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Brian Leiter
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Signs of a rebound in the legal market?

Some Philadelphia firms are hiking starting salaries.

August 28, 2014 in Legal Profession | Permalink

Gaming the COLLEGE rankings

The case of Northeastern.  To get a sense of how nuts this is, note that at #49 in the list, Northeastern ranks ahead of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Washington in Seattle, both among the top 20 research universities in the United States by normal measures of academic excellence (academic reputation, research funding, membership in National Academies, citations, etc.).

August 28, 2014 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Salaita v. University of Illinois: the Constitutional Issues


August 27, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ASU's annual "Aspiring Law Profs" conference...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

"Why Tolerate Religion?" now in paperback...

"University of Illinois repeals the First Amendent for its faculty"

More thoughts on the Illinois/Salaita fiasco.  A number of law professors have been outspoken and informative on this issue--Michael Dorf (Cornell), Katherine Franke (Columbia), and Kevin Heller (London), among others--but more need to make their voices heard, especially those of us in Illinois.  This is a travesty, that bodes ill for all our colleagues at state universities around the country.  I hope my esteemed colleagues at the University of Illinois College of Law will speak up.   Many of my friends in the humanities at Illinois worry that the Admin only takes seriously the professional schools and the "STEM" faculties.

August 24, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Friday, August 22, 2014

It's official: Chancellor of the University of Illinois understands neither the First Amendment nor academic freedom

A lawsuit now seems inevitable.  This isn't going to make Illinois Law's Dean search any easier either.  The Board of Trustees has also spoken out in support of the Chancellor's illegal action.  Even in Texas (where, as many readers know, I taught for 13 years), it's been a long time since the Board has done something this inimical to the integrity of the university. 

UPDATE:  The statement by the Board is below the fold for those who are interested:

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August 22, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Lateral hires with tenure, 2014-15

These are appointments with tenure that will begin in 2015; I will move this to the front at various intervals during the year:

*Elizabeth Garrett (legislation, administrative law) from the University of Southern California to Cornell University (to become President).

*Gillian Lester (employment law) from the University of California, Berkeley to Columbia University (as Dean in January 2015).

*Dylan Penningroth (legal history) from Northwestern University (History Dept.) and American Bar Foundation to the University of California, Berkeley.

*Eric Talley (corporate law, law & economics) from the University of California, Berkeley to Columbia University (in January 2015).

August 22, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

When the FAR goes live shortly... will once again include the feature that permits one to search by law school attended (a feature that mysteriously disappeared last year).  Judy Areen, the new Executive Director of AALS, tells me they have a first-ever Chief Information Officer that fixed this.  Thanks to Judy and the AALS!

August 20, 2014 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Monday, August 18, 2014

Legal externships, circa 1940

An amusing story, of special interest to Chicago folks.

(Thanks to Dean Rowan for the pointer.)

August 18, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink