March 05, 2021
March 02, 2021
February 26, 2021
Via my colleague Will Baude on Twitter, I came across this interesting conversation between Louis Michael Seidman (Georgetown) and Mark Tushnet (Harvard) reflecting on their half-century in legal education. Tushnet, unsurprisingly, overstates the significance of Critical Legal Studies (which has had no discernible longterm impact, unlike legal realism), but that's a quibble. Do see the discussion at pp. 24 ff. about "corruption" in the legal academy.
February 16, 2021
February 08, 2021
...which is generating quite a bit of controversy in South Korea as well as back home (see also). The article at issue is here and a more popular summary here (and here is an online resource about the general topic). Fortunately, no one is calling for Professor Ramseyer, a leading expert on Japanese law, to be "cancelled."
(Thanks to Jonathan Adler for first calling this to my attention.)
UPDATE: Law professor Jonathan Klick (Penn) writes: "As one of the editors of the International Review of Law and Economics (though not the one who specifically handled Mark’s article), I can assure you, we’re getting lots of emails calling for Mark to be cancelled. Luckily though, I don’t think any of them are coming from academics (and, quite frankly, most of them are incoherent)."
ANOTHER: I've now heard that some academics are calling for the paper to be retracted, which is wholly inappropriate absent plagiarism or fraud, neither of which are even alleged here. Not considering evidence that others think relevant is never grounds for retraction; what is called for are responses that also go through the peer review process.
February 01, 2021
Washington University in St. Louis is: a law professor there tells me that the University restarted retirement contributions this past October (they had been suspended from July 1), and the law school retroactively awarded last year's summer stipends that had been suspended. The University is also starting the merit raise process for 2021-22 early, with raises going into effect this April.
What are other universities doing? Comments must include a full name and valid e-mail address (the latter will not appear). Submit the comment only once, it may take awhile to appear.
January 27, 2021
January 20, 2021
January 15, 2021
IMPORTANT UPDATE BELOW: PROFESSOR KILBORN WAS NOT SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF THE EXAM QUESTION
Last month, we noted UIC John Marshall Dean Darby Dickerson's suggestion "that law schools should be 'transformed' into 'anti-racist institutions' [as distinct from being non-racist ones that comply with equal opportunity laws]," observing that it "would portend a massive violation of the academic freedom of all faculty (for example)." Alas, this proved more prophetic than we realized.
Professor Jason Kilborn gave a civil procedure exam last month involving an employment discrimination hypothetical, in which one worker used racist and sexist epithets. As the petition denouncing Professor Kilborn reports:
The question at-issue contained a racial pejorative summarized as follows: “‘n____’and ‘b____’ (profane expressions for African Americans and women).” The fact pattern involved an employment discrimination case where the call of the question was whether or not the information found was work product.
Just to be clear: the exam neither used nor mentioned the actual offending words, just the first letters of those words followed by the underline, as quoted above. Professor Kilborn has actually used variations on this hypothetical, with the n- and b-words (as above), for a decade without any incident!
December 09, 2020
...for permitting outside political interference in the appointments process at the Law School. CAUT censure means all faculty are discouraged from attending conferences at Toronto, collaborating with faculty there, etc. A shame the Law School's misconduct may bring this sanction down on the entire university in six months. (Earlier coverage.)