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Brian Leiter
University of Chicago Law School

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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...

Monday, January 12, 2015

"Constitutional Law, Moral Judgment and the Supreme Court as Super-Legislature"

Here's a draft of the Tobriner Memorial Lecture in Constitutional law that I will be giving at Hastings later this afternoon in San Francisco.

January 12, 2015 in Jurisprudence, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Sunday, January 11, 2015

2015 Report on the State of the Legal Market

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Nice WSJ write-up about New Hampshire's "Webster Program" to train generalist litigators ready to hit the ground running

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Berkeley's Guzman to become Dean at USC

Andrew Guzman, a leading scholar of international law and trade at Berkeley, will become Dean of the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California on July 1, 2015.

UPDATE:  The USC press release.  (Thanks to Bob Rasmussen for sending it along.)

January 6, 2015 in Faculty News | Permalink

Most cited scholars in legal ethics/professional responsibility


January 6, 2015 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Monday, January 5, 2015

Cardozo Dean Matthew Diller to return to Fordham as Dean in 2015-16

Fordham's announcement here.

(Thanks to John Feerick for the pointer.)

January 5, 2015 in Faculty News | Permalink