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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Director, Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) and Associate or Full Professor at the U of Oregon

Position: Director for the Center for the Study of Women in Society and tenured associate or full professor. Three-year renewable appointment as CSWS Director beginning as early as September 2008. The Director’s academic appointment will be .5 FTE in CSWS … Continue reading

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Law Schools Need To Stop Lying!

Seriously, lying to improve Useless News & World Distort rankings is despicable, and yet there is good evidence that it is happening here. –Ann Bartow

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Eric Muller On Why The Federalist Society Is Indeed “Particularly Unusual” On Matters Of Race And Gender Diversity

Here. Below is an excerpt: What distinguishes the Federalist Society, I suggest, is that it, alone among legal scholars’ groups, is not uncomfortable with the patterns of gender disparity that Eugene has identified, and is therefore not interested in working … Continue reading

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More On Federalist Society Gender Imbalances

Last year’s Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention featured few women. Out of 110 people listed on the program, looks like only 10 women participated, and 3 of them were “moderators” rather than speakers. One of the all-male panels convened around … Continue reading

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The Percentage of Female Law Students Declines

According to these statistics from the American Bar Association, the percentage of female J.D. candidates declined from 47.5% in 2005-2006 to 46.90% in 2006-2007.   The drop is attributable to a decline in 1L female enrollment (46.90% in 2005-2006 vs. … Continue reading

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ABA Proposal Threatens Diversity In Legal Education

The ABA has put out a story on the “ABA Newsroom” section of its web site titled “ABA Legal Education Section Publishes Proposed Interpretation of Bar Passage Standard for Approval of Law Schools.” In the 5th paragraph, Council of Legal … Continue reading

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Maybe They Should Just Change The Name To Male Law School?

So last year’s list of YLS visitoring law profs was 90% male. According to Leiter, this is the 2007-08 roster: Yale Law School William LaPiana (New York Law Sch.) Mitchel Lasser (Cornell University) Thomas Merrill (Columbia University) Theodore Ruger (University … Continue reading

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Score One For Difference Feminism As A Study Of Immigration Courts Finds: “One of the most significant factors determining whether a judge would be likely to approve asylum petitions was sex, the study found. Female immigration judges grant asylum at a 44 percent higher rate than their male colleagues.”

The study, by law profs Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Philip Schrag and Andrew Schoenholtz is accessible here. Below is the abstract: This study analyzes databases of merits decisions from all four levels of the asylum adjudication process: 133,000 decisions by 884 asylum … Continue reading

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Janet Conney v. The Regents of the University of California, et al.

The AAUW’s summary is here, below is an excerpt: … In 1998, Conney received a geriatric psychiatry fellowship position at UCLA where she researched, published, and was mentored by senior colleagues. The department director offered her a promotion to assistant … Continue reading

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Jason P. Nance and Dylan J. Steinberg, “The Law Review Article Selection Process: Results from a National Study”

The abstract: The student-edited law review has been a much criticized institution. Many commentators have expressed their belief that students are unqualified to determine which articles should be published in which journals, but these discussions have been largely based on … Continue reading

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“Harvard Isn’t Enough”

Caryn McTighe Musil reports in Ms. Magazine: … [B]etween 1986 and 2006, the percentage of women [University] presidents has risen from 10 percent to 23 percent. Yet women continue to advance more slowly up faculty ranks and earn less salary … Continue reading

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About Tenure

At Balkinization, Brian Tamanaha posted “Straight Talk About Tenure” in which he criticizes the tenure system for giving powerful protection to lazy, under performing law professors. Every faculty has a few bad apples, but I think Tamanaha might underestimate the … Continue reading

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The JD Project

Feminist Law Prof Vernellia Randall writes: The JD Project’s mission is to increase the racial diversity of the legal profession with specific attention on helping minority students excel in law school and pass the bar. I am writing both to … Continue reading

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An Important Copyright Case About Photos of Naked Women, As Discussed By Men

From the Tech Law Forum: Counsel for Perfect 10 v. Google Square Off On February 2, 2007, Justin Hughes, Director of the Cardozo Law School’s intellectual property program, moderated a panel discussion at Santa Clara University. The talk focused on … Continue reading

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AALS Workshop on Family Law: Bridging the Gap Between Social Science and Law

Family law scholars have increasingly turned to the empirical sciences in their teaching and scholarship to help define problems worthy of exploration, provide the data necessary to develop and test hypotheses, and deepen their understanding of the interaction between law, … Continue reading

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Reports of Strife At Ave Maria School of Law

Mirror of Justice has an account. Below is an excerpt: “… As evidenced by a number of documents available on the internet [link], as well as by some rather angry, though sometimes humorous blogs [link], and by the experience and … Continue reading

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Boalt Dean Recommends Expulsion For Law Student Who Posted Threat Re: U.C. Hastings?

I can’t find an authenticatable source for this, just several blog entries, such as this one and this one. The first link seems to be to a real blog, at least. The second linked blog may be a piece of … Continue reading

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Anonymous Threat on “AutoAdmit” re: U.C. Hastings Is Dispatched By Law Enforcement

Brian Leiter has an account here.

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Tennessee Seeks Visiting Faculty for Spring 2008

The University of Tennessee College of Law seeks visitor(s) for Spring 2008. Tennessee needs visitors to teach tax, wills & trusts, and family law in the Spring 2008 semester. For more information, or to apply, contact Doug Blaze, Art Stolnitz … Continue reading

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THERE’S NO CRYING IN LAW SCHOOL!

The inquiry recently posted by Nate Oman at Concurring Opinions and re-posted at Feminist Law Profs about part-time employment possibilities for lawyers made me think of the scene in A League of Their Own in which the manager of the … Continue reading

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Something About The Timing Gives Me Pause

Over at Concurring Opinions, David Hoffman began a post about the WaPo article on Xoxohth’s “law school hotties” contest with these words: Reputation Defender is a new start-up that seeks to commodify internet self-help. According to yesterday’s WashingtonPost article on … Continue reading

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Trial Advocacy Competition Rape Problem

An anonymous e-mailer expressed deep concern about the fact pattern chosen by the Texas Young Lawyers Association to be the basis of the final rounds of its National Trial Advocacy Competition. An edited version of the email text is as … Continue reading

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Oh, Great

David Lat is now running a “Law Librarian Legal Hotties” contest at Above the Law. How do I know this? The Law Librarian Blog. Oh yuck. Or rhyming words to that effect. Will this generate the same tasteful commentaries (see … Continue reading

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Legal Scrutiny For University Ties to Loan Lenders

According to this NYT article, there is: … a sharpening focus by government officials on the often undisclosed relationships between loan companies and colleges and universities, particularly as tuition has soared and private student loans have become a lucrative, fast-growing … Continue reading

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More Disinformation About Law Faculty Hiring

Over at MoneyLaw Tom Bell is asserting that “at least in terms of hiring, women and minorities enjoy significant advantages.” He bases this claim on data that says nothing about the qualifications of the underlying pool of applicants, and completely … Continue reading

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And the Number of Female Authors Published In the January 2007 Edition of the Yale Law Journal Appears To Be…

Zero.

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Brian Leiter Poses The Query: “How Far Will Law Schools Go to Win the Rankings Race?”

And answers: Why, as far as it takes, of course, at least as long as manipulation and deceit yield results. Rankings metrics could value (and therefore incentivize) things like diversity in student bodies, instead of rewarding rich law schools for … Continue reading

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New On-Line Forum on Gender & Legal Education/Profession

We received this e-mail notice of a new on-line community concerned with gender issues in legal education and the legal profession: This past year, a group of women from law schools across the country met to discuss gender issues both … Continue reading

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Her Husband Got Her the Job, Isn’t He Awesome?

Many extremely brilliant law professors are romantically paired with other law professors; on a personal level, some of my favorite people in legal education are part of “two law prof” couples; and there is an overlap between these categories that … Continue reading

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Geoffrey Stone on “Gay Marriage in New Jersey”

At the U of Chicago Law School’s Faculty Blog. Here is an excerpt: We have come a long way. I remember the first time a student wrote on a classroom blackboard “Come to the First Meeting of Gay Law Students … Continue reading

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“How To Land A Rich Man” Reconfigured As Advice For The Fundraising Law Dean

Last summer the wretched Forbes (capitalist “tool“) published a “Special Report” called How To Land A Rich Man. The original text is unaltered and indented. Interspersed in italics are comments that are intended to adapt the advice for law school … Continue reading

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Check Out The Cocky Law Blawg!

The Cocky Law Blawg features “Legal Research Tips & Musings from the Coleman Karesh Law Library,” and is based at the University of South Carolina School of Law, so you just know it’s cool!

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“Poison Ivy”

The Economist has published a review of Daniel Golden’s book,”The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges:and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates.”The Economist review has as its subtitle: “Not so much palaces of … Continue reading

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It’s a pissing match, so having a penis is required.

The June 2006 edition of the Yale Law Journal is available here, and as Eric Muller notes, it boasts a Colloquium with “head-turningly nasty exchanges between Yale lawprof Jed Rubenfeld and Minnesota lawprof Michael Stokes Paulsen.” It also contains three … Continue reading

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Cat Blogging One’s Way To Tenure and Promotion?

I’m not a regular Instapundit reader, but I’ve been to that site enough to have a general sense of the typical posts, and I found this one rather flabbergasting: SOME THOUGHTS ON ACADEMIC BLOGGING from me and from some other … Continue reading

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AALS Annual Meeting Program Notice: THE CHANGED ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF LAW SCHOOLS AND ITS IMPACT ON FACULTY

The topic is of crucial importance to law profs. The facilitators were chosen to represent diverse teaching constituencies in brief opening statements and over half the program will be an open discussion among all the participants (facilitators and audience). THE … Continue reading

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A New Gender Divide in Colleges

The NY times has an interesting series on”the new gender divide”, citing Department of Education statistics that show women as more likely to graduate college with high honors:”men whatever their race or socioeconomic group, are less likely than women to … Continue reading

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Visiting, Gender, and Prestigious Law Schools

Brian Leiter compiled a list of folks visiting at “the six top law schools” next year and posted it here. Looks like out of ten visitors at Yale Law School, one of the most liberal law schools in the US … Continue reading

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On-Line Bullying By Law Students

See this post at the Law School Academic Support Blog. Via the Leiter Law School Reports, where Brian Leiter notes: One putatively prelaw discussion board–memorably described in the comments here as the place where “the amount of racism, anti-semitism, and … Continue reading

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Why So Few Female Supreme Court Law Clerks?

On June 29, 2006, the Supreme Court ended its 2005-2006 term.   The Justices employed 37 law clerks this past term, 13 of whom were women.   During the 2004-05 term, 15 of 35 law clerks were women.   Initial … Continue reading

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Sexism in the Classroom

Law student blogger la somnambule had this to say: In a seminar yesterday a few comments were passed. We were discussing the role of ‘undue influence’ in contract law. This doctrine was developed to assist people who have entered a … Continue reading

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Commencement!

Just returned from graduation, held outdoors at “The Horseshoe,” an old and very beautiful part of campus. The weather was cloudy but happily the rain stayed away, and it was nice not having the sun beat down on us, given … Continue reading

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Feminist Law Prof Michelle Anderson to Become Dean of the City University of New York School of Law!

From this press release: An academic leader with a passion for social justice, Professor Anderson is a graduate of Yale Law School where she was Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Editor of the Yale Journal of Law … Continue reading

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That Was A New One

Anyone who has served on a law school admissions committee, and read the truckload of applications that admissions committee service usually entails, is aware of the fact that letters of reference submitted by aspiring law students often contain accolades about … Continue reading

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Well This Stinks

University of Houston Law Center Dean Nancy Rapoport announced her resignation yesterday, effective May 31. A Houston Chronicle article reports that the resignation is related to the school’s fall in the U.S. News rankings. Here is an excerpt which I … Continue reading

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Oink.

So I’m glad that Iowa law prof Tung Yin and his family safely survived the Iowa City tornados, but I really could have lived without this exchange in the comments of his blog post about it: Glad you’re safe, Prof. … Continue reading

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“Gender Gap in Professorial Pay”

Paul Caron at TaxProf Blog has a post up with interesting (and depressing) information and additional links.

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Still More on the American Association of Law Deans, Tenure, and Long Term Contracts

For background, read this and this, two posts by Marina Angel. From “Law Deans Dispute ABA’s Tenure Power” by Leigh Jones in the National Law Journal: The American Law Deans Association has submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of … Continue reading

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Harvard Restocks the Faculty Shelves

According to the Leiter Law School Reports: In the last three years, Harvard has now hired eight faculty laterally to the tenured ranks: Jody Freeman from the University of California, Los Angeles Jack Goldsmith from the University of Virginia Daryl … Continue reading

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Update re: American Law Dean Assoc. (“ALDA”) Attack on Tenure and Long Term Contracts

See this post for background. Information continues to come in [about “ALDA”]. This is a right wing rump group of deans, a combination of deans of elite law schools who do not want to meet diversity requirements and barely accredited … Continue reading

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