Category Archives: Law Teaching

They Always Eat the Boy

“Why do they always eat the boy?”  That was the (not-really-serious) question my witty colleague Sasha Greenawalt whispered to me when someone mentioned the case of  Regina v. Dudley and Stephens,  14 Q.B.D. 273  (1884), that staple of first-year Criminal … Continue reading

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Taxing Sarah Palin’s Per Diem

The Washington Post has a story today about how the State of Alaska paid Sarah Palin a per diem for days when she was at her home in Wasilla. As a tax teacher, the first question that popped into my … Continue reading

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Erika Abner, ““Situated Learning and the Role of Relationships: A Study of Mentoring in Law Firms”

Abstract: This article examines the multiple workplace influences, including mentors and other developmental relationships, on the growth and development of young lawyers from law school through the first few years of practice. Eleven lawyers in six different large multi-service law … Continue reading

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Someone Needs To Teach A Course In “Tee Shirt Law”

From here: A routine trip to the Social Security office Monday turned into 30 minutes of shock, disbelief and irritation for Lapriss Gilbert, who was forced to leave the federal building by a guard who objected to her “lesbian.com” T-shirt. … Continue reading

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“Herr Professor Daddy? I didn’t think so.”

Post every woman academic should read, here.

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A Few Observations About Mentoring

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

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Lard Help Me, I Like Glenn Reynolds

I got to know him last year at a party, and then I was on a really fun panel with him a couple of days ago. I don’t agree with him about very much, to put it mildly, but face … Continue reading

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Professor Obama on sexuality, gender and health

Must reading for all law profs – the NY Times has published eight of the exams (scroll to bottom of link) given by Barack Obama while he was teaching at the University of Chicago Law School, together with two sample … Continue reading

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Law Prof Blog Recommendations: Increasing the Estrogen

We here at Feminist Law Professors don’t care about “size.” There isn’t a publicly accessible Site Meter here because we do not run commercial advertisements, and we try to offer some small measure of privacy protection to our readers. Publicly … Continue reading

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On Bullying in the Academic Workplace

Check out Historiann’s posts here and here.

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Teaching Materials Network

From the FLP mailbox. this announcement of the “Teaching Materials Network,” a list of those willing to share teaching materials: The AALS New Law Professors Workshop is this week, and among the resources our new colleagues will be told about … Continue reading

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Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews and Journals

My colleague Allen Rostron and I have updated our charts about law review submissions/expedites and law review rankings from different sources for the summer and fall 2008 submission season. The first chart contains information about each journal’s preferences about methods … Continue reading

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“Counting Outsiders: A Critical Exploration of Outsider Course Enrollment in Candian Legal Education”

Feminist Law Prof Kim Brooks and  co-authors Natasha Bakht (Ottawa), Gillian Calder (U Victoria),  Jennifer  Koshan (Calgary), Sonia Lawrence (Osgoode Hall), Carissima Mathen (New Brunswick) and Debra Parkes (Manitoba) have posted to SSRN their article, “Counting Outsiders: A Critical Exploration … Continue reading

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Valuing Theorists, Valuing Practitioners in the Legal Academy

Over at Best Practices in Legal Education, Mary Lynch (Albany) ruminates on faculty hiring: I am not of the opinion that only expert practitioners can teach in accordance with Best Practices and Carnegie.     Just as the young faculty … Continue reading

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Rachel J. Anderson, “Revisiting the Imperial Scholar: Market Failure on Law Review?”

Abstract: This article argues for reforms in the institution of student-run law reviews. Specifically, it calls for an increased understanding of the potential for bias in the article-selection process. Further it calls for institutional retraining to support the implementation of … Continue reading

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Profile of FSU’s Steven Gey

He’s a wonderful person, as I don’t have to tell anyone reading this post, and reading this article will make you weepy. Via Leiter.

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Response of (Right On!) Members of the Wash U. School of Law Faculty To The Schlafly Honorary Degree

May 9, 2008 Chancellor Mark Wrighton Washington University in St. Louis One Brookings Drive St. Louis, MO 63130 Dear Chancellor Wrighton, We are extremely disappointed that the University has chosen to honor Phyllis Schlafly with an honorary degree at this … Continue reading

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Congratulations to the Class of 2008!

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“Harvard Law Faculty Commits to Open Access to Scholarship”

Info/Law has the scoop. Here’s an excerpt: I’ve been sitting on this post for what seems like an eternity, but the news embargo has been lifted, and we’re all free to share the fantastic news from Harvard Law School, where … Continue reading

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“My teaching philosophy is starting to mirror that of Morpheus in The Matrix, who told his pupil, Neo: ‘I can only point you to the door. It is you who has to walk through it.’”

So says Anxious Black Woman, in this post entitled “Advocacy on Behalf of Students of Color.” It gave me a lot to think about, for both general and specific (but unfortunately non-bloggable) reasons. Some students arrogantly demand special privileges, while … Continue reading

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South Carolina Law Students Vote Susan Kuo “Best Professor”

And I think they got that one exactly right! Learn more about Feminist Law Prof and all around great colleague Susan Kuo here.

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Announcement: 2008 Law School Summer Boot Camp for Students of Color

Having more lawyers of color is essential to the well-being of communities of color. In fact, a recent National Jurist Article, a journal for law students, talked about the disappearing black and Latino law student. This is particularly problematic. The … Continue reading

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“JoAnne A. Epps named dean of Temple’s Beasley School of Law”

Read the official announcement here. Below is an excerpt: … As associate dean of academic affairs at Temple Law since 1989, Epps has served as the primary liaison between the dean and the law faculty; overseen student administrative operations, from … Continue reading

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“Mobblog” on Legal Education

Here, at Madisonian.net! Featuring comments by some of my favorite law profs.

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Feminist Jurisprudence Day at Hamline, April 11, 2008!

Hamline University Klas Center St. Paul, Minnesota A day of dialogue on gender and the state. Students, legal practitioners, and community advocates encouraged to attend. Our list of panelists continues to grow. See the list below for details. Morning Panels … Continue reading

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Let’s Hear About Feminist Law Profs Who Are Extraordinary Law Teachers

From Professor Michael Hunter Schwartz (Washburn), this notice and call for participation in his study of “extraordinary law teachers”: Having signed a contract with Harvard University Press to publish What the Best Law Teachers Do in 2011, I have the … Continue reading

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A Gender Comparison of Professors of Comparative Law vs. Human Rights Law vs. Immigration Law at New York City Law Schools

The Association of American Law Schools Directory of Law Teachers has many lists, including compilations of professors’ self-reported teaching fields. The AALS also issues a regular Statistical Report on Law Facultry (2006-2007 version here) that contains all sorts of interesting … Continue reading

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CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS ANNOUNCES NEW FELLOWSHIP WITH COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL

The Center for Reproductive Rights today announces a new fellowship with Columbia Law School for graduates pursuing legal academic careers in reproductive health and human rights. The Center-Columbia Fellow will be affiliated with both Columbia Law School and the Center, … Continue reading

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Live Blog Report from the University of Baltimore’s Feminist Legal Theory Conference

Today the University of Baltimore School of Law hosts the conference, “Can You Hear Us Now: How New Feminist Legal Theories and Feminisms Are Changing Society?”   Currently under way is the day’s fourth and final panel, “Culture and Third … Continue reading

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On Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29, the CUNY School of Law and the Center for Diversity in the Legal Profession will host the 2008 Haywood Burns Conference: “Teaching Law in a Multi-cultural, Multi-lingual Context”

Among the topics to be presented: Providing access and diversity through Pipeline programs * The immigrant experience in law school * Understanding the multiplicity of”cultures”within law students * Clinical approaches to multiculturalism from the perspective of faculty, student, and client … Continue reading

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“That She’ll Be There To Show Me ‘Round, Whenever Comes That Day.”

Eric Muller, one of my favorite law prof blawgers, recently lost his mother. He posted a very nice tribute to her here, and gave me kind permission to link. –Ann Bartow

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“Faculty Seminar on Active Shooter”

Stripped only of logistical and personally identifying information, here is the text of an e-mail I received: Faculty, instructors, teaching assistants and others who teach at USC are invited to participate in this seminar on active shooter situations. Topics include: … Continue reading

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New Law School Ratings Approach May Benefit Women

Via Nancy Rapoport at Money Law and Brian Leiter, consider this article at Inside Higher Ed about a new approach to rating law schools that will be published by The Green Bag, and rather unsubtly called The Deadwood Report. (NB: … Continue reading

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Know a lost literary classic suitable for use in law school?

Leave your suggestions here!

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“It’s More Than a Living”

At Center of Gravitas, GayProf has a post up about why he likes teaching history. A recent reminder at another blog about how lucky we law profs are made me especially happy to read it. Below is a short excerpt … Continue reading

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Rate My Law Professor: Presidential Candidate Division

The WSJ Blog is soliciting comments about Prof. Obama’s classroom performance here. Prof. Clinton has been out of the classroom since 1980 (the “career highlights” section notes her stint that U of Arkansas, Little Rock) so her teaching evals are … Continue reading

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Violence Against Law Profs

SSRN’s LSN Legal Educator e-mail notice from today included an abstract for a new article by Carol Parker of U. of Tennessee-Knoxville College of Law, nursing professor Sandra Thomas (also of UTK), and Dr. Helen Smith of violentkids.com. This article … Continue reading

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I’m persuaded I overrreacted to something. Apologies to Rick Garnett. –Ann Bartow

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Marc Bousquet, “How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation”

From this site: As much as we think we know about the modern university, very little has been said about what it’s like to work there. Instead of the high-wage, high-profit world of knowledge work, most campus employees : including … Continue reading

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The Gender of Legal History?

The always wonderful Al Brophy is guest blogging at the Legal History Blog, and he has a post up expressing concern about an apparent gender imbalance among legal historians. –Ann Bartow

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Thank-You Notes After Academic Interviews

My sister, Maureen Crawford Hentz, is the “Manager of Talent Acquisition” at Osram Sylvania and a blogger for boston.com on HR matters.   We had a long discussion over the vacation about the value of thank-you notes sent by job … Continue reading

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Marina Angel, “Women Lawyers of All Colors Steered to Contingent Positions in Law Schools and Law Firms”

Abstract: This article examines the drastic organizational changes that have taken place in law firms and law schools in the last thirty years and how they have seriously disadvantaged women. Women have been almost 50% of law school graduating classes … Continue reading

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What To Make Of This?

Every once in a while I visit Overheard In Law School. So far, to my great relief, I haven’t read anything familiar there, meaning as far as I can tell, none of the embarrasing comments were mine. But there’s always … Continue reading

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Campus Interview Mistakes to Avoid

During faculty recruitment season, candidates trade information about schools’ hiring practices.   Active faculty members trade information on candidates with internal and national colleagues.   Here is some gathered advice for candidates about the campus interview.   Very little of … Continue reading

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“The Rocky Road To The Ivory Tower”

Ann Farmer provides an overview of the law school hiring trend toward disproportionately steering women to nontenure-track positions here. Via Ms.JD.

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On Being an Academic and a Mother

Via Feminist Philosophers, this essay entitled: “Making a Place for the Other: A Letter to My Daughter” by Janet A. Kourany of the University of Notre Dame, via the Fall 2007 APA Newsletter. Below is an excerpt: … I have … Continue reading

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How Not To Give A Pre-Exam Pep Talk

Advice from a 1L here. I remember receiving a pretty lousy pep talk as a 1L from a law prof who told a story about thinking she flunked an exam, freaking out and crying for days, but actually getting an … Continue reading

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Hammer v. University of Michigan’s School of Law

This blog asserts: In Hammer v. University of Michigan, Peter Hammer charges the University of Michigan Law School with anti-gay discrimination. Professor Hammer is the first openly gay professor to be considered for tenure at the University of Michigan Law … Continue reading

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“1.8 million pages of federal case law to become freely available.”

“Public.Resource.Org and Fastcase, Inc. announced today that they will release a large and free archive of federal case law, including all Courts of Appeals decisions from 1950 to the present and all Supreme Court decisions since 1754. The archive will … Continue reading

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On Not Looking Like A Law Professor

Read Kevin Maillard’s post at Blackprof here. Been there. Been there so often I wrote about it too (see page 19), but not nearly as engagingly. –Ann Bartow

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