Monday, March 1, 2021

Lateral hires with tenure or on tenure-track, 2020-21

These are non-clinical appointments that will take effect in 2021 (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.


*Aziza Ahmed (health law, constitutional law, gender/race & law) from Northeastern University to the University of California, Irvine.


*Ifeoma Ajunwa (law & technology, race & law, labor & employment law, health law) from Cornell University (Industrial & Labor Relations School) to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (effective January 2021).


*Shyamkrishna Balganesh (intellectual property, private law theory) from the University of Pennsylvania to Columbia University (effective January 2021).


*Jay Butler (international business transactions, corporate law) from the College of William & Mary to the University of Virginia.


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


*Guy-Uriel Charles (constitutional law, election law, race & law) from Duke University to Harvard University.


*Danielle Citron (privacy, civil rights, freedom of expression, Internet law) from Boston University to the University of Virginia (effective January 2021).


*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.


*Deborah Dinner (legal history, employment discrimination, family law) from Emory University to Cornell University.


*Tonya Evans (intellectual property, trusts & estates, entertainment law) from the University of New Hampshire to Pennsylania State University-Dickinson School of Law.


*Joseph Fishkin (constitutional law, employment discrimination, election law, equal opportunity) from the University of Texas, Austin to the University of California, Los Angeles.


*Cary Franklin (constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, legal history) from the University of Texas, Austin to the University of California, Los Angeles.


*Michael Z. Green (labor & employment law) from Texas A&M University to Chicago-Kent College of Law/Illinois Institute of Technology.


*Kevin Greene (intellectual property, entertainment law) from Thomas Jefferson School f Law to Southwestern Law School (effective January 2021).


*Linda Greene (constitutional law, civil rights, sports law) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison to Michigan State University (to become Dean).


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


*Osamudia James (administrative law, race & law, education law) from the University of Miami to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


*Jamila Jefferson-Jones (property, real estate transactions, housing law) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City to Wayne State University.  


*Kristin Johnson (financial regulation, securities regulation) from Tulane University to Emory University (effective January 2021).


*Michael J. Kaufman (civil procedure, education law) from Loyola University, Chicago (where he is Dean) to Santa Clara University (to become Dean).


*Ariel Jurow Kleiman (tax) from the University of San Diego to Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.


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


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


*Stacy Leeds (Federal Indian law) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville to Arizona State University (effective January 2021).

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March 1, 2021 in Faculty News | Permalink

Friday, February 26, 2021

Looking back on 50 years of legal education

Via my colleague Will Baude on Twitter, I came across this interesting conversation between Louis Michael Seidman (Georgetown) and Mark Tushnet (Harvard) reflecting on their half-century in legal education.  Tushnet, unsurprisingly, overstates the significance of Critical Legal Studies (which has had no discernible longterm impact, unlike legal realism), but that's a quibble.  Do see the discussion at pp. 24 ff. about "corruption" in the legal academy.

February 26, 2021 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Blast from the past: on the uselessness of ranking law reviews by Google Scholar metrics

Back in 2016.

February 25, 2021 in Rankings | Permalink

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

"I wish for a world without lawyers"

May be an image of text that says 'genie: i shall grant you three wishes me:i wish for a world without lawyers genie: done, you have no more wishes me: but you said three genie: sue me'

February 24, 2021 in Legal Humor | Permalink

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

New peer-reviewed "Journal of Free Speech Law"

The lead editors are Jane Bambauer (Arizona), Ashutosh Bhagwat (UC Davis), and Eugene Volokh (UCLA).  Professor Volokh says more about the journal here.  A welcome development.

February 23, 2021 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Friday, February 19, 2021

In Memoriam: Phillip Blumberg (1919-2021)

An expert in corporate law, Professor Blumberg spent ten years as Dean at the University of Connecticut School of Law, a transformative period in the history of the school.  He retired from teaching at UConn in 1990. The UConn memorial notice is here.

(Thanks to Patricia McCoy for the pointer.)

February 19, 2021 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

In Memoriam: Peter Gerhart (1945-2021)

An expert on antitrust and international trade, Professor Gerhart served as Dean at Case Western for a decade, and before that taught at Ohio State.  More recently, he wrote widely in private law theory.  The Case Western memorial notice is here.


February 17, 2021 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

$34 million in gifts to Georgetown Law...

...including $24 million to endow 20 new professorships.

February 16, 2021 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Blast from the past: Simkovic v. McEntee on employment data and law schools

Back in 2015.  Unsurprisingly, Professor Simkovic had the better of the argument.

February 11, 2021 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

"I'm not a cat," lawyer assures judge

Just in case any readers missed this, here's the NYT account of this funny Zoom mishap.  Here's the video clip of the hearing:


February 10, 2021 in Legal Humor | Permalink

Monday, February 8, 2021

Harvard Law professor writes article about Japanese "comfort women"...

...which is generating quite a bit of controversy in South Korea as well as back home (see also).  The article at issue is here and a more popular summary here (and here is an online resource about the general topic).   Fortunately, no one is calling for Professor Ramseyer, a leading expert on Japanese law, to be "cancelled."

(Thanks to Jonathan Adler for first calling this to my attention.)

UPDATE:  Law professor Jonathan Klick (Penn) writes:   "As one of the editors of the International Review of Law and Economics (though not the one who specifically handled Mark’s article), I can assure you, we’re getting lots of emails calling for Mark to be cancelled.  Luckily though, I don’t think any of them are coming from academics (and, quite frankly, most of them are incoherent)." 

ANOTHER:  I've now heard that some academics are calling for the paper to be retracted, which is wholly inappropriate absent plagiarism or fraud, neither of which are even alleged here.   Not considering evidence that others think relevant is never grounds for retraction; what is called for are responses that also go through the peer review process.

February 8, 2021 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, February 4, 2021

What do you need to find out now that you've gotten a tenure-track offer?


With luck, some of you seeking law teaching jobs will get offers of tenure-track positions in the next couple of months; a handful of offers have already been extended this season (2019-20).  What then?  Here's roughly what I tell the Chicago job candidates we work with that they need to find out, and in the interest of having it written down in one place and for the benefit of others too, here it is (not in order of importance):

1.  You will want to get (in writing eventually) the basic salary information, obviously, and the nature of summer research support and the criteria for its award (is it automatic for junior faculty?  contingent on prior publication [if so, how much?]?  awarded competitively (if so, based on what criteria/process)?).   You should also find out how salary raises are determined.  Are they, for example, lock-step for junior faculty?  Fixed by union contract?  (Rutgers faculty, for example, are unionized, a huge advantage and why they are among the best-paid faculty, not just in law, in the country.)  Is it a 'merit' system, and if so is it decanal discretion or is their a faculty committee that reviews your teaching and work each year?

2.  You should ask for a copy of the school's tenure standards and get clear about the expectations and the timeline.  Does any work you have already published count towards meeting the tenure standard?

3.  What research leave policy, if any, does the school have?  A term off after every three full years of teaching is a very good leave policy; some schools have even better policies, most have less generous leave policies.  (If there is a norm, it is a term off after every six years.)  Many schools have a special leave policy for junior faculty, designed to give them some time off prior to the tenure decision.  Find out if the school has such a policy.

4.  One of the most important things to be clear about is not just your teaching load, but what courses you will be teaching precisely.  You should ask whether the school can guarantee a stable set of courses until after the tenure decision.  Preparing new courses is hugely time-consuming, and you also get better at teaching the course the more times you do it.  As a tenure-track faculty member, having a stable package of, say, three courses (plus a seminar) will make a huge difference in terms of your ability to conduct research and write.   In my experience, most schools will commit in writing to a set of courses for the tenure-track years (and do ask for this in writing), but some schools either won't or can't.   In my view, it's a good reason to prefer one school to another that one will give you the courses you want and promise them that they're yours, while another won't--a consideration that overrides lots of other factors, including salary.

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February 4, 2021 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink | Comments (14)

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Rostron & Levit update their invaluable guide to submitting to law reviews

They write:


We  just updated our charts about law journal submissions, expedites, and rankings from different sources for the Spring 2021 submission season covering the 199 main journals of each law school.   

We have created hyperlinks for each law review to take you directly to the law review’s submissions page. Again the chart includes as much information as possible about what law reviews are not accepting submissions right now and what months they say they’ll resume accepting submissions.

Washington and Lee has changed its methodology on law review statistics.  Now Washington and Lee only ranks the top 400 law review (many of which are specialty journals, online supplements, etc.), so not all flagship journals are now ranked by them.  But we put in the data for those that are ranked.  [BL comment:  the W&L data is junk, ignore it]

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February 2, 2021 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Monday, February 1, 2021

Are other universities recovering from the financial crunch of the pandemic?

Washington University in St. Louis is:  a law professor there tells me that the University restarted retirement contributions this past October (they had been suspended from July 1), and the law school retroactively awarded last year's summer stipends that had been suspended.  The University is also starting the merit raise process for 2021-22 early, with raises going into effect this April.

What are other universities doing?  Comments must include a full name and valid e-mail address (the latter will not appear).  Submit the comment only once, it may take awhile to appear.

February 1, 2021 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | Comments (0)