May 16, 2022

UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin to become the new Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Madison

Wisconsin got very lucky!  I feel for my friends at UCLA, who know they are losing an excellent Dean.  And I'm very happy for my friends in Madison.


May 16, 2022 in Faculty News | Permalink

Lateral hires with tenure or on tenure-track, 2021-22

These are non-clinical appointments that will take effect in 2022 (except where noted); I will move the list to the front at various intervals as new additions come in.   (Recent additions will be put in bold.)  Last year's list is here.

 

*Michelle Adams (civil rights, constitutional law, law & race) from Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University to the University of Michigan.

 

*Aziza Ahmed (health law,  constitutional law, law & gender, law & race) from the University of California, Irvine to Boston University.

 

*Lisa Alexander (corporate, contracts, housing & urban development law) from Texas A&M University to Boston College.

 

*Michele Alexandre (civil rights, constitutional law, law & gender, critical race theory) from Stetson University (where she is Dean) to Loyola University, Chicago (to become Dean).

 

*Jonas Anderson (intellectual property [esp. patents], property) from American University to the University of Utah.

 

*Julian Arato (international law, international trade) from Brooklyn Law School to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 

*Mario Barnes (constitutional law, criminal law, national security law, race & the law) from the University of Washington, Seattle (where he is Dean) back to the University of California, Irvine (effective January 2022).

 

*Jeannine Bell (criminal law and procedure, law & society) from Indiana University, Bloomington to Loyola University, Chicago.

 

*Matthew Bodie (labor & employment law, corporate law) from Saint Louis University to the University of Minnesota.

 

*Kristen Boon (international law) from Seton Hall University to the University of Ottawa (to become Dean).

 

*John R. Brooks (tax law & policy) from Georgetown University to Fordham University.

 

*Dorothy Brown (tax) from Emory University to Georgetown University.

 

*Lonnie T. Brown, Jr. (legal ethics) from the University of Georgia to the University of Tennessee (to become Dean).

 

*Kara Bruce (bankruptcy, commercial law) from the University of Toledo to the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

 

*Christopher Buccafusco (intellectual property) from Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University to Duke University.

 

*Sarah Burstein (patents, copyright) from the University of Oklahoma, Norman to Suffolk University.

 

*Courtney Cahill (constitutional law, law & sexuality) from Florida State University to the University of California, Irvine.

 

*Emily Cauble (tax) from DePaul University to the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

 

*Kami Chavis (criminal law & procedure) from Wake Forest University to the College of William & Mary.

 

*Ming Hsu Chen (administrative, immigiration, and constitutional law; law & society) from the University of Colorado, Boulder to the University of California, Hastings.

 

*Miriam Cherry (employment law, contracts) from Saint Louis University to St. John's University.

 

*Blanche Bong Cook (criminal law and procedure) from the University of Kentucky to Loyola University, Chicago.

 

*Geoffrey Corn (criminal law & procedure, military law) from South Texas College of Law to Texas Tech University.

 

*Diane Lourdes Dick (bankruptcy, tax) from Seattle University to the University of Iowa.

 

*Ryan Doerfler (statutory interpretation, judicial review, law & philosophy) from the University of Chicago to Harvard University.

 

*Raff Donelson (criminal law & procedure, jurisprudence) from Pennsylvania  State University-Dickinson School of Law to Chicago-Kent College of Law/Illinois Institute of Technology.

 

*Doron Dorfman (health & disability law, employment discrimination, empirical legal studies) from Syracuse University to Seton Hall University.

 

*Michael C. Duff (labor & employment law) from the University of Wyoming to Saint Louis University.

 

*Tabrez Y. Ebrahim (law & technology, patent law, property) from California Western School of Law to Lewis & Clark (untenured lateral).

 

*Taleed El-Sabawi (health law & policy) from Elon University to Florida International University (untenured lateral).

 

*Seth Endo (civil procedure, professional responsibility) from the University of Florida, Gainesville to Seattle University (untenured lateral).

 

*Lee Epstein (empircal legal studies, law & social science) from Washington University, St. Louis to the University of Southern California.

 

*Sam Erman (legal history, constitutional law, citizenship & nationality) from the University of Southern California to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 

*Brenner Fissell (criminal law, local government law, military law) from Hofstra University to Villanova University (untenured lateral).

 

*Dallan Flake (civil procedure, employment discrimination) from Ohio Northern University to Gonzaga University (untenured lateral).

 

*Matthew L.M. Fletcher (Federal Indian law) from Michigan State University to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 

*Amanda Frost (immigration law, constitutional law) from American University to the University of Virginia.

 

*Charlotte Garden (labor & employment law, constitutional law) from Seattle University to the University of Minnesota.

 

*Jacob Goldin (tax, empirical legal studies, law & economics) from Stanford University to the University of Chicago.

 

*David Grenardo (sports law, legal profession) from St. Mary’s University to University of St. Thomas (Minnesota).

 

*Leah Chan Grinvald (intellectual property) from Suffolk University to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (to become Dean).

 

*Tara Leigh Grove (federal courts, civil procedure, constitutional law) from the University of Alabama to the University of Texas, Austin.

 

*Woodrow Hartzog (law & technology) from Northeastern University to Boston University.

 

*Richard Hasen (election law, voting rights) from the University of California, Irvine to the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

*Daniel Hemel (tax, intellectual property) from the University of Chicago to New York University.

 

*Margaret Hu (national security law, immigration law, civil rights, law & technology) from Pennsylvania State University-University Park to the College of William & Mary.

 

*Blake Hudson (natural resources law, land use, environmental law) from the University of Florida, Gainseville to Cumberland School of Law, Samford University (to become Dean).

 

*Christine Hurt (corporate law, securities regulation) from Brigham Young University to Southern Methodist University.

 

*Tonja Jacobi (empirical legal studies, criminal procedure, judicial behavior) from Northwestern University to Emory University.

 

*Marissa Jackson Sow (property, contracts, law & race) from St. Johns University to the University of Richmond (untenured lateral).

 

*Sharon Jacobs (environmental law, energy law) from the University of Colorado, Boulder to the University of California, Berkeley.

 

*Jalila Jefferson-Bullock (criminal law & procedure) from Duquesne University to Wayne State University.

 

*Linda Jellum (administrative law, legislation, tax) from Mercer University to the University of Idaho.

 

*Courtney Joslin (constitutional law law & sexuality, employment discrimination) from the University of California, Davis to George Washington University (effective fall 2023).

 

*Christine Kim (tax) from the University of Utah to Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University.

 

*Shani King (family law, education law) from the University of Florida, Gainseville to Rutgers University.

 

*Alexandra Klass (energy law, environmental law) from the University of Minnesota to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 

*Steven Koh (international & comparative criminal law) from Boston College to Boston University (untenured lateral).

 

*Stacey Lantagne (intellectual property, entertainment law) from the University of Mississippi to Western New England College of Law.

 

*Michelle Layser (tax) from the University of Illnois, Urbana-Champaign to the University of San Diego (untenured lateral).

 

*Daryl Lim (intellectual property, antitrust) from the University of Illinois, Chicago John Marshall Law School to Pennsylvania State University-Dickinson School of Law.

 

*Odette Lienau (international law, law & economics, bankruptcy) from Cornell University to Boston College (to become Dean).

 

*Shirley Lin (employment law, antidiscrimination law, law & gender, law & race) from Pace University to Brooklyn Law School (untenured lateral).

 

*Lynn LoPucki (commercial law, corporate law) from the University of California, Los Angeles (where he will take emeritus status) to the University of Florida, Gainesville.

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May 16, 2022 in Faculty News | Permalink

May 12, 2022

Professor Lawsky's Entry-Level Hiring Report for 2021-22

The report is now available here.  Professor Lawsky recorded 106 hires, the most in a good number of years, although nothing like the numbers before 2010, when 150 or more was the norm.  Inevitably some rookie hires are missed:  Chicago had three grads on the market, all three of whom received tenure-track offers, but it looks like one did not report to Professor Lawsky.  Some misses are inevitable, but I'm confident her overall picture is quite informative.

As Professor Lawsky also notes, we don't have data on how many graduates of each school were on the market.   You can see past "success rate" data from some prior years here and here.

UPDATE:  Professor Lawsky very kindly updated her report to include the missing Chicago candidate. Thank you, Professor Lawsky!


May 12, 2022 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

May 03, 2022

If you've accepted a tenure-track law teaching job...

April 29, 2022

Seven law professors elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

They are:  Richard Brooks (NYU), Guy-Uriel Charles (Harvard), Justin Driver (Yale), Lauren Edelman (Berkeley), Martha Fineman (Emory), Robert W. Gordon (emeritus, Yale and Stanford), and Dorothy Roberts (Penn).

(I'll add as a point of personal privilege that I was pleased to see two Chicago alumni among the honorees:  Professor Brooks graduated from the Law School in 1998, and Professor Fineman in 1975.)


April 29, 2022 in Faculty News | Permalink

April 21, 2022

Dan Markel's brother-in-law Charlie Adelson finally arrested and charged with his murder

Story here.


April 21, 2022 in Faculty News | Permalink

April 19, 2022

Yale Law School melodrama, part 325

This time in CHE; an excerpt:

Some professors lay the blame at Gerken’s feet. “I have the sinking feeling that the values of the school are being eroded under this deanship,” one faculty member told me. Another said Gerken is a “genuinely nice person who doesn’t like telling people hard truths to their face.” The critics, who sought anonymity, basically accused the dean of repeatedly caving in to progressive students.

 

Gerken’s defenders were likewise reluctant to have their names printed. Several I spoke with argued that those taking shots at the dean are the law school’s old guard, and what they’re really upset about is Gerken’s emphasis on diversity and on punishing sexual harassment. One faculty member told me he thought the dean’s critics were setting a poor example for students.

 

The fact that no one will talk frankly on the record speaks to an overall loss of trust between certain factions of professors. More than one of them mentioned to me that they feared their comments in faculty meetings would be recorded and leaked.

I hope this doesn't need saying, but:  secretly recording a faculty meeting and leaking the recording is not protected by academic freedom, and a tenured faculty member could be severely sanctioned for such misconduct.  

In addition, as the recent scholarly impact studies show, Yale needs its "old guard"!


April 19, 2022 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

April 11, 2022

Congratulations to the Chicago Alumni and Fellows on the law teaching market who secured tenure-track jobs this year

All our candidates received offers this year (including those that only searched selectively), and several received more than one offer.  They are:

 

Adam A. Davidson’17, who will join the faculty at the University of Chicago.  He is currently a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School.  He graduated with Honors from the Law School where he was Articles Editor of the Law  Review and a Rubenstein Scholar all three years.  He clerked for Judge James Gwin in the Northern District of Ohio; for Judge Diane Wood on the the Seventh Circuit; and for Judge Guido Calabresi on the Second Circuit.  His areas of teaching and research interest include criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, federal courts, and race and the law. 

 

Aneil Kovvali, who will join the faculty at Indiana University, Bloomington.  He is currently a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School.  He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2012, clerked for Judge Christopher Droney on the Second Circuit, and was a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton for six years before coming to Chicago.  His areas of teaching and research interest include corporate law, contracts, securities regulation, bankruptcy, and antitrust.  

 

Abigail Moncrieff ’06, who will join the faculty at Cleveland-Marshall School of Law at Cleveland State University, where she will also be Co-Director of the Health Law and Policy Center and have a courtesy appointment in the Department of Political Science.  She graduated with Honors from the Law School, where she served on the Law Review.  She clerked for Judge Sidney R. Thomas on the Ninth Circuit, before joining the law faculty at Boston University, where she taught for several years.  She is presenting finishing a PhD in Government at the University of Texas at Austin, with a focus on constitutional theory.  Her areas of teaching and research interest include constitutional law, administrative law, health law, legislation, and torts.

 

Joe Schomberg '17, who will join the faculty at Drake University.  Since graduating from the Law School, he has been a bankruptcy associate at Sidley Austin in Chicago.   His teaching and research interests include bankruptcy and commercial law

 

Daniel Wilf-Townsend, who will join the faculty at Georgetown University.  He is currently a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School.  He earned his J.D. from Yale in 2015, where he was a Coker Fellow.  He clerked for Judge Marsha Berzon on the Ninth Circuit and then for Judge Jeffrey Meyer of the District of Connecticut.  He practiced law for three years with Gupta Wessler in Washington, DC, focusing on class actions and complex litigation on behalf of consumers, workers, and government entities.  His areas of teaching and research interest include civil procedure, federal courts, contracts, consumer law, and administrative law.  


April 11, 2022 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News | Permalink

April 07, 2022

All about law school Deans...

...from the AALS.  A couple of striking data points:  "Most successful dean candidacies are initiated by someone else (62%)" and "More than one-half (59%) of deans are selected after a search that involves a search firm."  The latter is particularly surprising, given how clueless these search firms usually are, at least in my experience.

On the other hand, polling the Deans themselves about what helps them succeed in their role as Dean seems like an unsound methodology:  my impression is that a majority of Deans do not succeed and are not very good at the job (it's a rather difficult and often unpleasant job, or so it seems to me!).  It would be more interesting to poll just those Deans whom others (e.g., faculty, alumni, students) judge to be successful!


April 7, 2022 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

March 31, 2022

Ristroph v. Sklansky

Here and here.  I've not read enough of the work of either of these authors to have an opinion on the merits.


March 31, 2022 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink