Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The zombie SEALS hiring conference is back, unbelievably

It emerged just before the pandemic, and it was a terrible idea then, and it's still a terrible idea.  Fortunately, it got almost no uptake, and I'm sure that will continue.  All job seekers should ignore it, and focus their energy on the real hiring process through the AALS.

May 22, 2024 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

Monday, May 20, 2024

Lateral hires with tenure or on tenure-track, 2023-24

These are non-clinical appointments that will take effect in summer or fall 2024 (except where noted); (recent additions will be in bold.)  Last year's list is here.

 

*Rabiat Akanda (law & religion, constitutional law, comparative law, international law, African law & society) from Osgoode Hall Law School/York University, Toronto to the University of Maryland (untenured lateral).

 

*Samantha Barbas (legal history, media law) from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York to the University of Iowa.

 

*Stephanie Hall Barclay (First Amendment, constitutional law, law & religion) from the University of Notre Dame to Georgetown University.

 

*Thomas Bennett (civil procedure, constitutional law, federal courts) from the University of Missouri, Columbia to Southern Methodist University.

 

*Bethany Berger (property, American Indian law, conflicts of law) from the University of Connecticut to the University of Iowa.

 

*Jennifer Bird-Pollan (tax) from the University of Kentucky to Wayne State University.

 

*Christina Boyd (judicial behavior, empirical legal studies) from the University of Georgia (Political Science & Public Affairs) to Washington University, St. Louis (Law School & Political Science).

 

Alina Ng Boyte (property, land use) from Mississippi College to the University of Hawaii.

 

 *Kara Bruce (bankruptcy, commercial law) from the University of Oklahoma, Norman to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 

*Ellen Bublick (torts) from the University of Arizona to Arizona State University.

 

*Vincent Buccola (bankruptcy, corporate) from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) to the University of Chicago (Law School).

 

*Marcilynn Burke (environmental & natural resources law, land use) from the University of Oregon (where she is Dean) to Tulane University (to become Dean).

 

*Sarah Burstein (intellectual property, design law) from Suffolk University to Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law.

 

*Kristina Campbell (immigration law, civil rights) from the University of the District of Columbia to Gonzaga University.

 

*Devon Carbado (criminal procedure, constitutional law, Critical Race Theory) from the University of California, Los Angeles to New York University (effective January 2025).

 

*Jenny Carroll (criminal law & procedure) from the University of Alabama to Texas A&M University.

 

*Felix Chang (antitrust, financial regulation, trusts & estates) from the University of Cincinnati to Ohio State University.

 

*Robert Chang (Critical Race Theory; race, ethnicity & law) from Seattle University to the University of California, Irvine.

 

*Harlan Cohen (international trade, international law) from the University of Georgia to Fordham University (effective January 2024).

 

*James Coleman (energy law) from Southern Methodist University to the University of Minnesota.

 

*Robin Craig (environmental law, water law) from the University of Southern California to the University of Kansas.

 

*Katherine Mims Crocker (federal courts, constitutional law, state & local government law) from the College of William & Mary to Texas A&M University.

 

*Keith Cunningham-Parmeter (labor & employment law, contracts) from Willamette University to Lewis & Clark (effective January 2024).

 

*Lincoln Davies (energy law) from Ohio State University (where he is currently Dean) back to the University of Utah.

 

*Marc DeGirolami (law & religion, constitutional law) from St. John's University to Catholic University (effective January 2024).

 

*William Dodge (international business transactions, international litigation & arbitration, contracts) from the University of California, Davis to George Washington University.

 

*Taleed El-Sabawi (health law) from Florida International University to Wayne State University (untenured lateral).

 

*Andrew Elmore (labor & employment law) from the University of Miami to Boston University.

 

*Jelani Jefferson Exum (criminal law & procedure) from the University of Detroit Mercy (where she is Dean) to St. John's University (to become Dean).

 

*Dave Fagundes (copyright, property, real estate) from the University of Houston to Emory University.

 

*Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. (criminal law & procedure, criminal justice administration) from American University (where he is Dean) to Howard University (to become Dean).

 

*Pamela Foohey (bankruptcy, commercial law, consumer law) from Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University to the University of Georgia.

 

*Janet Freilich (intellectual property) from Fordham University to Boston University.

 

*Brian Gallini (criminal law) from Willamette University (where he is Dean) to Quinnipiac University (to become Dean).

 

*David Gamage (tax) from Indiana University, Bloomington to the University of Missouri, Columbia (effective January 2024).

 

*Erika George (international human rights, public international law) from the University of Utah to Boston University.

 

*Sara Gerke (health law, law & technology, privacy, comparative law) from Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (untenured lateral).

 

*Tianna Gibbs (civil procedure, dispute resolution, family law) from the University of the District of Columbia to American University.

 

*Andrew Gold (corporate, torts, private law theory) from Brooklyn Law School to the University of California, Irvine.

 

*Erica Goldberg (First Amendment, torts) from the University of Dayton to Gonzaga University.

 

*Caleb Griffin (corporate, contracts) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

 

*Julie Andersen Hill (commercial law, banking law) from the University of Alabama to the University of Wyoming (to become Dean).

 

*George Horvath (health law, torts) from the University of Akron to the University of California, San Francisco (untenured lateral).

 

*Erik Hovenkamp (antitrust, law & technology, intellectual property, law & economics) from the University of Southern California to Cornell University.

 

*Charles Jalloh (international law) from Florida International University to the University of Miami.

 

*Twinette Johnson (education law, legal education, commecial law) from the University of District of Columbia (where she is Dean) to Saint Louis University (to become Dean).

 

*Andrew Jurs (evidence, empirical legal studies) from Drake University to University of the Pacific/McGeorge School of Law.

 

*Johanna Kalb (international human rights) from the University of Idaho (where she is Dean) to the University of San Francisco (to become Dean).

 

*Tal Kastner (contracts, property, law & literature) from Touro Law Center to Rutgers University (untenured lateral).

 

*Daniel Kelly (law & economics, property, trusts & estates, remedies) from the University of Notre Dame to the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis) (to become Dean).

 

*J.D. King (criminal procedure, professional responsibility) from Washington & Lee University to Rutgers University (effective January 2024).

 

*Gary Lawson (administrative law, constitutional law) from Boston University to the University of Florida, Gainesville.'

 

*Desiree LeClercq (international law, labor law) from Cornell University (School of Industrial & Labor Relations) to the University of Georgia (law school) (untenured lateral)

 

*Edward Lee (intellectual property, law & technology) from Chicago-Kent College of Law to Santa Clara University.

 

*Jill Lens (torts, health law, remedies) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville to the University of Iowa.

 

*Stefanie Lindquist (empirical legal studies, constitutional law) from Arizona State University to Washington University, St. Louis (to become Dean).

 

*Jacqueline Lipton (intellectual property, law & technology, privacy, commercial law) from the University of Pittsburgh to Duquesne University.

 

*Rachel Lopez (criminal law, public international law, international human rights) from Drexel University to Temple University.

 

*Sarah Lorr (disability law, family law) from Brooklyn Law School to the University of Maryland (untenured lateral).

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May 20, 2024 in Faculty News | Permalink

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Entering summer blogging schedule

It's grading crunch time here at the University of Chicago (we're on a quarter system), and as in prior years, I'll be posting less going forward, until August, when some more regular posting will resume.  I'll still update the laterals list, post memorials of well-known figures in the legal academy as they arise, and perhaps major news items.   But don't expect more than one or two posts per week between now and August.

May 14, 2024 in Navel-Gazing | Permalink

Saturday, May 11, 2024

In Memoriam: Christopher F. Edley, Jr. (1953-2024)

An expert in administrative law and civil rights, Professor Edley spent the first two decades of his career at Harvard Law School, before becoming Dean of the law school at the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, a role he held until 2013, when he returned to the faculty.  I will add links to memorial notices as they appear.

UPDATE:   A memorial from Berkeley Law Dean Chemerinsky.

May 11, 2024 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Federal judges (most in Texas) now threaten to boycott Columbia University graduates

This routine is getting tiresome.

UPDATE:  Professor Stephen Burbank (Penn) writes (with permission to quote from Professor Geyh's forthcoming piece):

It is not only tiresome but may violate the Code of Conduct for United States Judges. In a forthcoming article in Law and Contemporary Problems, in response to an earlier, smaller, boycott of clerkship applicants from Yale, Professor Charles Geyh proposes that the Judicial Conference’s Committee on Codes of Conduct[1] … issue an advisory opinion on the ethics of a judge’s hiring practices. It should admonish judges that the duty to appoint clerks “on the basis of merit,”[2] coupled with the proscription on lending the prestige of judicial office to advance their personal interests,[3] forbids blackballing qualified clerkship applicants who graduated from law schools with which the judge has an ideological beef.”

 

[1] The Committee on Codes of Conduct is a Subcommittee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. https://ballotpedia.org/Committee_on_Codes_of_Conduct_of_the_Judicial_Conference_of_the_United_States#:~:

2 Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges, Canon 3(B)(3).

3 Id.,Canon 2(B).

May 9, 2024 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

The "Executive Unbound": University President edition

Lawprof David Pozen (Columbia) uses recent events at Columbia to look at university governance, drawing some striking analogies with problems familiar from public law.

May 7, 2024 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Monday, May 6, 2024

Congratulations to the Chicago alumni who made (or announced) lateral moves this year

They are:

 

*Vincent Buccola '08 (bankruptcy, corporate) from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) to the University of Chicago (Law School).

 

*Sarah Burstein '07 (intellectual property, design law) from Suffolk University to Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law.

 

*Mary-Rose Papandrea '95 (First Amendment, media law) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to George Washington University (effective July 2025).

 

*Zoe Robinson '08 (constitutional law, law & religion, comparative constitutional law, judicial behavior) from the Australian National University (Politics) to Marquette University (Law).

 

*Angela Zhang '08 (Chinese law, law & economics) from the University of Hong Kong to the University of Southern California.

May 6, 2024 | Permalink

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Elite law firms are now recruiting 1Ls in spring, bypassing the traditional on-campus recuirtment process

On FB, Mark Lemley and Kate Litvak brought to my attention this Bloomberg story; an excerpt:

On-campus interviews, long the chief recruiting method for major firms and controlled by law schools and the National Association for Law Placement, now take a back seat to direct hiring by firms who want first crack at talent. The coveted summer associate roles are the most common path to Big Law careers, serving as a tryout for full-time positions after graduation.

 

“This direct hire process will likely be filling about 50% of our class, at least,” said Nicole Wanzer, director of attorney recruiting at Morrison Foerster. “Were we to wait for traditional OCI and lean only on traditional OCI, we feel like we would be missing out on some of the talent that’s getting picked up earlier in the process.”

 

The shift has had a snowball effect. Weil Gotshal & Manges has already opened applications for its 2025 summer program, allowing first-year law students to apply directly—a process dubbed “pre-OCI”. Other prominent players such as Jones Day, Milbank LLP, Paul Hastings, and Davis Polk & Wardwell open up their direct applications as early as mid-April for jobs that start the summer after the second year of school is completed. MoFo is launching its own advanced consideration application system for first-year students this year, which opens May 1.

May 1, 2024 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Law review publication contracts with unreasonable terms

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Seven law professors elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

They are:  Anne Alstott (Yale), Ann Carlson (UCLA), G. Mitu Gulati (Virginia), Daniel Ho (Stanford), Pauline Kim (Wash U/St. Louis), Eric Talley (Columbia), and (in the Religious Studies category) John Witte, Jr. (Emory).

April 25, 2024 in Faculty News | Permalink

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Letter from many Columbia Law faculty to the University President about the handling of protests on campus

Here.  Signatories include Vince Blasi, Kimberle Crenshaw, Jane Ginsburg, Michael Graetz, Ronald Mann, David Pozen, Carol Sanger, Robert and Elizabeth Scott, and others.

April 23, 2024 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink