October 14, 2019

Accused Dan Markel hitman convicted...

...but jury deadlocks on his ex-girlfriend and accused intermediary in the murder-for-hire plot.   One interesting detail reported here is that Mr. Garcia, convicted of the murder, had a run-in with Charlie Adelson about two weeks before the murder over Adelson's involvement with his ex-girlfriend.

October 14, 2019 in Faculty News | Permalink

October 08, 2019

Was Wendi Adelson, Dan Markel's ex-wife, involved in the murder-for-hire plot?

Last week, we noted Jason Solomon's view that Ms. Adelson was not involved, but others increasingly disagree I've learned.  The Blog Emperor has a useful account of the evidence adduced so far at trial (with links), and a law professor elsewhere wrote to me the other day summarizing the circumstantial case against Ms. Adelson as follows:

Lacasse [Adelson's ex-boyfriend] testified this week that five days before the murder Wendi was acting very strange, she asked if she can share something confidential with him, he said sure and she told him about Charlie [her brother] looking into a hit man. Then they had a fight he went home and she asked him not to contact her for exactly a week. Five days later Dan was murdered. The day he was murdered, and she testified on that on Friday, she had a flurry of phone calls with the family and contacted Dan right before the murder, I guess to verify his plans. Then her mom set up a tv repair guy to come to Wendi’s house the exact time of the murder, presumably as an alibi. TV was also the code name used in the taped discussions between Donna [Wendi's mother] and Charlie on the hit and how Wendi presented to the investigators her brother’s repeated ‘joke’ about a tv being cheaper than a hit.


And then, Wendi admits, she drove just after the murder by the crime scene (which was far from her house) and purchased a “buliet” vodka for a party. Lacasse also testified that she told him she and Charlie went on a celebration dinner after the murder. She herself lied on the stand on several things and the prosecution was able to demonstrate those lies. On top of all this, Luis Rivera, the hit man who confessed, was on the stand this week saying that he and the other hitman saw Wendi in talahassee and his partner in crime told him it’s her for whom they are committing the crime. Not sure how believable that exact statement is but there were pictures presented by the prosecution of Katie [girlfriend of the other hitman, and ex-girlfriend of Charlie Adelson] and Wendi at the beach together, and timeline of Wendi spending a lot of time in Miami just before the murder.

This is all info publicly gained from the trial and I think the sentiment in the blogosphere/sites following the case that there is mounting evidence at this point.

I have not been following the trial, or the evidence, carefully enough to have an opinion of my own, but readers can follow the links at the Blog Emperor's site for more information.


October 8, 2019 in Faculty News | Permalink

October 07, 2019

Lateral hires with tenure or on tenure-track, 2019-20

These are non-clinical appointments that will take effect in 2020 (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.

Although this is a list of lateral moves, as a point of personal privilege I'd like to report a lateral stay:  it gives me particular pleasure to note that my colleague William Baude (constitutional law and theory) has turned down the offers from Harvard and Stanford Law Schools to remain with us.  With the addition of Ryan Doerfler (law & philosophy, legislation) from Penn last year, as well as existing faculty (like Martha Nussbaum and David Strauss), I feel confident that Chicago now has the strongest philosophically-minded group of public law scholars in the nation.


*Mario Biagioli (intellectual property, history of intellectual property, science and technology studies) from the University of California, Davis (Law and Science & Technology Studies) to the University of California, Los Angeles (joint in Law and Communications).


*William Wilson Bratton (corporate law) from the University of Pennsylvania (where he will become emeritus) to the University of Miami.


*Ali Rod Khadem (Islamic law, business law) from Deakin University to Suffolk University (untenured lateral).


*Elizabeth Pollman (corporate law) from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles to the University of Pennsylvania (effective January 2020).


Mark Schultz (intellectual property) from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale to the University of Akron (effective Jan. 2020).


*Nicholas Stephanopoulos (election law & voting rights) from the University of Chicago to Harvard University (effective January 2020).


*Karen Tani (legal history) from the University of California, Berkeley to the University of Pennsylvania.


Ann Tweedy (Federal Indian Law) from practice (previously Hamline University) to the University of South Dakota (untenured lateral) (effective January 2020).

October 7, 2019 in Faculty News | Permalink

September 25, 2019

Danielle Citron (Boston University) is a 2019 MacArthur Foundation Fellow...

...along with 25 others.   Congratulations Danielle!

September 25, 2019 in Faculty News | Permalink

September 23, 2019

Trial of two of the suspects in the Dan Markel murder begins today, and a remarkably forthright critique of Wendi Adelson and her family (UPDATED)

As Blog Emperor Caron reports, the trial of the suspected hitman and middlewoman in the Markel murder begins today, but even more remarkable is this piece by Professor Markel's friend Jason Solomon, titled "What Should Happen When Your Mom and Brother Murder Your Ex?," which, rightly indicts the awful behavior of Markel's ex-wife Wendi Adelson; an excerpt:

Since Dan’s death, his friends and family have watched and supported the prosecution of his killers, anxiously awaiting one of the conspirators to flip on Wendi’s mother Donna and brother Charlie so that justice can be done....


But there is another grave injustice in this tragic story. For the past three years, Dan’s ex-wife Wendi has denied Dan’s parents, Ruth and Phil Markel, the opportunity to visit and otherwise communicate with their grandkids. She has also changed their last names from Markel to her name, Adelson....


Wendi and Dan’s boys were robbed of the ability to grow up with a loving father. They deserve to know their paternal grandparents while they still can, to understand who they are and where they came from, to know they were not abandoned. We have seen in the immigration context the devastation that results when kids suddenly lose close family members without any explanation. Surely Wendi — an immigration advocate — knows this as well as anyone, and yet she separates families in her own life.


In the months ahead, Wendi and Dan’s boys — now 10 and 9 — are going to suffer a horrible tragedy all over again. They’re going to learn that Grandma Donna and Uncle Charlie — no doubt a big part of their lives right now — murdered their father. And when that happens, they’re going to need family: grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who they know love them and would never do anything to hurt them. They have such family on their father’s side — and even Wendi’s older brother Rob’s family on their mother’s — but they never see them.


When Ben and Lincoln find out about what Grandma Donna and Uncle Charlie did, they will no doubt cut them off, likely for the rest of their lives. Will they turn on their mother too? Trust me, teenage boys do that to parents in the best of circumstances. They’ll read and watch everything there is, and question whether Wendi was part of the murder plot too.


I personally believe that Wendi had nothing to do with Dan’s death, as explained here....

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September 23, 2019 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 18, 2019

Emory Law School moving to fire a tenured faculty member who mentioned the "N-word" (he didnt use it)

What a disgrace, this simply isn't a firing offense at a serious university with real commitments to tenure and academic freedom.  (The use-mention-distinction.)

September 18, 2019 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 04, 2019

Rosenblatt's Deans Database

Lots of information, including a breakdown of Deans by years of service, alma mater, race, gender and more.  (For example, more than one-third of Deans are now women [including the Deans at Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Virginia, Duke, Northwestern, and UCLA, among other places].)

September 4, 2019 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 03, 2019

Yale Civil War: Witt v. Kronman

Legal historian John Witt here, responding to former Dean Anthony Kronman's new book (see this interview for the flavor, although he doesn't discuss the renaming of Calhoun College).  I'm inclined to agree with Professor Witt that renaming Calhoun College was a more than reasonable decision; but I'm also inclined to agree with Professor Kronman that (as he recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal), “Diversity, as it is understood today…means diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. Diversity in this sense is not an academic value. Its origin and aspiration are political [i.e. justice for victims of discrimination]. The demand for ever-greater diversity in higher education is a political campaign masquerading as an educational ideal.”  

September 3, 2019 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

August 26, 2019

Chicago Alumni and Fellows on the law teaching market, 2019-20


This post is strictly for schools that expect to do hiring this year.

In order to protect the privacy of our candidates, please e-mail me at bleiter@uchicago.edu to get a copy of the narrative profiles of our candidates, including hyperlinks to their homepages.  All these candidates will be in the first FAR distribution.

We have an excellent group of nine candidates this year (four alumni, three Bigelows, one Olin Fellow in Law & Economics, and one Dickerson Fellow), who cover many curricular areas including legal profession/professional responsibility, election law, civil procedure, constitutional law, administrative law, legislation, evidence, employment discrimination, race and the law, contracts, consumer law and finance, property, law & economics, empirical legal studies, corporate law and finance, securities regulation, international trade law, international business transactions, bankruptcy, commercial law, alternative dispute resolution, Chinese law, torts, energy law, anti-discrimination law, law & psychology, experimental jurisprudence, and bioethics.

Our candidates include former Supreme Court and federal appellate clerks; Law Review editors; JD/PhDs in Psychology, Finance, Economics, Sociology and Political Science, as well as SJDs; and accomplished practitioners as well as scholars.  All have publications, sometimes multiple publications, and all have writing samples available upon request.

If when you e-mail, you tell me a bit about your hiring needs, I can supply some more information about all these candidates, since we have vetted them all at some point in the recent past.

August 26, 2019 in Faculty News | Permalink

August 19, 2019

Law schools by number of graduates (JD, LLM and SJD) in the first FAR, 2019

There were 335 total applicants in the first FAR; here are the candidates by law school attended (for JD, LLM, and/or SJD):

Harvard University (36)

Yale University (35)

Georgetown University (22)

New York University (20)

Stanford University (17)

Columbia University (13)

University of Michigan (13)

University of California, Berkeley (11)

University of Pennsylvania (11)

University of Chicago (7)

Duke University (5)

Cornell University (4)

University of Virginia (4)

Northwestern University (3)

University of California, Los Angeles (3)

University of Minnesota (3)

University of Texas, Austin (3)

Vanderbilt University (3)

These eighteen schools account for two-thirds of the applicants for law teaching positions.

August 19, 2019 in Faculty News | Permalink