Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Chronicle of Higher Education, Twitter's Value as Measure of Scientific Impact Encounters New Doubt:
Inside Higher Ed, In Science Papers, Tweets Don't Equal Citations:
- Tweets, and Our Obsession With Alternative Metrics
- What Twitter May Be Able to Tell Us (in Advance) About Citations
For more on the existing measures of faculty scholarly performance (reputation surveys, productivity counts, citation counts, and download counts), see:
National Law Journal: ABA Reconsiders Practical Skills Mandate for Law Schools, by Karen Sloan:
Brian Leiter (Chicago), More Mischief Afoot at the ABA!:
Steve Sheppard (University of Arkansas School of Law), The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of Law School Crisis (reviewing Brian Tamanaha (Washington U.), Failing Law Schools (University of Chicago Press, 2012)):
Other reviews of Failing Law Schools:
The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is considering a Protocol for Reviewing Law Graduate Employment Data, and Statement of Procedures for Collecting, Maintaining and Reporting Law Graduate Employment Data:
Monday, December 9, 2013
- S&P Downgrades Many Law Schools, Thomas Jefferson Falls to Junk Bond Status
- District Court: Approval of PTIN User Fees Not Relevant to Loving Challenge to IRS Regulation of Tax Return Preparers
- IRS Releases 2014 Standard Mileage Rates
- IRS Scandal, Day 212
- Public Law School Tuition Cuts Are Less Than Meet the Eye
- Top 5 Tax Paper Downloads
- After 25 Years of Fathering, All I've Got Are These 3 Lousy Tips
- The IRS Scandal, Day 213
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Standard & Poor's, As Law School Demand Drops, Credit Quality Among U.S. Schools Diverges:
Brian Leiter (Chicago) observes that of the five stand-along law school rated by S&P:
Wall Street Journal Law Blog, A Divide in Legal Education, New Report Says, by Jacob Gershman:
Update: ABA Journal, One Law School’s Credit Rating Drops to Junk-Bond Status
Friday, December 6, 2013
- Jerry Organ (University of St. Thomas): 2016
- Theodore Seto (Loyola-L.A.): 2016
- National Jurist: 2016
- Paula Marie Young (Appalachian): 2017 (more here, here, and here)
- Deborah Jones Merritt (Ohio State): 2021
Iowa Regents Reject Law School's Proposed Tuition Increase on Iowa Residents, Order Same 16.4% Tuition Reduction Given to Non-Residents
In response to a precipitous decline in applications and enrollment, the Board of Regents has approved the University of Iowa College of Law's proposed reduction in tuition for non-resident students by 16.4% (from $47,252 to $39,500) beginning next year. However, the Board rejected the law school's plan to hike tuition for Iowa residents by 1.8% (to $26,748) and imposed an identical 16.4% tuition reduction on Iowa residents ($21,965).
This is the first announced tuition reduction at a Top 30 law school (Iowa is ranked #26 overall and #28 in academic peer reputation in the 2014 U.S. News Law School Rankings).
- Press Release, University of Iowa College of Law Tuition Lowered 16 Percent
- ABA Journal, U of Iowa to Cut Law School Tuition 16 Percent
- Above the Law, THIS Is What It Looks Like When a Law School Actually Cuts Tuition
- The Daily Iowa, Regents Approve Freeze
- Des Moines Register, Regents Approve U of I Law School Tuition Cut for Iowa Residents
- Inside Higher Ed, U. of Iowa Law School Slashes Sticker Price
- Iowa Press-Citizen, Regents Approve UI Law School Tuition Cut for Iowa Residents
- Brian Leiter (Chicago), Iowa Regents Mandate 16.4% Cut in Law School Tuition for Iowa Residents...
- National Law Journal, University of Iowa Law Cuts Tuition Amid Enrollment Decline
Thursday, December 5, 2013
- Arizona State Press Release, Proposed Plans for Arizona Center for Law and Society Showcased
- City of Phoenix Press Release, Stanton, Crow Unveil Design for ASU's Arizona Center for Law and Society
- ABA Journal, $129M Law School at ASU’s ‘Wildly Successful’ Phoenix Campus to Include Biggest US Nonprofit Firm
- Arizona Republic, ASU Plans Largest Non-Profit Law Firm in Nation
- KTAR, ASU, Phoenix Unveil Plans for New Law School
- Phoenix Business Journal, Photos: A Look at ASU's New Law School Building in Downtown Phoenix
(Hat Tip: Bob Kamman.)
Genevieve Blake Tung (Rutgers-Camden), Academic Law Libraries and the Crisis in Legal Education, 105 Law Library J. 275 (2013):
- Support for Layered Legal Education (Nov. 30, 2013): "Since writing about multi-tiered legal education, including an undergraduate component, I have discovered several other scholars and practice experts with similar ideas. Here is a round up of proposals related to “layered” legal education with an undergraduate component. Please add to the collection by sending links to similar proposals."
- Applicants and Aspirations (Dec. 2, 2013)
- Three Adaptations to Attract Applicants (Dec. 4, 2013): "I wrote earlier this week about three forces that will continue to dampen law school applications, even if overall employment rates improve. Those forces are (1) the greater transparency of job outcomes, (2) the changed composition of those jobs, and (3) the narrowing of entry-level career choices. These trends may have little impact on the fortunes of a few top-ranked schools, but I think other law schools would be wise to consider them. Here are three suggestions for responding to these forces."
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Here are the results in the 2013 Tannenwald Tax Writing Competition, sponsored by The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and the American College of Tax Counsel:
- First Prize (tie) ($3,750): Kate B. Deal (Georgetown), Incentivizing Conservation: Capping Land Trusts’ Acceptance of Tax-Preferred Easements to Maximize Overall Conversation Value, 101 Geo. L.J. 1587 (2013) (Faculty Sponsor: Ronald A. Pearlman)
- First Prize (tie) ($3,750): Franziska Hertel (Columbia), Qui Tam for Tax? Lessons from the States, 113 Colum. L. Rev. 1897 (2013) (Faculty Sponsor: Alex Raskolnikov)
- Third Prize ($1,500): Beomjune Kim (NYU), Reconciling Transfer Pricing with Customs Valuation: How to Bridge the Gap? (Faculty Sponsor: H. David Rosenbloom)
- Honorable Mention: William G. Cochran (Stanford), Searching for Diamond in the Two-And-Twenty Rough: The Taxation of Carried Interests (Faculty Sponsor: Joseph Bankman)
- Honorable Mention: Alex Goodenough (Georgetown), Commensurate With Income and the Arm’s Length Standard: The Problem of Pricing Intangibles (Faculty Sponsor: David Ernick)
- Paul L. Caron (Pepperdine) & Rafael Gely (Missouri), What Law Schools Can Learn from Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics, 82 Tex. L. Rev. 1483 (2004)
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- What Tax Profs Are Thankful For
- WKRP in Cincinnati Thanksgiving Turkey Drop
- Charitable Giving Makes You Healthier, Happier, and Better Looking
- The Time You Have (In Jelly Beans)
- The IRS Scandal, Day 203
- Weekly Tax Roundup
- Weekly SSRN Tax Roundup
- Weekly Student Note Tax Roundup
- Call for Papers: Conference on Taxation, Social Norms and Compliance
- Manny Pacquiao's Next Fight: The Tax Man
- The IRS Scandal, Day 204
- Tax Consequences of the Sale of a Testicle
- Nearly Half of All Taxpayers Are Over 45
- American Lawyer: 'White Flight' Hits Nation's Law Schools
- The IRS Scandal, Day 205
- WSJ: How to Lower Your 2013 Tax Bill
- Top 5 Tax Paper Downloads
- TIGTA: IRS's IT Security Has Improved From 'Material Weakness' to 'Significant Deficiency'
- The IRS Scandal, Day 206
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
- Jennifer Bird-Polan (Kentucky): "I am incredibly thankful every day to have a job I love surrounded by people who make it fun for me to go to work. I am thankful for an amazing family who make it fun for me to come home at the end of the day. And antibiotics. I am very thankful for antibiotics."
- Bryan Camp (Texas Tech): "Like any good tax lawyer, I am thankful the the gains in my life have all been capital while the losses in my life have been ordinary.
- Sheldon Cohen (IRS Commissioner (1965-69); Farr, Miller & Washington, Washington, D.C.): "This retired tax prof thanks all of you for the first rate exchanges of ideas that occur every day on your wonderful blog. All best wishes fro a Wonderful Holkday and a Great New Year to everyone."
- Bridget Crawford (Pace): "Great students, tenure, and co-authors Joseph Dodge and Wendy Gerzog!"
- Susan Daicoff (Arizona Summit): "Having met, and learned tax from, Charlie Lyon (coffee time!), Jim Eustice, & Carr Ferguson. Doug Miller and Dennis Calfee making the 1983 Code irresistible. The energy & spirit of my tax students and how much fun we’ve had in class this fall, particularly with policy. Local tax lawyer-mentors for my students. The symmetry of teaching 'baby' tax for the first time, 30 years after learning it myself. And all of you!"
- Cliff Fleming (BYU): "I continue to be thankful for the opportunity to work with bright young people who think of ideas that would never have occurred to me but most of all, I'm grateful that my wife is responding well to chemotherapy and that we will be able to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary in May."
- Will Foster (Washburn): "I am thankful for my colleague Amy Westbrook, who works tirelessly for the benefit of the law school and the students, even at great personal sacrifice. Beyond her inspired efforts in the classroom and as director of the Business and Transactional Law Center, Amy is an indefatigable scholar and a conscientious mentor to junior faculty members. She in the quintessence of what is right in legal education."
- Andrew Hayashi (Virginia): "As I sit in the airport on my way back from my first NTA meeting, I'm feeling thankful for that organization and especially for those more senior members of the tax community whose intellectual leadership and commitment to improving our systems of taxation are so inspiring, and whose friendliness and decency help create a sense of camaraderie among us."
- Francine Lipman (UNLV): "For the first time in over one hundred years, Hanukkah overlaps Thanksgiving! I am overwhelmingly thankful for a supportive family, law school faculty, administration, and staff and tax colleagues and friends across the country who support my tax justice writing, outreach, and service. I am deeply humbled, touched and enormously grateful for these gifts and the opportunity and resources to pay it forward."
- James Maule (Villanova): [See here.]
- John Plecnik (Cleveland State): "I am thankful for the love and support of my friends and colleagues at Cleveland State, my family and neighbors in Willoughby Hills, and my fellow tax profs and lawyers across the country. I am also thankful for my two-wheeled blue Bimmer and my four-legged, red-nosed Bimmer."
- Paul Caron (Pepperdine): "I am thankful for our first Thanksgiving here":
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
I am thrilled that, for the sixth year in a row, TaxProf Blog has been named to the ABA Journal's list of "the 100 best Web sites by lawyers, for lawyers, as chosen by the editors of the ABA Journal" -- the 2013 Blawg 100, selected from more than 3,600 blawgs. TaxProf Blog is one of fifteen blogs nominated in the Niche category. Here is the ABA Journal's description of TaxProf Blog:
I am also thrilled that TaxProf Blog has been named to the ABA Blawg 100 Hall of Fame:
Three other members of our Law Professor Blogs Network also were named to the Blawg 100 by the ABA Journal:
- The Legal Whiteboard, edited by Michele DeStefano (Miami), William Henderson (Indiana), & Jeffrey Lipshaw (Suffolk), nominated in the Careers/Law Schools category
- Legal Writing Prof Blog, edited by Judith Fischer (Louisville), Sue Liemer (Southern Illinois), Nancy Soonpaa (Texas Tech) & Mark Wojcik (John Marshall), nominated in the Legal Research/Legal Writing category
- Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog, edited by Gerry Beyer (Texas Tech), nominated in the Niche category
To vote, go here. (Voting ends December 20.)
ABA Journal Legal Rebels: Law Schools Can’t Sleep Through the Technological Revolution, by Camille Nelson (Dean, Suffolk):
- Law Technology News, Suffolk Law School Launches Law Technology Concentration
- National Law Journal, Suffolk Law Gets Serious About Technology
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Paul Campos (Colorado) speculates that the current plan to divide Penn State Dickinson School of Law into two separate ABA-accredited law schools is doomed to fail in light of plummeting student enrollment and skyrocketing expenses:
- ABA Journal, Penn State to Cut Tuition by 50% for In-State Law Students Next Fall
- Above the Law, The Law School Version of Black Friday
- National Law Journal, Penn State Law to Cut Tuition for In-State Residents
- Penn State News, Penn State's Dickinson School of Law to Provide $20K Grant to Pennsylvanians
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Seeing Enrollment Slide, Penn State Halves In-State Law School Tuition
- Pittsburgh Tribune, Penn State Offers Grants for In-State Law Students to Reverse Drop in Applications
Susan Wawrose (Dayton), What Do Legal Employers Want to See in New Graduates?: Using Focus Groups to Find Out, 39 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 505 (2013):
- Wall Street Journal, The Ideal Law School Graduate? A ‘People Person’ Who Can Do Research
(Hat Tip: Greg McNeal.)
Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers: Transforming Legal Education in Six Minutes, Twenty Slides:
Video #1: Wes Porter (Golden Gate): Find Your VOICe Project
Video #2: Jay Finkelstein (Partner, DLA Piper; Adjunct Professor, American, Georgetown, Stanford, UC-Berkeley): Getting the Practitioner into the Classroom
Video #3: Anahid Gharakhanian (Southwestern) & Patty Powell (Denver): Mindfulness in Legal Education
Video #4: Sarah Glassmeyer (CALI): Open Law & Law School Innovations
Monday, November 25, 2013
New York Law Journal, Most N.Y. Law Schools Report Higher Pass Rates in Bar Exam:
- Deborah Jones Merritt: Number of Full-Time Jobs Will Not Exceed Number of Law School Grads Until 2021
- WSJ: Get Them While You Can: 55 Tax Breaks Expire on Dec. 31
- Atheists Sue IRS Over Preferential Treatment to Churches in Granting 501(c)(3) Status
- The IRS Scandal, Day 198
- District Court: § 107 Housing Allowance for 'Ministers of the Gospel' Violates the Establishment Clause
- Top 5 Tax Paper Downloads
- Greater Love Hath No Man . . .
- The IRS Scandal, Day 199
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Deborah Jones Merritt: Number of Full-Time Jobs Will Not Exceed Number of Law School Grads Until 2021
Following up on yesterday's post, Number of Full-Time Jobs Will Exceed Number of Law School Grads by 2016: Deborah Jones Merritt (Ohio State), When Will Graduates = Jobs?:
Friday, November 22, 2013
Michael J. Graetz (Columbia) will receive the Daniel M. Holland Medal today at the National Tax Association 106th Annual Conference on Taxation in Tampa:
Michael presented Updating the Competitive Tax Plan: A New Epilogue for 100 Million Unnecessary Returns (also available here) yesterday at the conference:
- National Review, The 2015 Competitive Tax Plan
- Wall Steeet Journal, Tax Professor Pushes Plan to Tax Consumption
From Brian Leiter: The Red Velvet Lawyer, Prediction: Full-Time Jobs will Exceed New Law Graduates for Graduating Class of 2016, by Paula Marie Young (Appalachian)
- The Faculty Lounge, Truth, Reconciliation, and Law School Crises, by Jeff Redding (St. Louis)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The Law Professor Blogs Network is thrilled to announce the launch of Appellate Advocacy Blog edited by David R. Cleveland (Valparaiso), Kendall D. Isaac (Appalachian), Tonya Kowalski (Washburn), and Todd Bruno (Charleston). From the inaugural post:
With the support of our sponsor Wolters Kluwer Law & Business/Aspen Publishers, the Network is seeking to expand in two ways.
First, I am actively recruiting law professors to launch blogs in other areas of the law school curriculum not currently covered by the Network, including Administrative Law, Bankruptcy, Human Rights, Intellectual Property, Law & Economics, National Security, Native American Law, Race and the Law, and Trial Advocacy.
Second, I am actively recruiting law professors to affiliate their existing blogs with the Network, as have Brian Leiter's Law School Reports, Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings, and Doug Berman's Sentencing Law and Policy.
The Network offers law professors the premier blogging platform and the opportunity to share in growing sponsorship and advertising revenues. For more information about these opportunities, see here.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
- Brian Leiter (Chicago), The Dental School Analogy
- WSJ Law Blog, Worried About the Future of Law Schools? Talk to Your Dentist
The Supreme Court of South Carolina has disciplined an attorney for failing to maintain an active email address In re Cynthia E. Collie, No. 2012-213164 (Oct. 17, 2013):
- ABA Journal, Lack of an Email Address Leads to Disciplinary Trouble for a South Carolina Lawyer
- Law Technology News, Retired S.C. Lawyer Disciplined for No Active Email
- Legal Profession Blog, No E-Mail, No License, by Michael Frisch (Georgetown)