Tuesday, May 18, 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).


*Atinuke Adediran (legal profession, law & social science) from Boston College to Fordham University (untenured lateral).


*Kate Andrias (labor, administrative & constitutional law) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to Columbia University.


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


*Curtis A. Bradley (international law, foreign affairs law, federal courts) from Duke University to the University of Chicago.


*John R. Brooks (tax law & policy) from Georgetown University to Fordham University (starting fall 2022).


*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).


*Jennifer Chacon (immimgration law, constitutional law, criminal law & procedure) from the University of California, Los Angeles to the University of California, Berkeley.


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


*Vincent Chiao (criminal law & procedure, legal theory, political philosophy) from the University of Toronto to the University of Richmond.


*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.


*Amy Cohen (ADR, mediation, property, law & development) from Ohio State University to Temple University.


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


*Colin Crawford (environmental law, land use) from the University of Louisville (where he is Dean) to Golden Gate University (to become Dean).


*John Czarnetzky (bankruptcy, corporate) from the University of Mississippi to Ave Maria School of Law (to become Dean).


*Meera Deo (legal education, race & law, law & society) from Thomas Jefferson Law School to Southwestern School of Law.


*Darby Dickerson (legal writing) from UIC John Marshall Law School (where she is Dean) to Southwestern Law School (to become Dean).


*Stephanie Holmes Didwania (criminal law & procedure, intellectual property, empirical legal studies, law & economics) from Temple University to University of Wisconsin, Madison (untenured lateral).


*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.


*Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. (criminal law & procedure, criminal justice administration) from George Washington University to American University (to become Dean).


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


*Pamela Foohey (bankruptcy, commercial law, consumer law) from Indiana University, Bloomington to Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University.


*Cynthia Fountaine (civil rights, civil procedure, federal courts) from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale to the University of North Texas.

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


*César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández (criminal law, immigration law) from the University of Denver to Ohio State University.


*Jonathan Glater (education law & policy, disability law) from the University of California, Los Angeles to the University of California, Berkeley.


*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.


*Jasmine E. Harris (law & inequality, disability law, evidence) from the University of California, Davis to the University of Pennsylvania.


*Ran Hirschl (comparative constitutional law) from the University of Toronto to the University of Texas, Austin (joint with Government Department).


*Darren Hutchinson (civil rights, law & inequality, critical race theory) from the University of Florida, Gainesville to Emory University.


*Lolita Buckner Inniss (legal history, gender & law, critical race theory) from Southern Methodist University to the University of Colorado, Boulder (to become Dean).


*Jason Iuliano (contracts, commercial law, consumer law) from Villanova University to the University of Utah (untenured lateral).


*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).


*Melvin Kelley (property, fair housing, critical race theory) from Villanova University to Northeastern University (untenured lateral).


*Madhav Khosla (Indian constitutional law, comparative constitutional law) from Ashoka University (India) to Columbia University (untenured lateral, effective January 1, 2022).


*Nancy Kim (law & technology, contracts, commercial law) from California Western School of Law to Chicago-Kent College of Law/Illinois Institute of Technology.


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


*Craig Konnoth (health law, law & sexuality) from the University of Colorado, Boulder to the University of Virginia.


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


*Anita Krishnakumar (legislation and statutory interpretation) from St. John's University to Georgetown University.


*Guha Krishnamurthi (criminal law & procedure, constitutional law, jurisprudence) from South Texas College of Law to the University of Oklahoma, Norman (untenured lateral).


*Margaret Kwoka (administrative law, civil procedure, federal courts) from the University of Denver to Ohio State University.


*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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May 18, 2021 in Faculty News | Permalink

Monday, May 17, 2021

Lawsky's Entry-Level Hiring Report for 2021

Although Professor Lawsky will continue to update the report, an initial version is here.  A few notable results:

*There were 64 rookie hires, down from 88 last year.

*There were only 45 schools hiring, down from 66 last year.

*All rookie hires had some combination of a clerkship, a fellowship, and/or an advanced degree.  If I'm reading the data rightly, only one candidate got hired with only a clerkship.  88% of those hired had done a fellowship, and 45% of those hired had a PhD.

May 17, 2021 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News | Permalink

Entry-level hiring report: today is the last day to submit information...

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

In Memoriam: Eugenio Bulygin (1931-2021)

An Argentinian legal philosopher, and longtime member of the law faculty at the University of Buenos Aires, Professor Bulygin enjoyed an international reputation for important contributions to all aspects of jurisprudence (see a collection of his papers from OUP for a sense of the range of issues he worked on); his most famous and influential work was probably 1971's Normative  Systems.  An obituary in Spanish is here.

On a personal note, I had the great honor of meeting him a number of years ago when he came to my lecture at the University of Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires.   A great legal philosopher and a very gracious man.

(Thanks to Luís Duarte d'Almeida for calling his death to my attention.)

May 12, 2021 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Monday, May 10, 2021

The Northwestern Law Dean search (UPDATED)

There's an alarmist, and not entirely accurate, report here.  I received an anonymous e-mail to the same effect.  I do not know who sent it, or if they were even at Northwestern.  A few points:

First, there were several faculty on the Dean search committee.  The finalists did not, however, meet the full faculty, which is unusual, but also not unheard of at other schools (including other top law schools).  Outside Deans (and Presidents and Provosts) are always hired with tenure in the appropriate unit and, more often than not, without doing a job talk.   I assume the search committee would have been tasked with making sure candidates were suitable for tenure in the law school and prepared a report to that effect.  If not, that would be a violation of normal procedures.

Second, the final candidate, Dean Hari Osofsky of Penn State-University Park, is not a "Critical Race Theory" scholar.  (There was another finalist who does work in CRT, who would have been an excellent choice too by the way.)   My impression is Professor Osofsky has been a successful and quite capable Dean, which no doubt explains why she was also a finalist for the Presidency at the University of Iowa.   (Osofsky was, by the way, previously a tenured professor at the University of Minnesota, a top 20ish law school.)

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May 10, 2021 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, May 6, 2021

AALS cancels fall 2021 in-person hiring convention ("the meat market")

Here.   The AALS also cancelled last fall's in-person hiring convention for the obvious reasons. 

What this means for academic jobs seekers is that they have to be ready to do screening interviews (via Zoom) within a week or two of the FAR forms being released next August 18 (forms will be due before that of course).  It will also mean that the hiring "season" will have a less predictable timetable, with many callbacks in September and October and offers before Thanksgiving likely.  That happened last year too, but a countervailing force was that many law schools entered the market quite late in 2020-21, as it became clearer that the pandemic might end and that enrollments (and thus income) were shaping up favorably:  as a result, many hiring schools did not enter the market until early 2021. 

2021-22 promises to be an excellent year for law school enrollments, and early indicators suggest that the 2022-23 year will be at least as strong.  Since enrollments drive hiring at 80-85% of the law schools in the country, this bodes very well for academic job seekers.   I expect many more law schools to be in the market for new teachers this coming year, compared to this past year.  (This past year, 1 in 5 tenure-track jobs weren take by Chicago alums and/or Fellows.  Needless to say, we hope that will continue, and we appreciate the strong interest in law schools in our graduates and Fellows.)   I doubt we'll get back to the pre-2010 levels of hiring (when 150+ new faculty were hired each year), but I would not be surprised if next year saw 100 or so new faculty hired.

ADDENDUM:   A colleague elsewhere points out to me a possible countervailing consideration:  namely, uncertainty about whether foreign LLMs will be able to come to the US next year for their degrees.  LLM enrollment is a significant source of tuition revenue at many schools.  My guess is that a majority of foreign LLM students will be able to enter the country for purposes of study.

May 6, 2021 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

U of San Diego Provost finds that statements by Professor Smith are protected by academic freedom

The Provost has issued a statement regarding the case we noted previously, that reads in part:

We recently received complaints relating to a post by USD Law Professor Tom Smith on his personal blog concerning the causes of COVID-19. The complaints alleged violations of various university and School of Law policies.

As a threshold matter, we sought to determine whether the blog post at issue was protected by our policy on academic freedom. After a thorough legal review, it was determined that the expression was protected by that policy.

This conclusion in no way amounts to an endorsement by the university of the opinions shared in the blog post.

Happily, the Provost reached the correct conclusion; it should not have taken so long.  This is about as easy an academic freedom case as one can imagine.

May 4, 2021 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Monday, May 3, 2021

Cardozo Law faculty protest Yeshiva University's continued discrimination against LGBT student groups

It is an embarrassment, and especially for a school in New York City!

May 3, 2021 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Texas House authorizes public universities in Rio Grande Valley and El Paso to establish up to two new law schools

The bill still has to get through the state Senate.  Texas established a new public law school at the University of North Texas (near Dallas), which began admitting students in 2014, but is only still provisionally accredited by the ABA.  Texas acquired an additional public law school when Texas A&M University acquired the former Texas Wesleyan law school (in the Dallas-Fort Worth area).  The only law school in West Texas is at Texas Tech University, so the case for a law school in El Paso is probably a good one.

April 29, 2021 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Congratulations to the University of Chicago alumni and Fellows who secured tenure-track positions this year

This was a tough year for job seekers, with fewer schools hiring and the entire process being carried out remotely, but happily all but one of our candidates on the market have already succeeded in landing tenure-track jobs, most with multiple offers.  (One is still in the running for a tenure-track job.)  They are:


Emilie Aguirre who will join the faculty at Duke University.  She is currently the Dickerson Fellow at the Law School.   She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2013, and also earned an LL.M. at Cambridge University.  She expects to receive her Ph.D. in Health Policy & Management from Harvard Business School shortly, where she is writing a dissertation on “Pairing Purpose and Profit.”   Prior to coming to Chicago, she was an Academic Fellow at the Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy at UCLA.   Her areas of teaching and research interest include corporate law and finance, securities regulation, contracts, health law, and food law. 


Pedro Gerson '14 who will join the faculty at California Western School of Law. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Louisiana State University.  He has also worked as an attorney at the Instituto Mexicano Para La Competitividad in Mexico City; a Law & Policy Fellow in the Office of the President of Mexico working in the National Digital Strategy Unit; and an Immigration Staff Attorney for the Bronx Public Defenders in New York.   His areas of teaching and research interest include immigration law, criminal law & procedure, comparative law, and administrative law.


Maria Macia '18 who will join the faculty at the University of Notre Dame.   She graduated with Honors from the Law School, where she was Articles Editor of the Law Review and also a Rubinstein Scholar.  She earned a Ph.D. in economics in 2019, also from Chicago, where she wrote a dissertation on "From Intent to Disparate Impact:  A Legal Standard's Effect on Lending Discrimination."  She clerked for Judge Andrew Hurwitz on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, before becoming a VAP at Notre Dame.   Her areas of teaching and research interest include corporate law, corporate finance, and empirical legal studies.

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April 27, 2021 in Faculty News | Permalink

Friday, April 23, 2021

Report finds no clear evidence that judge's political objection to a faculty candidate at Toronto affected hiring decision...


...but the separate investigation of the judge continues.  (Earlier coverage.)

UPDATE:  Apparently, the investigation did not evaluate the credibility of the testimony collected, which may be a problem.

4/22/21 UPDATE:   The Canadian Association of University of Teachers clearly did not agree with the earlier investigations' finding, and has now censured the University of Toronto, which is a quite dramatic move.

AND ANOTHER:  Law professor Denise Reaume (Toronto) has shared this helpful account of what has transpired:

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) on April 22 imposed censure on the University of Toronto over its decision to terminate the candidacy of Dr. Valentina Azarova for the Directorship of the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the Faculty of Law. The consequences of censure are detailed here.


The University had tried to stave off censure by commissioning a report on the controversy from former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell. The report was flawed by factual inaccuracy and misleading assertions. Widely criticized, it failed in the ambition to exonerate the administration. In some ways, it made matters worse.

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April 23, 2021 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, April 22, 2021

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

They are:  Jose Alvarez (NYU), Kimberle Crenshaw (UCLA & Columbia), Gillian Lester (Dean, Columbia), Anup Malani (Chicago), and Angela Onwuachi-Willig (Dean, Boston University).

April 22, 2021 in Faculty News | Permalink

Academic freedom issues

Although I do blog about some of these issues here, usually when law faculty are involved, I cover the issue more thoroughly in the modern academy at my philosophy blog, for those who are interested.  You can bookmark that category for posts on academic freedom issues (and so you're spared philosophy-related news).

April 22, 2021 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Blast from the past: when Paul Campos had trouble with long division

Back in 2015.  Still a remarkable mistake.

ADDENDUM:  And here's the correct link to Campos's smear of Mike Simkovic (the link in the 2015 item is broken.)

April 22, 2021 in Faculty News | Permalink

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Corporate Practice Commentator's 10 Best Articles of 2020

This and prior lists are available at the website of Professor Robert Thompson (Georgetown).  Here are the winners for 2020 (with academic affiliations, where authors have them):

Bartlett, Robert (Berkeley); Partnoy, Frank (Berkeley). The Misuse of Tobin's q.  73 Vand. L. Rev. 353-424 (2020).

Barzuza, Michal (Virginia); Curtis, Quinn (Virginia); Webber David H. (Boston University). Shareholder Value(s): Index Fund ESG Activism and the New Millennial Corporate Governance.  93 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1243-1322 (2020).

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April 21, 2021 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

Monday, April 19, 2021

Ex-Business School Dean who misreported data to US News rankings indicted for wire fraud

Wow.  Since USNews.com doesn't audit any of the self-reported data, perhaps this story will incentivize good behavior.

April 19, 2021 in Rankings | Permalink