Monday, October 14, 2019

Accused Dan Markel hitman convicted...

...but jury deadlocks on his ex-girlfriend and accused intermediary in the murder-for-hire plot.   One interesting detail reported here is that Mr. Garcia, convicted of the murder, had a run-in with Charlie Adelson about two weeks before the murder over Adelson's involvement with his ex-girlfriend.

October 14, 2019 in Faculty News | Permalink

Friday, October 11, 2019

In Memoriam: Oscar Gray (1926-2019)

A well-known torts scholar, Professor Gray taught for a quarter-century at the University of Maryland, where he was emeritus.  There is a memorial notice here.

(Thanks to Robert Condlin for the pointer.)

October 11, 2019 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Enrollment rebounding at University of Minnesota Law School

It's been a wild decade, with enrollment declining by almost a third, but now almost back to pre-recession levels.

October 10, 2019 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

How Long After "Meat Market" Before Candidates Hear from Schools?

MOVING TO FRONT FROM LAST WEEK (MORE COMMENTS WELCOME--ORIGINALLY POSTED NOVEMBER 2007)

A rookie job seeker writes:

A question about the law teaching market, which I suspect will be of interest to a number of candidates who read your Law School Reports blog:  When can we expect to hear from hiring committees we spoke with at AALS?  Do the better schools tend to wait longer to make their calls?  And do schools tend to notify candidates that they *won't* be inviting them for a job talk, or do you only hear from them if they're interested?

If you think this is a worthwhile topic, perhaps you could open a post for comments so that hiring committee members could say what their procedure is.

My impression is that schools will contact the candidates they are most interested in within the first two weeks after the AALS hiring convention, and, more often than not, within the first week.  Schools will often have some candidates "on hold" beyond this period of time:  e.g., because they are reading more work by the candidate, or collecting references, or waiting to see how they fare with their top choices.  So it is quite possible to get call-backs beyond the two-week window.  Schools tend to be much slower in notifying candidates they are no longer in contention (you might not hear for a month or more). 

 

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October 9, 2019 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Professional Advice | Permalink | Comments (16)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Was Wendi Adelson, Dan Markel's ex-wife, involved in the murder-for-hire plot?

Last week, we noted Jason Solomon's view that Ms. Adelson was not involved, but others increasingly disagree I've learned.  The Blog Emperor has a useful account of the evidence adduced so far at trial (with links), and a law professor elsewhere wrote to me the other day summarizing the circumstantial case against Ms. Adelson as follows:

Lacasse [Adelson's ex-boyfriend] testified this week that five days before the murder Wendi was acting very strange, she asked if she can share something confidential with him, he said sure and she told him about Charlie [her brother] looking into a hit man. Then they had a fight he went home and she asked him not to contact her for exactly a week. Five days later Dan was murdered. The day he was murdered, and she testified on that on Friday, she had a flurry of phone calls with the family and contacted Dan right before the murder, I guess to verify his plans. Then her mom set up a tv repair guy to come to Wendi’s house the exact time of the murder, presumably as an alibi. TV was also the code name used in the taped discussions between Donna [Wendi's mother] and Charlie on the hit and how Wendi presented to the investigators her brother’s repeated ‘joke’ about a tv being cheaper than a hit.

 

And then, Wendi admits, she drove just after the murder by the crime scene (which was far from her house) and purchased a “buliet” vodka for a party. Lacasse also testified that she told him she and Charlie went on a celebration dinner after the murder. She herself lied on the stand on several things and the prosecution was able to demonstrate those lies. On top of all this, Luis Rivera, the hit man who confessed, was on the stand this week saying that he and the other hitman saw Wendi in talahassee and his partner in crime told him it’s her for whom they are committing the crime. Not sure how believable that exact statement is but there were pictures presented by the prosecution of Katie [girlfriend of the other hitman, and ex-girlfriend of Charlie Adelson] and Wendi at the beach together, and timeline of Wendi spending a lot of time in Miami just before the murder.

This is all info publicly gained from the trial and I think the sentiment in the blogosphere/sites following the case that there is mounting evidence at this point.

I have not been following the trial, or the evidence, carefully enough to have an opinion of my own, but readers can follow the links at the Blog Emperor's site for more information.

 

October 8, 2019 in Faculty News | Permalink

Monday, October 7, 2019

Lateral hires with tenure or on tenure-track, 2019-20

These are non-clinical appointments that will take effect in 2020 (except where noted); I will move the list to the front at various intervals as new additions come in.   (Recent additions are in bold.)  Last year's list is here.  Feel free to e-mail me with news of additions to this list.

Although this is a list of lateral moves, as a point of personal privilege I'd like to report a lateral stay:  it gives me particular pleasure to note that my colleague William Baude (constitutional law and theory) has turned down the offers from Harvard and Stanford Law Schools to remain with us.  With the addition of Ryan Doerfler (law & philosophy, legislation) from Penn last year, as well as existing faculty (like Martha Nussbaum and David Strauss), I feel confident that Chicago now has the strongest philosophically-minded group of public law scholars in the nation.

 

*Mario Biagioli (intellectual property, history of intellectual property, science and technology studies) from the University of California, Davis (Law and Science & Technology Studies) to the University of California, Los Angeles (joint in Law and Communications).

 

*William Wilson Bratton (corporate law) from the University of Pennsylvania (where he will become emeritus) to the University of Miami.

 

*Ali Rod Khadem (Islamic law, business law) from Deakin University to Suffolk University (untenured lateral).

 

*Elizabeth Pollman (corporate law) from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles to the University of Pennsylvania (effective January 2020).

 

Mark Schultz (intellectual property) from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale to the University of Akron (effective Jan. 2020).

 

*Nicholas Stephanopoulos (election law & voting rights) from the University of Chicago to Harvard University (effective January 2020).

 

*Karen Tani (legal history) from the University of California, Berkeley to the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Ann Tweedy (Federal Indian Law) from practice (previously Hamline University) to the University of South Dakota (untenured lateral) (effective January 2020).

October 7, 2019 in Faculty News | Permalink

Thursday, October 3, 2019

My personal homepage has been updated...

...for anyone who cares.  It includes information on this year's schedule of talks (mostly philosophy this year), as well as the four quotes that explain all my work (from Nietzsche, Quine, Marx, and H.L.A. Hart), plus other stuff.  Hope to see some readers at some of my talks this year.  (A couple more talks will be added for the late Spring/early Summer.)

October 3, 2019 in Navel-Gazing | Permalink

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The "hybrid" JD

IHE profiles some programs.

October 2, 2019 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

University of Chicago will now offer an accelerated 3-year JD/MBA

Monday, September 30, 2019

This is a good year to be looking for a law teaching job

With roughly 90 schools interviewing candidates at the AALS hiring convention this coming weekend, and a record low number of job seekers, this is a good year to be looking for a law teaching job.   Best of luck to those readers interviewing in Washington, DC this weekend!

September 30, 2019 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Danielle Citron (Boston University) is a 2019 MacArthur Foundation Fellow...

...along with 25 others.   Congratulations Danielle!

September 25, 2019 in Faculty News | Permalink

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Trump nominee to the 9th Circuit has a record as an apologist for creationism

As a student at Harvard Law School fifteen years ago, Lawrence VanDyke (Trump's nominee) published an incompetent apologia for Intelligent Design creationism, under the guise of a "review" of a book shilling for creationism, in the Harvard Law Review.  I excoriated it on my philosophy blog, while further efforts by Mr. VanDyke to defend himself only resulted in his digging his hole deeper.

Of course, an intellectually disgraceful book review fifteen years ago shouldn't be disqualifying, but surely Senators will want to find out if Mr. VanDyke is still a shill for creationism and how that might effect his rulings.

September 24, 2019 in Jurisprudence, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Monday, September 23, 2019

Trial of two of the suspects in the Dan Markel murder begins today, and a remarkably forthright critique of Wendi Adelson and her family (UPDATED)

As Blog Emperor Caron reports, the trial of the suspected hitman and middlewoman in the Markel murder begins today, but even more remarkable is this piece by Professor Markel's friend Jason Solomon, titled "What Should Happen When Your Mom and Brother Murder Your Ex?," which, rightly indicts the awful behavior of Markel's ex-wife Wendi Adelson; an excerpt:

Since Dan’s death, his friends and family have watched and supported the prosecution of his killers, anxiously awaiting one of the conspirators to flip on Wendi’s mother Donna and brother Charlie so that justice can be done....

 

But there is another grave injustice in this tragic story. For the past three years, Dan’s ex-wife Wendi has denied Dan’s parents, Ruth and Phil Markel, the opportunity to visit and otherwise communicate with their grandkids. She has also changed their last names from Markel to her name, Adelson....

 

Wendi and Dan’s boys were robbed of the ability to grow up with a loving father. They deserve to know their paternal grandparents while they still can, to understand who they are and where they came from, to know they were not abandoned. We have seen in the immigration context the devastation that results when kids suddenly lose close family members without any explanation. Surely Wendi — an immigration advocate — knows this as well as anyone, and yet she separates families in her own life.

 

In the months ahead, Wendi and Dan’s boys — now 10 and 9 — are going to suffer a horrible tragedy all over again. They’re going to learn that Grandma Donna and Uncle Charlie — no doubt a big part of their lives right now — murdered their father. And when that happens, they’re going to need family: grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who they know love them and would never do anything to hurt them. They have such family on their father’s side — and even Wendi’s older brother Rob’s family on their mother’s — but they never see them.

 

When Ben and Lincoln find out about what Grandma Donna and Uncle Charlie did, they will no doubt cut them off, likely for the rest of their lives. Will they turn on their mother too? Trust me, teenage boys do that to parents in the best of circumstances. They’ll read and watch everything there is, and question whether Wendi was part of the murder plot too.

 

I personally believe that Wendi had nothing to do with Dan’s death, as explained here....

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September 23, 2019 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Friday, September 20, 2019

Sorry for the light posting this week...

....I've been in Brazil giving keynotes at various conferences.  More next week!

September 20, 2019 | Permalink

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Emory Law School moving to fire a tenured faculty member who mentioned the "N-word" (he didnt use it)

What a disgrace, this simply isn't a firing offense at a serious university with real commitments to tenure and academic freedom.  (The use-mention-distinction.)

September 18, 2019 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink