March 05, 2021

Martha Nussbaum (Chicago) wins 2021 Holberg Prize

The Holberg announcement is here.   Past law faculty to win the Holberg Prize include Ronald Dworkin and Cass Sunstein.


March 5, 2021 in Faculty News | Permalink

March 02, 2021

Entry-level hiring report for 2021

Professor Lawsky (Northwestern) is now collecting the information; if you've accepted a tenure-track law teaching job this year, please submit your data there.


March 2, 2021 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News | Permalink

February 26, 2021

Looking back on 50 years of legal education

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 26, 2021 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 16, 2021

$34 million in gifts to Georgetown Law...

...including $24 million to endow 20 new professorships.


February 16, 2021 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 08, 2021

Harvard Law professor writes article about Japanese "comfort women"...

...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 8, 2021 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 01, 2021

Are other universities recovering from the financial crunch of the pandemic?

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.


February 1, 2021 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | Comments (0)

January 27, 2021

Leshem v. USC

The appellate court reverses, and sends it back to to the trial court:     Download B296102_OPF_Leshem.  Professor Leshem's case continues (earlier coverage).


January 27, 2021 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 20, 2021

More on UIC John Marshall Law School and the case of Professor Kilborn

Law professor Andrew Koppelman (Northwestern) offers a critical (and fair) assessment of the case we noted last week.


January 20, 2021 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 15, 2021

Violation of academic freedom at UIC John Marshall Law School

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!

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January 15, 2021 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

December 09, 2020

Canadian Association of University Teachers passes motion of censure of University of Toronto...

...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.)


December 9, 2020 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink