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Brian Leiter
University of Chicago Law School

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

$30 million naming gift for the law school at British Columbia

I wonder if there has ever been a larger gift to a Canadian law school?


January 27, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Rostron & Levit's Guide to Submitting to Law Reviews

Friday, January 23, 2015

"Stop the madness," i.e., the law review submission process

Paul Gowder (Iowa) comments.


January 23, 2015 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

Thursday, January 22, 2015

"Marx, Law, Ideology, Legal Positivism"

The final version of this paper, forthcoming in the Virginia Law Review symposium on "Jurisprudence and (its) History."


January 22, 2015 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

In Memoriam: Henry G. Manne (1928-2015)

Professor Henry Butler at George Mason kindly shared this obituary:

Henry Girard Manne died on January 17, 2015 at the age of 86. A towering figure in legal education, Manne was one of the founders of the Law and Economics movement, the 20th century’s most important and influential legal academic discipline.

Manne is survived by his wife, Bobbie Manne; his children, Emily and Geoffrey Manne; two grandchildren, Annabelle and Lily Manne; and two nephews, Neal and Burton Manne. He was preceded in death by his parents, Geoffrey and Eva Manne, and his brother, Richard Manne. 

Henry Manne was born on May 10, 1928, in New Orleans. The son of merchant parents, he was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Central High School in Memphis, and graduated with a BA in economics from Vanderbilt University in 1950. Manne received a JD from the University of Chicago in 1952, and a doctorate in law (SJD) from Yale University in 1966. He also held honorary degrees from Seattle University, Universidad Francesco Marroquin in Guatemala and George Mason University. 

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January 20, 2015 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

IHE covers the drop in LSAT scores at many law schools

Friday, January 16, 2015

Criteria for awarding endowed chairs or professorships?

Reader Gerard Ambreson writes:

In your capacity of chief commentator on legal education, perhaps you could provide your thoughts on your blog on named professorships/chairs. Some questions it would be interesting to see you address:

What should the criteria for awarding chairs be?  For example, should schools take into account things besides scholarship, such as other contributions to the school, like excellent teaching or service?  Is it appropriate to consider non-legal writings for chairs in law schools?  See, for example, St. John's Law School's Reverend Joseph T. Tinnelly, C.M., Professor of Law, Lawrence Joseph, who may be better known for his poetry than his writing on legal matters?

My impression is that criteria vary with school and often with the particular endowment--many schools have named positions to recognize excellent teaching, for example.


January 16, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink | Comments (5)

Diamond v. some law school critics

These folks are not intellectual heavyweights, but it's decent of Prof. Diamond (Santa Clara) to wade through their messes and confusions and try to shine the light of reason.


January 16, 2015 in Law in Cyberspace, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, January 15, 2015

LSAC: applicants down 8.5% from this time last year

Here.  Another pattern from recent years is more applicants later in the season than in the past, so my guess is total applicants will be down less than 8.5% by the end of the application cycle.


January 15, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Signs of the times: George Washington admits nearly 100 transfer students...