Thursday, April 18, 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.

 

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

 

 *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.

 

*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).

 

*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).

 

*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).

 

*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).

 

*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.

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April 18, 2024 in Faculty News | Permalink

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Law faculty contributions to political candidates

Notre Dame lawprof Derek Muller compiled data for the period 2017 to early 2023 (so during the Trump era), and I was surprised by how many contributed to Republicans, given the condition of that party, although this fits with the general perception of the American legal academy as conservative by global standards.  Most Republican supporters in the academy I know are motivated by the hope that something of the libertarian policy agenda still survives, but perhaps that's only true of faculty at the law schools I know best.  I note that according to additional data from Professor Muller, the highest percentage of Republican donors are at religious law schools--and even there, there are relatively few donors overall.   Of course, it bears remembering that donating to Mitch Romney is not like donating to Ted Cruz, and donating to Sherrod Brown is not like donating to Joe Manchin, so just looking at "Democratic" and "Republican" donations is not really that informative.

 

 

April 17, 2024 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Monday, April 15, 2024

Congratulations to the Chicago alumni and Fellows on the law teaching market...

...who accepted tenure-track jobs.  They are:

 

Charles F. Capps ’20, who will join the faculty at Arizona State University.  He graduated with Honors from the Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Law Review.  He also earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago.    He clerked in his native Saint Louis for Judge Gruender on the 8th Circuit from 2020-22, and served as Deputy Solicitor General of the State of Missouri.  His primary areas of teaching and research interest include criminal law, criminal procedure, jurisprudence, torts, and evidence.

 

Jonathan Green, who will join the faculty at Arizona State University.  He is currently a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School.  He earned his J.D. from Yale in 2020, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and a Ph.D. in History from Cambridge University in 2018.  He was an associate at DLA Piper in Philadelphia in 2021, until taking up a clerkship with Judge Neomi Rao on the D.C. Circuit.  His primary areas of teaching and research interest include legislation/statutory interpretation, civil procedure, federal courts, legal history, and administrative law. 

 

Filippo Lancieri JSD ‘21, who will join the faculty at Georgetown University.  He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the ETH Zurich Center for Law & Economics.   He received his JSD at Chicago with a thesis on “Essays in the Regulation of Digital Markets”; he received his LL.M. from Chicago in 2016.  He also holds an MA in economics and an undergraduate law degree, both from São Paulo.  He practiced antitrust and corporate law in his native Brazil for four years, and has also practiced antitrust as an International Lawyer with Latham &Watkins in Brussels.   His primary areas of teaching and research interest are antitrust, privacy, law and technology, contracts, and copyright.

 

Tyler B. Lindley '21, who will join the faculty at Brigham Young University.  He graduated with Highest Honors and  Order of the Coif from the Law School, where he was Business & Communication Editor of the Law Review.   He clerked for Chief Judge Pryor on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and for Judge Katsas on the D.C. Circuit, and served as Of Counsel at Lee Nielsen.  His primary areas of teaching and research interest are constitutional law, civil procedure, federal courts, and legislation and regulation.

 

Meighan C. Parker, who will join the faculty at the University of Georgia.  She is currently a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School.  She received her J.D. cum laude from the University of Alabama in 2018, where she also received the John England Award for the Black law student with the highest academic standing; she also holds an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School awarded in 2015.   She spent two-and-a-half years as an associate in the Life Sciences & Regulatory Compliance Group at Ropes & Gray in Washington D.C., before joining Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. as a Managing Associate in their Food, Drug, and Medical Device Compliance and Enforcement Group.  Her primary areas of teaching and research interest are health law, food & drug law, torts, business organizations, and law & technology. 

 

Mark Pickering '05 who will join the faculty at the University of St. Thomas (Miami).  He earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University in 2013, and taught philosophy at various schools, most recently at the University of Alabama.  His primary areas of teaching and research interest are criminal law & procedure, torts, and jurisprudence.

 

Eve Rips '12 who will join the faculty at the University of Illinois, Chicago John Marshall Law School.  She worked as an attorney at the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and for Young Invincibles in Washington, D.C., where she was Acting National Deputy Director.  She has taught at Loyola University, Chicago, the University of Maryland (Baltimore), and Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she is presently a VAP.   Her primary areas of teaching and research interest are education law, criminal law, family law, and legal research and writing.

 

Zalman Rothschild, who will join the faculty at Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University.  He is presently a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School.  He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School in 2018, and also received a Ph.D. in Religion & Jewish Studies from New York University in 2016.   He was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss in New York City for three years, and also clerked for Judge Jane Roth on the Third Circuit.  His primary areas of teaching and research interest are constitutional law (especially the First Amendment, both the religion and speech clauses), civil procedure, family law, employment discrimination, and professional responsibility. 

 

Bill Watson ’14, who will join the faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  He is currently a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School.  He graduated with High Honors and Order of the Coif from the Law School, where he was a Kirkland & Ellis Scholar and the Book Review & Essays Editor of the Law Review.  He clerked for Judge Jay Bybee on the 9th Circuit, and was a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago for three years before starting the graduate program in philosophy at Cornell University, where he received the Ph.D. in 2023.  His primary areas of teaching and research interest include legislation/statutory interpretation, jurisprudence, administrative law, civil procedure, evidence, and constitutional law.

You can see a complete list of Chicago law alumni in teaching here.

April 15, 2024 in Faculty News | Permalink

Thursday, April 11, 2024

"Law is a Moral Practice"

I review a recent book of legal philosophy.  

My review itself has been favorably reviewed by UCLA lawprof Steve Bainbridge on Twitter: "The opening line of @BrianLeiter's review is worth the price of admission. If more law professors wrote with his flair, legal scholarship would be a lot more entertaining. His range from rapier to saber to battleaxe is remarkable."

April 11, 2024 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Some Berkeley law students have lost their minds

A measured statement from Dean Chemerinsky describing recent bad behavior at his law school.  It's pretty clear what's going on:  students who feel impotent in the face of the horrors in Gaza are taking it out on a symbolic representative, i.e., their Jewish Dean.  There's a word for that, and it's not one that reflects well on them.

April 11, 2024 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Representative Foxx continues her attack on the constitutional rights of public university faculty...

...now targetting Rutgers University and law professor Sahar Aziz in particular.    There's a good letter from law professors in response here.

April 10, 2024 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

The "peer" (academic) reputation score in USNews.com's new ranking

The Blog Emperor compiles the data.  One could quibble with some of these results (e.g., Stanford isn't #1, except maybe in California!), but for the top 20 or so it's a lot less misleading than the "overall" ranking.

April 9, 2024 in Rankings | Permalink

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Reductio of originalism out of the 5th Circuit

Dueling was fine with the framers, ergo....   The problem with originalism is that it's unclear why anyone should care what those long dead people thought.  There are other ways to effectuate separation of powers without tethering the present to the dead hand of a somewhat creepy past.

UPDATE:  I was April Fooled, although that says something about the Fifth Circuit.  But the point about originalism still stands!

April 4, 2024 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Not an April Fool's joke: Yale Law School hires an experienced and talented lawyer to the regular faculty

After being demoted to the 6th best law school in the country last year by USNEWS.COM, things seem to be changing!  Jokes aside, Mr. West is very talented, but what's remarkable is that YLS hired him:  a smart, articulate lawyer who knows a ton of law, and (I am told) is "conservative" (whatever that means).  Historically, YLS rookie hires of their own have not always worked out that well (Akhil Amar is one famous exception), but I imagine this will be another exception.  What explains it?  Dean Heather Gerken wants to be President of Yale?   Or leave behind some of the embarrassments of recent years?  In any case congratulations to Mr. West and to Yale!

April 3, 2024 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Monday, April 1, 2024

Back when Larry Solum did parody SSRN postings on April Fool's Day

This one, from 2010, led me to get requests for several years afterwards for the "paper"!   I'm sorry he gave it up, I thought they were almost always very funny.

April 1, 2024 in Legal Humor | Permalink

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Law Schools Unfairly Ranked by U.S. News

MOVING TO FRONT (ORIGINALLY POSTED OCT. 3 2011, SLIGHTLY REVISED IN THE INTERIM), SINCE IT IS TIMELY AGAIN

I've occasionally commented in the past about particular schools that clearly had artificially low overall ranks in U.S. News, and readers e-mail me periodically asking about various schools in this regard.   Since the overall rank in U.S. News is a meaningless nonsense number, permit me to make one very general comment:   it seems to me that all the law schools dumped into what U.S. News calls the unranked lower tiers--indeed, all the law schools ranked ordinally beyond the top 25 or 30  based on irrelevant and trivial differences-- are unfairly ranked and represented.  This isn't because all these schools have as good faculties or as successful graduates as schools ranked higher--though many of them, in fact, do--but because the metric which puts them into these lower ranks is a self-reinforcing one, and one that assumes, falsely and perniciously, that the mission of all law schools is the same.  Some missions, to be sure, are the same at some generic level:  e.g., pretty much all law schools look to train lawyers and produce legal scholarship.  U.S. News has no meaningful measure of the latter, so that part of the shared mission isn't even part of the exercise.  The only "measures" of the former are the employment statistics that schools self-report to the ABA and bar exam results.  The latter may be only slightly more probative, except that the way U.S. News incorporates them into the ranking penalizes schools in states with relatively easy bar exams.  So with respect to the way in which the missions of law schools are the same, U.S. News employs no pertinent measures. 

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March 27, 2024 in Rankings | Permalink

Monday, March 25, 2024

In Memoriam: Roberta Karmel (1937-2024)

Emerita at Brooklyn Law School, where she taught for more than three decades, Professor Karmel, an expert in securities regulation and corporate law, was also a partner at a major New York law firm and the first female commissioner of the S.E.C.  The BLS memorial notice is here.

March 25, 2024 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Blast from the past: "Farmer's intent"

Back in 2020, courtesy of legal philosopher Leslie Green (and still a classic!).

March 25, 2024 in Deja vu all over again (reposting of earlier items of interest) | Permalink

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Lawsky's entry-level hiring report for 2024

If you've recently accepted a tenure-track job in law teaching, submit your information to Professor Lawsky here.

March 20, 2024 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News | Permalink