Friday, January 22, 2016
Following up on my previous post, Law Schools Have Shed 1,206 Full-Time Faculty Since 2010: Derek Muller (Pepperdine), As Full-Time Law Faculty Numbers Shrink, Law School Administrator Numbers Grow:
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Following up on my recent posts on the widespread declines in bar exam pass rates (links below): Jerry Organ (St. Thomas), Changes in Composition of the LSAT Profiles of Matriculants and Law Schools Between 2010 and 2015:
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Here is the schedule for my Spring 2016 Pepperdine Tax Policy Workshop Series:
- Jan. 25 Omri Marian (UC-Irvine), The State Administration of International Tax Avoidance
- Feb. 8 Adam Chodorow (Arizona State), Bitcoin, Foreign Currency, and the Case for Basis Pooling
- Feb. 22 John Brooks (Georgetown), Quasi-Public Spending
- Mar. 7 Ellen Aprill (Loyola-L.A.), The Section 527 Obstacle to Meaningful Section 501(c)(4) Regulation
- Mar. 28 Shuyi Oei (Tulane), The Tax Lives of Uber Drivers: Evidence from Internet Discussion Forums
- Apr. 11 Jason Oh (UCLA), How the Rich Drive Progressive Tax Rates
- Apr. 25 Lily Kahng (Seattle), Who Owns Human Capital?
I will of course blog each professor's paper on the day of their presentation. Southern California professors and practitioners are welcome to attend any of the sessions (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) -- just let me know.
- Pepperdine Tax Policy Workshop Series (Spring 2014)
- Pepperdine Tax Policy Workshop Series (Spring 2015)
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Washburn has unveiled a retirement incentive program for faculty and staff age 62 or older with at least ten years of service: a lump sum payment equal to the lesser of 100% of salary or $125,000, plus continued coverage in the university's group health insurance plan until the age of 65.
The 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education (2015), The National Jurist (Jan. 2016):
- Bill Henderson (Professor, Indiana)
- Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, UC-Irvine)
- Paul Caron (Professor, Pepperdine)
- Brian Leiter (Professor, Chicago)
- Blake Morant (Dean. George Washington; Immediate Past-President, AALS)
- Kellye Testy (Dean, University of Washington; President, AALS)
- David Yellen (Dean, Loyola-Chicago)
- Martin Katz (Dean, Denver)
- Frank Wu (Former Dean, UC-Hastings)
- Michael Simkovic (Professor, Seton Hall)
Bainbridge: Louisville Exposes An Ugly Law School Secret: 'A Leftist Hegemony Pervades American Legal Education'
Following up on my previous posts (links below): Stephen Bainbridge (UCLA), The University of Louisville Pulled Back the Curtain to Expose an Ugly Law School Secret:
Ann Althouse (Wisconsin), "Apparently the University of Louisville law school has decided to meet declining enrollments and dwindling funds not by upping their game, but by 'branding' itself as a 'progressive' institution committed to 'social justice':
Louisville Courier-Journal, U of L Law School Adopts 'Compassion' Decree:
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Following up on yesterday's post, Ayres: The U.S. News Rankings Keep Dozens Of Weak Law Schools Afloat, Preventing A 'Culling Of Legal Education's Herd': Ian has asked me to post this spreadsheet with the underlying data. Here is a chart of the law schools (ranked and unranked) with the largest percentage contraction in their first-year class from 2011 to 2014:
Borman: Tenure-Track, 405(c) And Legal Writing Faculty — Promotion Standards, Security Of Position, And Gender
Federal Judge Dismisses Texas Wesleyan Law Grads' Lawsuit Against Texas A&M Over Their Alumni Status
Deanell Reece Tacha, Dean of Pepperdine Law School, has been named one of three 2015 Persons of the Year by the Metropolitan News-Enterprise, a Los Angeles daily legal newspaper. She will be feted at the 28th annual black-tie dinner at the California Club on Jan. 29. Check out the wonderful profile published by the newspaper, From Kansas to Malibu, Federal Judge-Turned-Law School Dean Has ‘Done It All’:
Monday, January 18, 2016
Ayres: The U.S. News Rankings Keep Dozens Of Weak Law Schools Afloat, Preventing A 'Culling Of Legal Education's Herd'
Louisville Prof: Law School Has Embraced A 'Partisan Liberal Agenda', With Conservatives Treated As 'Outsiders'
Following up on yesterday's post, Louisville Prof, Student Call Criticism Of 'Nation's First Compassionate Law School' Brand A 'Tired Cliché': Louisville Courier-Journal op-eds:
New York Times, How Some Would Level the Playing Field: Free Harvard Degrees:
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Louisville Prof, Student Call Criticism Of 'Nation's First Compassionate Law School' Brand A 'Tired Cliché'
Following up on last week's post, Louisville Prof: 'Nation's First Compassionate Law School' Brand Betrays Brandeis’s Nonpartisan Vision: Louisville Courier-Journal op-eds:
Jewish Journal, How Studying Judaism Fits Into a Christian University:
Saturday, January 16, 2016
- Why Are There So Few Conservative/Libertarian Law Profs, Even Though They Are More Productive Scholars Than Liberal Law Profs?
- NY Times: Federal Government To Start Tracking Luxury Home Buyers, Beginning In Miami (>$1m), NYC (>$3m)
- Law Schools Have Shed 1,206 Full-Time Faculty (13.3%) Since 2010
- GAO: Only 38% Of Taxpayers Who Called IRS Got Through In 2015 (Down From 74% In 2010); Wait Time Increased From 11 To 31 Minutes
- This Lawsuit Could Destroy America’s Worst Law Schools
- TaxProf Blog Op-Ed: How Bad Tax Policy Helped Kill Mike Brown, by Andre Smith (Widener-Delaware)
- Harper: The Law School Crisis Is Over ... For AALS President, But Not For Students
- Louisville Prof: 'Nation's First Compassionate Law School' Brand Betrays Brandeis’s Nonpartisan Vision
- Here’s What Happened When A Law School Dean Challenged A U.S. News Ranker
- Is the Law School Crisis Affecting Harvard?
Friday, January 15, 2016
- ABA Journal, Former Cardozo Clinical Law Prof Is Disbarred After Apparently Ignoring Ethics Probe
- ABA Journal, Would-Be Lawyer Won't Have $260K in Student Loans Erased; SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Appeal
- Above the Law, Woman Who Will Have $210,000 In Student Loans Had No Idea Her Law School Was Being Sued Over Employment Statistics
- Bloomberg BNA, This Is What the Dean of Harvard Law School Thinks About AI
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Louisville Prof: 'Nation's First Compassionate Law School' Brand Betrays Brandeis’s Nonpartisan Vision
Crain's New York Business, Booming TriBeCa Real Estate Lifts New York Law School:
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Why Are There So Few Conservative/Libertarian Law Profs, Even Though They Are More Productive Scholars Than Liberal Law Profs?
James Cleith Phillips (Ph.D. Candidate, UC-Berkeley), Why are There So Few Conservatives and Libertarians in Legal Academia? An Empirical Exploration of Three Hypotheses, 39 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y ___ (2016):
- Washington University
- Notre Dame
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Matt Leichter has published the 2015 edition of his Which Law Schools Are Shedding Full-Time Faculty? Law schools have shed 1,206 full-time faculty (13.3%) since 2010, and 249 full-time faculty (3.1%) since last year.
142 law schools have shed full-time faculty since 2010, with 21 law schools shedding 20 or more full-time faculty:
|FULL-TIME FACULTY (FALL)|
|RANK||SCHOOL||’10||’14||’15||ANNUAL CHANGE||NET CHANGE|
|2.||Penn State (Dickinson Law)||57||47||19||-28||-38|
|5.||John Marshall (Chicago)||75||56||45||-11||-30|
|10.||Arizona Summit [Phoenix]||32||15||7||-8||-25|
|14.||New York Law School||71||57||48||-9||-23|
49 law schools have added full-time faculty since 2010, with 13 law schools adding 10 or more full-time faculty:
Monday, January 11, 2016
- Michele R. Pistone (Villanova) & John J. Hoeffner, No Path But One: Law School Survival in an Age of Disruptive Technology, 59 Wayne L. Rev. 193 (2013)
- Mark Strasser (Capital), Tenure, Financial Exigency, and the Future of American Law Schools, 59 Wayne L. Rev. 269 (2013)
- Elizabeth M. Bloom (New England), Teaching Law Students to Teach Themselves: Using Lessons From Educational Psychology to Shape Self-Regulated Learners, 59 Wayne L. Rev. 311 (2013)
- Katie Rose Guest Pryal (North Carolina), The Genre Discovery Approach: Preparing Law Students to Write Any Legal Document, 59 Wayne L. Rev. 351 (2013)
- Aleatra P. Williams (Charleston), The Role of Bar Preparation Programs in the Current Legal Education Crisis, 59 Wayne L. Rev. 383 (2013)
Bloomberg Business, Study: Future Lawyers Are Hiding Depression and Drug and Alcohol Use:
- This Week's Ten Most Popular TaxProf Blog Posts
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Sunday, January 10, 2016
Saturday, January 9, 2016
- Prof Sues Amherst, Says She Was Pressured To Have Sex With Students To Increase Enrollment
- Prof Suing Law School For Access To Admissions Data Asks Court To Stay Investigation Into His Alleged Bias Against Minority Students Initiated By Two 'Race-Baiting Professors'
- Richard Posner: How To Fix Law School
- IRS Employee Whose Job Was Assisting Victims Of Identity Theft Charged In $1 Million Identity Theft Tax Fraud
- McGinnis: How Law Schools Can Fix The One-Sided Pursuit Of 'Social Justice' Through Clinics
- Ave Maria, Charleston & Thomas Jefferson Law Schools On Federal Government's Financial Watch List
- AALS President: 'I Don’t See Legal Education As Being In Crisis At All'
- New Treasury Data Shows How Progressive America's Tax Code Really Is
- LexisNexis Sells Law School Publishing Business To Carolina Academic Press
- The Triumph Of Email: 'The Best Thing You Can Do Is Destroy It Quickly, As If Every Email Were A Rabid Bat Attacking Your Face'
Wall Street Journal Law Blog, Law School Accused of Duping Students to Face Trial:
Daily Caller, This Lawsuit Could Destroy America’s Worst Law Schools:
Friday, January 8, 2016
- ABA Journal, Most Lawyers Are Introverted, and That's Not Necessarily a Bad Thing
- ABA Journal, 'Revenant' Author Wrote the Book as a Mayer Brown Partner
- ABA Journal, Want to Attend a Law School With Better Job and Bar-Exam Outcomes? It Will Cost You
Thursday, January 7, 2016