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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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South Carolina Bar Examination Weirdness

Five days after releasing the results of last July’s Bar Exam results, the South Carolina Judicial Department decided that 20 additional bar takers should pass. This was the first time that graduates of the new Charleston School of Law could … Continue reading

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Anita Allen on Philosophy

From The Philadelphia Inquirer: Penn’s Anita Allen is at the top of her field, but she has serious concerns about its lack of openness and diversity. By Carlin Romano Anita Allen remembers an extraordinary remark made by one of her … Continue reading

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The Market for Law Professors

From the FLP mailbox (see also): The Market for Law Professors is an empirical study of the legal academic labor market.   Professors Tracey George (Vanderbilt University) and Albert Yoon (Northwestern University) are the principal investigators.   George and Yoon … Continue reading

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O Canada!

So I’m in Canada, wearing a jacket my pocket debris suggests I haven’t warn in four years, since the last time I was here. It was 85 degrees Fahrenheit when I left South Carolina, so I packed the coat in … Continue reading

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Don’t You Have Something More Important To Do?

I just thought I’d get that tired derailment query out there, since it is inevitably raised when you ask a question that makes someone uncomfortable. No, for the next three or four minutes, I don’t. Regarding the expression “law porn,” … Continue reading

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Guess I’m not going to get a serious answer…

Dan Solove posted about “A Law Porn Blog” here at Concurring Opinions. I raised this query: “I’m curious, why is the analogy/metaphor law PORN?” And I’d really like to know why “porn” is the descriptor of choice for fancy brochures … Continue reading

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“Intellectual Subway 101″

Feminist and litigator Nicole L. Black has a post at Sui Generis discussing the strange news about a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, and his decision to show a video clip from a film called”Really, Really … Continue reading

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Words to the Wise New Feminist Law Professor

Today’s New York Lawyer carried this  opinion-piece of advice from Elizabeth Rotenberg-Schwartz, a fourth-year associate in an NYC  law firm.   Her “Words to the Wise” are “tips for newbies, including the advice she regrets not following herself.”   Most … Continue reading

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Advice For Erwin Chemerinsky

Over at TaxProf Blog, Paul Caron is collecting blog post recommendations for the founding Dean of U.C. Irvine’s new law school. I contributed something here. Because I was given a strict 250 word limit, I didn’t mention bathroom parity but … Continue reading

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“Why Women Leave Academic Medicine”

Here’s a link to the Inside Higher Ed article with this title. There are some obvious parallels here between academic medicine and academic law. –Tracy McGaugh

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Of The “Most Cited Scholars in Intellectual Property/Cyberlaw Since 2000,” Half Are Women!

Woohoo, I love my scholarly subject area! Here’s the list, as computed by Brian Leiter: 1. Mark Lemley (Stanford University): 2110 citations, age 41. 2. Robert Merges (University of California, Berkeley): 1280 citations, age 48. 3. Pamela Samuelson (University of … Continue reading

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That U.C. Irvine Law School

Over at MoneyLaw (and also at her own blog) Belle Lettre provides background and a link round up of the Chemerinsky debacle, and Brain Leiter’s most recent post on the subject adds even more details. Yesterday Chemerinsky had an Op-Ed … Continue reading

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Law Prof Opportunity!

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS:WILLIAM S. BOYD SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for at least one tenure-track Associate Professor or tenured Full Professor of Law position, with appointment to begin with the 2008-2009 academic year. We have substantial flexibility in … Continue reading

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Miami is looking for visitors, and it’s a very cool law school in pleasingly warm climate!

The University of Miami School of Law is looking for several visitors for the 2008-09 school year. We are particularly interested in commercial law, civil procedure, family law, and T&E. If coming to Miami for a year of work and … Continue reading

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Props and News!

I just saw the [below] post in which FeministLawProf David Cohen gave props to me and Christine Hurt for giving props to him in our Interactive Citation Workbook and Workstation exercise. I specifically chose David’s post as a citation example … Continue reading

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A Model for Citation

I taught Legal Methods last year, and one of the great ways I found to teach 1Ls how to cite is the Interactive Citation Workstation. Added plus is that both of the authors of the exercises are Feminist Law Profs: … Continue reading

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“Contracts Spotlight: Eboni Nelson”

Check out this post at ContractsProf Blog to read about our awesome new colleague. Via Susan Kuo. –Ann Bartow

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Does Your Law School Have A Lactation Room?

American University’s Washington College of Law does. The Pence Law Library created a new service for its female students/mothers. One of its new study rooms has been designated as the “Lactation Room”. Following a trend of University Libraries across the … Continue reading

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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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No surprises that satisfaction lower among female and minority faculty…

Inside Higher Ed reports on a study by  the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) based at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Speaking of the study, which examined  recruitment and retention of next generation professors, Inside … Continue reading

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More About Law Prof Blogging…

Recent scholarship on this topic includes: Nancy Levit, Scholarship Advice for New Law Professors in the Electronic Age J. Robert Brown, Blogs, Law School Rankings, and the Race to the Bottom Jan Ryan Novak and Leslie A. Pardo, The Evolving … Continue reading

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Oh for the love of…

Exactly what possessed Eugene Volokh to look into the sexual orientation of female law profs whose scholarship gets cited a lot? See his “update” at end of this post and try to avoid banging your head on the computer monitor.

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Honing Students’ Critical Thinking Skills

From Feminist Philosophers: A tricky but important thing to teach critical thinking students is how to distinguish illegitimate ad hominem attacks from legitimate questions about a source of information. There’s a nice example in this article on Katie Roiphe.  Roiphe … Continue reading

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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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Eugene Volokh Defends Female-Free Federalist Society Events

Here. No wonder he has to pose all his questions about menstruation on his blog. –Ann Bartow Update: A telling exchange culled from the comments: David Bernstein wrote: Unlike most Fed Society events, the panels at the Bork event were … Continue reading

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Couldn’t The Federalist Society Find A Woman Who Would Say Nice Things About Robert H. Bork?

I guess not! As Eric Muller notes, though, there might have been some female servers at the luncheon. –Ann Bartow Update: Eric Muller notices yet another all male Federalist Society event. Update 2: Mary Dudziak notes: “It looks as if … 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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“Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America”

From the FLP mailbox: Juan Perea, Richard Delgado, Angela Harris, Jean Stefancic, and Stephanie Wildman are pleased to announce the June publication of the Second Edition of Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America available from West. … 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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“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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Belle Lettre, “The Female Body, Dissected”

Belle Lettre has an interesting post called “The Female Body, Dissected” at her excellent blog that you can read here.

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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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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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Eric Muller’s Uncle Leo

I don’t really have a feminist angle on this topic, but I think you should read the posts here.

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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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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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Fuck, SSRN Rankings

SSRN is the Social Science Research Network, a for profit online depository and distribution network for academic papers with an all-male Board of Trustees. My law school pays a fee to SSRN so that my colleagues and I can upload … Continue reading

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Deborah Merritt, “Bias, the Brain, and Student Evaluations of Teaching”

The abstract: Student evaluations of teaching are a common fixture at American law schools, but they harbor surprising biases. Extensive psychology research demonstrates that these assessments respond overwhelmingly to a professor’s appearance and nonverbal behavior; ratings based on just thirty … Continue reading

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Feminist Legal Theory Research Guide

Pace University Law Librarian and Adjunct Professor Cynthia Pittson has updated her useful Feminist Legal Theory Research Guide, available here. -Bridget Crawford

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Some Law Students Need Advice

A student who sits immediately in front of them in various classes with assigned seats persists in watching pornography on his large screened laptop during course lectures. What, if anything, should they do about this?   I have suggested leaning … 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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Not Exactly A Model of Clarity

I generally like the jurisprudence of Justice Breyer, because I often agree with his views of the law, and really, how could I not like a Supreme Court Justice who used to be a copyright law teaching law professor?   … 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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