December 01, 2022

Penn State may reunify its two law schools--one in Carlisle, one on the main campus at University Park--with Carlisle being the main site for the law school

This is pretty dramatic, and faculty in University Park cannot be pleased, especially by this:  "Whether any law school programming would remain at University Park or what would happen with the imposing, $60 million Lewis Katz Building, erected in 2009 as a home for the school, is uncertain."

December 1, 2022 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

November 29, 2022

Lateral hires with tenure or on tenure-track, 2022-23

These are non-clinical appointments that will take effect in summer or fall 2023 (except where noted); (recent additions will be in bold.)  Last year's list is here.


*Ifeoma Ajunwa (law & technology, race & law, employment law) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to Emory University.


*Vikram Amar (constutional law, civil procedure, federal courts) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (where he has been Dean since 2015) to the University of California, Davis (where he taught before moving to Illinois).


*Anya Bernstein (administrative law, civil procedure, law & society) from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York to the University of Connecticut (effective January 2023).


*Kristin Collins (immigration law, family law, federal courts, legal history) from Boston University to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


*Hanoch Dagan (contracts, torts, private law theory) from Tel-Aviv University to the University of California, Berkeley.


*Kelly (Dineen) Gillespie (health law, bioethics, torts) from Creighton University to Saint Louis University (effective January 2023).


*Andrew Hammond (civil procedure, administrative law, poverty law) from the University of Florida, Gainesville to Indiana University, Bloomington (untenured lateral) (effective January 2023).


*Neha Jain (international law, human rights, comparative law) from the European University Institute & University of Minnesota to Northwestern University.


*Courtney Joslin (constitutional law law & sexuality, employment discrimination) from the University of California, Davis to George Washington University.


*Shu-Yi Oei (tax) from Boston College to Duke University (effective January 2023).


*Lauren Sudeall (constitutional law, criminal procedure) from Georgia State University to Vanderbilt University.

November 29, 2022 in Faculty News | Permalink

November 22, 2022

Lateral moves, 2012-2022

Professor Lawsky at Northwestern has an interesting analysis of data compiled here over the years.

November 22, 2022 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

November 14, 2022

What's going on at the University of San Diego School of Law?

This essay notes a number of retirements, including some surprising ones, like the constitutional law scholar Steven Smith.  (Larry Alexander, who is 79, is a less surprising retirement, although he is unquestionably the person singularly responsible for making USD a nationally recognized law faculty.  He has also been badly treated in recent years, as I have noted previously.)  San Diego's willingness in the past to hire "conservatives" has certainly allowed it to make some strong hires, although it also led to hiring some faculty who have proved notable mainly for being...conservative.   I think the real hallmark of USD's success has been its willingness to "go its own way" on hiring, like hiring white guys in jurisprudence who weren't even on law review!   USD--like Florida State, Cardozo and, at an earlier time, George Mason--has become one of those regional schools that top 20 law schools regularly raid because of its good eye for junior faculty talent.  (Faculty who started at USD are now teaching at Virginia, Duke, Southern California, Cornell, Berkeley, and elsewhere.)  Again, much of the credit for that goes to Larry Alexander.

November 14, 2022 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

November 09, 2022

The end of law Twitter?

Lawprof Heidi Feldman (Georgetown) is maintaining a list of law faculty and lawyers migrating to Mastodon in the wake of the Musk takeover of Twitter.   In a rather short time, there are more than 500 migrants!  Could this be the end of law Twitter?  Of Twitter?  Will Mastodon prove better, or will it also turn into a cesspool of stupidity, narcissism, and self-promotion?  I mostly use Twitter to post links to my blogs, and for now I'm staying put.  But we'll see...

November 9, 2022 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 29, 2022

Lawsky's (final) entry level hiring report for 2022

Here (earlier version).   118 tenure-track hires last year, at 75 schools!  That's the highest number in a decade, although still short of the 150+ figure most years prior to the Great Recession.

September 29, 2022 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 21, 2022

71 applicants in the 2nd FAR distribution from the AALS...

...compared to 39 last year.  Probably the attention accorded to the astonishingly low number of applicants in the first distribution in August inspired a few latecomers to enter the market.

September 21, 2022 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News | Permalink

Top 95 law faculty ranked by D-Index

MOVING TO FRONT FROM SEPTEMBER 8--ONE CORRECTION (Prof. Helfer [Duke] was not listed with Duke in the database).

The earlier reference to a ranking of chemists in connection with my post about ranking of law faculty with Google Scholar pages by H-Index was a bit misleading:  the ranking of chemists alluted to was by their D-Index, that is their H-Index but only in discipline-specific journals.  Even in the cases of the chemists, though, it's not always clear how the discipline-specific journals are being defined (many important chemists show up in the "Biology and Biochemistry" category, including faculty whose work is pretty squarely in other fields, like analytical chemsitry.)

But this same resource offers a ranking of law faculty by their D-Index, except the field is defined as "Law and Political Science."  Since law is lumped with political science, unsurprisingly, faculty whose work is interdisciplinary with the social sciences do quite well here.  Once again, the health law fields (including bioethics) are also well-represented.   By contrast, constitutional law scholars that are highly cited in the law reviews do not fare nearly as well here, suggesting there weren’t that many student-edited law reviews in the database.  Consider, too, that according to this database, Ronald Dworkin has a D-index of only 34, Hans Kelsen of 31, and H.L.A. Hart of 23--so there is a strong "presentism" bias in the results.  (The database also includes a lot of retired or deceased faculty:  see, e.g., the ranking of University of Chicago in “Law and Political Science.”)

Some law professors also appear in other categories, such as “Humanities & Social Science” (e.g., Martha Nussbaum [Chicago], D-Index of 89) and “Economics” (e.g., W. Kip Viscusi [Vanderbilt], D-Index of 84; Alan Auebach [Berkeley], D-index of 79; James Hines [Michigan], D-Index of 64).  It’s clear the databases differ in the journals covered.  So, e.g., Lucian Bebchuk (Harvard) appears in both Law & Political Science (D-index of 59) and Economics (D-index of 79), as does Steven Shavell (Harvard) (62 in Law & Political Science, 64 in Economics).   For purposes of comparison, I list below only the results for the “Law and Political Science” database, since it also looks like the databases are of very different sizes.

What follows are the 95 non-emeritus law faculty with a D-index of at least 20 in the "Law and Political Science" database.

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September 21, 2022 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

September 20, 2022

Visiting Professors at the top six law schools, 2022-23

I haven't run one of these in awhile; here are the "visiting professors" in doctrinal subjects (some are "look-see" visitors, others "podium," i.e., filling a teaching need) at the top six law schools, who also invite the most visitors.  All are visiting from the law school of their home institutions, unless otherwise noted.  Only those visiting from another academic institution (as opposed, e.g., to practice) are listed:

Columbia University

Katherine Barnes (University of Arizona)

Eyal Benvenisti (Cambridge University)

Martin Flaherty (Fordham University)

Anjum Gupta (Rutgers University)

Clare Huntington (Fordham University)

Brian Langille (University of Toronto)

Thomas Lee (Fordham University)

Eliav Lieblich (Tel-Aviv University)

Moran Ofir (Radner Law School [Israel])

Ashira Ostrow (Hofstra University)

Alessio Pacces (University of Amsterdam)

Fred Smith (Emory University)

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September 20, 2022 in Faculty News | Permalink

September 01, 2022

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