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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Updated SSRN Tax Rankings

Ssrn_logo_71SSRN has updated its new monthly rankings of 342 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 July 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

45

3

77

Edward McCaffery (USC)

2

91

6

110

David Walker (BU)

3

118

11

182

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

4

121

1

64

Victor Fleischer (UCLA)

5

122

2

75

David Schizer (Columbia)

6

126

19

329

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)

7

139

4

87

David Weisbach (Chicago)

8

142

8

157

Steve Bank (UCLA)

9

145

7

143

Terrence Chorvat (George Mason)

10

156

5

97

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

11

209

18

314

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

12

276

13

245

Elizabeth Garrett (USC)

13

321

22

419

Theodore Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

14

350

10

172

Lee Anne Fennell (Illinois)

15

364

15

285

Stephen Cohen (Georgetown)

16

370

12

190

Barbara Fried (Stanford)

17

389

-

901

Joseph Bankman (Stanford)

17

389

16

286

Sam Thompson (UCLA)

19

399

-

1605

Jeff Strnad (Stanford)

20

405

25

516

Susan Pace Hamill (Alabama)

21

419

9

162

Kirk Stark (UCLA)

22

425

20

339

Tanina Rostain (New York)

23

433

14

263

Calvin Johnson (Texas)

24

462

-

751

Leandra Lederman (Indiana)

25

466

24

507

Kyle Logue (Michigan)

-

473

-

617

Anthony Infanti (Pittsburgh)

-

581

23

423

Michael Knoll (Pennsylvania)

-

515

17

300

David Duff (Toronto)

-

528

21

394

Michael Asimow (UCLA)

-

547

-

751

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 article, Ranking Law Schools: Using SSRN to Measure Scholarly Performance, 81 Ind. L.J. 83 (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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