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Monday, November 13, 2006

Are Tax Profs Canaries in the Law School Birdcage?

Canary My MoneyLaw colleague Jim Chen has a wonderful post on Marriott Wardman Park Hotel -- the Boulevard of Broken Dreams -- site of last week's "meat market":

As appointments committees report their findings and candidates fretfully wait by the phone, it's worth turning the tables. I offer some observations by entry-level candidates who have been kind enough to share their thoughts with me.

I was particularly struck by #4:

There is nearly always a tax person on the scout team. There is high variance among tax people. From the candidate's perspective, the trick is to see how well the tax person interacts with everyone else. The tax teacher is the canary in the birdcage; he or she is an indicator of interpersonal relations on the faculty.

Comments (as always) are open:  how are Tax Profs "an indicator of interpersonal relations on the faculty"?

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