March 08, 2022

LSAC acquires "Law School Transparency [LST]"

Here.  At a time when the LSAT is at risk of being displaced by the GRE, this was not a smart move, given LST's dubious history:  e.g., here, here, or here.

March 8, 2022 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

March 03, 2022

Penn student organizations calls for "immediate" firing of Professor Wax

Ironically, resolutions like this will be fodder for a lawsuit by Professor Wax if Penn does breach its contractual commitment to academic freedom (including freedom of extramural speech) by firing her.  (See the earlier letter to Penn from the Academic Freedom Alliance.)

March 3, 2022 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 24, 2022

Law professors on academic freedom

Paul Butler and David Cole (both Georgetown) disagree about its application, while Anita Allen (Penn) rejects the AAUP understanding.  My own views here:  Download Why Academic Freedom PDF published version

February 24, 2022 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 22, 2022

"Highest need" students to attend Yale Law tuition-free

The announcement doesn't specify what constitutes the eligible level of need, but indicates that 45-50 students (out of about 600 in the law school) will get the scholarships to cover all their tuition.  So that's a significant investment! 

UPDATE:  My colleague Ryan Doerfler calls my attention to this informative piece, with further details:

The plan, according to The Wall Street Journal, includes scholarships worth roughly $72,000 to cover tuition, fees and health insurance for students from families with incomes below the federal poverty line, which is currently $27,750 for a family of four....

Yale said about 8 percent to 10 percent of its currently enrolled law students are eligible for the award, known as the Hurst Horizon Scholarship, according to the newspaper.

February 22, 2022 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 18, 2022

Chicago Tribune article on the case of UIC lawprof Jason Kilborn

Here, which correctly notes that the allegations against him were bogus.  Professor Kilborn has also filed an amended complaint in his lawsuit:  Download Kilborn Amended Complaint

February 18, 2022 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 10, 2022

"Justice Kennedy, free speech fabulist"

David Pozen (Columbia) comments.

February 10, 2022 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 09, 2022

ABA may mandate bias training for law students

Story here.  It is a shame there is no solid evidence such training is effective in reducing bias.

February 9, 2022 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 08, 2022

Lawrence VanDyke, a judge on the 9th Circuit, is not bringing credit to the bench

Although he embarrassed himself as a law student nearly twenty years ago, one might have hoped he would do better as a judge.  Alas.

(Thanks to C.E. Pettit for the pointer.)

February 8, 2022 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 03, 2022

Keith Whittington (Princeton) on academic freedom and the work of the Academic Freedom Alliance

An illuminating Twitter thread here, that deserves to be widely read; some excerpts:

It is unfortunate that you are so willing to mislead your followers on the fundamental & longstanding precepts of academic freedom that protect professors across the country from being fired for, e.g., bad tweets. But perhaps some of your followers will want to know more1/

Academic freedom protections were fought for by profs b/c before those protections were in place profs were routinely fired for teaching, publishing or saying in public things that students, alumni, donors, uni presidents or politicians thought wrong, offensive or immoral 2/

The@AFA_Alliance simply defends the longstanding principles that universities like Penn have already included in their contractual commitments & that the AAUP has long endorsed and elaborated 3/

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February 3, 2022 in Law in Cyberspace, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 31, 2022

Rostron & Levit's guide to submitting to law reviews: a new edition

Professors Rostron and Levit write:


Dear Colleagues,

We  just updated our charts about law journal submissions, expedites, and rankings from different sources for the Spring 2022 submission season covering the 196 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.  Interestingly, 94 websites now say something about whether they are accepting submissions and when they will.  While many of these notes are simply that the law review is not currently accepting submissions, some give specific dates or ballpark time frames for the opening of their submissions season.  The most common designations of “opening dates” were either February or Spring 2022. (Just FYI, in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring begins on March 20, 2022; but we suspect the law reviews are referring to some unspecified date within the season of Spring.)

ExpressO has shut down its submission service for law reviews.

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January 31, 2022 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink