October 31, 2019

Nominee for 9th Circuit Lawrence VanDyke deemed "unqualified" by ABA...

...based on interviews with dozens of lawyers and judges who had worked with him and found him “arrogant, lazy, an ideologue, and lacking in knowledge of the day-to-day practice,” and who also described a "lack of humility," and an "'entitlement' temperament."  That certainly well describes his reaction to being called out for his idiotic apologia for Intelligent Design creationism fifteen years ago.

October 31, 2019 in Legal Profession | Permalink

October 23, 2019

$50 million gift to Pepperdine Law from Los Angeles real estate developer Rick Caruso...

...for whom the Law School will now be named.  Additionally, Mr. Caruso has committed to help the Law School raise another $50 million over the next ten years (he presumably has the right contacts to make that happen!).

This is definitely in the category of "Wow!" gifts to law schools.

October 23, 2019 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

October 16, 2019

Reducing student debt?

October 10, 2019

Enrollment rebounding at University of Minnesota Law School

It's been a wild decade, with enrollment declining by almost a third, but now almost back to pre-recession levels.

October 10, 2019 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

October 02, 2019

The "hybrid" JD

IHE profiles some programs.

October 2, 2019 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

University of Chicago will now offer an accelerated 3-year JD/MBA

September 24, 2019

Trump nominee to the 9th Circuit has a record as an apologist for creationism

As a student at Harvard Law School fifteen years ago, Lawrence VanDyke (Trump's nominee) published an incompetent apologia for Intelligent Design creationism, under the guise of a "review" of a book shilling for creationism, in the Harvard Law Review.  I excoriated it on my philosophy blog, while further efforts by Mr. VanDyke to defend himself only resulted in his digging his hole deeper.

Of course, an intellectually disgraceful book review fifteen years ago shouldn't be disqualifying, but surely Senators will want to find out if Mr. VanDyke is still a shill for creationism and how that might effect his rulings.

September 24, 2019 in Jurisprudence, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 09, 2019

A strange reaction to Professor Kronman's point about diversity

Twitter tends to be a forum for superficial and ill-considered reactions, but this one certainly was striking.  I had written that, while I agreed with Professor Witt about the merits of changing the name of a Yale residential college named after a gross apologist for chattel slavery, I was,

also inclined to agree with Professor Kronman that (as he recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal), “Diversity, as it is understood today…means diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. Diversity in this sense is not an academic value. Its origin and aspiration are political [i.e. justice for victims of discrimination]. The demand for ever-greater diversity in higher education is a political campaign masquerading as an educational ideal.”  

In response, Jeffrey Selbin, a clinician at Berkeley's law school, tweeted:

White straight cis male education is apolitical until everyone else wants in. Then, “The demand for ever-greater diversity in higher education is a political campaign masquerading as an educational ideal.“ Seriously?

Of course, no one suggested that during the era when elite institutions systematically discriminated against non-WASPs and women and racial and ethnic minorities that these institutions were apolitical:  far from it, they were devoted to reproducing the class system with a particular racial and ethnic composition.  But none of us were even talking about that era!

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September 9, 2019 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 04, 2019

Rosenblatt's Deans Database

Lots of information, including a breakdown of Deans by years of service, alma mater, race, gender and more.  (For example, more than one-third of Deans are now women [including the Deans at Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Virginia, Duke, Northwestern, and UCLA, among other places].)

September 4, 2019 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

July 09, 2019

It's time to end life tenure on the U.S. Supreme Court