Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Congratulations, Adam Steinman!

Steinman Congratulations to my friend and colleague Adam Steinman -- the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees today approved his promotion to full professor with tenure, effective September 1, 2009.  Adam is an amazingly productive and thoughtful scholar in the civil procedure and federal courts area, award-winning teacher, and wonderful institutional citizen.

I was on the appointments committee the year we hired Adam.  Our Monyeball article (What Law Schools Can Learn from Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics, 82 Tex. L. Rev. 1483, 1539-44 (2004)) had just come out, arguing that pre-hiring publication is the only measure that accurately predicts future scholarly success.   Adam had published several significant pieces before entering the meat market, so I naturally was a strong supporter for this and many other reasons.  I am thrilled that Adam's spectacular success provides some additional support for the Moneyball thesis.  I can also say without equivocation that Adam is the nation's premier faculty tax rapper:

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Could not agree more with Andrew. This is not a moneyball hire. Well, maybe it's a traditional credentials + moneyball hire. But not a pure moneyball play.

Posted by: aspirelawprof | May 20, 2009 7:13:13 AM

Congratulations to Professor Steinman. That's wonderful. I'm a little skeptical, however, about the implicit claim that Professor Steinman is a Money Ball hire. He graduated from Yale College, Yale Law School, and clerked for the United States Court of Appeals. I suspect that he would have been hired at many schools, perhaps even Cincinnati, with a very limited publication history.

I very much believe in the Money Ball model for law school hiring, but I think a true Money Ball hire would be someone who has had Professor Steinman's sort of success, yet lacked the traditional pedigree at the time of hiring.

Posted by: Andrew Perlman | May 19, 2009 5:30:33 PM