Thursday, October 2, 2008
St. Thomas (Minnesota) Would Have Been a Top Performer in the Rogers Williams Scholarly Productivity Study
Professor Rob Vischer (St. Thomas-Minneapolis) writes, regarding the Roger Williams productivity study, that it,
only included AALS member schools, and since St. Thomas is so new that it has not yet been admitted to AALS, we were not included. Our associate dean, Jerry Organ, ran the numbers for our faculty as of 2007-08, and he found that the Roger Williams formula results in a score of 9.67 for our faculty, which would rank us fifth in Prof. Yelnosky’s rankings, behind only San Diego, Cardozo, Florida State, and Richmond. We confirmed with Prof. Yelnosky that our methodology appears to be correct.
The relatively young law school at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, led by Dean Thomas Mengler (a very successful Dean at the University of Illinois, before taking over at St. Thomas), has had good success in recruiting a faculty including, perhaps most notably, adding Michael Stokes Paulsen, a leading constitutional law scholar, from the University of Minnesota.
If other schools want to conduct self-studies, and confirm the results with Professor Yelnosky (who oversaw the Roger Williams study), I'd be happy to post them here.