Thursday, June 20, 2019

Lateral hires with tenure or on tenure-track, 2018-19

These are non-clinical appointments that will take effect in 2019 (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.


*Sarah Adams-Schoen (land use, ocean & coastal law) from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock to the University of Oregon (untenured lateral).


*Jane Aiken (torts, evidence, experiential education) from Georgetown University to Wake Forest University (to become Dean).


*Mehrsa Baradaran (banking law, bankruptcy) from the University of Georgia to the University of California, Irvine.


*Kristen Barnes (property, housing law, international human rights, voting rights) from the University of Akron to Syracuse University. 


*Michael F. Barry (complex litigation, legal education & pedagogy) from St. Mary's University to South Texas College of Law (to become Dean and President).


*Valena E. Beety (criminal law & procedure) from West Virginia University to Arizona State University.


*Matt Blaze (computer and network security) from the University of Pennsylvania Department of Computer & Information Sciences to Georgetown University (joint appointment in Law and Computer Science).


*Mary Anne Bobinski (health law) from the University of British Columbia to Emory University (to become Dean).


*Pamela Bookman (contracts, civil procedure, arbitration) from Temple University to Fordham University (untenured lateral).


*William Wilson Bratton (corporate law) from the University of Pennsylvania (where he will become emeritus) to the University of Miami (effective July 1, 2020).


*Khiara Bridges (race & the law, family law, reproductive rights) from Boston University to the University of California, Berkeley.


*Neil Buchanan (tax) from George Washington University to the University of Florida, Gainesville.


*Michael Cahill (criminal law) from Rutgers University back to Brooklyn Law School (to become Dean).


*Richard Chen (contracts, international law & arbitration) from the University of Maine to the University of Hawaii (untenured lateral).


*Albert Choi (law & economics, contracts, corporate) from the University of Virginia to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


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


*Zachary Clopton (civil procedure, international business transaction, national security law) from Cornell University to Northwestern University.


*G. Marcus Cole (bankruptcy, law & economics) from Stanford University to the University of Notre Dame (to become Dean).


*Blanche Cook (criminal law & procedure, evidence, critical race theory) from Wayne State University to the University of Kentucky (untenured lateral).


*Giuseppe Dari Mattiacci (law & economics, comparative law, corporate law, contracts) from the University of Amsterdam to Columbia University.


*Danielle Conway (public procurement law, entrepreneurship, intellectual property) from the University of Maine (where she is Dean) to Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law (to become Dean).


*Lincoln Davies (energy law & policy) from the University of Utah to Ohio State University (to become Dean).


*Ryan Doerfler (legislation/statutory interpretation, administrative law, law & philosophy) from the University of Pennsylvania to the University of Chicago.


*Justin Driver (constitutional law) from the University of Chicago to Yale University.


*Trevor Gardner (criminal law) from the University of Washington, Seattle to Washington University, St. Louis (untenured lateral).


*Jonah Gelbach (law & economics, civil procedure, empirical legal studies) from the University of Pennsylvania to the University of California, Berkeley.


*Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez (property, critical race theory, poverty law) from St. Thomas University (Florida) to the University of New Mexico. 


*D. Wendy Greene (employment law, race & law, constitutional law) from Cumberland Law/Samford University to Drexel University.


*David Grewal (international trade, law & technology, political economy, political theory) from Yale University to the University of California, Berkeley.


*Vinay Harpalani (race & law, education law, constitutional law) from Savannah Law School to the University of New Mexico (untenured lateral).


*Jonathan Kahn (health law, bioethics, constitutional law, torts) from Mitchell|Hamline School of Law to Northeastern University.


*John Kang (constitutional law, law & gender, legal theory) from St. Thomas University (Florida) to the University of New Mexico.


*Orin Kerr (criminal procedure, computer crime law) from the University of Southern California to the University of California, Berkeley.


*Catherine Kim (civil procedure, administrative and immigration law) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to Brooklyn Law School.


*Anita Krug (securities regulation, financial regulation) from the University of Washington, Seattle to Chicago-Kent College of Law/Illinois Institute of Technology (to become Dean).


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


*Kate Levine (criminal law and procedure) from St. John's University to Cardozo Law School (untenured lateral).


*Myrisha Lewis (health law, bioethics, family law) from Howard University to the College of William & Mary (untenured lateral).


*Ji Li (Chinese law and politics) from Rutgers University to the University of California, Irvine.


*Leah Litman (constitutional law, federal courts) from the University of California, Irvine to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (untenured lateral).


*M. Elizabeth Magill (administrative law, constitutional law) from Stanford University to the University of Virginia (to become Provost).


*Andrea Matwyshyn (law & technology, cybersecurity, privacy, intellectual property) from Northeastern University to Pennsylvania State University, University Park (where she will also be founding director of the Policy Innovation Lab of Tomorrow).


*James McGrath (legal education & pedagogy, health law) from Texas A&M University to Western Michigan University Cooley Law School (to become President and Dean).


*Ralf Michaels (comparative law, conflicts of law) from Duke University to the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and Private International Law (Hamburg).


*Daniel Morales (immigration law) from DePaul University to the University of Houston.


*Rachel Moran (education law, civil rights, race & the law) from the University of California, Los Angeles to the University of California, Irvine.


*Minor Myers (corporate law) from Brooklyn Law School to the University of Connecticut, Hartford.


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June 20, 2019 in Faculty News | Permalink

Monday, June 17, 2019

AAUP censures Vermont Law School

Rightly so, although what actual effect this will have is unclear.

June 17, 2019 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Daughter of Yale law prof Amy Chua, staunch defender of (now) Justice Kavanaugh,

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Thomas Jefferson Law School loses ABA accreditation

Unless the decision is reversed on appeal, the school is unlikely to survive.

June 11, 2019 in Legal Profession | Permalink

Thursday, June 6, 2019

2019 entry-level hiring report, the results (CORRECTED & UPDATED, 6/6/19)

Courtesy of Professor Lawksy of Northwestern, as always.  I was surprised that there weren't more total hires this year, given how the market began.  It no doubt helped that there were fewer candidates, even though the total number of hires barely budged.

We can compare the results by school to the number of alumni in the first FAR, which is increasingly the only one that matters; here is the percentage succcess rate of candidates by school of graduation:

Yale University (60%)

Stanford University (58%)

University of Chicago (56%)

University of Michigan (50%)

University of Virginia (50%)

Northwestern University (40%)

Harvard University (39%)

Cornell University (33%) (only 3 candidates on market)

New York University (28%)

University of California, Berkeley (18%) [note:  there are Berkeley hires not yet reflected in the Lawsky data]

Columbia University (13%)

University of California, Los Angeles (13%)

University of Pennsylvania (13%)

As a point of personal privilege, I'll note this understates our success rate, since one Chicago graduate got a tenure-track offer from us, but decided to take a tenure-track job at Stanford's Graduate School of Business instead; if he were counted (he was not in Prof. Lawsky's tally), our success rate would be 60% (he was not in the first FAR).   (Of course, other law schools may also have had graduates who turned down tenure-track jobs for tenure-track jobs in other fields.)

(I didn't have data on the number of Vanderbilt and Georgetown graduates on the market, so they are not included here.)

ADDENDUM:   Here's the comparable data from a few years ago.

June 6, 2019 | Permalink

Monday, June 3, 2019

The myth of administrative bloat in Higher Education (Michael Simkovic)

In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Professor Philip Hamburger of Columbia calls on the federal government to impose restrictions on access to student loans to discourage universities from hiring more administrators relative to the number of tenured faculty members. 

I sympathize with Professor Hamburger’s desire to strengthen the role of tenured faculty in university governance.  But stripping universities of resources—or giving universities perverse incentives to evade anti-administration regulations by outsourcing or automating managerial tasks when it is costlier and less effective to do so—is not the right way to accomplish such goals.

Hamburger justifies federal interference with colleges’ and universities’ internal personnel decisions on the grounds that there is “administrative bloat” in higher education, and that such “bloat” is wasteful and leads to bad outcomes.  The evidence he presents to support this claim is that there are more administrators in higher education, relative to changes in the numbers of tenured faculty or students, than there used to be.

But the growth of managerial and administrative employees as a share of the workforce is an economy-wide phenomenon, not one that it is unique or unusual for higher education.

As I’ve discussed previously, compared to higher education, many industries in the private sector pay administrators more.  Compared to higher education, many private sector industries also employ more managerial employees as a larger share of the workforce.

There is no evidence of “administrative bloat” in higher education.  To the contrary, colleges and universities dedicate a much lower share of their workforce to managerial occupations than other industries such as real estate and construction, financial services, energy, entertainment, software and technology industries, religious organizations, professional services, and architecture and engineering firms. (OES data here).  

Higher education is about on par with chemical manufacturing, clothing retailers, and freight transportation with respect to its use of managerial employees.

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June 3, 2019 in Guest Blogger: Michael Simkovic, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Seminars on my realist jurisprudence at the EHESS in Paris in June

I'll be giving a series of seminars (in English) on my realist jurisprudence at the EHESS in Paris in June; the syllabus/plan for the seminars is here: Download Leiter Seminar Syllabus EHESS June 2019

The seminars are open to interested faculty and graduate students in and around Paris; you should contact Prof. Otto Pfersmann if you want to attend for more details about the times and location (I believe each seminar is from 16:00-18:00 on the Tuesdays noted).

May 29, 2019 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Summer blogging schedule

I'll be doing less blogging the next couple of months, although I'll update the laterals list and try to get major items on the blog in a timely way.  Expect more frequent blogging to resume in mid-August as the next hiring season in law schools gets under way.

May 28, 2019 | Permalink

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

In Memoriam: Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte (1933-2019)

A longtime member of the Florida State University faculty, he served as Dean of the College of Law in the 1980s and then as President of the University; he was also a past President of the American Bar Association.  The FSU memorial notice is here.

May 21, 2019 in Memorial Notices | Permalink