Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Buckles, Wells Receive Professorships At Houston

Twitter's Gender Imbalance: Female Academics Have Disproportionately Fewer Followers, Likes, And Retweets Than Their Male Counterparts

Inside Higher Ed, Twitter's Gender Imbalance:

Women on social media face disproportionate levels of harassment compared to men. A new study says that female academics also have disproportionately fewer Twitter followers, likes and retweets than their male counterparts on the platform, regardless of their Twitter activity levels or professional rank.


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October 22, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Seven Truths About Hybrid Online JD Programs

7 Truths About Distance Learning: Online J.D. Programs Are Growing in Popularity, But Are They For You?, preLaw, Fall 2019, at 2:

Hybrid JDThe number of online offerings from law schools accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) is growing. ...  Some schools have received variances that allow them to offer the majority of their J.D. courses online.  [Nine Law Schools Have Approval To Offer Hybrid Online JDs]  Here are seven truths about online J.D. programs: 

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October 22, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 21, 2019

Kim Kardashian’s Favorite Contracts Professor

Students Petition To De-Gender All Seattle Law School Bathrooms

Seattle Spectator, Students Petition Law School To De-Gender Bathrooms:

Seattle Law (2019)A Seattle University law student, Seth Alexander, started a petition on campus for the School of Law to de-gender its bathrooms.

Alexander named lack of access as the main issue—the only readily accessible gender-neutral bathrooms in the building are on the third floor and are only accessible through the library.

Alexander and other gender non-conforming students often avoid going to the restroom while in the law school because of this. “Due to the disproportionate amount of class time that I would miss, I do not really have the option of using the bathroom during class,” the petition stated. “Most days, I schedule my bathroom breaks and regulate my liquid intake. Sometimes, on busy days when I do not have a break, I will just wait until I get home.”

The petition also raised concerns about safety for gender non- conforming students who are forced to use gendered restrooms, citing a 2013 study conducted by UCLA in which 70% of transgender respondents reported denial of access, harassment, or assault when attempting to use gendered restrooms.

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October 21, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Two Very Different Perspectives On Attorney General Barr's Notre Dame Speech

Following up on last Sunday's post, In Advance Of Law School Speech By Attorney General William Barr, Notre Dame Dean Marcus Cole Issued A Ringing Defense Of Free Speech:

Wall Street Journal op-ed:  Bill Barr ‘Gets’ Religion; The Attorney General Gives a Speech on Secularism, and the Left Goes Bananas:, by William McGurn:

For Notre Dame fans, this football weekend was a twofer. Not only did the Irish beat a longtime rival, the University of Southern California, on Saturday, the campus was treated to a sight it had never before seen: the attorney general of the United States, at a pregame tailgater, serenading faculty, students and fans with his bagpipes.

Turns out that was William Barr’s second performance on campus. The first came at the law school Friday, when he delivered a bracing speech on the role of religion in the American story of freedom.

The attorney general advanced two broad propositions. First, the waning of religion’s influence in American life has left more of her citizens vulnerable to what Tocqueville called the “soft despotism” of government dependency. Second, today’s secularists are decidedly not of the live-and-let-live variety.

“The secular project has itself become a religion, pursued with religious fervor,” he said. “It is taking on all the trappings of religion, including inquisitions and excommunication. Those who defy the creed risk a figurative burning at the stake—social, educational and professional ostracism and exclusion waged through lawsuits and savage social media campaigns.”

Right out of central casting, critics stepped forward to prove his point. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman accused Mr. Barr of “religious bigotry” and described his words as a “pogrom type speech.” ...

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October 20, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Brooks: Our Souls Make Us All Radically Equal

New York Times op-ed:  What Makes Us All Radically Equal, by David Brooks:

It’s not our brains and it’s not our bodies. [It's our souls].

I see these messy clash-ups across the country, wherever people are trying to do racial reconciliation. You realize that coming together across race is not a neat two-step process: truth and reconciliation. It’s an emotionally complex, thousand-step process, with moments of miscommunication, resentment and embrace. This is the hard process of trying to see each other across centuries of wrong.

The somewhat comforting truth is that it’s always been like this. When you read David Blight’s brilliant biography of Frederick Douglass, for example, you see that Douglass passed through exactly these many moods in dealing with his countrymen of another race — moments of fury and harmony, despair and hope.

Sometimes he was disgusted with America. “I have no love for America, as such,” he once said. Other times he was enraptured: “I am an American citizen. In birth, in sentiment, in ideas, in hopes, in aspirations and responsibilities.

Douglass’s genius was his ability to balance his indignation at oppression with his underlying faith in the American project. In his speeches he would praise his white audiences in one movement and thunder condemnation in the next. In an 1876 speech about Abraham Lincoln, he both condemned and complimented the man who inspired and infuriated him: “Viewed from the genuine abolition ground, Mr. Lincoln seemed tardy, cold, dull and indifferent; but measuring him from the sentiment of his country … he was swift, zealous, radical and determined.”

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October 20, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, October 19, 2019

James Comey Reduced Fee To $54,000 For Speech On 'The Ethical Leader' At UNLV Law School

Following up on my previous post, James Comey's Five Principles Of Ethical Leadership For Law School Deans:  The Nevada Independent, UNLV Paid Comey $54,000, Funded by Donors, For Visit to Law School and Dinner with VIPs:

Comey 2Former FBI Director James Comey’s visit to UNLV last month for a moderated discussion with former Gov. Brian Sandoval, book signing and dinner with up to two dozen “VIPs” cost the university’s law school $54,000, according to records obtained by The Nevada Independent.

According to a contract between the university and a booking agency representing Comey, the former FBI director’s September 24 visit to UNLV and speech to the university, “The Ethical Leader,” cost the university’s law school a pretty penny, but a spokeswoman for the university said that all costs were paid by a donor and that Comey reduced his normal speaking fee for the event.

“Mr. Comey substantially reduced his customary rate because the address was made at a public university for the benefit of our students and he was able to tie in this engagement with other West Coast events,” UNLV spokeswoman Cindy Brown said in an email. ...

The contract offers a behind-the-scenes look into the benefits, requirements and accommodations that the university made to Comey. ... Per the contract, the $54,000 fee included transportation to and from the airport, hotel (The Bellagio) and university for the event and other meetings, which ran for nearly six hours. ...

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October 19, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (6)

Who Paid For The Hit On Dan Markel? Charlie Adelson's Name Keeps Coming Up.

Following up on my previous post, Brian Leiter (Chicago): Was Wendi Adelson Involved In Dan Markel's Murder?:  Miami Herald, Who Paid For Hit on FSU Prof? In Lurid Trial, a Broward Dentist’s Name Keeps Coming Up:

Adelson (Charlie)Hours after Florida State University law professor Daniel Markel was shot and killed in his car at his Tallahassee home in July 2014, his ex-wife Wendi Adelson sat with an investigator at the Tallahassee Police Department, shaking, crying and burying her face in her hands.

When the investigator told Wendi the shooting was intentional and they needed to find out who murdered the father of her two children, she blurted out a name: Charlie Adelson, her older brother and confidant.

“[Charlie] knew that Danny always treated me badly and it was always this joke,” Wendi Adelson, also an FSU law professor, told police. “He said: ‘I looked into hiring a hit man and it was cheaper to get you this TV so instead I got you this TV … but he would never … it’s such a horrible thing to say.’”

Charlie Adelson, a Tamarac periodontist, has not been charged in the case and denies any involvement, but his name has come up again and again during a five-year investigation — and repeatedly during an ongoing three-week trial of two South Florida residents facing murder charges in Leon County for Markel’s death.

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October 19, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, October 18, 2019

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

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October 18, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Scott Fruehwald, Weekly Legal Ed Roundup | Permalink | Comments (0)

Negotiating Your First Employment Offer In Legal Academia

Darby Dickerson (UIC-John Marshall), Finding the Goldilocks Zone: Negotiating Your First Employment Offer in Legal Academia:

This WIP is for individuals, particularly women, who are about to negotiate their first employment offers in legal academia (whether tenure-line or non-tenure-line). The goal is to hit the "Goldilocks Zone" where you negotiate to strike the best balance to meet your needs and your law school's needs.

The paper begins with information about why women are less likely than men to negotiate employment offers and offers strategies to consider as they negotiate with their potential dean.

The paper then explains more than two dozen potential terms of an entry-level offer, with advice about what may or may not be typical or reasonable under the circumstances. Examples include starting date and bridge summer compensation, base salary, course packages, teaching load, credit toward tenure, and spousal hires.

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October 18, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Minority Partners Are Disproportionately Placed In Nonequity Partnership Tier, Minority Partners Disproportionately Placed in Nonequity Partnership Tier:

Minority lawyers disproportionately occupy the nonequity partnership tier of the nation’s largest-grossing law firms compared to their white colleagues.

An American Lawyer analysis of 148 firms with two-tiered partnership structures, 131 of which ranked in this year’s Am Law 200, shows that minority lawyers are not only more likely to have nonequity partnership status, but that they are moving into the nonequity tier at triple the rate of white lawyers. The analysis is based on five years of survey data.

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October 18, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 17, 2019

I Was A Law School Jackass: How I’d Do It Differently Now, I Was a Law School Jackass: How I’d Do It Differently Now:

JackassAs a law student, I was extraordinarily average.

Like most of my classmates when I started law school, I’d been a good student growing up, done well as an undergraduate and had built an identity around being a smart kid. I worked hard, was rewarded for it and got a lot of confidence from it.

And then I went to law school. ...

I taught English before I went to law school, so I was about six years older than my 1L classmates at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and I remember thinking at orientation how I was going to blow these kids out of the water academically. It really wasn’t even a consideration that I wouldn’t be, if not at the top of my class, at least in the top 10%. ...

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October 17, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

July 2019 Pennsylvania Bar Exam: Pittsburgh #1

Penn BarHere are the results of the July 2019 Pennsylvania Bar Exam for first-time test-takers by law school, along with each school's U.S. News ranking:

Bar Pass

Rank (Rate)



US News Rank

PA (Overall)

1 (91.4%)


6 (77)

2 (88.5%)

Penn State - Dickinson

4 (71)

3 (88.2%)


1 (1)

4 (87.9%)


5 (80)

5 (86.9%)


4 (71)

6 (85.4%)


2 (48)

7 (81.8%)

Penn State - University Park

3 (64)


Statewide Average


8 (78.5%)


7 (100)

9 (66.7%)



10 (66.1%)

Widener - Pennsylvania

8 (Tier 2)

11 (63.2%)

Widener - Delaware

(Tier 2)

October 17, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Penn Launches New Future Of The Legal Profession Initiative

Penn Law Announces New ‘Future of the Profession Initiative’ Focused on Legal Education Innovation, Profession-wide Thought Leadership:

Penn FutureTo advance its mission of educating the next generation of lawyers and catalyzing change throughout the profession, Penn Law is launching the Future of the Profession Initiative. The Initiative will “Teach, Lead, and Transform” by examining new ways law schools can adopt a holistic vision for the formation of lawyers – both during law school and throughout their careers to create true Lifelong Learning for Penn Law lawyers. The Initiative will lead profession-wide conversations about a changing legal landscape and create a destination for future-oriented and creative professionals from an array of disciplines to address disconnects among clients, lawyers, and legal systems.

The Future of the Profession Initiative, working with its Board of Advisors, has developed several upcoming events and projects, including a “Five-Year-Out Academy” to support the career acceleration of Penn Law graduates entering the next stage of their careers, a Dean’s Innovation Prize competition to support exceptional ideas for innovating in legal service delivery, a “Future of the Profession” symposium that will bring together thought leaders from the legal sector and other industries, an entrepreneurs-in-residence program, and the launch of a podcast featuring conversations about change.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Problems Of Measuring Scholarly Impact (‘Stuff’)

Following up on last week's post, The U.S. News Citation Ranking Is A 'Rigged Metrics Game' That 'Imperils Legal Academia':  LawProfBlawg (Anonymous Professor, Top 100 Law School), The Problems Of Measuring Scholarly Impact (‘Stuff’):

If we’re seeking to adopt some measure to assess scholarly impact, there are serious caveats that need to be addressed before we begin.

Professor Robert Anderson at Pepperdine Law School (place from which I wouldn’t mind a job offer — HINT) [How can we make you an offer (or measure your scholarly impact or teaching effectiveness) if we don't know who you are?] asked me a series of questions on Twitter, all of which are important.

If you don’t know Professor Anderson, you should.  His Twitter feed is a discussion of scholarly impact, and things related to problems of measurement and hierarchies in academia.  I’ve found his tweets cause me to think.  I blame him for this blog post.

His tweet that got me to thinking was this one:  “My pal @lawprofblawg has got some points here, but I think at some point s/he has got to get a little more concrete with an alternative. Is the status quo working? Why would citation-based metrics be worse? Should law schools evaluate scholarship at all? How should hiring work?”

All good questions.  There was some discussion in that thread about the fact that we ought to have some measure of stuff.  In fact, we already do when we hire people to join the faculty, when they go up for tenure, and even (to varying degrees of noneffectiveness) when we review them post-tenure.  They are imperfect, filled with biases, and are often deployed in an arbitrary fashion.  Sometimes they are hardly metrics at all.

Nonetheless, Professor Anderson is correct: I am in favor of having some metrics.  However, the current metrics aren’t working.   My coauthor and I have explained the biases and entry barriers facing certain potential entrants into legal academia.  Eric Segall and Adam Feldman have explained that there is severe concentration in the legal academy, focused on only a handful of schools that produce the bulk of law professors.  While in the academy, barriers block advancement.  And those barriers are reflected, in my opinion, in current citation and scholarly impact measurements seeking to measure stuff.

But if we’re seeking to adopt some measure, whether it is a global standard that could ultimately replace U.S. News or just a standard at one’s own law school, I think there are serious caveats that need to be addressed before we begin to measure stuff.  When I have seen these issues raised before, I have seen them too quickly dismissed.  So let’s try again.

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October 16, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Jury Rejects Death Penalty, Gives Dan Markel's Killer Life Without Parole; Prosecutors To Retry Magbanua

Tallahassee Democrat, Dan Markel Murder Trial: Garcia Gets Life, Now Prosecutors Turn Their Attention to Magbanua:

MarkelLeon County jurors opted not to give the death penalty to Sigfredo Garcia, the Miami man convicted of murdering Florida State law professor and father of two Dan Markel.

A jury of 10 women and two men deliberated for just 40 minutes Tuesday before returning with their recommendation to spare Garcia and sentence him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman said she was satisfied with the jury’s decision. But she was setting her sights on retrying Garcia’s longtime girlfriend, Katherine Magbanua, whose case ended with a hung jury Friday.

“We will be going forward with that case,” Cappleman said after Garcia’s sentencing. “The state will retry Ms. Magbanua.”, Florida Law Professor's Killer Gets Life in Prison

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October 16, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

The Socratic Method Meets Siri: How Law Schools Are Adapting To Today's Digital Age


Legal Tech News, Teaching Tech: How Legal Education Coursework Is Changing in Today’s Digital Era:

In an industry that’s in the midst of a major disruption, law students are demanding that schools prepare them not just for the rapidly changing job market, but for new ways of practicing law.

Students starting law school this fall will graduate into an industry that’s very different from the one of generations past. Gone are the days when practicing law meant spending hours behind an imposing wooden desk in an office overflowing with paper.

While it may have started as little more than the latest buzzword, “legal tech” has integrated itself firmly into the mainstream and is now part and parcel of everyday legal practice. Technology is no longer a luxury—it’s the new normal for the legal industry. Not surprisingly, smart law schools are quickly getting on board.

Tech-savvy millennials enrolling in U.S. law schools are expecting a more innovative curriculum. Schools are also looking to keep pace with the latest digital transformation in the legal industry so their graduates leave with the know-how and skill sets to compete and succeed in today’s job market.

The Socratic Method Meets Siri
There’s no question that tech has found a prominent place in the modern law school curriculum. While core classes like contracts and civil procedure will always remain staples of a solid legal education, top law schools around the country have already integrated a strong focus on technology into their coursework. ...

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October 16, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Graduate School Enrollment Rises 2.2%, But International Student Enrollment Falls For Third Consecutive Year

Inside Higher Ed, Grad Enrollment: Gains at Home, Losses Abroad

Graduate school applications were up 2.2 percent year over year in 2018, and first-time enrollments increased 2.1 percent across institution types, according to a new report by the Council of Graduate Schools and the Educational Testing Service [Graduate Enrollment and Degrees: 2008 to 2018 (press release)].

Grad 4The groups were especially pleased to see higher increases in first-time enrollments among people of color, including Latinx (6.8 percent), black (3.5 percent), Asian (6.2 percent) and Native American students (8.3 percent). Over all, 24.1 percent of all first-time enrollees who were U.S. citizens and permanent residents in fall 2018 were underrepresented minorities.

Hironao Okahana, associate vice president, research and policy analysis, at the council, attributed those gains to increased attention to diversity on many campuses. “Graduate schools are prioritizing recruitment of traditionally underrepresented students and are eager to diversify their programs,” he said Monday. And while the increases “are a good start,” he added, “we must work to further support [underrepresented] students in their path to graduate school and beyond.” ...

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October 15, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Purdue Bans Faculty, Staff, And Students From Gambling On Boilermaker Games

Purdue Trustees Approve Sports Wagering Policy:

PurdueThe Purdue University Board of Trustees on Thursday (Oct. 10) approved the adoption of a sports wagering policy.

The policy bans faculty, staff and non-athlete students across the university system from gambling on sporting events involving any Purdue teams, coaches or student-athletes. The policy was developed at the urging of some faculty members, as well as the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, after sports betting became legal in Indiana earlier this year. The policy applies to wagers placed worldwide and online.

Faculty and staff violators of the rule would face discipline up to and including termination. Sanctioning guidelines will be developed by the vice provost for faculty affairs and vice president for human resources in concert with the Executive Policy Review Group.

The vice provost for student life  and the dean of students will work with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the EPRG to develop sanctioning guidelines for non-athlete students who are found to be in violation of this policy.

NCAA rules already prohibit wagering by certain officials of a university, student-athletes and coaches, among others.

Michael McCann (New Hampshire), Why Purdue Faces Major Obstacles Legally, Logistically in Sports Betting Ban:

Indiana is one of 13 states to have legalized sports betting. But that doesn’t mean everyone in Indiana can bet on any game. Let’s say you’re an employee or a student at Purdue University. Whatever you do, don’t bet on Purdue games—regardless of whether you pick the Boilermakers to win or lose, and regardless of the spread or the over/under.

How come? Because in the not-so-distant-future, you could be fired from your job or kicked out of school. ...

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October 15, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Monday, October 14, 2019

50% Of July LSAT Test-Takers Cancel Their Score

National Jurist, 50% of July LSAT Test-takers Cancel Their Score:

LSAT (2017)Approximately half of those who took the July Law School Admission Test (LSAT) decided to kill their scores.


Well, because they could.

For the first — and only — time, test-takers could see their scores and choose whether to keep them. Normally, you can’t see them. If you think you did poorly and want to cancel, you do so blindly.

The test was going digital, with one half taking it in the new manner and the other half doing so by paper and pencil, the traditional way. So this option was offered, given that test-takers didn’t know which mode they would get.

That no-lose proposition enticed a big crowd. Twenty-three thousand took it. And about 11,500 of them said, um, never mind. The only explanation is that they didn't think they did good enough - and the definition of good enough varies dramatically among test-takers.

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WSJ: More Employers Match Employees' Student Loan Payments With 401(k) Contributions

Wall Street Journal, Employers Try a New Perk: Matching Student Loan Payments With 401(k) Contributions:

Many workers with student loans postpone saving for retirement. Now, a handful of companies are trying to prevent them from falling behind on retirement savings by matching their student-loan repayments with contributions to a 401(k) plan.

In recent months, companies including Abbott Laboratories, Travelers, and Raytheon have either launched or announced plans for such programs. The companies join a growing number of others that are helping workers reduce student debt in other ways, including making direct payments to lenders.

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Leiter: Was Wendi Adelson Involved In Dan Markel's Murder?

Following up on Saturday's post, Hit Man Convicted Of First-Degree Murder Of Dan Markel; State To Retry Magbanua After Jury Deadlocks; Magbanua Fingers Charlie Adelson:  Brian Leiter (Chicago) asks Was Wendi Adelson, Dan Markel's Ex-wife, Involved in the Murder-For-Hire Plot?:

Markel & Adelson[A] law professor elsewhere wrote to me the other day summarizing the circumstantial case against Ms. Adelson as follows: ...

The alleged circumstantial evidence is gripping, including the attempt to frame Wendi's boyfriend; Wendi's flurry of calls to her family the morning of the murder and her call to Dan right before the murder; Donna's scheduling a TV repairman to come to Wendi's at the exact time of the murder (presumably to set up an alibi); and Wendi later having a celebratory dinner with Charlie.

New York Times, Man Convicted in Murder of Law Professor Locked in Family Feud:

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

In Advance Of Law School Speech By Attorney General William Barr, Notre Dame Dean Marcus Cole Issued A Ringing Defense Of Free Speech

Attorney General William Barr spoke at Notre Dame on Friday and attracted over 100 protesters, some of whom were blowing whistles. In advance of the talk, new Notre Dame Dean Marcus Cole issued a ringing defense of free speech:

ColeThe Attorney General of the United States will be speaking here at Notre Dame Law School this Friday, October 11, and there appears to be a need to clarify the policy regarding speakers at the Law School.

From time to time, speakers will be invited by the Law School, faculty, student groups, or organizations affiliated with the University of Notre Dame, to speak at the Law School. Sometimes those speakers are government officials responsible for controversial policies. Sometimes they are people who are known to espouse controversial points of view. As long as they are here at Notre Dame Law School, they are free to say whatever is on their mind within the bounds of law.

Freedom of speech matters. As Frederick Douglass once said, “To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.”

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Pepperdine's Michael Helfand To Co-Teach New Religious Liberty Clinic At Yale

Michael Helfand, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Interim Director of the Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics, and Professor of Law at Pepperdine Law School, will be co-teaching a new Religious Liberty Clinic at Yale Law School this spring:

Helfand 3National Review, Yale Law School Establishes Religious-Liberty Clinic:

I’m very pleased to learn that Yale law school has established a for-course-credit Free Exercise Clinic, under the direction of Professor Kate Stith. Michael Helfand, a visiting professor from Pepperdine law school, will also lead the course.

From Yale’s course catalog for the spring 2020 semester:

Free Exercise Clinic: Seminar (30143) and Fieldwork (30144). 2 units for seminar, 1 unit for fieldwork (3 units total). The seminar and the fieldwork must be taken simultaneously. The freedom to practice one’s religion has been a cherished and controverted right since the Founding. Indeed, religious beliefs matter enormously to their adherents, yet are often invisible or unintelligible to others. This duality is especially salient today, in our religiously diverse society. Although the federal constitution and many other laws offer protection for individuals and groups of faith, majoritarian policymakers and government actors sometimes fail to consider – and occasionally target – religious minorities and their interests. This clinic will provide an opportunity for students to defend the free exercise of politically vulnerable religious minorities. Students will learn about and advocate for the rights of inmates seeking religious accommodations, houses of worship challenging zoning decisions, and employees facing discrimination at work.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

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Hit Man Convicted Of First-Degree Murder Of Dan Markel; State To Retry Magbanua After Jury Deadlocks; Magbanua Fingers Charlie Adelson

Tallahassee Democrat, Dan Markel Case: Family Says Justice 'Partially Served' With Murder Verdict and Mistrial:

Markel SuspectsJurors deliberated for 11 hours Thursday and Friday before convicting the man who fatally shot Dan Markel in broad daylight in 2014 and deadlocking on the woman prosecutors tried to prove was the go-between in an alleged murder-for-hire plot.

Sigfredo Garcia was found guilty of first-degree murder following nearly two weeks of testimony in front of a Leon County jury of 10 women and two men.

After that decision was announced, jurors briefly continued deliberating on whether to convict Katherine Magbanua, his co-defendant and the mother of their two children. After sending signals earlier in the day they were struggling with reaching a unanimous decision, they officially deadlocked, prompting Leon Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson to declare a mistrial. ...

Magbanua will remain in jail as a charged co-conspirator, and the state will try her case again. ...

The Markel family said in a statement they were relieved to have some semblance of justice. “After waiting five long years, we are relieved that at least one of the people responsible for Danny’s murder was convicted today and are grateful for the tireless efforts of law enforcement and the State Attorney’s Office,” said their attorneys Orin Snyder and Matthew Benjamin. “Yet justice was only partially served. In light of the mountain of evidence presented by the State Attorney’s Office, we are confident Katherine Magbanua will be re-tried and convicted.”

“As all who followed this trial know, there is more work to be done to ensure that everyone responsible for Danny’s murder is held accountable,” they said. “Until that day comes, we will continue to fight for complete justice and to be reunited with our grandchildren, Danny’s two young boys, whom we love and miss dearly.”

Tallahassee Democrat, Dan Markel Murder Trial: Katherine Magbanua Denies Involvement, but Fingers Charlie Adelson:

Katherine Magabanua, accused in the murder of Dan Markel, denied any involvement in a conspiracy but said that she thought the Florida State law professor’s brother-in-law was behind the murder.

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My University Is Dying; Soon Yours Will Be, Too

Chronicle of Higher Education op-ed:  My University is Dying, And Soon Yours Will Be, Too., by Sheila Liming (University of North Dakota):

I live in a land of austerity, and I’m not just talking about the scenery. When most people think about North Dakota — if, indeed, they ever do — they probably imagine bare, ice-crusted prairies swept clean by wind. They see the clichés, in other words, not the reality — the towns that are, in fact, aesthetically identical to so many in America, with all the usual houses and shopping malls and parks and freeways. On the campus where I work, though, austerity has many meanings and many guises. Some of them you can see, like the swaths of new grass that grow where historic buildings stood just last year, before they were demolished in the name of maintenance backlogs. Most, though, are invisible. 

Starting in 2016, our state university system endured three successive rounds of annual budget cuts, with average 10-percent reductions resulting in a loss of more than a third of the system’s overall funding. Additional cuts, even, were on the table this past year. And while our state legislators ultimately avoided taking yet one more stab at the dismembered body of higher education, there has been no discussion of restoring any of those funds.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

A Comparative Look At Two Law School Hybrid J.D. Programs

Inside Higher Ed, Faculty and Pedagogy in the Hybrid J.D.:

Hybrid JDLargely online J.D. degrees, long restricted by the American Bar Association, are growing in number this fall. Five universities have so far received permission, in the form of “variances” from the ABA, to operate an accredited J.D. program outside of current distance education restrictions.

Two of those universities, the University of Dayton and the University of New Hampshire, started their inaugural hybrid J.D. terms this fall. They are joining Syracuse University, which began offering a program in January of this year, and Mitchell Hamline School of Law, which launched its program in 2015. Southwestern Law School received a variance from the ABA but chose not to offer the program, the admissions office said.

The two new degree programs offer an early look at the pedagogy and the faculty role in online legal education at the J.D. level. ...

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No Title IX Violation When Women's Field Hockey Game Cut Short To Accommodate Pregame Fireworks For Men's Football Game

Kent State Office of Compliance, EOAA/Title IX Investigation Summary Report: Field Hockey Game on September 7, 2019 University of Maine vs. Temple University:

Kent StateKent State University (KSU) Field Hockey team participated in a round-robin field hockey tournament beginning on September 6, 2019 against Temple University. On September 7, 2019, University of Maine (UMaine) and Temple played one another, and Kent State played UMaine on Sunday, September 8, 2019. All the games were hosted and played at Kent State Murphy-Mellis Field, north of Dix Stadium. The game on September 7, 2019 began at 9:00am between UMaine and Temple. The game ran through regulation time with one overtime (OT) period played. Kent State men’s football was scheduled to play Kennesaw State University at Dix Stadium with a noon kick-off and fireworks during the game. At the conclusion of the 10-minute OT, the field hockey game was still zero to zero. SWA Densevich, Senior Woman Administrator for Kent State approached both UMaine and Temple field hockey coaches Ms. Babineau and Ms. Ciufo to see if they were willing to conclude the game later that day at 5:30pm. ...

Findings: After careful consideration and review of the statements provided, the Office of Compliance, EOAA found no evidence to suggest that gender was the basis or even a consideration in the decisions made regarding the September 7th game. The decision to end the game at 10:30 am was made well in advance prior to the teams even arriving at Kent State to play. ... Evidence substantiates that the game ultimately concluded due to the safety concerns and preparation involved in the launch of the football game fireworks.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

What Would Thomas Jefferson Losing Its ABA Accreditation Mean For Its Students?

Following up on my previous posts:

Lyle Moran, What Would Thomas Jefferson Losing Its ABA Accreditation Mean For Students?:

Embattled Thomas Jefferson School of Law is working to assure its current students that they will still be able to take the bar exam outside of California even if the school loses its ABA accreditation due to its financial and academic issues.

This message was most recently conveyed in an email to students from the San Diego school’s dean, Linda Keller. She wrote that what prompted her message was incorrect information about Thomas Jefferson in a different news outlet.

“If a school loses accreditation, the next step is typically what’s called a teach-out,” Keller wrote in the Sept. 26 email. “This is a way for a school to ensure that its current students can finish their education and graduate. The ABA’s recently approved teach-out arrangements for other schools have provided that the law school keeps its ABA accreditation while it teaches out its current students. As a result, those teach-out students graduate with a degree from an ABA-approved law school and may sit for the bar exam in other jurisdictions.” ...

Whether Thomas Jefferson would actually need a teach-out period if it lost ABA accreditation presents an interesting question.

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Minnesota Law School Enrolls Largest 1L Class Since 2011 As Part Of Plan To Eliminate Multi-Million Dollar Deficit By 2021 While Defending Its Top 20 Ranking

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  Minnesota Daily, UMN Law School Sees Largest First-Year Class in Almost a Decade:

This fall, the University of Minnesota Law School saw its largest entering juris doctorate class in eight years. The school is recovering after a decline in enrollment following the 2008 recession.

Reasons why enrollment is bouncing back at the law school range from a strong economy, the school’s high ranking and the current political climate, according to students and those in the industry.


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The U.S. News Citation Ranking Is A 'Rigged Metrics Game' That 'Imperils Legal Academia'

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  LawProfBlawg (Anonymous Professor, Top 100 Law School), The Taylorism Of Legal Academia: Another Rigged Metrics Game, and It Imperils Legal Academia:

U.S. News Law (2019)The legal academy is on a precipice.  As people seek to figure out exactly the mystery of what academics do, they want to come up with more metrics to determine which academics are good, and which academics are not.  It’s like if Santa Claus were a management consultant with a basic understanding of stats.

To some degree, academia has endured measurement in terms of student evaluations.  The good professors are the ones with good evaluations, and the bad ones are the ones who lack them.  It’s only recently that people have discovered that which many have known for decades: Student evaluations are rigged, and you can pretty much guess the direction of the biases.  Despite that, we still use them, apparently because measuring something poorly is way better than not measuring it at all.

Now, professors and university administrators are becoming more focused on measuring the impact of scholars.  The term “scholarly impact” describes the complicated system of measuring whose work makes a difference, at least according to whatever metrics are used.  In the old days, it was SSRN.  Now, with U.S. News teaming with Heinonline, a new king of the metric is in town.  And you’d be kidding yourself if you think it won’t be used to target some untenured professors and chide some tenured professors who think scholarly impact might be measured in a more meaningful way (or not at all).  My coauthor and I have said our peace about these measures of “quality” here.

But universities are starting to measure faculty productivity.  The alleged goal is quality, but I’m thinking the real goal is to produce “more stuff.” ...

Making the world a better place might mean spending more time working with students, or writing something not counted in the “stuff” measure that targets the general population.  In short, I fear that instead of focusing on making the world a better place, measuring “stuff” will lead to a more conformist academy (if that’s possible) and one whose direction has been handed over to university administrators and external data miners.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Kirkland & Ellis Names 141 New Partners; Only 3 Are Black

American Lawyer, Kirkland Announces Partner Mega-Class With 141 Promotions:

KirklandThe world’s highest-grossing law firm has promoted what it says is its largest-ever class of new partners: 141 in one go [including 8 tax partners].

Kirkland & Ellis announced the names of its newly minted partners on Wednesday, distributing a list that would rival or dwarf the total partnership at plenty of sizable firms.

Like many of the largest law firms, Kirkland has had large partner classes in the past. But according to a firm representative, this one tops the list.

Kirkland is No. 1 in the Am Law 100 thanks to its revenue (over $3.7 billion in 2018), but it trails several U.S. and global firms in head count, with about 2,300 lawyers, 430 equity partners and 566 nonequity partners last year.

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Where Did All the Students Go? Five Views On The Great Enrollment Crash

Following up on my previous post, The Great Enrollment Crash:  Chronicle of Higher Education, Where Did All the Students Go?: Five Views On The Great Enrollment Crash:

Higher education has fully entered a new structural reality,” argues Bill Conley, vice president for enrollment management at Bucknell University, in a recent essay in The Chronicle Review. When Bucknell failed to hit its enrollment goals this spring, it wasn’t alone — National Association for College Admission Counseling data show a large increase in the number of colleges still soliciting applications after the May 1 deadline. “Up and down the selectivity ladder, especially among private colleges,” Conley writes, “yield models had been invalidated by a sea change in student college-choice behavior.”

We reached out to five leaders in enrollment from across the country and asked them: What does the enrollment crash look like to you? Here’s what they told us.

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Law School Trial Team Rankings: Stetson Is #1

Trial Competition Performance Rankings:

The Trial Competition Performance Ranking (TCPR) is an objective snapshot of achievement in interscholastic law school trial competitions.

Fordham University School of Law
Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center
2018 - 2019 Academic Year Fall 2016 - Present
1 Stetson 21 points 1 Stetson 43 points
2 Loyola Chicago 17 points 2 Drexel 29 points
3 UCLA 15 points 3 Fordham 26 points
4 South Carolina 14 points St. Johns 26 points
5 Akron 12 points Wake Forest 26 points
Campbell 12 points 6 Baylor 25 points
7 American 11 points Campbell 25 points
UC-Berkeley 11 points Cumberland 25 points
9 Emory 10 points Loyola Chicago 25 points
10 Baylor 9 points 10 American 24 points
Brooklyn 9 points South Carolina 24 points
Cumberland 9 points UC-Hastings 24 Points
William & Mary 9 points 13 Georgetown 23 points
14 Catholic 8 points 14 Chicago-Kent 22 points
Loyola-L.A. 8 points Northwestern 22 points
SMU 8 points UCLA 22 points
Temple 8 points 17 Akron 21 points
18 Drexel 7 points Loyola-L.A. 21 points
Harvard 7 points 19 Florida 20 points
John Marshall Chicago 7 points Maryland 20 points
St. Thomas 7 points 21 UC-Berkeley 19 points
22 Faulkner 6 points 22 NYU 18 points
Fordham 6 points 23 Brooklyn 17 points
Georgetown 6 points Harvard 17 points
NYU 6 points Temple 17 points
McGeorge 6 points
Syracuse 6 points


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A Law School Course On Presidential Impeachment

Gregory S. Crespi (SMU), Developing a Law School Course on Presidential Impeachment, 72 SMU L. Rev. F. 41 (2019):

This short essay discusses my motivation for and the process that I went through over the past two years developing a law school course on presidential impeachment and related topics. I recommend that those law school faculty members who may have only a modest constitutional law background, but who feel as I do that more sustained discussion of the questions that would be presented by an attempt to remove President Trump from office through impeachment is called for, consider also developing and offering such a course.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

U.S. Attorney: Professor Spent $190,000 Of Research Grant Funds At Strip Clubs

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Drexel University to Pay $189,062 to Resolve Potential False Claims Liability:

United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Drexel University has agreed to pay the United States $189,062 to resolve potential liability under the False Claims Act for a former professor’s use of grant funds towards “gentlemen’s clubs” and other improper purchases.

For ten years, the head of Drexel’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Chikaodinaka D. Nwankpa [Google Scholar]), submitted improper charges against federal grants. The majority of the charges were made to gentlemen’s clubs and sports bars in the Philadelphia area.

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To Raise Scores, ACT Will Allow Students To Re-Take Individual Sections Of Test, Release 'Superscore' Of A Student's Highest Scores After Up To 12 Retests

Press Release, ACT Test to Provide New Options Designed to Offer Students More Choices, Faster Results:

ACTACT, the maker of the ACT® test used in college admissions, today announced plans to introduce three new options to improve students’ test-taking experience and increase their opportunities for college admissions and scholarships.

Beginning with the September 2020 national ACT test date, students who have taken the ACT will have the option to retake individual sections of the ACT test instead of the entire exam.

Students will also have the choice of taking the ACT online, with faster test results, on national test dates, and those who take the test more than once will be provided an ACT “superscore” that calculates their highest possible ACT composite score.

New York Times, ACT Change Will Allow Students to Retake Individual Sections:

High schoolers will find it easier next year to submit a high ACT exam score as part of the competitive college admissions process.

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California Appeals Court Upholds Jury Verdict That University Denied Tenure To Professor Who Complained About Hostile Environment For Women Of Color

Inside Higher Education, Winning Tenure, in Court:

GuptaA California appeals court last week upheld a jury’s earlier verdict that San Francisco State University retaliated against a professor in denying her tenure after she complained about the climate for minority women.

The First District Court of Appeal ruled, 3 to 0, that the university owes Rashmi Gupta, professor of social work at San Francisco State, $378,000 in damages and $587,000 for attorneys’ fees and court costs [Gupta v. Trustees of the California State University, No. 151763 (Sept. 26, 2019)].

The case is significant because professors don't often sue over tenure denials, even when they think they've been wronged. And even when they do sue, courts typically defer to colleges because tenure cases tend to be so complex. But Gupta's evidence of retaliation by one administrator in particular, supported by witness testimony, is compelling. The case also turns — to a surprising degree, given that so many experts say they shouldn't be used in high-stakes personnel decisions — on student evaluations of teaching.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Colleges Go To Court Over A Donor’s Intent

Following up on my previous post, Hillsdale College Sues University Of Missouri Over $5 Million Donation:  Wall Street Journal op-ed:  Colleges Go to Court Over a Donor’s Intent, by Nicole Ault:

HMThe gift seemed too good to pass up: a $5 million bequest from a wealthy alumnus for the University of Missouri, endowing three chairs and three professorships in its business college. The condition was unusual, requiring each of the six to be a “dedicated and articulate disciple of the free and open market economy (the Ludwig von Mises Austrian School of Economics).” But after the donor, Sherlock Hibbs, died at 98 in 2002, Mizzou accepted. It shouldn’t have.

The university betrayed its benefactor almost immediately, putting previously hired professors who weren’t Austrian adherents into five of the six positions. Mizzou might have gotten away with this maneuver, but Hibbs, a World War II veteran and financier, included in his will an accountability mechanism.

Mizzou must certify every four years to Hillsdale College—a liberal-arts school in Michigan with a conservative reputation—that it has complied with the will. Otherwise the money would go to Hillsdale, which offers courses in Austrian economics and holds Mises’ personal library. (Hibbs separately endowed a $1.3 million chair at Hillsdale, which is my alma mater.) Hillsdale disputes the certifications and is suing the university’s Board of Curators. ...

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Student Loans Exacerbate Racial Wealth Gap

Stalling Dreams: How Student Debt is Disrupting Life Chances and Widening the Racial Wealth Gap:

Selling Dreams CoverThe student loan system, designed to provide greater access to higher education and fill gaps in students’ ability to pay, has turned into a debt sentence for more and more borrowers. It’s a story blending some well-intended actors and policy, some nefarious and predatory financial actors, for-profit education factories, and growth in education costs far exceeding inflation due in large part to declining public investments. This report focuses on the consequences. What changed trajectories is this system establishing for generations of young adults? How has this changed the future for young people? What are the long-term effects of this burgeoning debt crisis? What is its cascading impact on financial well-being, families, and society? How does it affect young people differently by race and ethnicity? This report begins to take up these critical questions. Any solutions must address these issues.

The current higher education financing regime sediments and exacerbates inequality, and student loans adversely affect the Black-White racial wealth gap. Black students—and students at for-profit universities, who are more likely to be students of color—often face the greatest challenges as they try to finance their degrees with student loans. They take on more loans, amass higher amounts of loans, and experience greater difficulty in paying off loans. Frequently without family financial wealth to support repayment and facing ongoing discrimination in the labor market, Black borrowers are much more likely to experience longterm financial insecurity due to student loans. Would anybody knowingly design a system where, two decades after starting college, many Black borrowers still are paying on virtually all of their student loans, while for the typical White borrower, a minimal debt burden remains? Would anybody knowingly design a system whereby 38 elite colleges have more students who come from families in the top 1 percent than students who come from the bottom 60 percent? Elite colleges, to be sure, historically served upper-class White males, yet access gained by women and students of color has created only a lukewarm diversity in the context of today’s higher education financing regime.

This report highlights how student loans often create a long-term debt burden that blocks wealth accumulation, rendering mobility more fragile and impeding long-term security, particularly for young Black borrowers. While the crisis has grown nationally for all groups in recent years, the data below underscore that Black students are particularly harmed by the current student loan system. The role of higher education financing in contributing to the racial wealth gap and its widening are detailed in this report. ...

Black students are more likely than their White peers to take on student debt, to take larger amounts of loans, and to have debt decades after pursuing higher education.15 In a cohort of students starting college in 1995-1996 and followed for 20 years, 43 percent of White students did have to take any student loans compared to just a quarter of Black students. Among all students, not just student loan holders, the median total for undergraduate loans for Black students was 3.5 times greater than for their White peers and about 3 times more for total federal loans overall including graduate loans.

The typical Black student borrower took out about $3,000 more in loans than their White peers; yet 20 years after starting school, the typical Black borrower owed about $17,500 more than their White peers (see Figure 1). In that time, nearly half of White borrowers were student debt free (49 percent), while just a quarter of Black borrowers were able to pay off all of their loans (26 percent).

Figure 1

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Week 2 Highlights Of The Dan Markel Murder Trial

  • Markel SuspectsRepeated phone calls between Adelson family and defendants on day of Markel's murder
  • $41,000 in cash deposits in Katherine Magbanua’s bank account  and $17,000 in checks to Maganua from Donna Adelson and the Adelson Institute after Markel's murder
  • Testimony of Charlie Adelson's ex-girlfriend
  • Testimony of Wendi Adelson's ex-boyfriend
  • Testimony of Louis Rivera
  • Case may go to jury on Wednesday

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Federal Judge: University Of Iowa Administrators May Be Personally Liable For Again Violating A Christian Student Group's Constitutional Rights

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  Inside Higher Ed, Judge (Again) Finds Iowa Violated Christian Group's Rights:

Iowa Logo (2019)In January, a federal judge ruled that the University of Iowa violated the First Amendment rights of a group called Business Leaders in Christ by de-recognizing it because its “statement of faith” bans those in LGBTQ relationships from leadership roles.

On Friday, the same federal judge in Iowa issued a very similar ruling involving a similarly situated Christian student group at the university. But this decision goes further: it finds that Iowa administrators could be held personally liable for damages because they should have known better than to treat the second group that way after the ruling in the earlier case. ...

Judge Rose's analysis of the InterVarsity case largely mirrors her findings in the Business Leaders in Christ case; broadly, she finds that the university violated the group's rights to free speech, freedom of association and freedom of religious exercise. Her analysis focuses not on whether the human rights policy was constitutional, but on whether university officials applied the policy equitably to all groups. She concludes that they did not, in ways that unfairly discriminated against InterVarsity.

The biggest difference between the two cases, though, comes in the judge's conclusion about liability for campus administrators. In the business leaders' case, the court determined that university officials deserved qualified immunity, because "the university's compelling interests in the human rights policy, along with the university setting," differentiated that case from previous legal precedents that prohibit "selective application of a nondiscrimination policy."

The InterVarsity case was different, Rose ruled. Once the judge ruled as she did, issuing the preliminary injunction in the business leaders' case in January 2018, Iowa officials were bound by precedential federal law not to "selectively enforce its human rights policy against a religious student group." But that's precisely what they did, Rose said, in de-registering InterVarsity that June.

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My Last Visit Home

Salem 3My wife and I returned to my boyhood home of Salem, Massachusetts for the funeral on Friday of Claire Dionne, who was my late father's companion for 14 years after my mother's death until his death in 2007.  We stayed in touch with Claire over these twelve years, and she often visited us (with my Aunt Carol) in California (at first during my summers teaching in San Diego, and later in Malibu). 

It struck me that this was likely my last trip to Salem, as there is nothing there to draw me back.  As we drove past my childhood haunts, I couldn't help but think about my 3,309-mile, 62-year journey from Salem to Malibu and the enormous role luck and providence have played in my life.  I would not change a thing: the gut-wrenching lows and the thankfully more frequent euphoric highs, and everything in between, have molded me into the person I am today.  But I wish my parents could have lived to see the man I have become — still deeply flawed, but much different than the person they last saw at age 34 and age 49.

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

This Week's Ten Most Popular TaxProf Blog Posts

AALS 'Meat Market' (Faculty Recruitment Conference) Concludes Today, Help Wanted: Law Schools Need Professors:

AALS (2018)Anyone want to become a law professor? Anyone?

The largest annual entry-level law school hiring event kicks off Friday in Washington, but the scene at the host hotel will likely be more subdued than the frenzied atmosphere from a decade earlier. The number of candidates vying to become doctrinal legal academics is about half what it was 10 years ago, a phenomenon observers attribute to an overall drop-off in law school hiring as well as an increase in the credentials schools seek in new professors.

At the same time, more law schools are hiring new faculty this year, according to the Association of American Law Schools, meaning it’s something of a buyer’s market for would-be profs. In fact, 111 law schools have advertised open positions this cycle, the highest number in at least four years. Last year, 90 schools posted available jobs in advance of the hiring conference. ...

Just 334 people submitted FAR forms in the first distribution this year, down from 662 in 2010, according to data compiled by Sarah Lawsky, a professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law who tracks the law school hiring market at PrawfsBlawg.


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In The Salary Race, STEM Majors Sprint Ahead But Liberal Arts Grads Eventually Catch Up

New York Times op-ed:  In the Salary Race, Engineers Sprint but English Majors Endure, by David Deming (Harvard):

For students chasing lasting wealth, the best choice of a college major is less obvious than you might think.

The conventional wisdom is that computer science and engineering majors have better employment prospects and higher earnings than their peers who choose liberal arts.

This is true for the first job, but the long-term story is more complicated.

The advantage for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors fades steadily after their first jobs, and by age 40 the earnings of people who majored in fields like social science or history have caught up.

This happens for two reasons.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

Emory Faculty Committee Meets Today To Decide Fate Of Law Prof Who Used 'N-Bomb'

Daily Report, Confidential Report Sets Stage for Emory Law Prof’s Hearing Over N-Word:

Emory Law (2018)A confidential report by Emory University administrators recommending that a law professor’s suspension be continued without pay for as long as two years for using a racial epithet will play a key role in a hearing to determine his academic fate.

The university Faculty Hearing Committee convenes Friday to decide whether to accept the conclusion of a report by Emory’s Office of Equity and Inclusion that professor Paul Zwier violated the university’s discrimination and harassment policy last year or to reinstate him.

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