Monday, January 15, 2018

Greenberg vs. Dershowitz on whether Trump can obstruct justice

The always awful Alan Dershowitz has been all over the media arguing that Trump can't obstruct justice; Mark Greenberg (UCLA) here takes the argument apart.

January 15, 2018 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, January 11, 2018

In Memoriam: Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr. (1929-2018)

A preeminent figure for many decades in both civil procedure and legal ethics, Professor Hazard taught at Berkeley, Chicago, Yale, Penn, and, since 2009, at the University of California, Hastings.  The Penn memorial notice is here and the ALI notice here.

(Thanks to Scott Dodson for the pointer.)

January 11, 2018 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

ABA moves for summary judgment in lawsuit brought by Cooley Law School

The motion is here, and it is quite damning about Cooley.  My guess is the motion will be granted, and Cooley will lose its accreditation and close within the next year or two.

January 10, 2018 in Legal Profession | Permalink

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Lateral hires with tenure or on tenure-track, 2017-18

These are non-clinical appointments that will take effect in 2018 (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.

 

 *Richard Albert (constitutional law, comparative constitutional law) from Boston College to the University of Texas, Austin (effective January 2018).

 

*Joshua Blank (tax) from a professor of practice position at New York University to the University of California, Irvine.

 

 *Binyamin Blum (legal history, evidence, criminal procedure) from Hebrew University, Jerusalem to the University of California Hastings (effective spring 2018) (untenured lateral). 

 

*Jeremy Bock (intellectual property, civil procedure) from the University of Memphis to Tulane University (untenured lateral).

 

*William Boyd (environmental law, energy law) from the University of Colorado, Boulder to the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

*Samuel Bray (remedies, property, constitutional law) from the University of California, Los Angeles to the University of Notre Dame.

 

*Stewart Chang (family law, comparative law) from Whittier Law School to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

 

*Frank Rudy Cooper (criminal procedure, civil rights, race, gender & law) from Suffolk University to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

 

*Robert Jackson, Jr. (corporate law) from Columbia University to New York University (though he will be on leave initially while serving on the SEC).

 

*Kristin Johnson (financial markets, corporate) from Seton Hall University to Tulane University.

  

*Orin Kerr (criminal procedure, computer crime law) from George Washington University to the University of Southern California (effective January 2018).  

 

*Jill Wieber Lens (torts, products liability, remedies) from Baylor University to the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville (effective January 2018).

 

*Curtis Milhaupt (Japanese law, East Asian legal system comparative corporate governance) from  Columbia University to Stanford University (effective January 2018).

 

*Seema Mohapatra (health law, bioethics, biotechnology law) from Barry University to Indiana University, Indianapolis.

 

*Michael Morley (election law, remedies, federal courts) from Barry University to Florida State University (untenured lateral).

 

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January 9, 2018 in Faculty News | Permalink

Monday, January 8, 2018

SSRN download rankings now measure mentions in newspapers

The top 11 "most downloaded" law authors in the last 12 months are eleven tax professors who co-authored two papers on the recent tax overhaul, which garnered a prominent mention in The New York Times, leading to more than 70,000 downloads in the last month.  For 10 of these 11 tax professors, these two NYT-plugged papers constitute 95% or more of all their downloads.  The traditional #1 in downloads among law professors, Cass Sunstein, is now a mere 12th!  This has happened before with SSRN, but usually involving one author (e.g., Christopher Fairman, or Daniel Solove).   Farewell to SSRN downloads as a metric of any interest for at least a year!

January 8, 2018 in Faculty News, Legal Humor, Rankings | Permalink

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Decline in conditional scholarship awards at U.S. law schools since 2011

Jerry Organ (St. Thomas) collects the data.  The decline in the applicant pool during this time has presumably put prospective students in a stronger negotiating position, which probably explains the decline in the offers of scholarships contingent on academic performance.

January 2, 2018 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Interim Dean Song Richardson at UC Irvine named Dean

Her colleague Rick Hasen has the news.

December 21, 2017 in Faculty News | Permalink

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Someone should have paid more attention in his evidence class

Matthew Petersen withdraws from further consideration for a federal district judgeship in wake of questioning by Senator Kennedy (R-LA) showing that he didn't know what the Daubert standard was and didn't know what a motion in limine is, among other rather remarkable gaps in his knowledge for someone aspiring to be a trial judge!  (Here's the full questioning by Senator Kennedy, who is an experienced lawyer and also, like Mr. Petersen, a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School.)

December 19, 2017 in Legal Profession | Permalink

Monday, December 18, 2017

Judge Kozinski retires

Law school transfer students

Jerry Organ updates his data for 2017.  Taking large numbers of transfer students--whose credentials are invisible to the US News ranking gods--can allow a school to take a smaller 1L class (whose credentials are reported to the ranking gods) while still generating tuition revenue.  Of course, not all schools take transfers for that reason, but the larger the numbers, the more likely that is part of the consideration.

December 18, 2017 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink