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Thursday, May 4, 2006

Updated SSRN Tax Rankings

Ssrn_logo_71SSRN has updated its new monthly rankings of 343 American and international law school faculties and 1,500 law professors by (among other things) the number of paper downloads from the SSRN data base.  Here is the new list (through May 2, 2006) of the Top 25 Tax Faculty in two of the SSRN categories: all-time downloads and new downloads (within the past 12 months):

                                                    Top 25 Tax Faculty SSRN Rankings

  All-Time Downloads

  Recent Downloads

Tax Faculty (School)

Tax Rank

Overall Rank

Tax Rank

Overall Rank

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1

44

2

73

Edward McCaffery (USC)

2

92

6

91

David Walker (BU)

3

115

12

209

David Schizer (Columbia)

4

117

16

289

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

5

121

1

69

Victor Fleischer (UCLA)

6

133

4

84

David Weisbach (Chicago)

7

138

9

150

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)

8

141

3

76

Steve Bank (UCLA)

9

146

8

144

Terrence Chorvat (George Mason)

10

154

5

86

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

11

207

21

350

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

12

267

13

210

Elizabeth Garrett (USC)

13

313

22

416

Theodore Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

14

346

11

177

Lee Anne Fennell (Illinois)

15

362

18

318

Barbara Fried (Stanford)

16

374

-

781

Sam Thompson (UCLA)

17

375

-

1433

Joseph Bankman (Stanford)

18

379

17

294

Jeff Strnad (Stanford)

19

385

23

446

Stephen Cohen (Georgetown)

20

388

14

243

Susan Pace Hamill (Alabama)

21

412

10

168

Kirk Stark (UCLA)

22

418

19

334

Tanina Rostain (New York)

23

423

7

138

Calvin Johnson (Texas)

24

447

-

740

Kyle Logue (Michigan)

25

452

-

617

Leandra Lederman (Indiana)

-

488

25

556

Anthony Infanti (Pittsburgh)

-

500

24

459

David Duff (Toronto)

-

513

15

267

Michael Knoll (Pennsylvania)

-

529

20

340

Michael Asimow (UCLA)

-

544

-

837

Note that this ranking includes tax professors with at least one tax paper on SSRN, and all papers (including non-tax papers) by these tax professors are included in the SSRN data.

The other SSRN ranking categories are:

These rankings, of course, are imperfect measures of faculty scholarly performance -- as are the existing ranking methodologies of reputation surveys, productivity counts, and citation counts. Our modest claim in our article, Ranking Law Schools: Using SSRN to Measure Scholarly Performance, 81 Ind. L.J. 83 (2006) (Symposium on The Next Generation of Law School Rankings), is that the SSRN data can play a role in faculty rankings along with these other measures.  Bill Henderson (Indiana) thinks we are too modest, and that SSRN may provide a better measure of faculty performance than these other methodologies.

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