December 13, 2019

Reforming publication in the student-edited law reviews

Professor Brian Galle (Georgetown) shares a draft proposal from the AALS Section on Scholarship.  The current system is a disaster and absurd, so I hope some version of this gets traction.


December 13, 2019 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

December 12, 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.

 

*Bryan Adamson (civil procedure, civil rights, media law) from Seattle University to Case Western Reserve University.

 

*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).

 

*Shawn Boyne (criminal law & procedure, comparative law) from Indiana University, Indianapolis to Iowa State University (to become Director of Academic Quality and Undergraduate Education [ISU does not have a law school])

 

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

 

*Kimberly Clausing (public finance, tax, international trade) from Reed College (Economics) to the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

*Raff Donelson (criminal procedure & law, jurisprudence) from Louisiana State University to Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law (untenured lateral).

 

*Paul Gowder (constitutional law, political and legal theory) from the University of Iowa to Northwestern University.

 

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

 

*Derek Muller (election law) from Pepperdine University to the University of Iowa.

 

*Christopher Odinet (consumer finance, commercial law, property) from the University of Oklahoma to the University of Iowa.

 

*Alexander Pearl (water law, natural resources law, Federal Indian law) from Texas Tech University to the University of Oklahoma.

 

*Tracy Hresko Pearl (criminal law, torts, law & technology) from Texas Tech University to the University of Oklahoma.

 

*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.

 

*Gerald Torres (environmental law, Federal Indian law, critical race theory) from Cornell University (Law School) to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (with a secondary appointment at the Law School likely, but not officail yet)

 

*Stacey Tovino (health law, bioethics) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to the University of Oklahoma.

 

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


December 12, 2019 in Faculty News | Permalink

December 09, 2019

Wealthy Penn Law alumnus protests treatment of Amy Wax

He's partly right, and partly very wrong and confused about academic freedom.  He's correct that it is part of the Kalven Report's vision of the university that it is not the job of administrators to take sides on substantive questions addressed by faculty; this is why I objected to Dean Ruger's criticism of Professor Wax's (admittedly idiotic and insulting) statements about immigration.   (I get to express my opinion because I'm not her Dean or Provost etc.)    However, it's absurd to think that "academic freedom" protects a faculty member's right to denigrate the competence of an identifiable segment of the student body at her school, as Professor Wax did.  Professor Wax, like any faculty member, is free to dispute the merits of affirmative action in admissions; she is not free, however, to disclose the academic performance of her students.  As I noted at the time, Dean Ruger's sanction (removing Professor Wax from a mandatory 1L course) was a mild one; he would have been justified in adopting more severe sanctions.  Given this alum's confused understanding of academic freedom (not to mention student privacy), it is probably just as well he is no longer involved in university governance.


December 9, 2019 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

December 04, 2019

Jonathan Turley (George Washington) is not "the second-most cited law professor in the country"...

as The New York Times misleadingly reports today; indeed, he's not even one of the ten-most cited members of the GW law faculty.   On Professor Turley's website (the source for the NYT claim), the context was clearer:  in Judge Posner's 2003 book Public Intellectuals, Turley was the second-most cited law professor due almost entirely to references to him in the media.  On the other hand, he is poised to soon displace Alan Dershowitz as the "most-cited law professor by Donald Trump"!

UPDATE:  This is not atypical of the reception accorded Professor Turley's performance today.


December 4, 2019 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

November 22, 2019

Another academic administrator who doesn't understand her job

Eric Rasmusen is a business professor at Indiana University, Bloomington, who has been a well-known "right-wing nut" (to use the techincal term) on social media for many years.  One of his recent tweets (less obnoxious than some of his others, actually) attracted a lot of attention, leading Provost Lauren Robel to issue this statement.  (Professor Rasmusen's response is here.)   Provost Robel is a lawyer, indeed, the former Dean of the Law School.   Her job is not to attack members of her faculty, however stupid or foolish they may be; her job is to uphold the constitutional rights of faculty (which she professes she will do) and insure compliance with anti-discrimination laws, among other tasks.  We've seen these kinds of mistakes by administrators before, but it's especially disappointing when a lawyer and law professor make them.   For an extended discussion, see this CHE column of mine from a few years ago.

ADDENDUM:  What should Provost Robel have said in response to the media outcry?   This would have sufficed:   "Professor Eric Rasmussen of the Business School speaks only for himself, not for the University.  The First Amendment protects his speech, whether or not the University or members of the public agree with it.  The University will continue to insure that all faculty comply with anti-discrimination laws in the classroom."  It would have taken more courage, and more commitment to the ideal of a university, for Provost Robel to have kept it this brief, but that would have made all the relevant points.

 


November 22, 2019 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

November 18, 2019

More on Poland's persecution of Sydney law professor Wojciech Sadurski...

November 12, 2019

Northwestern's Steven Calabresi has not covered himself in glory...

...with this bizarre opinion pieceThese twitter responses are representative, and his colleague Steven Lubet has written at greater length about this.


November 12, 2019 in Faculty News, Law Professors Saying Dumb Things | Permalink

October 28, 2019

Law blogging with impact: the case of voting rights

Our current Bigelow Fellow Travis Crum blogged about how to protect voting rights after SCOTUS's decision in Shelby County (the Wall Street Journal even noted his contributions in 2014).  Now the House Judiciary Committee has voted out a law essentially adopting Crum's proposals!  Impressive!

 


October 28, 2019 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

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