August 31, 2022

Michigan lawprof sues university, law school, and Dean West...

...for discrimination on the basis of race, gender, disability, and family status.  Some of the allegations about discriminatory conduct are very vague and conclusory, and hard to assess; others are quite specific, such as about deviations from an allegedly lockstep salary structure to the disadvantage of plaintiff, and  allegations about shockingly inappropriate emails sent by Dean West to the plaintiff.  Paragraphs 50, 65 ff., 71, and 74 of the complaint make clear that there was considerable tension between plaintiff and the Law School over a period of years, with the Law School alleging misconduct by the plaintiff on more than one occasion, while the plaintiff claims these were retaliatory actions by the school for protected conduct (such as advocating for diversity).  If this gets to discovery, it will be extremely embarrassing either for the Law School or the plaintiff, and perhaps both.


August 31, 2022 in Faculty News | Permalink

August 26, 2022

Where did aspiring law teachers in the first FAR graduate law school? (And why are there so few candidates in the first FAR?)

MOVING TO THE FRONT FROM AUGUST 22--MANY INTERESTING COMMENTS, MORE WELCOME

The AALS has implemented a better search engine, which allows one to identify where candidates received their JD (thus excluding LLM and SJD graduates from the picture, which makes for a cleaner comparison between schools).  Here is the distribution in the first FAR for the 16 schools that produce the most law teachers:   Harvard (24), Yale (21), NYU (10), Michigan (9), Columbia and Georgetown (8 each), Berkeley (7), Stanford (6), UCLA (4), Chicago, Virginia, Penn, Cornell, and Duke (3 each), Northwestern and Texas (2 each).  Recall, of course, that the success rates of candidates varies quite a bit by school, and does not track the number of applicants.  And this year's first FAR is unusually small.

One puzzle is why so many fewer graduates of elite law schools are entering the FAR.  I have a couple of hypotheses, but would be glad to hear from readers as well.   First, the private sector market is strong right now, with salaries having risen signifcantly, and lawyers with some experience are particularly in demand.  Second, the barriers to successful entry to the tenure-track market have risen significantly over the last 25 years, and even over the last ten years.  25 years ago, plenty of folks got good tenure-track jobs on promise.  Now, of course, one needs publications in most cases, and often the kind of profile one would associate with a graduate of a PhD program (one reason JD/PhDs are increasing their share of the market).  I suspect it is harder now for even the typical very strong JD from an elite law school to contemplate the moves (e.g., to VAPs or Fellowships), or carve out the time (for writing), that is now required. 

Thoughts from readers?  Signed comments preferred, but all comments must include a valid email address (which will not appear).  Submit your comment only once, it may take awhile to appear.

 


August 26, 2022 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | Comments (20)

August 25, 2022

Chicago alumni and fellows on the law teaching market, 2022-23

MOVING TO FRONT FROM AUGUST 18

This post is strictly for schools that expect to do hiring this year.

In order to protect the privacy of our candidates, please e-mail me to get a copy of the narrative profiles of our candidates, including hyperlinks to their homepages.  All these candidates are in the first FAR distribution.

We have a small but outstanding group of five candidates this year, who cover a wide range of curricular areas, including privacy, intellectual property, law & technology, federal courts, civil procedure, election law, state and local government law, criminal law and procedure, administrative law, corporate law, securities regulation, environmental law, torts, Islamic law, law and economics, employment discrimination, race and the law, and analytical methods for lawyers.  

Our candidates include former federal appellate clerks; Law Review editors; JD/PhDs; and accomplished practitioners as well as scholars.  All have publications, sometimes multiple publications, and all have writing samples available upon request.  All also have teaching experience.

If when you e-mail, you tell me a bit about your hiring needs, I can supply some more information about all these candidates, since we have vetted them all.


August 25, 2022 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

August 02, 2022

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

These are non-clinical appointments that will take effect in 2022 (except where noted); this is the final posting of this list for the 21-22 cycle.   (Recent additions are 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.

 

*Bernadette Atuahene (property, law & international development) from Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law to the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

 

*Aslı Ü. Bâli (international law, comparative constituional law) from the University of California, Los Angeles to Yale University.

 

*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.

 

*Karima Bennoune (international law, international human rights) from University of California, Davis to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 

*Elise Boddie (civil rights, constitutional law, state & local government, race & law) from Rutgers University to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 

*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.

 

*Jennifer Chacon (immigration law) from the University of California, Berkeley to Stanford University.

 

*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.

 

*Kathleen Claussen (international trade, international economic law, national security law, conflicts) from the University of Miami to Georgetown University.

 

*Jennifer Collins (family law, criminal law) from Southern Methodist University (where she is Dean) to Rhodes College (to become President).

 

*Kristin Collins (immigration law, family law, federal courts, legal history) from Boston University to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (effective fall 2023).

 

*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.

 

*Richard Delgado (Critical Race Theory, civil rights, constitutional law) from the University of Alabama back to Seattle 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).

 

*Jared Ellias (bankruptcy, corporate law, empirical legal studies) from the University of California, Hastings to Harvard University.

 

*Atiba Ellis (voting rights/election law) from Marquette University to Case Western Reserve University.

 

*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.

 

*Ari Glogower (tax) from Ohio State University to Northwestern University.

 

*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.

 

*Monica Hakimi (international law, foreign relations law, national security law) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to Columbia University.

 

*Andrew Hammond (civil procedure, administrative law, poverty law) from the University of Florida, Gainesville to Indiana University, Bloomington (untenured lateral) (effective January 1, 2023).

 

*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.

 

*Aila Hoss (health law, federal Indian law) from the University of Tulsa to Indiana University, Indianapolis (untenured lateral).

 

*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.

 

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

 

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

 

*Melanie Jacobs (family law) from Michigan State University to the University of Louisville (to become Dean).

 

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

 

*Neha Jain (international law, human rights, comparative law) from the European University Institute & University of Minnesota to Northwestern University (effective July 2023).

 

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

 

*Jamila Jefferson-Jones (property, real estate transactions, housing law) from Wayne State University to the University of Kansas.

 

*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).

 

*Mugambi Jouet (criminal law, comparative law) from McGill University to the University of Southern California (untenured lateral).

 

*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.

 

*Heidi Kitrosser (constitional law) from the University of Minnesota to Northwestern 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).

 

*Alexandra Lahav (civil procedure, complex litigation, torts) from the University of Connecticut to Cornell University.

 

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

 

*Tamara Lawson (criminal law & procedure, evidence, race & the law) from St. Thomas University (Miami) (where she is Dean) to the University of Washington, Seattle (to become Dean).

 

*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).

 

*Lyrissa Lidsky (First Amendment, torts) from the University of Missouri, Columbia (where she had been Dean) back to the University of Florida, Gainesville.

 

*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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August 2, 2022 in Faculty News | Permalink

July 18, 2022

The latest on the case of Professor Wax at Penn...

May 23, 2022

Kilborn v. UIC John Marshall redux

UIC John Marshall, of course, moved to dismiss Professor Kilborn's lawsuit over its misconduct.   Professor Kilborn's reply brief is here:  Download Kilborn_Opposition to motion to dismiss wExhibit A


May 23, 2022 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

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

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