Category Archives: Law Teaching
Details here and here. Paul Secunda has some observations here.
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
From the FLP Mailbox, this announcement of the annual law student writing competition sponsored by the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence: Law students are invited to submit articles addressing domestic violence and the law from a national or international … 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
From the Program’s homepage: Lawyers need to be knowledgeable participants in the cultural and social debates such films provoke about the significance of our roles in the creation and maintenance of a just, democratic society. To fulfill this role, we … Continue reading
From the FLP mailbox, this announcement of the NAPW Law Student Writing Competition: Issues of concern to pregnant and birthing women have often been missing from discussion in law school courses and among reproductive rights activists. Thanks in large part … 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
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
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
In the basic Wills, Trusts & Estates course, students learn that transfers brought about by undue influence, duress and fraud are invalid. The Restatement (Third) of Property: Wills and Other Donative Transfers § 8.3(b) defines undue influence this way: … Continue reading
“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
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
Erika Abner, “â€œSituated 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
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
Post every woman academic should read, here.
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
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
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
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
Check out Historiann’s posts here and here.
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
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
“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
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
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
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.
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
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
“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
And I think they got that one exactly right! Learn more about Feminist Law Prof and all around great colleague Susan Kuo here.
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
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
Here, at Madisonian.net! Featuring comments by some of my favorite law profs.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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