Thursday, February 20, 2014
NALP, Entry-level Law Firm Recruiting Remains Mostly Flat (Feb. 19, 2014):
- NALP, Press Release
- ABA Journal, Summer-Associate Recruiting Stays Mostly Flat, but Offer Rates Rise, NALP Says
- Above the Law, Are Summer Associate And Entry-Level Hiring Picking Up?
National Jurist: Cooley, NYLS Have Largest Enrollment Declines Since 2010-2011:
- La Verne -66.2%
- Cooley -40.6%
- Catholic -39.5%
- New York Law School -38.7%
- Dayton -38.5%
- McGeorge -38.4%
- Widener (Harrisburg) -36.9%
- New Hampshire -34.8%
- Seton Hall -34.7%
- Liberty -33.9%
- Western New England -33.3%
- Case Western -32.7%
- Hamline -32.7%
- Ave Maria -31.8%
- Appalachian -31.0%
- Widener (Delaware) -30.5%
- Vermont -30.5%
- Saint Louis -30.2%
- Duquesne -29.7%
- Pace -29.3%
- Tulsa -29.3%
- Quinnipiac -28.9%
- George Mason -28.9%
- California Western -28.1%
- Iowa -28.0%
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Lebron James sparked a meme over the NBA's version of Mount Rushmore (Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and George Washington) when he listed the four greatest players in NBA history as Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Oscar Robertson. Kobe Bryant chimed in with his own version: Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Bill Russell. ESPN has created a Mount Rushmore of Sports, with lists of the four all-time greats in a variety of sports, and the media has created a wide range of Mount Rushmore lists.
I thought it would be fun to create a Tax Prof Mount Rushmore. I asked the 350 subscribers to the TaxProf Email Discussion Group to take a survey identifying the four tax professors who belong on the TaxProf Mount Rushmore. 57 (16.3%) of the subscribers completed the survey and voted for 56 different tax professors. The Tax Prof Mount Rushmore is:
Stephen Colbran (CQUniversity (Australia), School of Business & Law) & Anthony Gilding (La Trobe University (Melbourne), Faculty of Business Economics & Law), MOOCs and the Rise of Online Legal Education, 63 J. Legal Educ. 405 (2014):
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- Philip G. Schrag (Georgetown), MOOCs: The Final Nail in Legal Education's Coffin (June 13, 2013)
- Law Schools Embrace MOOCs (Sept. 12, 2013)
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
- The Grio, UCLA’s Black Law Students Struggle With Lack of Diversity
- Huffington Post, Video Shines Light on the 'Disturbing Emotional Toll' of Being Black at UCLA Law School
- The Nation, UCLA Law Students of Color Sound an Alarm
- National Review, Black Students at UCLA Law School Feel Lonely, Unsafe
Rutgers Prof Suspended for Telling Students He Was Made to Teach a Course in Which He Had Zero Expertise
- Corey Robin (CUNY), Look Who Nick Kristof’s Saving Now
- PLOS Blogs, Professors, Don’t Cloister Yourselves
- Scientific American, Professors, We Need You to Do More
- Washington Post, Dear Nicholas Kristof: We Are Right Here!, by Erik Voeten
I am not black.
I am not white.
If I am a color, I am clear. ...
With my own, I can speak.
With the rest, I must listen.
With my own, I am loved.
To the rest, I am lesser.
Unwelcome. Tolerated. ...
I see wagons.
I am angry.
I am a raisin.
In the sun.
I am a teacher.
I teach legal writing.
- Tom Perkins: Americans Should Get One Vote for Every Dollar of Taxes Paid
- BC Law Prof's Cell Phone Tirade
- UC-Berkeley Transactional Business Law Survey
- The IRS Scandal, Day 282
- WSJ: How to Figure Out Your Cost Basis
- Top 5 Tax Paper Downloads
- Worst Interview Faux Pas. Ever.
- The IRS Scandal, Day 283
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Samuel L. Jackson: What Super Bowl commercial? ...
Anchor (flustered): My mistake. ...
Jackson: I'm not Laurence Fishburne. ...
Anchor: That was my fault. My mistake. ...
Jackson: We don't all look alike. ...
Co-anchor (trying to help): He thought you were Bob Dylan.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
8th Circuit Oral Argument in Unsuccessful Faculty Candidate's Suit Claiming Discrimination by Iowa Law School Due to Her Conservative Views
Following up on Monday's post on Teresa Wagner's appeal to the 8th Circuit claiming she was denied a faculty position at the University of Iowa College of Law because of her conservative views: Scott Johnson, The Wagner Case Oral Argument:
Paul Mirengoff, Politically-Based Faculty Discrimination, a Test Case:
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
Symposium: Is Law School Worth It?, 63 J. Legal Educ. 173-246 (2013):
- Brian Z. Tamanaha (Washington University), Is Law School Worth the Cost?, 63 J. Legal Educ. 173 (2013)
- Luz E. Herrera (Thomas Jefferson), Educating Main Street Lawyers, 63 J. Legal Educ. 189 (2013)
- Ronit Dinovitzer (University of Toronto), Bryant G. Garth (UC-Irvine) & Joyce S. Sterling (Denver), Buyers' Remorse? An Empirical Assessment of the Desirability of a Lawyer Career, 63 J. Legal Educ. 211 (2013)
- Sherman J. Clark (Michigan), Law School as Liberal Education, 63 J. Legal Educ. 235 (2013)
National Law Journal: Professor Alleges Law School Failed to Accommodate PTSD, by Karen Sloan:
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Council for Aid to Education, Colleges and Universities Raise $33.80 Billion in 2013:
- Stanford ($931.57 million)
- Harvard ($792.26 million)
- USC ($674.51 million)
- Columbia ($646.66 million)
- Johns Hopkins ($518.57 million)
- Pennsylvania ($506.61 million)
- Cornell ($474.96 million)
- NYU ($449.34 million)
- Yale University ($444.17 million)
- Duke ($423.66 million)
For state-by-state results, see here. Press coverage:
The Atlantic: The Collapse of Big Law: A Cautionary Tale for Big Med:
(Hat Tip: Tracey Roberts.)
Michael Simkovic (Seton Hall Law School) & Frank McIntyre (Rutgers Business School), Populist Outrage, Reckless Empirics: A Review of Failing Law Schools, 108 Nw. U. L. Rev. Online 176 (2014):
Other reviews of Failing Law Schools:
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Albany Law School Turns to Tenured Faculty Buyouts, Tax Certificate Program for Non-Lawyers to Address Financial Crisis
Following up on my prior post, Albany Law School Offers Buyouts to Eight Tenured Faculty:
Albany Business Review, Albany Law School Offers Buyouts to Faculty:
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Crisis at Albany Law School Brings Fight Into the Open:
- Albany Times-Union, Albany Law School, Professors at Odds Over Job Losses
- Wall Street Journal, Amid Layoff Fears, Tensions Flare at Albany Law
Intellectual Diversity and the Legal Academy (A Conference by the Harvard Federalist Society), 37 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 137-98 (2013):
- Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz (Georgetown), Intellectual Diversity in the Legal Academy, 37 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 137 (2013)
- Michael Stokes Paulsen (St. Thomas), The Uneasy Case for Intellectual Diversity, 37 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 145 (2013)
- George W. Dent, Jr. (Case Western), Toward Improved Intellectual Diversity in Law Schools, 37 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 165 (2013)
- Paul Campos (Colorado), Legal Academia and the Blindness of the Elites, 37 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 179 (2013)
- Sherif Girgis, How the Law School Can Success—An Invitation, 37 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 187 (2013)
Monday, February 10, 2014
ABA 'Holds its Collective Nose,' Throws in the Towel on New Bar Passage Standard; Also Allows Credit for Paid Externships, Requires 6 (not 15) Hours of Clinics, Retains Tenure Requirement
ABA Journal: ABA Committee Throws in the Towel on New Bar Pass Standard, by Mark Hansen:
Update: National Law Journal, ABA Moves Toward Allowing Paid Student Externships
ABA Journal: 24 Percent of JDs Who Passed the Bar in 2000 Aren’t Practicing Law, Survey Finds, by Debra Cassens Weiss:
WSJ: 8th Circuit to Hear Appeal by Unsuccessful Republican Faculty Candidate Against Iowa Law School Dean
Following up on my previous posts (links below) about Teresa Wagner's federal lawsuit claiming she was denied a faculty position because of her conservative views: Wall Street Journal op-ed: A Case of Faculty Discrimination Based on Politics, by Peter Berkowitz (Stanford University, Hoover Institution):
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- Unsuccessful Iowa Legal Writing Faculty Candidate Sues, Claiming Discrimination Due to Her Conservative Views (Jan. 29, 2009)
- Judge Dismisses Claim by Unsuccessful Iowa Legal Writing Faculty Candidate Alleging Discrimination Due to Her Conservative Views (Apr. 2, 2010)
- Unsuccessful Iowa Legal Writing Faculty Candidate Appeals Dismissal of Suit Claiming Discrimination Due to Her Conservative Views (July 13, 2010)
- 8th Circuit Re-institutes Discrimination Lawsuit by Unsuccessful Republican Faculty Candidate Against Iowa Law School Dean (Dec. 29, 2011)
- NY Times on Unsuccessful Republican Law Faculty Candidate's Discrimination Lawsuit Against Iowa (Jan. 10, 2012)
- Federal Trial Begins Today in Unsuccessful Republican Faculty Candidate's Discrimination Complaint Against Iowa Law School (Oct. 15, 2012)
- Iowa Law Prof: School Retaliated Against Me for Testifying That Liberal Bias 'Corrupts Everything School Touches' (Oct. 19, 2012)
- Jury Splits in Conservative Faculty Candidate's Hiring Bias Suit Against Iowa Law School (Oct. 25, 2012)
- Jurors Agree: University of Iowa Law School Discriminated Against Faculty Applicant Due to Her Conservative Views (Nov. 24, 2012)
- District Judge Dismisses Conservative Faculty Candidate's Motion for New Trial in Bias Suit Against Iowa Law School (Mar. 11, 2013)
- Love and Law Conference Today at Pepperdine
- NY Times: The Tax Wilderness, Untamed
- How Many 27-Year Olds Are Living in Their Parents' Basements?
- The IRS Scandal, Day 275
- Harvard to Compensate 11,000 Employees for Tax Error Flagged by Tax Profs Halperin and Warren
- Top 5 Tax Paper Downloads
- Moving Wedding Speech by the Father of the Bride
- The IRS Scandal, Day 276
Sunday, February 9, 2014
(Hat Tip: Eli C. Bortman.)
Saturday, February 8, 2014
I am delighted to be moderating a panel at today's conference on Love and Law at Pepperdine:
I am moderating the panel today on Love and Law, Violence and Freedom (3:45 - 5:15 p.m.):
- Jeff Baker (Pepperdine), Trifling Violence: The U.S. Supreme Court, Domestic Violence and a Theory of Love
- David Dominguez (BYU), Turning Juvenile Detention Hearings into Community Healing: Why Settle for the Minimum of American Law When We Are Called to Fulfill God’s Justice?
- Jim Gash (Pepperdine), Putting Agape into Action: How the Partnership between Pepperdine Law School and the Ugandan Judiciary Sets Juvenile Prisoners Free
Other speakers include:
- Stephen Bainbridge (UCLA), The Relevance of Agape to Fiduciary Duties, If Any
- Wayne Barnes (Texas A&M), Render Unto Rawls: Law, Gospel and the Evangelical Fallacy
- Thomas C. Berg (St. Thomas (Minnesota)), Love and Intellectual Property
- Lynn Branham (Saint Louis), 'What's Love Got to Do With It?' Incarceration in the United States and Conditions of Confinement
- Perry Dane (Rutgers-Camden), The Law of Love
- L.O Natt Gantt II (Regent), Teaching Agape to Law Students
- Lyman Johnson (Washington & Lee), Love and Corporate Theory
- Jennifer Lee Koh (Western State), Love, Grace, and the Immigration Laws
- Brant Lee (Akron), Whiteness, Inequality and Love
- Charles Mathewes (Virginia), "Be Instructed, All You Who Judge the Earth": The Dialectic of Law and Love during the World According to Augustine
- Jeffrie Murphy (Arizona State), Christian Love and Criminal Punishment
- Jerry Organ (St. Thomas (Minnesota), Agape and Legal Education
- Eric Rasmusen (Indiana), Agape, the Golden Rule, the Rule of Law, and Wealth Maximization: All the Same Idea?
- Victor C. Romero (Penn State), The Prodigal Illegal: Christian Love and the Legal Status of Unauthorized Migrants
- Michael Scaperlanda (Oklahoma), Love, Law, and the Immigrant
- Robert Vischer (Dean, St. Thomas (Minnesota)), Is Agape the Last, Best Hope for the Legal Profession?
- James Boyd White (Michigan), Agape: The Activity of Reframing
Friday, February 7, 2014
ABA to Vote on Imposing Tighter Bar Exam Passage Rules and Mandatory Clinical Requirement on Law Schools
National Law Journal: Panel Near Decision on Law Schools' Bar Exam Passage Rates, by Karen Sloan:
The American Lawyer: Is Reliance on Lateral Hiring Destabilizing Firms?, by William Henderson (Indiana) & Christopher Zorn (Penn State):
- Steven J. Harper (Former Partner, Kirkland & Ellis; Adjunct Professor, Northwestern), A Stories Lateral Hire
Thursday, February 6, 2014
- Seton Hall
- Case Western
- Western New England
- Cleveland State
- Wayne STate
- Golden Gate
- New Hampshire
- Thomas Cooley
The ABA Tax Section has published Careers in Tax Law: Perspectives on the Tax Profession and What It Holds for You, by John Gamino, Robb A. Longman & Matthew R. Sontag:
- Edward D. Kleinbard (USC), Private Clients, Public Good, p. 124
- George K. Yin (Virginia), Lawyer, Teacher, Public Servant, p. 127
- Leandra Lederman (Indiana-Bloomington), It’s Not Just Teaching, p. 133
- Alice G. Abreu (Temple), The Best Job in the World, p. 136
- Mona L. Hymel (Arizona), The Impossible Dream?, p. 140
- Francine J. Lipman (Chapman), The Gift That Keeps on Giving, p. 143
- 1st Place: Georgia: Morgan L. Klinzing & Benjamin Newell (Faculty Coach: Camilla Watson)
- 2nd Place: Florida International: Sam Gonas & Alexander Martini
- 3rd Place: Washburn: Steven Iverson & Kerrilyn Russ (Faculty Coach: Lori McMillan)
- Best Written Submission: Pittsburgh: Yelena Cheskidova & Eduardo Santaolalla (Faculty Coach: Anthony Infanti)
- 1st Place: Florida: Julie Ickes & Sara Heuer (Faculty Coach: Charlene Luke)
- 2nd Place: Northwestern: Hanna Lee & Thai Duong Nguyen (Faculty Coach: Herbert Beller)
- Best Written Submission: Northwestern: Justin Du Mouchel & Alexander Dobyan (Faculty Coach: Robert Wootton)
After Raising Tuition 175% Over Past Decade, UC-Davis Law School Gives Students Voice in Budget Decisions
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Following up on my prior post, Tenured Faculty Layoffs Coming at Albany Law School?: New York Law Journal, Albany Law Offers Buyouts to Offset Lower Enrollment:
- Above the Law, Tenured Faculty Cuts Could Be ARE Coming To A New York Law School — But Which One? And When?
- The Faculty Lounge, Albany Law Offers Faculty Buyouts
Update: Gainesville Sun: Emails in UF Law Dean Search Become Bone of Contention:
Following up on last week's post, Which Law Schools Have the Highest Non-JD Enrollment?: Derek Muller (Pepperdine), Two Charts on Non-JD Law School Enrollment Figures for 2014:
Tuesday, February 4, 2014