colleague Martha Nussbaum...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Law School Salaries and U.S. News Rank

Alfred Brophy (North Carolina) examines some recent SALT data.  Since per capita expenditures on instruction play a huge role in the U.S. News ranking formula, the results are hardly surprising, but it's useful to see it laid out systematically.

May 16, 2012 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Rankings | Permalink

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Observations on lateral hiring with tenure during 2011-12

A few random thoughts related to this list:

(1)  A lot of lateral moves by scholars in international law, legal history, and constitutional law.

(2)  Wisconsin lost three productive, mid-career senior faculty--not good!

(3)  Three senior hires by Nevada!

(4)  UCLA recruited two faculty from Michigan, a notable coup.

(5)   The "top ten" moves of the year (in terms of significance for the hiring and/or the losing school) might include:  Adler from Penn to Duke; Cushman from UVA to Notre Dame; Dudziak from USC to Emory; Morrison from Columbia to Chicago; Nourse from Wisconsin to Georgetown; Powell from GW back to Duke; Rossi from FSU to Vanderbilt; and Sykes from Stanford to NYU.  But that list no doubt reflects mainly the limits of my knowledge of all the work being done by those who moved this year.


May 15, 2012 in Faculty News | Permalink

Friday, May 11, 2012

Rookie hiring during the 2011-12 Season

Sarah Lawsky (UC Irvine) has compiled some useful charts (and follow the links therein for others) about the recently concluded rookie hiring season.  As she notes, the charts are based on incomplete data; they also track only tenure-track hires across all law schools.  However, what they do reveal is consistent with my imperssion that, as in the job market generally, it was a difficult year to get hired as a law professor.

May 11, 2012 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Salkin Named Dean of Touro Law

Touro Law Center has named Patricia Salkin, the Associate Dean at Albany Law School, as its new dean.  Salkin, who holds her JD from Albany, is a land use scholar and has served on transition teams for Eliot Spitzer, Andrew Cuomo, and Eric Schneiderman.

May 11, 2012 in Faculty News | Permalink