Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July blogging hiatus

I'm taking a break from the blog in July in order to make progress on a book and deal with some other matters.  If there's something absolutely time-sensitive, I may put it up, but otherwise please don't send news items until very late July.  Thanks, as always, for reading.

July 1, 2020 in Navel-Gazing | Permalink

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

In Memoriam: Edward Kleinbard (1951-2020)

A leading tax scholar and practitioner, Professor Kleinbard had taught at the University of Southern California since 2009.  USC Dean Guzman's memorial announcement is here.  Blog Emperor Caron has collected some memorials here.

June 30, 2020 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

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.


*Bryan Adamson (civil procedure, civil rights, media law) from Seattle University to Case Western Reserve University.


*Chaz Arnett (criminal law, education law) from the University of Pittsburgh to the University of Maryland (untenured lateral).


*Rachel Arnow-Richman (employment law, contracts) from the University of Denver to the University of Florida, Gainesville.


*Stephanie Barclay (First Amendment, esp. religious liberty) from Brigham Young University to the University of Notre Dame (untenured lateral).


*Khaled Beydoun (civil rights, national security law) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville to Wayne State University.


*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).


*Hannah Bloch-Wehba (law & technology, criminal procedure, First Amendment) from Drexel University to Texas A&M University (untenured lateral).


*Meghan Boone (family law, reproductive rights) from the University of Alabama to Wake Forest University (untenured lateral).


*Gregory W. Bowman (international trade, legal education) from West Virginia University (where he is currently Dean) to Roger Williams University (to become Dean).


*Shawn Boyne (criminal law & procedure, comparative law) from Indiana University, Indianapolis to Iowa State University (to become Director of Academic Quality and Undergraduate Education [ISU does not have a law school])


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


*Brian Broughman (corporate, venture capital) from Indiana University, Bloomington to Vanderbilt University.


*Naomi Cahn (family law, trusts & estate, feminist legal theory) from George Washington University to the University of Virginia.


*Nancy Cantalupo (civil rights, human rights, sex discrimination law) from Barry University to California Western School of Law (untenured lateral).


*Bennett Capers (criminal law & procedure, evidence, race & the law) from Brooklyn Law School to Fordham University.


*Josh Chafetz (constitutional law & history, legislation) from Cornell University to Georgetown University.


*Kimberly Clausing (public finance, tax, international trade) from Reed College (Economics) to the University of California, Los Angeles.


*Robin Kundis Craig (environmental law, water law) from the University of Utah to the University of Southern California (effective July 2021).


*Larry Cunningham (criminal law & procedure, evidence, appellate advocacy) from St. John's University to Charleston School of Law (to become Dean).


*Raff Donelson (criminal procedure & law, jurisprudence) from Louisiana State University to Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law (untenured lateral).


*Kristen Eichensehr (national security and foreign relations law, cybersecurity law) from the University of California, Los Angeles to the University of Virginia.


*Barbara Evans (law & technology, law & medicine) from the University of Houston to the University of Florida, Gainesville.


*Andrew Guthrie Ferguson (criminal law & procedure, evidence) from the University of the District of Columbia to American University.


*Kimberly Kessler Ferzan (criminal law, law & philosophy) from the University of Virginia to the University of Pennsylvania.


*Gina-Gail Fletcher (financial regulation, securities regulation) from Indiana University, Bloomington to Duke University.


*Jonathan Glater (higher education law) from the University of California, Irvine to the University of California, Los Angeles.


*Russell Gold (criminal law & procedure) from Wake Forest University (LRW faculty) to University of Alabama (untenured lateral).


*Carmen Gonzalez (environmental law, international environmental law, international trade) from Seattle University (where she is emerita) to Loyola University, Chicago.


*Paul Gowder (constitutional law, political and legal theory) from the University of Iowa to Northwestern University.


*Tara Leigh Grove (federal courts, constitutional law, civil procedure) from College of William & Mary to the University of Alabama.


*Paul Gugliuzza (civil procedure, intellectual property) from Boston University to Temple University.


*G. Mitu Gulati (contracts, sovereign debt, law & economics, empirical legal studies, race/gender & law) from Duke University to the University of Virginia (effective fall 2021).


*Stephanie Hoffer (tax) from Ohio State University to Indiana University, Indianapolis.


*Blake Hudson (environmental law, land use, natural resources) from the University of Houston to the University of Florida, Gainesville.


*Cathy Hwang (corporate) from the University of Utah to the University of Virginia.


*Rebecca Ingber (international law, national security law) from Boston University to Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University.


*Thea Johnson (criminal law & procedure, evidence) from the University of Maine to Rutgers University (untenured lateral).


*Deidré Keller (intellectual property, critical race theory) from Ohio Northern University to Florida A&M University (to become Dean).


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


*Jaime King (health law & policy) from the University of California, Hastings to the University of Auckland.


*Donald Kochan (law and economics, property, administrative law) from Chapman University to George Mason University.


*Lee Kovarsky (capital punishment, criminal procedure, federal courts) from the University of Maryland to the University of Texas, Austin.


*Kimberly Krawiec (corporate) from Duke University to the University of Virginia (effective fall 2021).


*Kyle Langvardt (First Amendment, contracts, law & technology) from the University of Detroit Mercy to the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.


*David S. Law (comparative constitutional law, law & social science) from the University of California, Irvine to the University of Virginia (effective fall 2021).


*Matthew Lawrence (health law, administrative law) from Pennsylvania State University-Dickinson School of Law to Emory University (untenured lateral).


*Timothy Lovelace (legal history) from Indiana University, Bloomington to Duke University.


*Sheldon Bernard Lyke (property, trusts & estates, critical race theory) from Northern Kentucky University to University of Baltimore (untenured lateral)


*Brendan S. Maher (health law, ERISA) from the University of Connecticut to Texas A&M University.


*Cesar Rosado Marzan (domestic, comparative, and international labor & employment law) from Chicago-Kent College of Law to the University of Iowa.


*Dayna Bowen Matthew (health law & policy) from the University of Virginia to George Washington University (to become Dean).


*Goldburn P. Maynard, Jr. (tax law & policy) from the University of Louisville to Indiana University, Bloomington (Business School) (untenured lateral).


*Agnieszka McPeak (law & technology, torts, privacy) from Duquesne University to Gonzaga University.


*Derek Muller (election law) from Pepperdine University to the University of Iowa.

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June 30, 2020 in Faculty News | Permalink

Monday, June 29, 2020

Larry Tribe to retire from Harvard Law School after 52 years of teaching

Quite interesting biographical interview with Professor Tribe here.  A very funny bit about his time clerking on the Supreme Court:

We used to go to the basement of the court to watch porno flicks because the court was in a phase where it would just have to judge — thumbs up or thumbs down — either this is hardcore pornography and can be banned, or it’s not. They had no criteria. They just basically looked at the movies. Harlan was going blind, and so he had Thurgood Marshall narrate the films. “Oh, he’s doing that? You’ve got to be kidding!” That was the screening process.

June 29, 2020 in Faculty News | Permalink

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Supreme Court clerkship placement, 2013 through 2019 terms (CORRECTED)

This covers the 2013 through 2019 terms of the U.S. Supreme Court.  The “per capita” rate reflects the total number of clerks from each law school during those seven terms divided by the average number of students per year at each school (based on ABA data), rounded to the nearest 25 (that number appears in parentheses after the school name).

Rank by “per capita” SCOTUS clerks, 2013-2019 terms (for schools with at least two clerks during this time)


School (avg. class size rounded to nearest 25)

“Per  capita” SCOTUS clerkship placement


Yale University (200)



Harvard University (575)



Stanford University (200)



University of Chicago (200)



Columbia University (400)



University of Virginia (325)



Duke University (225)



New York University (450)



Northwestern University (250)



University of California, Berkeley (325)



University of Michigan (375)



University of Notre Dame



Georgetown University (650)



University of Pennsylvania (250)



University of Texas, Austin (325)



Vanderbilt University (175)


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June 25, 2020 in Rankings | Permalink

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Vast majority of George Washington law faculty sign open letter condemning GW alum and current AG William Barr

CNN reports.  Signatories include most of the best-known legal scholars on the GW faculty, including Stephen Saltzburg, Richard Pierce, Jr., Daniel Solove, Naomi Cahn, and Michael Abramowicz, among others.  You can read the full letter here:   Download Gw-barr-statementBarr has become a disgrace to the office, so kudos to them for making a public statement.

June 24, 2020 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, June 18, 2020

This year's surprise for academic job seekers

The AALS has revised the FAR form.  On the plus side, they've done away with the "community service" category; eliminated the need to explicitly rank the "preferred teaching subjects" (which always led to endless and pointless strategizing) and cut the "additional subjects" altogether (perhaps recognizing that the old "preferred subjects" were the key); and will permit candidates to upload a document with their references, so no more agonizing about the "big three" for the FAR form.  On the negative side, it's no longer possible to print out a draft of the FAR form for review (that was dumb!).     Candidates can still upload the CV, research agenda, and job talk, as before.

June 18, 2020 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

"Contemporary Legal Realism"

A special journal issue of solicited contributions at Iuris Dictio, a law journal from Ecuador.  Some, but not all, of the essays are in English.  Besides my own essay, there are contributions by the leading figures in contemporary Italian and French legal realism (Riccardo Guastini and Michel Troper, respectively).

June 16, 2020 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Monday, June 15, 2020

Impact of COVID on summer programs and OCI

Useful summary of recent NALP data.

June 15, 2020 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Congratulations to the University of Chicago Law School Class of 2020

It's been a pleasure and a privilege to teach such talented young men and women, and I am sure I speak for all of my colleagues in wishing you much professional success and personal happiness in the years ahead!

June 13, 2020 | Permalink

Monday, June 8, 2020

Statement by Dean Marcus Cole (Notre Dame) in the wake of the killing of George Floyd

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Harvard Law School announces online classes for the fall

Surprising, but perhaps this will encourage other schools to follow suit.  Of course, HLS is very large, and perhaps that was a factor.

June 3, 2020 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Amicus brief from law professors in support of Shmuel Leshem in his tenure dispute with Southern California

The list of signatories and the brief are available here.  (Prior coverage.)

(Thanks to Abe Wickelgren for the pointer.)

June 2, 2020 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

Monday, June 1, 2020

With 95% of the Fall 2020 admissions cycle complete, applicants are down 3.2% nationwide

Details here.   That's not good news in terms of next year's academic job market in law schools, given the other negative pressures on law school hiring related to the pandemic.

June 1, 2020 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest | Permalink