June 02, 2020

Amicus brief from law professors in support of Shmuel Leshem in his tenure dispute with Southern California

The list of signatories and the brief are available here.  (Prior coverage.)

(Thanks to Abe Wickelgren for the pointer.)


June 2, 2020 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

March 21, 2020

Another online guide to using Zoom...

...from law professor Josh Blackman (South Texas).

(Thanks to Paul Horwitz for the pointer.)


March 21, 2020 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

March 18, 2020

All U.S. law schools have now moved to online instruction...

March 14, 2020

92% of law school have moved to remote teaching due to coronavirus

Blog Emperor Caron has the details.


March 14, 2020 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

March 09, 2020

What is your law school doing in response to the impending coronavirus pandemic?

This is an open thread for law faculty to post about what their schools are doing:  e.g., cancelling classes, "remote" teaching or exams, cancelling conferences, prohibiting faculty work-related travel etc.   Feel free to link to public resources/statements by your schools.  Submit your comment only once, they are moderated, and may take awhile to appear.


March 9, 2020 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Student Advice | Permalink | Comments (4)

February 10, 2020

Who controls a journal: the editorial board or the publisher?

The entire editorial board of the European Law Journal has resigned in a dispute with publisher, Wiley, over who the new editors will be.   Legally, it looks like Wiley can appoint the editors, but the credibility of the journal is now shattered.

(Thanks to Matt Kramer for the pointer.)


February 10, 2020 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

February 06, 2020

The need for standards governing the correction of errors in digital publications

Professor Janet Sinder (Brooklyn) discusses.


February 6, 2020 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

February 03, 2020

"Academic feeder judges"

This is useful, from Professor Howard Wasserman (Florida International University).  Note that it includes judges who are no longer on the bench, as well as many who still are.


February 3, 2020 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Professional Advice, Rankings | Permalink

January 30, 2020

Rostron & Levit's guide to submitting to law reviews updated

Their message follows:

Dear Colleagues,

We  just updated our charts about law journal submissions, expedites, and rankings from different sources for the Spring 2020 submission season covering the 203 main journals of each law school. 

We have created hyperlinks for each law review to take you directly to the law review’s submissions page. Again the chart includes as much information as possible about what law reviews are not accepting submissions right now and what months they say they’ll resume accepting submissions. 

There has been some change in law reviews’ submission preferences:  Now 74 schools prefer or require Scholastica as the exclusive avenue for submissions (15 more say Scholastica or email), 42 law journals prefer direct emails, and 10 law reviews prefer or require submission through ExpressO (19 more say ExpressO or email), with 13 accepting articles submitted through either ExpressO or Scholastica, and 22 accepting through ExpressO, Scholastica, or email. Seven schools now have their own online web portals.  Four schools have an all-symposia format. (This adds up to more than 203, because several of the schools with an all-symposia format welcome symposia proposals.

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January 30, 2020 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Professional Advice | Permalink

January 22, 2020

An open letter regarding a controversial tenure decision at USC Law

The letter is here, and includes many prominent signatories (the letter is accepting more signatories as well).  The case concerns Shmuel Leshem, who was denied tenure in 2013; the controversy concerns the solicitation and use of confidential journal referee reports as part of the tenure process.  I would agree, for the reasons given in the letter, that that is not a proper use of such referee reports.  I do not know what role they played in the adverse tenure decision at USC, but the fact that they were even solicited and considered is surprising.


January 22, 2020 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink