Monday, March 9, 2020

What is your law school doing in response to the impending coronavirus pandemic?

This is an open thread for law faculty to post about what their schools are doing:  e.g., cancelling classes, "remote" teaching or exams, cancelling conferences, prohibiting faculty work-related travel etc.   Feel free to link to public resources/statements by your schools.  Submit your comment only once, they are moderated, and may take awhile to appear.

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I can report that the Law School will begin training faculty on how to teach using Zoom soon. This is in case we do need to switch to remote teaching after Spring break. I expect we will, as many others have already announced. On the other hand, Chicago has fared much better than, e.g, Seattle or New York, but that will surely change. Our public health authorities have done more testing than average, although still not nearly enough.

Posted by: Brian Leiter | Mar 9, 2020 1:49:31 PM

We have not yet explicitly canceled in-person instruction, but the faculty is encouraged to transition to online teaching as quickly as possible and I suspect we will formally cancel in-person instruction soon.

I just taught my first Law & Econ seminar online - with Menesh Patel (UC Davis) presenting (from about an hour drive away in Sacramento!) a great project on ex post antitrust merger review. It went reasonably well.

Posted by: Jared Ellias | Mar 9, 2020 2:08:12 PM

Vanderbilt University has canceled all classes this week, and all in-person classes for at least the rest of this month (expressly leaving open the possibility of a longer period). The decision was made by central administration, not the law school, but it extends to all units including the law school. All university events are also canceled for the rest of the semester . . . except for athletic events. So students can't attend classes but they can attend (and participate in) baseball and basketball games.Tells you something about the university's priorities, I guess.

Posted by: Suzanna Sherry | Mar 10, 2020 6:36:04 AM

At this point we are watching and waiting, taking our cues from the Oregon Health Authority, which has not yet suggested colleges cancel. The university has attempted to gather data on professors' technological capabilities should it be necessary to shut down in-person classes.

Posted by: Paul Diller | Mar 10, 2020 12:20:14 PM

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