June 11, 2021
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.
*Atinuke Adediran (legal profession, law & social science) from Boston College to Fordham University (untenured lateral).
*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).
*Alena Allen (health law, torts, feminist legal theory) from University of Memphis to University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
*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).
*Susan Bisom-Rapp (international and comparative employment law, labor law, employment discrimination) from Thomas Jefferson School of Law to California Western School of Law.
*Maggie Blackhawk (legislation, constitutional law, federal Indian law) from the University of Pennsylvania to New York University.
*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).
*Caleb Griffin (corporate law, contracts) from Belmont University to University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (untenured lateral).
*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).
June 09, 2021
What an embarrassment, mostly for Yale, but there's also a fair bit of myth-making (both about Rubenfeld and to a lesser extent Chua, and, again, about Yale). I do suspect Heather Gerken's Deanship is not going to be long-lived. A couple of excerpts:
Faculty members I spoke to have mixed feelings about it all. “There’s a weird schism among the students where they want the place to be utterly transparent and utterly equitable,” mused one who is sympathetic to that critique, “but they also want to keep the prestige and privilege that the place affords.” Three other professors told me that Chua is the victim of overzealous zoomers who have confused the natural hierarchy of achievement — and Chua’s right to favor whomever she wants — with a social-justice outrage. “There are a lot of mediocre students at Yale who were superstars in their little county fairs, and now they’re in the Kentucky Derby and they’re not winning their races and they feel like it’s unfair because other students are doing better,” says one faculty member who thinks the dean, Heather Gerken, was too deferential to students in how she handled the small-group affair...
Good to know what some Yale faculty think of their students!
June 07, 2021
Congratulations to the University of Chicago alumni and Fellows who secured tenure-track positions this year
MOVING TO FRONT FROM APRIL 27--UPDATED
This was a tough year for job seekers, with fewer schools hiring and the entire process being carried out remotely, but happily all our candidates on the market succeeded in landing tenure-track jobs, most with multiple offers. 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.
Evan D. Bernick’11 who will join the faculty at Northern Illinois University. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Center for the Constitution at Georgetown University. He clerked for Judge Sykes on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and also served as a Visiting Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and as Assistant Director of the Center for Judicial Engagement at the Institute for Justice. His areas of teaching and research interest include constitutional law, administrative law, legislation, contracts, and torts.
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.
June 03, 2021
In my other academic field, philosophy, it is quite common (indeed probably the norm) for faculty to make lateral moves later in their careers, rather than earlier: faculty in their 50s and 60s frequently take tenured positions at peer or stronger departments. When I started in law teaching in the early 1990s, this was very clearly not the case: most lateral moves occurred 5-15 years into a teaching career, with lateral moves by faculty in their 50s, let alone 60s, almost unheard of, except for administrative appointments. Yet just in the last couple of years, we've seen multiple lateral moves to peer or stronger schools by faculty age 55 and older. For example:
Lateral faculty moving in their late 50s: Curtis Bradley from Duke to Chicago; Robin Kundis Craig from Utah to Southern California; Mitu Gulati from Duke to Virginia; Ran Hirschl from Toronto to Texas; Nancy Kim from Cal Western to Chicago-Kent; Kimberly Krawiec from Duke to Virginia.
Lateral faculty moving in their 60s or older: Naomi Cahn from George Washington to Virginia; Herbert Hovenkamp from Iowa to Penn; Lawrence Solum from Georgetown to Virginia; Gerald Torres from Cornell to Yale.
I may have missed some from the last two years that are also in these brackets, but this is fairly representative.
What explains this change in hiring practices? I have a couple of hypotheses:
1. As academic law as an interdisciplinary and scholarly field has matured, there is more appreciation for cumulative scholarly achievement over the long haul, with the result that more faculty with sustained achievement over decades are finding themselves in demand.
2. The scholarly impact rankings that I started and Greg Sisk and colleagues at St. Thomas have continued--and which US News.com will now produce (and eventually incorporate into their rankings, I predict)--have probably enhanced the value of adding senior faculty with substantial scholarly profiles to a law faculty. It may just be a coincidence that, for example, Virginia, which underperformed in the various impact studies, has hired a large number of high cited scholars in their 50s and 60s in recent years.
May 25, 2021
May 17, 2021
*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 10, 2021
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.)
May 04, 2021
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.
April 23, 2021
Report finds no clear evidence that judge's political objection to a faculty candidate at Toronto affected hiring decision...
MOVING TO FRONT, ORIGINALLY POSTED APRIL 6--UPDATED AGAIN
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.