November 16, 2018

UCLA Law Prof Sander sues University of California seeking anonymized admissions records to determine whether the university is still considering race in admissions

IHE has the details.


November 16, 2018 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

November 13, 2018

More on the case of Professor Kesan at the University of Illinois

Blog Emperor Caron has some new details and information.


November 13, 2018 in Faculty News | Permalink

November 09, 2018

Lateral hires with tenure or on tenure-track, 2018-19

These are non-clinical appointments that will take effect in 2019 (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.

 

*Danielle Citron (privacy, civil rights, freedom of expression, Internet law) from the University of Maryland to Boston University.

 

*M. Elisabeth Magill (administrative law, constitutional law) from Stanford University to the University of Virginia (to become Provost).

 

*Jedediah Purdy (property, environmental law, constitutional law) from Duke University to Columbia University.


November 9, 2018 in Faculty News | Permalink

October 31, 2018

Valparaiso Law School to close

IHE has the details.  Good wishes to the students and the faculty.  Hopefully some other law schools will hire some of the excellent and experienced faculty there.


October 31, 2018 in Faculty News, Legal Profession | Permalink

October 30, 2018

Chicago's Martha Nussbaum wins $1 million Berggruen Prize in Philosophy for 2018

Announcement here.


October 30, 2018 in Faculty News | Permalink

October 24, 2018

More on the allegations against Yale's Jed Rubenfeld

A more detailed account from Slate.  This passage sums up the accounts pretty well:

These students, alumni, and faculty all had slightly different reads on exactly how out of line Rubenfeld’s alleged behavior was (and some faculty members had no firsthand knowledge of it at all). Some described Rubenfeld as flirtatious and line-crossing; others called his behavior harassment. The picture we got from these conversations is not one of straightforward abuse but rather a fraught and uncomfortable situation full of insinuation and pushed boundaries that can make learning difficult and has the potential to push women out of the pipeline for the most prestigious and competitive areas of the law. This type of behavior, which is frequently dismissed as “borderline” or “creepy” and not worth making a formal fuss over, can have very real consequences.

If the allegations about this pattern of conduct are confirmed, then Yale would be within rights to fire him after an appropriate process.  This wouldn't be the first time Yale Law has ousted a faculty member over allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.

(A sidenote:  the article does wildly overstate how important Supreme Court clerkships are.  The one thing they do guarantee are huge signing bonuses (on the order of 300K these days) from the top law firms!)

 


October 24, 2018 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

October 23, 2018

University of Illinois law professor Jay Kesan found to have violated Univeristy's Code of Conduct, but not to have violated sexual harassment rules

Details of the case, which dates from 2015, are here.  A colleague at Illinois asked me to share a statement issued by the law faculty protesting the insufficient sanctions imposed in this case: Download JOINT STATEMENT OF LAW PROFESSORS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

I've never before seen such a damning statement issued by law professors about a colleague's misconduct.

 


October 23, 2018 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

October 22, 2018

Schools with the highest percentage of tenured faculty on one or more of the most-cited lists by specialty, 2013-2017 (CORRECTED)

Since August, and drawing on the Sisk data, I have produced lists of the most-cited tenured faculty in 20 areas of specialization:  corporate law & securities regulation; constitutional law; commercial law (incl. contracts and bankruptcy); tax; property; torts & insurance; civil procedure; family law; legal history; law & economics, law & philosophy; law & social science (other than economics); election law; public law other than constitutional (including, e.g., administrative, environmental, legislation, telecommunication and regulatory law), critical theories of law:  feminist and critical race; legal ethics/legal profession; intellectual property & cyberlaw; evidence, antitrust; international law & security; and criminal law & procedure.  Some of these were "top 10" lists, some bigger, depending on the breadth (how many scholars working in it) and depth (i.e., volume of citations) of the field.  Obviously different choices (e.g., top 10 rather than top 15 or vice versa) would have made some difference to the number of tenured faculty represented on different lists.  Some excellent faculties (Virginia is the clearest example), partly in virtue of size and partly in virtue of other factors, didn't have a high percentage of tenured faculty on these most-cited lists (other factors in UVA's case include that some of their first-rate faculty [e.g., Goluboff in legal history, Mahoney in corporate] are just not identified by citation counts, while many highly productive and influential faculty [e.g., Prakash, C. Nelson] are in fields where citation counts overall are VERY high, and so just didn't make the lists).  With those caveats in mind, here are law schools with at least four faculty on the most-cited lists ranked according to what percentage of the tenured faculty in the Sisk study made one of the lists.   The "top 24" list is followed by a list of law schools that had three faculty on the "most-cited" lists and those that had two.

This concludes the citation rankings for the 2013-2017 period studied by Professor Sisk and colleagues at St. Thomas.

Rank

School

Percentage

# tenured faculty on most-cited lists

Total tenured faculty in Sisk study

1

Yale University

52%

27

52

2

University of Chicago

38%

12

32

3

Harvard University

37%

31

85

4

New York University

36%

30

83

5

Columbia University

34%

23

68

6

University of Pennsylvania

33%

13

40

7

University of California, Berkeley

30%

16

54

8

Stanford University

26%

13

50

9

University of California, Irvine

24%

6

25

 

Vanderbilt University

24%

9

37

11

Duke University

21%

9

42

12

University of California, Los Angeles

20%

12

60

13

Cornell University

18%

7

39

14

University of Minnesota

17%

7

41

15

George Washington University

16%

9

57

16

George Mason University

15%

5

34

 

Northwestern University

15%

6

40

18

University of Michigan

14%

7

49

19

University of Texas, Austin

13%

8

61

20

University of San Diego

12%

4

33

21

Boston University

11%

4

38

 

Georgetown University

11%

10

94

23

Fordham University

  9%

4

47

 

University of Virginia

  9%

6

65

 

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October 22, 2018 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

October 17, 2018

Law schools ranked by *median* scholarly impact of the tenured faculty, 2013-2017

After reading an article about Duke Law School's strong performance in the Sisk study of scholarly impact, which emphasized its strong median score, I thought I'd take a look at how the schools rank by median citations.  Here's the top 25, with the median number in parentheses, followed by the overall rank based on mean and median (treating differences of one as ties):

1.  Yale University (394) (#1 overall)

2.  University of Chicago (331) (#3 overall)

3.  Harvard University (318) (#2 overall)

4.  New York University (281) (#4 overall)

5.  Columbia University (242) (#5 overall)

6.  Duke University (231) (#8 overall)

     Stanford University (230) (#6 overall)

8.  Cornell University (220) (#13 overall)

9.  University of California, Berkeley (193) (#7 overall) 

10. University of Pennsylvania (188) (#9 overall)

11. University of California, Los Angeles (182) #11 overall)

12. University of California, Irvine (174) (#12 overall)

13. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (172) (#14 overall)

14. Vanderbilt University (169) (#10 overall)

15. University of Notre Dame (145) (#26 overall)

      University of Texas, Austin (146) (#19 overall)

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October 17, 2018 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

October 15, 2018

10 Most-Cited Legal Ethics/Legal Profession faculty in the U.S. for the period 2013-2017 (1st draft)

Based on the latest Sisk data, here are the  ten most-cited legal ethics profession aculty in U.S. law schools for the period 2013-2017 (inclusive) (remember that the data was collected in late May of 2018, and that the pre-2018 database did expand a bit since then).  Numbers are rounded to the nearest five.    Faculty for whom 75% or more of their citations (based on a sample) are in this area are listed; others with less than 75% of their citations in this field (but still a plurality) are listed in the category of "other highly cited scholars who work partly in this area."      

Rank

Name

School

Citations

Age in 2018

1

Deborah Rhode

Stanford University

975

66

2

David Luban

Georgetown University

640

69

3

William Simon

Columbia University

505

71

4

Bruce Green

Fordham University

415

63

5

David Wilkins

Harvard University

385

62

6

William Henderson, Jr.

Indiana University, Bloomington

365

56

7

Stephen Gillers

New York University

245

75

 

W. Bradley Wendel

Cornell University

245

49

9

Russell Pearce

Fordham University

205

62

10

Leslie Levin

University of Connecticut

165

63

   

Other highly-cited scholars who work partly in this area

   
 

Robert W. Gordon

Stanford University

365

77

 

Richard Painter

University of Minnesota

275

56

 

Peter Margulies

Roger Williams University

235

62


October 15, 2018 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink