June 02, 2020
Amicus brief from law professors in support of Shmuel Leshem in his tenure dispute with Southern California
March 21, 2020
March 18, 2020
March 14, 2020
March 09, 2020
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.
February 10, 2020
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 06, 2020
February 03, 2020
January 30, 2020
Their message follows:
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.
January 22, 2020
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.