Category Archives: Law Schools
As I write this message, I am sitting in a panel at the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar meeting, in Indianapolis, on”Rethinking Legal Education in Hard Times.”Here are a few highlights: Tom Sullivan, Provost of the … Continue reading
There has been much made of Sonia Sotomayor’s life, her Puerto Rican background, her modest, if not poor, childhood, her mother, what her Latina-ness means to her, her involvement in civil rights organizations, etc. It’s both a big part … Continue reading
Sonia Sotomayor, nominated by President Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court, has taught a course on Federal Appellate Court advocacy at Columbia for several years. While President Obama’s adjunct teaching job at the University of Chicago is often cited … Continue reading
The ABA Law Student Division circulated this information today for graduating students who need health insurance: Numerous graduating third year law students who are either currently unemployed or on deferred employment have inquired about the availability of health insurance … Continue reading
Via Concurring Opinions, the ToC: 2009 Survey of Books Related to the Law Foreward Erwin Chemerinsky, Why Write?, 107 Mich. L. Rev. 881 (2009) Classic Revisited Rodney A. Smolla, Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451, 107 Mich. L. Rev. 895 (2009) Reviews Gene … Continue reading
Via Concurring Opinions, the ToC for the most recent issue of the William & Mary Law Review: Symposium: The Citizen Lawyer Paul D. Carrington & Roger C. Cramton, Original Sin and Judicial Independence: Providing Accountability for Justices Lawrence M. Friedman, … Continue reading
For background, go here. From an account at the HuffPo: … “I struggled every single day to maintain my law school studies, in the face of incredible stress and anxiety,” Williams said in a prepared statement. “Still, I refused to … Continue reading
From the FLP mailbox: CONTACT: Media Education Foundation Dr. Chyng Sun (617)733-8091 | email: email@example.com The way filmmakers Chyng Sun and Miguel Picker see it, the cure for bad speech is more speech. That’s exactly why they’ve come up with … Continue reading
The University of South Carolina School of Law’s Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year is: Prof. Danielle Holley-Walker!
Hooray! Proof that our students have excellent judgment and taste.
The 7.2 million jury verdict was handed down this afternoon in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of West Virginia. Former Miss West Virginia, Allison Williams, filed a lawsuit in 2005 against 59 defendants who posted advertisements on pornographic … Continue reading
Press release here. Via Leiter.
Editors: Kathleen A. Bergin and Tracy L. McGaugh Hurricane Katrina was unlike any other weather disaster to hit the United States in the way it exposed deficiencies in federal, state, and local disaster planning and management. It was also unique … Continue reading
Rather a heinous loss for Temple Law, but a great hire for Maryland, which announced (in part): David J. Ramsay, DM, DPhil, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, today announced the appointment of Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM, as … Continue reading
Inside HigherEd carried this interview under the heading, “The Evolution of American Women’s Studies.” In it, Alice E. Ginsberg, the editor of The Evolution of American Women’s Studies: Reflections on Triumphs, Controversies and Change (Palgrave Macmillan), talks about how … Continue reading
Current Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh has been nominated by President Obama to serve as the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. Taking his place as Acting Dean is Prof. Kate Stith. More here.
Columbia Law School division. This lecture series is advertising this speaker line up: ‘Hate Speech’ and Incitement to Violence This workshop series is being convened by Professor Kendall Thomas and Lecturer-in-Law Peter Molnar, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for … Continue reading
Tomorrow the International Law Society at my law school hosts its annual fund raiser. It’s an all you can eat lunch comprised of donated homemade ethnic foods. Here are the University-related fundraisers I’ve already contributed to this academic year: the … Continue reading
“Deconstructing the First Year: How Law School Experiences Lead to Misunderstandings of What Lawyers Do”
Great post you should read by this title at Clinicians With Not Enough To Do.
Read her essay by this title here. It begins: There are right now two lawsuits being prosecuted by black women lawyers that are quietly making their way around the Internet. A little too quietly for my taste. …
Brian Leiter has the names here. All five are terrific candidates.
Many of Columbia’s peer schools have recently undertaken reforms in their grading systems. Harvard and Stanford have moved in the direction of Yale’s system – three passing grades (1: Honors/High Pass, 2: Pass and 3: Restricted Credit/Low Pass) and … Continue reading
This CNN article asserts that law professors (Number 14 on the list of “Jobs with under 40-hour work weeks”) work an average of 35.2 hours per week and 1664 hours each year, and earn $158,353. To which I reply: … Continue reading
Candidate X guest posted here, asking for advice about going on the teaching market while breastfeeding an infant. FLP readers offered a lot of kind support both on blog and off. No surprise there – you’re feminists! Here’s an update … Continue reading
Details here and here. Paul Secunda has some observations here.
Here, at A Woman In Law School.
How much ad revenue can various for profit blogs reap off the misery and misfortunes of a desperate and depressed law student?
A lot, apparently. I’m not going to link to any of them, because whether they are being disgustingly licentious or self-aggrandizingly professing great concern, at the end of the day they are all about the links and the clicks and … Continue reading
Law Schools Ranked By the Number of Corrupt Public Officials They Graduated As usual, Yale and Harvard come out on top. (You might have already guessed the source.)
There are currently between 10-15 active law school dean searches being conducted around the country. It’s no secret that women, people of color, and every other category of academic short of a white male are under-represented in the higher reaches … Continue reading
Paul Caron has a critique of the proposal here. The impact on student/faculty ratio was one of the arguments that finally persuaded the doubters at my law school to hire a professional, full time legal writing faculty, which has been … Continue reading
“10 things I didn’t learn in law school” is here, at A Public Defender. Don’t miss the Kingsfield clip at the end! Via Law Ingenue.
From Feminist Law Prof Suzanne Kim (Rutgers-Newark), this notice of an upcoming conference: Rutgers School of Law-Newark is pleased to be celebrating its centennial this year. To honor the law school’s tradition of contributing to social justice, we are … Continue reading
So I’m probably the only one who missed this interesting development in the ongoing saga of reform of the ABA Standards for the Approval of Law Schools. There has been much hoo-ha and concern about the Special Committee Reports on … Continue reading
Instead of the traditional Faculty Recruitment Conference, what if the AALS coordinated a matching program Ã la medical school residencies? My talented colleague Karl Coplan made this suggestion during a recruiting break today. I have initial thoughts on … Continue reading
I simultaneously like and dislike the Faculty Recruitment Conference. I like meeting people, reading the scholarship of professors-to-be; talking to candidates about their interests in teaching and scholarship; seeing friends from other faculties; spending time with my current colleagues … Continue reading
I’m writing for advice on an issue peculiar to female law profs and I was hoping that I could post a question on Feminist Law Profs seeking advice. Specifically, I am on the legal teaching market this year and I … Continue reading
Texas Tech University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Law. The preferred date for the individual to begin duties is on or about July 15, 2009. Texas Tech University, with over 28,000 students, … Continue reading
Brian Leiter has another post about grading changes at several top law schools, noting: “There are rumors aplenty that Columbia and NYU may move to something like the Yale system of essentially two grades–Honors/Pass–now that Harvard and Stanford are going … Continue reading
Concurring Opinions features the tables of contents of select law reviews when new issues appear. Judging by the first names, admittedly an imperfect measure, it looks like neither the Michigan Law Review nor the Boston College Law Review published anything … Continue reading
Both the percentage and actual number of enrolled women students has been dropping at the University of South Carolina School of Law, and at a number of other law schools I am aware of. Part of the explanation is that … Continue reading
Inspired by recent events at my own institution as well as conversations with other feminist law profs I’ve run into at recent conferences, here’s a pattern I see â€“ wonder if others experience this. One fem law prof summed … Continue reading
From the Chicago Sun-Times: On the eve of today’s 221st anniversary of the U.S. Constitution’s adoption, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told conservative lawyers in Chicago that the University of Chicago Law School : where he used to teach … Continue reading
The first contest asks for a critical analysis of the absence of birthing rights issues from gender discrimination and feminist jurisprudence textbooks and curricula (in fact, none of the top three casebooks used in law school courses dedicated to gender … Continue reading
Ever notice how a law school has a unique “office door” culture? Apart from the institutional open door/closed door vibe, schools also seem to have unique institutional personalities in terms of what professors do (or do not) post on their … Continue reading
The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession has announced its Video/Essay Competition on the topic, “Gender Diversity: Have we solved the problem? If not, where do we go from here?” The competition is open to law students and … Continue reading
This just in from the AALS: Statement Adopted by AALS Executive Committee August 15, 2008 The AALS 2009 Annual Meeting will take place January 6-10, 2009, in San Diego, California. Several years ago the Association booked rooms at the San … Continue reading
Because Al Brophy is both incredibly cool, and also a good friend, I think he will let me get away with pirating this post: This morning’s CLIP service brings news that Janet Halley’s talk on becoming the Royall Chair at … Continue reading
So I’m at a really great law prof conference. Best highlight so far was seeing Bridget Crawford, and listening to her interesting observations about the intersection of tax law and feminist legal theory. In addition to being a brilliant … Continue reading
â€œImagining Sadie”is a short film produced by Penn Law students Haley Goldman, J.D. 2009; B.B. Liu, J.D. 2008; and Melissa Mao, J.D. 2009. It tells the story of Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander as she exists in the imaginations of … Continue reading
This year the New England School of Law celebrates its centennial. It was founded in 1908 as a women’s law school. The school’s website (here) lists some of the great events planned to mark the occasion, including … Continue reading
Check out Historiann’s posts here and here.