Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Brian Leiter recently asked: Is the age bias in law school hiring a thing of the past? He noted a shift in law school lateral faculty hiring in recent years: "When I started in law teaching in the early 1990s, ... most lateral moves occurred 5-15 years into a teaching career, with lateral moves by faculty in their 50s, let alone 60s, almost unheard of, except for administrative appointments. Yet just in the last couple of years, we've seen multiple lateral moves to peer or stronger schools by faculty age 55 and older." There similarly have been multiple lateral tax moves by faculty age 55 and older over the past decade:
Of the 47 lateral tax moves over the past decade, seven (17%) were 55 or older (Howard Abrams (Emory to San Diego), Neil Buchanan (George Washington to Florida), Karen Burke (San Diego to Florida), Paul Caron (Cincinnati to Pepperdine), David Hasen (Colorado to Florida), Marjorie Kornhauser (Tulane to Arizona State), Grayson McCouch (San Diego to Florida). and Richard Winchester (Thomas Jefferson to Seton Hall)). Four (Abrams, Buchanan, Burke, Kornhauser) were 60 or older. The average age of the 47 lateral moves was 45.
Interestingly, seven of the eight lateral tax moves of faculty 55 or older over the past ten years were to Arizona, Florida, or California.