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Brian Leiter
University of Chicago Law School

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Vik Amar (UC Davis) on Rankings

Here.


August 7, 2012 in Rankings | Permalink

Updated Law School Lateral Moves List

I've updated my Faculty Lounge list of lateral moves - tenured and untenured - here.


August 7, 2012 in Faculty News | Permalink

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hiring Chairs can announce themselves...

...and their hiring needs here.


August 6, 2012 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

Friday, August 3, 2012

Sunstein Returning from Obama Administration to Harvard

Story here.  Although I haven't confirmed this with Professor Sisk, my guess is that had Sunstein been included in the recent scholarly impact survey for Harvard, Harvard would have been #1.

(Thanks to Eric Freedman for the pointer.)

UPDATE:  Professor Sisk informs me that even with Sunstein, Harvard would still trail Yale in citations, though by a much smaller margin.  This may be a case where mean/median citation figures are misleading, since it seems to me (and I imagine others) that Harvard overtook Yale some time ago.


August 3, 2012 in Faculty News | Permalink

Thursday, August 2, 2012

"Naturalism in Legal Philosophy"...

...revised (mainly in the representation of Scandinaivan Realism).


August 2, 2012 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A prediction about the law teaching job market for 2012-13

MOVING TO FRONT FROM MAY 30-ALSO UPDATED

Although the general economic situation, since the collapse of the global capitalist system in 2008, has largely stabilized in the United States (though obviously events in Europe could have repercussions here in the coming months), there are forces specific to the market for new law teachers that will, I expect, make this coming year a more difficult one.  This is based mainly on anecdotal evidence, but enough of it to suggest there's going to be a real effect.  The significant downturn in applications to law school is going to put significant financial pressure on 50-75% of all law schools in the country, and one way many schools will respond is by doing less faculty hiring or no faculty hiring at all, until they see how their enrollment situations stabilize (if they do).

UPDATE:  Stories like this indicate that even well-established law schools are struggling to fill their 1L class, and are effectively cutting tuition (via awarding more and larger grants to admits) in order to do so.  Since salaries for teaching staff are the biggest part of a law school's budget, schools are going to proceed very cautiously before hiring new faculty.  My guess is this cutback in hiring will last at least the next couple of cycles, until the applicant pool stabilizes.


August 1, 2012 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Monday, July 30, 2012

Lateral Hires with Tenure Since August 2011

CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS AGAIN AS OF AUGUST 1 (hires starting after fall 2012 will appear in a new listing in the fall).

MOVING TO FRONT (for last time) FROM MAY 22--WITH CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Here are faculty who have moved laterally to a tenured position since the report on this blog last August; I imagine Dan Filler will update his more comprehensive listing (including lateral moves without tenure) before too long:

Matthew Adler (constitutional law, administrative law, law & economics, law & philosophy) from the University of Pennsylvania to Duke University.

Susan Bandes (criminal procedure, federal courts) from the University of Miami back to DePaul University.

Karima Bennoune (international law) from Rutgers University at Newark to the University of California at Davis.

Anu Bradford (international trade) from the University of Chicago to Columbia University.

Charles H. “Chip” Brower II (international law) from the University of Mississippi to Wayne State University.

Tomiko Brown-Nagin (legal history) from the University of Virginia to Harvard University.

Paul Butler (criminal law, civil rights, race & the law) from George Washington University to Georgetown University.

Courtney Cahill (constitutional law, law & sexuality) from Roger Williams University to Florida State University.

Allison Christians (tax, international tax) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison to McGill University.

Robin Craig (environmental law, property) from Florida State University to the University of Utah.

Barry Cushman (legal history) from the University of Virginia to the University of Notre Dame.

Scott Dodson (civil procedure) from the College of William & Mary to the University of California, Hastings.

Mary Dudziak (legal history) from the University of Southern California to Emory University.

Nita Farahany (criminal law, law & neuroscience) from Vanderbilt University to Duke University.

Ward Farnsworth (torts, restitution) from Boston University to the University of Texas at Austin (as Dean).

Bryant Garth (legal profession, civil procedure) from Southwestern Law School to the University of California, Irvine.

James Gathii (international law) from Albany Law School to Loyola University, Chicago, where he will hold the Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law.

Adam Gershowitz (criminal procedure) from the University of Houston to the College of William & Mary.

Leslie Griffin (constitutional law, law & religion, legal ethics) from the University of Houston to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Deborah Hellman (constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, bioethics, law & philosophy) from the University of Maryland to the University of Virginia.

Jennifer Hendricks (family law, feminist legal theory) from the University of Tennessee to the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Jill Horwitz (health law) from the University of Michigan to the University of California, Los Angeles.

Shi-Ling Hsu (environmental law, law & economics) from the University of British Columbia to Florida State University.

Jody Kraus (contracts, commercial law, law & philosophy) from the University of Pennsylvania to Columbia University.  (He moved just last year from Virginia to Penn.)

Francine Lipman (tax) from Chapman University to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Jonathan Lipson (bankruptcy, commercial law) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison back to Temple University.

Jacqueline Lipton (intellectual property) from Case Western Reserve University to the University of Houston.

Thomas Main (civil procedure) from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

Calvin Massey (constitutional law) from the University of California, Hastings to the University of New Hampshire, where he will be the first Daniel Webster Distinguished Professor of Law.

Jason Mazzone (constitutional law, intellectual property, legal history) from Brooklyn Law School to the University of Illinois.

Daniel Medwed (criminal law, evidence) from the University of Utah to Northeastern University.

Robert Miller (corporate & securities law, law & economics) from Villanova University to the University of Iowa.

Edward R. Morrison (bankruptcy, law and economics, empirical legal studies) from Columbia University to the University of Chicago.

Victoria Nourse (legislation, statutory interpretation, criminal law) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison to Georgetown University.

Rafael Pardo (bankruptcy, commercial law) from the University of Washington at Seattle to Emory University.

Edward ("Ted") Parson (environmental law) from the University of Michigan to the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jeremy Paul (constitutional law, property) from the University of Connecticut to Northeastern University (as Dean).

H. Jefferson Powell (constitutional law, law & religion) from George Washington University back to Duke University.

L. Song Richardson (criminal law & procedure, law & social science) from American University to the University of Iowa.

Dorothy Roberts (race, gender & law, constitutional law, civil rights) from Northwestern University to the University of Pennsylvania.

Jim Rossi (administrative law) from Florida State University to Vanderbilt University.

Adam Samaha (constitutional law) from the University of Chicago to New York University.

Lynn Stout (corporate law) from the University of California at Los Angeles to Cornell University.

Cass Sunstein (constitutional, environmental & administrative law; behavioral law & economics) from government service back to Harvard University.

Alan Sykes (international trade law, law and economics) from Stanford University to New York University.

Andrew Taslitz (criminal law and procedure, evidence) from Howard University to American University (in 2012).

Amanda Tyler (federal courts) from George Washington University to the University of California, Berkeley.

Katharine Van Tassel (law & science, food & drug law, health law) from St. Thomas University (Florida) to the University of Akron.

Gideon Yaffe (philosophy of criminal law, philosophy of action) from the University of Southern California to Yale University.


July 30, 2012 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, July 27, 2012

More thoughts on the ABA Sanction of Illinois and the Fine

Eugenen Kontorovich (Northwestern) writes regarding the ABA fine on the University of Illinois:

I was quite surprised that the ABA pockets the $$$. Since the false information presumably misled some students, shouldn't they be the ones who see the money, in the form of a tuition credit? As it is, the ABA, a wealthy organization of lawyers, has simply become hand in law students' (and taxpayers') pockets. What do you think?

It's an interesting question.  As I understand it, the fine will at least go to covering the costs of auditing law school data.  (And the fine will probably not be as painful for Illinois as the plunge in its reputation score in US News last year and the continuing reputational damage connected to the censure.)  But what do readers think?  Signed comments only:  full name, valid e-mail address.

 


July 27, 2012 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink | Comments (5)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

ABA Censures And Fines University of Illinois

After concluding that the University of Illinois intentionally provided false LSAT and GPA information, and misled the ABA when seeking a waiver of the Association's accreditation rules regarding the LSAT.the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar announced a series of sanctions on the University of Illinois College of Law.  The sanctions include, among other things, public censure and a $250,000 fine. You can find more details here.


July 25, 2012 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

UVA's Liz Magill Named Dean at Stanford

An impressive choice, from what I know--I expect she will serve Stanford well.


July 24, 2012 in Faculty News | Permalink