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).

March 10, 2021 in Guest Blogger: Michael Simkovic | Permalink

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Another new faculty-edited journal: American Journal of Law & Equality

Here.  The editors are all Harvard Law professors:  Randall Kennedy, Martha Minow, Cass Sunstein.  They have not yet announced an editorial board.

March 9, 2021 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Monday, March 8, 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

Friday, March 5, 2021

Martha Nussbaum (Chicago) wins 2021 Holberg Prize

The Holberg announcement is here.   Past law faculty to win the Holberg Prize include Ronald Dworkin and Cass Sunstein.

March 5, 2021 in Faculty News | Permalink

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

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

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Entry-level hiring report for 2021

Professor Lawsky (Northwestern) is now collecting the information; if you've accepted a tenure-track law teaching job this year, please submit your data there.

March 2, 2021 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News | Permalink

Friday, 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

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Blast from the past: on the uselessness of ranking law reviews by Google Scholar metrics

Back in 2016.

February 25, 2021 in Rankings | Permalink

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

"I wish for a world without lawyers"

May be an image of text that says 'genie: i shall grant you three wishes me:i wish for a world without lawyers genie: done, you have no more wishes me: but you said three genie: sue me'

February 24, 2021 in Legal Humor | Permalink

Tuesday, 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