Monday, July 19, 2021

Invitation to participate in "Legal Academy and Theory Survey"

Law professor Kevin Tobia (Georgetown) writes:

I am conducted an anonymous survey, with a graduate student collaborator, to learn more about the legal academy and legal theory. Anyone who self-identifies as a member of the “legal academy” is invited to participate. Participants might include, among others: law professors, fellows, and students; legal practitioners; and scholars from adjacent fields.

The survey has three parts: 1. Demographics; 2. Your views about which areas of law are most “central” in the legal academy; 3. Your views about substantive questions in legal theory. You are invited to take all parts of the study and are welcome to skip any questions, for any reason. The survey has obtained ethical approval and no identifying information will be retained. Detail about the survey construction can be found here. The survey will close on September 1, 2021. Thank you for your help!

To take the survey, follow this link:

July 19, 2021 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Friday, July 16, 2021

Books by Nobel prize winners to read (or listen to) this summer

One of the great joys of being a student or academic is the ability to engage in self-directed learning.  The freedom this affords can be overwhelming, given the massive volume of books, articles, and other media that could be consumed.  This raises the question, what should be read for pleasure first?

Recently, I've been reading (and listening to audio books) by Nobel prize winners.  There are of course many great books by people who have not won Nobel prizes, and who many never win one (for example, because they work in a field that is not eligible).  But there seem to be few bad books by Nobel prize winners, and so I've been pleased with my selections.*  

I'm including a partial list of books by Nobel prize winners that I've recently enjoyed. 

I encourage others to use the comments section to include books by Nobel prize winners that they've enjoyed. Please only use the comments for this purpose, and please include your real name.

Please also indicate what field the author won the Nobel prize in, and (to your knowledge), whether an audio book version is available.  For purposes of the list below, I am including the Nobel prize in economics and am not counting the Nobel Peace prize, since my interest is in scientists, writers and social scientists rather than politicians. 

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July 16, 2021 in Guest Blogger: Michael Simkovic, Of Academic Interest, Science | Permalink | Comments (4)

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Cornell Interim Dean Jens David Ohlin named Dean

The Cornell announcement is here.

July 13, 2021 in Faculty News | Permalink

Monday, July 12, 2021

Disability in a post-pandemic world

Law professor Adam Samaha (NYU) writes insightfully about this issue, drawing on his own experience.

July 12, 2021 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Law schools hiring in 2021-22 can announce their committees and hiring priorities...

Monday, July 5, 2021

In Memoriam: Mathew McCubbins (1956-2021)

A leading and influential scholar of the legislative process, Professor McCubbins was, at the time of his death, a professor in both political science and law at Duke University.  The Duke Political Science memorial notice is here.

July 5, 2021 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Summer blogging

I'll be posting less regularly until early August.  Professor Sisk and colleagues at St. Thomas are working on a new scholarly impact study, and I will make time for thost results as they become available.

June 29, 2021 in Navel-Gazing | Permalink

Friday, June 25, 2021

Monday is the last day for submitting comments regarding the proposed changes to the ABA standards regarding diversity and curriculum

Many interesting comments have already been submitted, some echoing concerns raised here.  The lengthy analysis by current or emeritus "Sterling Professors" at Yale Law School may be of particular interest.  ("Sterling Professor" is the most distinguished professorial rank at Yale, and includes such well-known scholars as Bruce Ackerman, Owen Fiss, John Langbein, Roberta Romano, and Alan Schwartz.) Professor Romano tells me they learned of the proposals from my earlier blog post, and I am glad she and her colleagues weighed in with a careful assessment.

June 25, 2021 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

A look at this year's lateral moves by race and gender

Professor Orin Kerr (Berkeley) looked at the list of laterals this year and posted his findings on Twitter:  There were 40 men on the laterals list, of whom 21 were "people of color"; there were 53 women on the laterals list, of whom 23 were "people of color."

Put differently:  there were 49 white laterals (of whom 30 were women, and only 19 men); while there were 42 POC laterals (of whom 21 were men, and 23 were women).

I have sometimes seen people claim on Twitter that it is harder for women to lateral; this was once true (especially when look-see visits were the norm for a lateral offer), but it is no longer true now.  (The pattern, above, has held for awhile now.)  Given that the legal academy is still overwhelmingly white, it is also clear that POC faculty are lateraling in much higher proportions to their current representation in the academy.  This no doubt reflects the increased efforts I started noticing about five or six years ago by law faculties to increase racial diversity.  Unfortunately, doing so via laterals just creates diversity deficits lower down in the hierarchy of schools.

June 23, 2021 in Faculty News | Permalink

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

In Memoriam: Jack Weinstein (1921-2021)

A longtime member of the Columbia Law School faculty and a district court judge in New York, he was also well-known for his scholarship on evidence, civil procedure and mass torts.  The Columbia memorial notice is here.

June 22, 2021 in Memorial Notices | Permalink