Monday, July 7, 2014
- Brauner: What the BEPS?
- 6th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Thomas Cooley Law School's Defamation Complaint Over Statements About Its Placement and Loan Default Rates
- Fleischer & Staudt: The Supercharged IPO
- The IRS Scandal, Day 420
- Crawford: 7 Notable Estate & Gift Tax Articles of 2013
- Death of Louie Zamperini
- High-Level Departures Roil IRS's International Division
- The IRS Scandal, Day 422
- WSJ: Waiting for Action on Taxes: What To Do Until Congress Deals With Expired Breaks
- Death of Don Schapiro
- Top 5 Tax Paper Downloads
- The IRS Scandal, Day 423
Saturday, July 5, 2014
New York Times, Louis Zamperini, Olympian and ‘Unbroken’ War Survivor, Dies at 97:
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- Los Angeles Times, Louis Zamperini Dies at 97; Olympic Track Star and WWII Hero
Friday, July 4, 2014
- ABA Journal, Is Law School Like an Undervalued Stock? Job Hunt Could be ‘Relative Cinch’ for Class of 2016
- The Atlantic, Confessions of a Grade-Inflating Professor
- Al Brophy (North Carolina), More Rankings Based on LSAT, Employment, and Citations
- Al Brophy (North Carolina), Ranking Law Schools with LSATs, Employment Outcomes, and Law Review Citations
- Bernie Burk (North Carolina), Still More Thoughts on Self-Delusion in the Legal Academy; Or, Accepting the Difference Between a Smokin’ Bucketful of Awesome and a Smoking Pile of Scrap
- Steven Freedman (Kansas), Experts Give Predictions on Legal Employment for Law Grads
- Matt Leichter, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the ‘JD Advantage’ Category
- National Law Journal, Boston University to Offer Real-World Training to 1Ls
- Philadelphia Business Journal, Law Grad Employment Rate Lowest in 22 Years But Starting Salaries Rise
- Dan Rodriguez (Dean, Northwestern), Legal Automation and Law Curriculum
- Dan Rodriguez (Dean, Northwestern), Legal Education Scholarship and its Coming Heyday (?)
- Paula Schaefer (Tennessee), A Primer on Professionalism for Doctrinal Professors, 81 Tenn. L. Rev. ___ (2014)
Thursday, July 3, 2014
6th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Thomas Cooley Law School's Defamation Complaint Over Statements About Its Placement and Loan Default Rates
- Thomas Cooley Law School Won’t Enroll New 1Ls at Ann Arbor Campus, Plans Faculty Layoffs
- Judge Dismisses Defamation Lawsuit Against Thomas Cooley Law School
Thomas M. Cooley Law School v. Kurzon Strauss, No. 13-2317 (6th Cir. July 2, 2014):
National Law Journal, Cooley Law Suffers Setbacks Financially and in Court:
- ABA Journal, Cooley Law School Loses 6th Circuit Defamation Appeal
- Volokh Conspiracy, Thomas Cooley’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Ten years ago, I blogged the spiffy new, exotic Prius with the "TaxProf" license plate driven by Jay Soled (Rutgers), which spawned my first TaxProf Blog meme, with several posts on other tax-centric license plates (here, here, here, here, and here). Jay writes in that the Prius just crossed the 250,000-mile marker:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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New York Times: Americans Think We Have the World’s Best Colleges. We Don’t.:
Update: New York Times, More on American Colleges’ Standing in the World
Monday, June 30, 2014
Following up on last week's posts:
- Slate: Things Are Looking Rosy for the Law School Class of 2018
- WSJ: Are Law Schools Heading Into a Bull Market?
Slate: Now Is a Great Time to Apply to Law School; We Aren’t Joking—Promise, by Jordan Weissmann:
- WSJ: What Taxpayers With Offshore Accounts Need to Know Before Confessing to the IRS
- NY Times: If You Cut Taxes, You Get Less Tax Revenue
- Professors Read Mean Student Evaluations
- The IRS Scandal, Day 415
- NY Times Debate: Is Contemporary Capitalism Compatible with Christian Values?
- Top 5 Tax Paper Downloads
- Bill and Melinda Gates' Stanford Commencement Speech: The Power of Optimism and Empathy
- The IRS Scandal, Day 416
Sunday, June 29, 2014
New York Times Room for Debate: God and Mammon:
- Colleen Carroll Campbell (Author & Journalist), It’s Possible to Balance Beliefs and Aspirations: "There is no need to uncritically embrace the excesses of capitalism or to scapegoat it for all of our sins."
- Gary Dorrien (Union Theological Seminary), Morality Should Not Be Priced in the Marketplace: Early economies were built on social obligations. Capitalism thrives on selfish impulses that Christian teaching condemns.
- Eddie Glaude (Princeton), Too Many Follow the Gospel of Greed: "Pastors preaching the need for prosperity lock us in gilded cages forged by competition and selfishness, sealing our fates."
- Michael Novak (Theologian), Most Moral of a Bad Lot of Economic Systems: "No other system has so quickly lifted the world out of poverty, grasped the need for freedom and creativity, and valued sacrifice for the future."
- James K.A. Smith (Calvin College), Steadfast Principles in a Changing World: "Christianity isn't incompatible with free markets. But it may be incompatible with modern capitalism and its growing inequality and exploitation."
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
- Daniel Austin (Northeastern), Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy: An Empirical Assessment, 47 Suffolk U.L. Rev. ___ (2014)
- Ronald Brand (Pittsburgh), Cooperation in Legal Education and Legal Reform
- Elaine Craig (Dalhousie University), Trinity Western University Law School: A Reply to Proponents of Approval
- Susan Daicoff (Arizona Summit), Expanding the Lawyer's Toolkit of Skills and Competencies: Synthesizing Leadership, Professionalism, Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Resolution, and Comprehensive Law
- Meera Deo (UCLA), Looking Forward to Diversity in Legal Academia, 29 Berkeley J. Gender L. & Just. 352 (2014)
- Justine Dunlap (Arkansas), 'I'd Just as Soon Flunk You as Look at You?' The Evolution to Humanizing in a Large Classroom
- Tyler Garvey (UC-Berkeley), Law Firm Diversity Scholarships: Good Intentions, Incomplete Solutions, 16 Berkeley J. Afr.-Am. L. & Pol'y 80 (2014)
- Naomi Goodno (Pepperdine), "Experiential" Scholarship?
- Gawker, Soul-Sucking BigLaw Jobs Are Coming Back in Fashion
- Kevin P. Lee (Campbell), The Citizen Lawyer in the Coming Era: Technology is Changing the Practice of Law, but Legal Education Must Remain Committed to Humanistic Learning, 40 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. ___ (2014)
- Jeff Lipshaw (Suffolk), Obama, Law School, and Interdisciplinarity
- Teri McMurtry-Chubb (Merce), Toward a Disciplinary Pedagogy for Legal Education, 1 Savannah L. Rev. __ (2014)
- National Law Journal, UCLA Law Launches $100,000 Entrepreneurship Contest
- The News Republic, Liberal Media Is Desperate to Prove That Student Debt Is a Huge Problem; The Backlash Against David Leonhardt's New York Times Column May be Unwarranted
- Dan Rodriguez (Dean, Northwestern), More on Interdisciplinarity and Where Law Schools Can Meet the Real World
- David Thomson (Denver), Ian Gallacher (Syracuse), Amy Stein (Hofstra) & Robin Boyle (St. John'), Erasing Boundaries: Inter-School Collaboration and Its Pedagogical Opportunities
- U.S. News & World Report, Law Schools Adapt Differently to Changes in Enrollment
- YouTube, University of Oklahoma College of Law Provides Free iPads to All law Students (Hat Tip: Above the Law.)
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Slate: Apply to Law School Now! Things Are Looking Rosy for the Class of 2018, by Jordan Weissmann:
(Hat Tip: Jordan Barry.)
Update: Above the Law, The ATL Markup Of Slate’s ‘Apply To Law School Now!’ Article
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
- ABA Journal, Former Law Student Sues over D Grade in Contracts, Seeks $100K for Lost Legal Career
- Above the Law, Law Student Sues Over Bad Grade That Destroyed His Legal Career
- National Law Journal, Ex-Student Sues Contracts Professor Over Failing Grade
- Jonathan Turley (George Washington), Former Massachusetts Law Students Sues School For $100,000 Over Low Grade In Contracts
Chronicle of Higher Education op-ed: Lowering Law-School Tuition Benefits Everyone, Not Just the Students, by Nicholas W. Allard (Dean, Brooklyn):
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
New York Times Room for Debate: Are College Presidents Overpaid?:
- Dorothy A. Brown (Emory University), Salary Gaps Affect Even Those on Top: "In one study of private universities, white presidents outearn their black peers by about $37,000 on average, and male presidents outearn their female peers by over $100,000."
- Kathleen Cawsey (Dalhousie University), End the Era of the C.E.O. College President: "The increasing costs of highly paid college presidents and administrators come on the backs of adjuncts professors and students."
- Raymond D. Cotton (Mintz Levin, Washington, D.C.), Colleges Must Compete to Attract the Best Leadership: "By and large, college presidents are not overpaid in relationship to their responsibilities and the compensation market place."
- Cary Nelson (University of Illinois), A Lesson in Disparity: "If students learn that adjunct faculty are earning less than the minimum wage while the university president earns a million dollars, that practical lesson may trump the other values the institution promotes."
Above the Law, This Law School Pays Male Faculty $44K More Than Female Profs:
Law Profs React to Steve Bainbridge: 'Law Teaching Is Walking Off a Cliff and Nobody Seems to Give a Damn'
These law profs react to yesterday's post, Bainbridge: 'The Profession I Love--Law Teaching--Is Walking Off a Cliff and Nobody Seems to Give a Damn':
- Steve Bainbridge (UCLA)
- Andy Grewal (Iowa)
- Jeff Harrison (Florida)
- Doug Kahn (Michigan)
- Michael Livingston (Rutgers)
- Henry Manne (George Mason)
- Jim Maule (Villanova)
- Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)
- Tom Smith (San Diego)
- Daniel Sokol (Florida)
Monday, June 23, 2014
Following up on Friday's post, NALP: Law Grads Continue to Struggle to Find Jobs: Wall Street Journal, Big Law Firms Resume Hiring; Odds Improve for New Graduates, Though Levels Remain Soft, by Jennifer Smith:
- ABA Journal, BigLaw Hiring Is Up, But Record Law Grad Class Vied for Fewer Overall Jobs
- Bloomberg Businessweek, Jobs Are Still Scarce for New Law School Grads
- WSJ Law Blog, Odds Improve for New Law Graduates, but Hiring Levels Remain Soft
Bainbridge: 'The Profession I love--Law Teaching--Is Walking Off a Cliff and Nobody Seems to Give a Damn'
Stephen Bainbridge (UCLA), How Not to Win Friends and Influence People at a Law Professor Conference:
Usha Rodrigues (Georgia), The "Law and" Question:
- Johnson: Reflections on United States v. Clarke
- Burk: Are English PhDs (and JDs) 'Underused' Rather Than 'Overproduced'?
- The Unexpected Ceasefire in Washington’s Tax Wars
- The IRS Scandal, Day 408
- Using Altmetrics to Measure the Impact of Faculty Scholarship
- Smith: Reflections on Kuretski's Holding That the Tax Court Is Part of the Executive Branch
- Top 5 Tax Paper Downloads
- The IRS Scandal, Day 409
Sunday, June 22, 2014
I am heading back to San Diego after three great days at the 24th Annual Conference for Law School Computing at Harvard Law School. In my talk on Friday, I argued that "blogs and social media can play a meaningful role in developing a faculty member's scholarly 'brand' and that current primitive methods for ranking faculty scholarship -- reputation, publications, citations, and downloads -- need to be augmented by more sophisticated faculty performance analytics in the coming 'big data' revolution." In a presentation yesterday, Katie Brown (Charlotte) explored some of those alternative metrics in Are The Scientists on to Something With Altmetrics? New Tools for Assessing and Tracking Scholarly Impact:
Katie's PowerPoint slides are available here, and the video of her talk will be posted here by the end of the month. In the meantime, check out these presentations on altmetrics (click on YouTube button on bottom right to view video directly on YouTube to avoid interruption caused by blog's refresh rate):
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014
- ABA Journal, Northwestern Law School’s Late Discovery of a Student’s UPL Conviction Leads to Litigation
- Above the Law, Anecdotal Evidence That LLMs Are A Giant Cash Grab
- Chicago Tribune, Northwestern Law Sued After Expelling Felon
- Riley Combelic (Denver), Challenging Law School Rankings: The Regional Reality of the Legal Job Market
- Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Mystery Shrouds Law Dean's Departure; Indiana Tech Insists School's Future Bright
- Naomi Goodno (Pepperdine), What Teaching Issues Are You Thinking About This Summer?
- Inside Higher Ed, New Challenge to Christian Law School's Anti-Gay Stance
- Wendy Larcombe (Melbourne), Schooling the Blues? An Investigation of Factors Associated with Psychological Distress Among Law Students
- Nancy Leong (Denver), Why Are (Almost All of) the Most Cited Legal Academics White Men?
- National Law Journal, Ohio Attorney Suspended for Harassing Law Student Clerk
- National Law Journal, Promotion for West Virginia Law School Dean
- Jeff Redding (St. Louis), What Makes Funding for Legal Scholarship ‘External’? (Part 1)
- Dan Rodriquez (Dean, Northwestern), Changing Law Professor? Changing Law Schools?
- Dan Rodriquez (Dean, Northwestern), Changing Law Professor: Job Security and Governance
- Dan Rodriquez (Dean, Northwestern), JD Advantage Jobs
I am presenting The Law Professor Blogs Network 2.0: One Year Later at Harvard Law School today as part of the 24th Annual Conference for Law School Computing:
Update: Enjoying a post-presentation dinner in Harvard Square with Jim Smith (Georgia), Jennifer Martin (St. Thomas), Jeff Lipshaw (Suffolk), and Mark Heffner (Roger Williams):
Alfred L. Brophy (North Carolina): Ranking Law Schools Based on LSAT, Employment Outcome, and Citations
- ABA Journal, Median Salary Is $95K for New Law Grads Working in Law Firms, NALP Study Shows
- Above the Law, How Did the Law School Class of 2013 Do in the Job Market?
- Greedy Associates, NALP's 2013 Law Grads Jobs Report Says Market is 'Flat'
- National Law Journal, Market Struggles to Absorb Record Law School Class of '13
Thursday, June 19, 2014
I am spending the next three days at the 24th Annual Conference for Law School Computing at Harvard Law School. The theme of this year's conference is "The Next Wave":
I will be attending many of the wonderful sessions, as well as a meeting of the CALI Board of Directors (on which I serve as President). CALI is doing important work on a variety of projects for faculty, including A2J Author, Classcaster, eLangdell, Free Law Reporter, InstaPoll, Lawdibles, Legal Education Commons, LibTour, MediaNotes, and Webinars and Online Courses, in addition to their bread and butter CALI lessons for students (Jim Maule has produced over 250 tax lessons, which I highly recommend). In many ways, this is my favorite conference of the year, as it is the only gathering of law school faculty, librarians, and IT folks. I am looking forward to reconnecting and breaking bread with friends in all three spheres.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Following up on Sunday's post, ABA Releases Revised Law School Accreditation Standards, Protocol for Reporting Placement Data: Matt Leichter, Top 6 Underreported Changes to the ABA Accreditation Standards:
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
Following up on Friday's post, The 10 Most-Cited Tax Faculty: Brian Leiter (Chicago) has relased on his Law School Rankings website (a member of our Law Professor Blogs Network) an updated ranking of the 10 Most-Cited U.S. Law Faculty in 11 areas of specialization, as measured by citations during the past five years (2009-2013).
Interestingly, the 14 Tax Profs listed in the 10-Most Cited Tax Faculty and the related Highly Cited Scholars Who Work Partly in Tax lists are younger than their counterparts in the 10 other areas of specializations: in tax, four are in their 40s, nine are in their 50s, and only one is in his 60s.
Michael Graetz (Columbia)
David Weisbach (Chicago)
Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)
Daniel Shaviro (NYU)
Leandra Lederman (Indiana)
Larry Zelenak (Duke)
Victor Fleischer (San Diego)
Edward Zelinsky (Cardozo)
Joseph Bankman (Stanford)
Edward McCaffery (USC)
Highly Cited Scholars Who Work Partly in Tax
Louis Kaplow (Harvard)
Brian Galle (Boston College)
Kristin Hickman (Minnesota)
Mark Gergen (UC-Berkeley)
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage: