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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Updated SSRN Rankings of Tax Faculty

Ssrn_logo_71SSRN has updated its new monthly rankings of 307 American and international law school faculties and 1,500 law professors by (among other things) the number of paper downloads from the SSRN data base.  Here is the new list (through January 1, 2006) of the Top 25 Tax Faculty in two of the SSRN categories: all-time downloads and new downloads (within the past 12 months):

                                                             Top 25 Tax Faculty SSRN Rankings

  All-Time Downloads

  Recent Downloads

Tax Faculty (School)

Tax Rank

Overall Rank

Tax Rank

Overall Rank

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1

43

2

72

Edward McCaffery (USC)

2

91

1

66

David Schizer (Columbia)

3

115

12

212

David Walker (BU)

4

118

14

249

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

5

129

3

80

David Weisbach (Chicago)

6

134

9

156

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)

7

142

4

82

Steve Bank (UCLA)

8

146

6

116

Victor Fleischer (UCLA)

9

149

7

134

Terrence Chorvat (George Mason)

10

163

5

88

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

11

211

18

348

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

12

297

11

210

Elizabeth Garrett (USC)

13

314

21

381

Sam Thompson (UCLA)

14

343

-

1249

Barbara Fried (Stanford)

15

348

-

645

Lee Anne Fennell (Illinois)

16

371

19

374

Jeff Strnad (Stanford)

17

383

20

378

Theodore Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

18

387

13

225

Joseph Bankman (Stanford)

19

390

17

346

Calvin Johnson (Texas)

20

412

-

586

Kyle Logue (Michigan)

21

424

-

617

Tanina Rostain (New York)

22

426

8

139

Kirk Stark (UCLA)

23

436

15

271

Susan Pace Hamill (Alabama)

24

459

10

193

Leandra Lederman (Indiana)

25

480

25

494

Michael Asimow (UCLA)

-

490

-

685

David Duff (Toronto)

-

501

16

283

Michael Knoll (Pennsylvania)

-

592

23

452

Joseph Dodge (Florida State)

-

758

24

456

Hugh Ault (BC)

-

851

22

438

Note that this ranking includes tax professors with at least one tax paper on SSRN, and all papers (including non-tax papers) by these tax professors are included in the SSRN data.

The other SSRN ranking categories are:

These rankings, of course, are imperfect measures of faculty scholarly performance -- as are the existing ranking methodologies of reputation surveys, productivity counts, and citation counts. Our modest claim in our forthcoming article, Ranking Law Schools: Using SSRN to Measure Scholarly Performance, 81 Ind. L.J. ___ (2006) (Symposium on The Next Generation of Law School Rankings), is that the SSRN data can play a role in faculty rankings along with these other measures.  Bill Henderson (Indiana) thinks we are too modest, and that SSRN may provide a better measure of faculty performance than these other methodologies.

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