Friday, August 14, 2020

AALS jobs bulletin is out

I count 32 AALS-member schools that are advertising, in several cases for multiple positions (roughly half the number last year, if my memory is correct).  As noted earlier, more than 100 schools have constituted appointments committees, but some are only looking at laterals I've learned, while others are probably constituted in case it's possible to hire.  I should note I've already heard from one law school (not a top 20 school) that is planning on hiring that has not advertised in the bulletin.

UPDATE:  I've now looked at the first AALS job bulletin from last August, and there were 76 accredited schools advertising, some (again) for multiple positions.  So the drop this year is by more than 50%.  Some schools may yet return to the market, of course, depending on developments in the months ahead.

August 14, 2020 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Penn State-Dickinson and Pepperdine law deans donate 125k each to help students at their schools with "emergency needs"

Hiring committees for 2020-21...

MOVING TO FRONT--ORIGINALLY POSTED JULY 29

...you can announce yourselves and your hiring plans here.

August 11, 2020 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

Monday, August 3, 2020

Ten lateral moves that made law professors take notice during 2019-20

Based on my in-box and conversations with others, these were the ten moves that transpired this past year that were thought to be the biggest hiring coups (I omit any lateral moves my school was part of and those that won't officially happen until 2021):

*Kimberly Kessler Ferzan (criminal law, law & philosophy) from the University of Virginia to the University of Pennsylvania.

 

*Tara Leigh Grove (federal courts, constitutional law, civil procedure) from College of William & Mary to the University of Alabama.

 

*Alexandra Natapoff (criminal law & procedure) from the University of California, Irvine to Harvard University.

 

*Michael Pardo (evidence, law & philosophy, law & neuroscience) from the University of Alabama to Georgetown University.

 

*Frank Pasquale (law & technology, cyberlaw, privacy, health law) from the University of Maryland to Brooklyn Law School.

 

*Christopher Robertson (health law, bioethics, torts) from the University of Arizona to Boston University.

 

*Lawrence Solum (constitutional law & theory, civil procedure, law & philosophy) from Georgetown University to the University of Virginia.

 

*A. Benjamin Spencer (civil procedure, federal courts, military law) from the University of Virginia to the College of William & Mary (to become Dean).

 

*Karen Tani (legal history) from the University of California, Berkeley to the University of Pennsylvania.

 

*Hannah Wiseman (energy law, environmental law, administrative law) from Florida State University to Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

August 3, 2020 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Bloomberg: Demand for Corporate Bankruptcy lawyers surges (Michael Simkovic)

See here.

Large U.S. law firms are scrambling to address a ballooning need for bankruptcy and corporate restructuring expertise.

The Covid-19 pandemic has unleashed an unprecedented severity and speed of corporate distress, as Chapter 11 filings pile up and fire-sale assets garner interest. Law firms are scouring the field to hire experienced restructuring attorneys, counter to what has otherwise been a declining attorney job market.

Bankruptcy is a niche area where many law schools have few full time faculty and instead rely on adjuncts (Chicago, NYU, Columbia, and USC are exceptions in terms of having a reasonably deep bench in this area).  With bankruptcy practitioners and judges overwhelmed with work, it may be difficult for schools that do not have full time bankruptcy faculty in place to meet student demand.

 

Update: Additional schools with relatively deep benches in bankruptcy include UCLA, Illinois, Texas, Georgetown, and Penn.  Apologies for any omissions.

July 30, 2020 in Guest Blogger: Michael Simkovic | Permalink

Friday, July 24, 2020

Diamond & Cain on online vs. hybrid legal education during COVID (Michael Simkovic)

Steven Diamond and Patricia Cain discuss tradeoffs between online and hybrid legal education during the COVID pandemic and argue in favor of online based on health risks and concerns about diversity and inclusion.

July 24, 2020 in Guest Blogger: Michael Simkovic | Permalink

Monday, July 20, 2020

An early sign about this year's job market for law teachers

According to a widely circulated list of hiring chairs at different law schools in the U.S., 117 have already named appointments chairs, compared to 138 last year.  That's not as big a drop-off as I had feared we might see.  Bear in mind that last year's 138 hiring chairs yielded 88 rookie hires at 66 law schools according to Professor Lawsky's data (of course, some schools hired laterals, not rookies).   Still, while this will definitely be a tighter job market, it may be somewhat better than many had feared.

July 20, 2020 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July blogging hiatus

I'm taking a break from the blog in July in order to make progress on a book and deal with some other matters.  If there's something absolutely time-sensitive, I may put it up, but otherwise please don't send news items until very late July.  Thanks, as always, for reading.

July 1, 2020 in Navel-Gazing | Permalink

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

In Memoriam: Edward Kleinbard (1951-2020)

A leading tax scholar and practitioner, Professor Kleinbard had taught at the University of Southern California since 2009.  USC Dean Guzman's memorial announcement is here.  Blog Emperor Caron has collected some memorials here.

June 30, 2020 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Lateral hires with tenure or on tenure-track, 2019-20

These are non-clinical appointments that will take effect in 2020 (except where noted); I will move the list to the front at various intervals as new additions come in.   (Recent additions are in bold.)  Last year's list is here.  Feel free to e-mail me with news of additions to this list.

 

*Bryan Adamson (civil procedure, civil rights, media law) from Seattle University to Case Western Reserve University.

 

*Chaz Arnett (criminal law, education law) from the University of Pittsburgh to the University of Maryland (untenured lateral).

 

*Rachel Arnow-Richman (employment law, contracts) from the University of Denver to the University of Florida, Gainesville.

 

*Stephanie Barclay (First Amendment, esp. religious liberty) from Brigham Young University to the University of Notre Dame (untenured lateral).

 

*Khaled Beydoun (civil rights, national security law) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville to Wayne State University.

 

*Mario Biagioli (intellectual property, history of intellectual property, science and technology studies) from the University of California, Davis (Law and Science & Technology Studies) to the University of California, Los Angeles (joint in Law and Communications).

 

*Hannah Bloch-Wehba (law & technology, criminal procedure, First Amendment) from Drexel University to Texas A&M University (untenured lateral).

 

*Meghan Boone (family law, reproductive rights) from the University of Alabama to Wake Forest University (untenured lateral).

 

*Gregory W. Bowman (international trade, legal education) from West Virginia University (where he is currently Dean) to Roger Williams University (to become Dean).

 

*Shawn Boyne (criminal law & procedure, comparative law) from Indiana University, Indianapolis to Iowa State University (to become Director of Academic Quality and Undergraduate Education [ISU does not have a law school])

 

*William Wilson Bratton (corporate law) from the University of Pennsylvania (where he will become emeritus) to the University of Miami.

 

*Brian Broughman (corporate, venture capital) from Indiana University, Bloomington to Vanderbilt University.

 

*Naomi Cahn (family law, trusts & estate, feminist legal theory) from George Washington University to the University of Virginia.

 

*Nancy Cantalupo (civil rights, human rights, sex discrimination law) from Barry University to California Western School of Law (untenured lateral).

 

*Bennett Capers (criminal law & procedure, evidence, race & the law) from Brooklyn Law School to Fordham University.

 

*Josh Chafetz (constitutional law & history, legislation) from Cornell University to Georgetown University.

 

*Kimberly Clausing (public finance, tax, international trade) from Reed College (Economics) to the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

*Robin Kundis Craig (environmental law, water law) from the University of Utah to the University of Southern California (effective July 2021).

 

*Larry Cunningham (criminal law & procedure, evidence, appellate advocacy) from St. John's University to Charleston School of Law (to become Dean).

 

*Raff Donelson (criminal procedure & law, jurisprudence) from Louisiana State University to Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law (untenured lateral).

 

*Kristen Eichensehr (national security and foreign relations law, cybersecurity law) from the University of California, Los Angeles to the University of Virginia.

 

*Barbara Evans (law & technology, law & medicine) from the University of Houston to the University of Florida, Gainesville.

 

*Andrew Guthrie Ferguson (criminal law & procedure, evidence) from the University of the District of Columbia to American University.

 

*Kimberly Kessler Ferzan (criminal law, law & philosophy) from the University of Virginia to the University of Pennsylvania.

 

*Gina-Gail Fletcher (financial regulation, securities regulation) from Indiana University, Bloomington to Duke University.

 

*Jonathan Glater (higher education law) from the University of California, Irvine to the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

*Russell Gold (criminal law & procedure) from Wake Forest University (LRW faculty) to University of Alabama (untenured lateral).

 

*Carmen Gonzalez (environmental law, international environmental law, international trade) from Seattle University (where she is emerita) to Loyola University, Chicago.

 

*Paul Gowder (constitutional law, political and legal theory) from the University of Iowa to Northwestern University.

 

*Tara Leigh Grove (federal courts, constitutional law, civil procedure) from College of William & Mary to the University of Alabama.

 

*Paul Gugliuzza (civil procedure, intellectual property) from Boston University to Temple University.

 

*G. Mitu Gulati (contracts, sovereign debt, law & economics, empirical legal studies, race/gender & law) from Duke University to the University of Virginia (effective fall 2021).

 

*Stephanie Hoffer (tax) from Ohio State University to Indiana University, Indianapolis.

 

*Margaret Hu (national security law, civil rights, cyberlaw) from Washington & Lee University to Pennsylvania State University, University Park (joint with International Affairs).

 

*Blake Hudson (environmental law, land use, natural resources) from the University of Houston to the University of Florida, Gainesville.

 

*Cathy Hwang (corporate) from the University of Utah to the University of Virginia.

 

*Rebecca Ingber (international law, national security law) from Boston University to Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University.

 

*Thea Johnson (criminal law & procedure, evidence) from the University of Maine to Rutgers University (untenured lateral).

 

*Deidré Keller (intellectual property, critical race theory) from Ohio Northern University to Florida A&M University (to become Dean).

 

*Ali Rod Khadem (Islamic law, business law) from Deakin University to Suffolk University (untenured lateral).

 

*Jaime King (health law & policy) from the University of California, Hastings to the University of Auckland.

 

*Donald Kochan (law and economics, property, administrative law) from Chapman University to George Mason University.

 

*Lee Kovarsky (capital punishment, criminal procedure, federal courts) from the University of Maryland to the University of Texas, Austin.

 

*Kimberly Krawiec (corporate) from Duke University to the University of Virginia (effective fall 2021).

 

*Kyle Langvardt (First Amendment, contracts, law & technology) from the University of Detroit Mercy to the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

 

*David S. Law (comparative constitutional law, law & social science) from the University of California, Irvine to the University of Virginia (effective fall 2021).

 

*Matthew Lawrence (health law, administrative law) from Pennsylvania State University-Dickinson School of Law to Emory University (untenured lateral).

 

*Robin Lenhardt (family law, constitutional law, race & the law) from Fordham University to Georgetown University.

 

*Timothy Lovelace (legal history) from Indiana University, Bloomington to Duke University.

 

*Sheldon Bernard Lyke (property, trusts & estates, critical race theory) from Northern Kentucky University to University of Baltimore (untenured lateral)

 

*Brendan S. Maher (health law, ERISA) from the University of Connecticut to Texas A&M University.

 

*Cesar Rosado Marzan (domestic, comparative, and international labor & employment law) from Chicago-Kent College of Law to the University of Iowa.

 

*Dayna Bowen Matthew (health law & policy) from the University of Virginia to George Washington University (to become Dean).

 

*Goldburn P. Maynard, Jr. (tax law & policy) from the University of Louisville to Indiana University, Bloomington (Business School) (untenured lateral).

 

*Agnieszka McPeak (law & technology, torts, privacy) from Duquesne University to Gonzaga University.

 

*Derek Muller (election law) from Pepperdine University to the University of Iowa.

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June 30, 2020 in Faculty News | Permalink