Monday, October 31, 2022

Travelling this week, so more posts next week

Also Typepad, the blog service provider, melted down over the weekend, but seems to have come back to life.  Apologies to readers.

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Friday, October 28, 2022

A new "Creative Commons" license that permits users to "remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially"

Some academics are concerned; law professors should feel free to weigh in on the discussion in the comments at the link.

October 28, 2022 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Links to all the 2021 Scholarly Impact ranking posts (final version) (for citations during 2016-2020)

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Is US News an "authoritative" ranking of law schools?

I know this question will make readers of this blog laugh, even as they recognize the pernicious influence the rankings have on legal education and the decisions of applicants.   But I was struck when having lunch this past Spring with some talented LLM students from Japan and China that they seemed to assume the answer to the question was "yes."  In a way, that sums up the problem confronted by American legal education. is undoubtedly perceived as authoritative by many students, who lack the knowledge and resources to assess the nonsensical ranking stew (reputation, library resources, expenditures per capita, self-reported employment data and on and on) used by 

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October 25, 2022 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Rankings | Permalink

Monday, October 24, 2022

Judge Ho heading to Yale, at invitation of Dean Gerken

So reports the Blog Emperor.  Judge Ho's threatened boycott sure seems to have gotten Yale's attention!

October 24, 2022 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Law professors on Twitter

Professor Bridget Crawford (Pace) has updated her "census" of lawprof Twitterati.  And there's some discussion and comparison to prior years here.  While Twitter use has increased, it still looks like a clear majority of law faculty avoid that dismal cyber-realm!  (A few schools do seem to have a majority of faculty on Twitter:  e.g., Arizona, Ohio State, maybe Virginia, and others.)

October 19, 2022 | Permalink

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

CFP for the conferences in honor of Joseph Raz...

Monday, October 17, 2022

Etchemendy on "Legal Realism and Legal Reality"

This is the best paper on legal realism to appear in a law review in many, many years.  It's telling about the unreliability of the student-edited law reviews that a paper of this caliber should appear in the Tennessee Law Review (kudos to them for picking it up), while much weaker articles have appeared in Texas Law Review, California Law Review, and other more prominent reviews.  (Equally disappointing are pieces that rehash points I made a quarter-century ago, and try to make them look new by completely misrepresenting my prior work--but the uneven and often irresponsbile scholarship on legal realism is a story for another day!)

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October 17, 2022 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Yale Law Dean Gerken shares "message to alumni" on free expression at the law school

Here.   This seems a victory for Judge Ho, despite the controversy about his threatened boycott.

UPDATE:  Correspondence with a colleague at Yale makes me realize an ambiguity in the preceding:  what I thought was a "victory" for Judge Ho's proposed boycott was that Dean Gerken shared this message in public.  Past criticisms from prominent YLS alumni make it clear why the Dean would have been concerned with these issues and would have written to alumni prior to the current brouhaha.

October 13, 2022 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Which judges are participating in the Yale law boycott?

A couple of readers have asked whether there is a list of the boycotters.  The only two that appear to be public are Judge Ho of the 5th Circuit and Judge Branch of the 11th Circuit.  One law professor who inquried about this explained:

Since your blog is read by many law profs, I think you should publish the names of judges who have publicly stated they will not hire Yale clerks so that faculty at other places can decide whether they will recommend students to those judges.   One of the advantages of a clerkship is exposure to someone of experience who can model good decision-making and convey an appropriate sense of how a judge comports him/herself and takes on hard questions in our system.  A faculty member could well come to the view that a particular judge would not provide a good life-learning experience for a would-be clerk and a boycotting announcement could well figure in such a determination.

I guess I would be disinclined to encourage a boycott of the boycotting judges, as it were.   Still, it ought to be a matter of public record (if only for the benefit of Yale students) which federal judges are joining this boycott.  If anyone knows of a list of the other judges participating in this boycott, please post a link in the comments.  Submit the comment only once, it may take awhile to appear.

October 11, 2022 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | Comments (0)