March 08, 2021

"Academic Freedom Alliance"

This new organization will provide moral and in some cases legal support for faculty whose academic freedom rights (including their right to engage in extramural speech) are under attack.  CHE has an article about the new organization here.   I will note that in recruiting initial members, it was made very clear that the AFA would have defended Ward Churchill and Steven Salaita, as well as Amy Wax and Adrian Vermeule.  That is how a principled defense of the academic freedom rights of faculty should proceed.

March 8, 2021 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

March 03, 2021

What explains the significant increase in law school applications this year?

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 23, 2021

New peer-reviewed "Journal of Free Speech Law"

The lead editors are Jane Bambauer (Arizona), Ashutosh Bhagwat (UC Davis), and Eugene Volokh (UCLA).  Professor Volokh says more about the journal here.  A welcome development.

February 23, 2021 in 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 11, 2021

Blast from the past: Simkovic v. McEntee on employment data and law schools

Back in 2015.  Unsurprisingly, Professor Simkovic had the better of the argument.

February 11, 2021 in Legal Profession, 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 02, 2021

Rostron & Levit update their invaluable guide to submitting to law reviews

They write:


We  just updated our charts about law journal submissions, expedites, and rankings from different sources for the Spring 2021 submission season covering the 199 main journals of each law school.   

We have created hyperlinks for each law review to take you directly to the law review’s submissions page. Again the chart includes as much information as possible about what law reviews are not accepting submissions right now and what months they say they’ll resume accepting submissions.

Washington and Lee has changed its methodology on law review statistics.  Now Washington and Lee only ranks the top 400 law review (many of which are specialty journals, online supplements, etc.), so not all flagship journals are now ranked by them.  But we put in the data for those that are ranked.  [BL comment:  the W&L data is junk, ignore it]

Continue reading

February 2, 2021 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | 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