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Brian Leiter
University of Chicago Law School

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

USC's Beth Garrett to be next President of Cornell

Story here.  Her husband, the legal philosopher Andrei Marmor, who is a professor of law and philosophy at the University of Southern California, will take up a similar position at Cornell.

(Thanks to Rick Hasen for the pointer.)


September 30, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

In Memoriam: William Quirk

Professor William Quirk, a senior member of the University of South Carolina Law faculty, died last week.  He was 80.  Quirk joined the USC Law faculty in 1970 and was the law school's most senior active faculty member.


September 30, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Monday, September 29, 2014

Three Chicago law schools prevail in lawsuits brought by graduates

Story here.


September 29, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

"The Invention of Low Value Speech"

Andy Koppelman (Northwestern) has a nice discussion of recent scholarship by our Bigelow Genevieve Lakier.

UPDATE:  I just learned that Lakier's paper will appear in the Harvard Law Review!  Congratulations to Prof. Lakier!


September 29, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Friday, September 26, 2014

Troubles at Buffalo: Dean resigns amidst a lawsuit and other allegations

News story here.


September 26, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

Thursday, September 25, 2014

More on Thomas Jefferson and the prospect of law schools closing

"The Circumstances of Civility"

This topic has become timely again with the Salaita affair at Illinois, and various public addresses, including by the Berkeley Chancellor, about the topic.  And for a different take, try this.

(And Happy New Year to those celebrating!)


September 25, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New AALS website...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Akron, Cincinnatti, Toledo see enrollment declines, while majority of Ohio schools hold steady (or show gains) from 2013

See especially the chart accompanying the article, which focuses on Toledo's woes.  My guess is that Cincinnatti's anomalous enrollment drop is due to a desire to preserve its national rank.


September 23, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Monday, September 22, 2014

The scheduling of interviews at the AALS "meat market"

Schools vary in their procedures for scheduling interviews with candidates at the "meat market," but a typical pattern is this:  after an initial cull of candidates in the first AALS distribution, schools begin doing "due diligence," which typically means talking to references and reading work by the candidates.  Appointments committees usually only meet once a week.  At each meeting, the Committee will take a decision on some of the candidates they've been reviewing, and then contact them to schedule interviews.  The same thing will happen the following week and so on, until all the spots are filled.  For schools that do a lot of 'due diligence,' the process of scheduling 15 or 20 candidates to see could easily take four weeks.   It's important for candidates to realize that this is how many schools proceed, so the fact that an anonymous person on some blog reports they have an interview at school X does not mean you, a hopeful candidate, will not get an interview with school X.  School X may have only just begun, and may be scheduling interviews for weeks to come.


September 22, 2014 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Signs of the times: Thomas Jefferson Law School misses bond payment, seeks restructuring of debts

MOVING TO FRONT FROM SEPT. 17:  UPDATED

Story here.  TJLS is a free-standing law school in San Diego, facing two better-established competitors in the local market, California Western and University of San Diego.

UPDATE:  Blog Emperor Caron reports bad news for TJLS from one of the ratings agencies (not that they have much credibility, but....).


September 21, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, September 18, 2014

$50 million naming gift for Drexel's law school

Charlottesville-bound...

...for what promises to be a very interesting event.  Not much new till Monday I expect.


September 18, 2014 | Permalink

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

One lawyer, one law professor receive MacCarthur Fellowships (CORRECTION: TWO lawyers)

They are:  William Mitchell law professor and Native American advocate Sarah Deer, civil rights lawyer Mary Bonauto, and criminal defense lawyer Jonathan Rapping. 

(These used to be called "genius" awards until it became clear they weren't really being awarded for "genius." Now they recognize people doing innovative [often political or social] work in a wide variety of fields.)

(Thanks to Orin Kerr for the pointer.)

ANOTHER CORRECTION:  Rapping is also a law professor, at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School.


September 17, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Entertaining profile of Hastings Dean Frank Wu

Here.


September 16, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Rankings | Permalink

Monday, September 15, 2014

Chicago Alumni, Bigelows, and Public Law Fellows on the Teaching Market, 2014-15

MOVING TO THE FRONT FOR LAST TIME THIS HIRING SEASON (ORIGINALLY POSTED AUGUST 20)--THANKS TO ALL THE DEANS, HIRING CHAIRS, AND APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE MEMBERS WHO HAVE CONTACTED ME ALREADY!

In order to protect the privacy of our candidates, please e-mail me at bleiter@uchicago.edu to get a copy of the detailed profiles of our candidates, including hyperlinks to their homepages.  All these candidates (but one) will be in the first FAR distribution.

We have candidates this year in a multitude of areas:  tax, estates and trusts, corporations, banking law, criminal law and procedure, civil procedure, arbitration, international business transactions, legislation, administrative law, constitutional law, civil rights, energy law, antidiscrimination law, jurisprudence, insurance law, election law, torts, bankruptcy, commercial law, contracts, securities regulation, financial regulation, federal courts, national security law, corporate finance, privacy law, evidence, comparative law, law & society, conflicts, ADR, and intellectual property.

Our candidates include former Supreme Court clerks, numerous past editors of the Law Review, numerous former Circuit Court clerks, JD/PhDs in Political Science, Linguistics, Anthropology, Business, and History, VAPs and Fellows at other leading law schools, and many experienced practitioners (some with more than six years of experience and scholarly publications).  Several will also help meet diversity objectives in hiring.  All have publications and writing samples.

If when you e-mail, you tell me a bit about your hiring needs, I can supply some more information about all these candidates. 


September 15, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Northwestern's Ronald Allen first law professor to receive China's highest award for non-nationals: the China Friendship Award

Dean Rodriguez has the details.

ADDENDUM:  Colin Picker (New South Wales) points out that one other U.S. law professor appears to have been so recognized.


September 11, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A bit quiet around here...

...I'm at the Yale Political Union later today (where last week they had Al Sharpton and will soon behosting former AG Alberto Gonzalez--I'm not spotting a theme...) and will then be over at Northwestern Law on Thursday with Penn's David Skeel.  But I should have one or two more items this week inbetween.


September 9, 2014 | Permalink

Monday, September 8, 2014

Why Tolerate Religion?

En Francais.


September 8, 2014 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Sunday, September 7, 2014

What's actually going on at Suffolk Law?

Various blogs picked up on a brief, and unsourced, line in a longer story about Suffolk University to the effect that all tenured faculty were being offered buy-outs.  All the tenured faculty?  Really?  I can imagine that like a number of schools seriously affected by declines in enrollments, retirement incentives and/or buy-outs are being made available, but it's hard to see the sense in buying out all your tenured faculty.  If someone from Suffolk would like to confirm or clarify, I'm opening comments for that purpose.  Please include a valid e-mail address (which will not appear).


September 7, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | Comments (2)

Friday, September 5, 2014

In Memoriam: Sanford Kadish (1921-2014)

A giant in the field of criminal law, Professor Kadish spent most of his career on the law faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.  I will post links to memorial notices when they appear.

UPDATE:  Berkeley's memorial notice.


September 5, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Judge Posner "whacks" (truly) Wisconsin and Indiana

It's a very amusing read that lays waste to some rather pathetic arguments.


September 4, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Columbia law professor Katherine Franke joins boycott against University of Illinois...

...and cancels scheduled talk, though she will travel to Urbana-Champaign at her own expense to participate in a symposium about the Salaita case.


September 2, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

New University of Illinois Law Faculty blog

Some papers posted on SSRN during the summer...

...in case they're of interest to anyone who took a vacation from blogs during the summer:

"The Case Against Free Speech"

"Marx, Law, Ideology, Legal Positivism"

"Reply to Five Critics of Why Tolerate Religion?


September 2, 2014 in Jurisprudence | Permalink