Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Ashley Deeks (Virginia) and Francis Shen (Minnesota) win ALI early career Scholars Medal (Michael Simkovic)
The American Law Institute will award its Early Career Scholars Medal to Professors Ashley S. Deeks of the University of Virginia School of Law and Francis X. Shen of the University of Minnesota Law School. The award recognizes outstanding law professors whose work is relevant to public policy and has the potential to influence improvements in the law. It's awarded to 2 professors (out of around 3,000 who are eligible) once every two years.
Deeks writes about national security, international law and foreign relations. Shen writes about law and neuroscience, with a focus on criminal law and elder law.
The full announcement is available here. This is the third win for Minnesota (Professors Schwarcz and Monohan are previous winners).
Previous years' ALI medalists have frequently been targeted for lateral hires shortly thereafter, including Jeanne Fromer (who moved from Fordham to NYU), Oren Bar-Gill (who moved from NYU to Harvard), and Michael Simkovic (who moved from Seton Hall to USC).
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Monday, March 8, 2021
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.
Friday, March 5, 2021
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
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Friday, February 26, 2021
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.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021