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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Syracuse To Pay $3.7 Million To Settle Female Professors' Class Action Equal Pay Lawsuit

Syracuse.com, Syracuse University Agrees to Pay $3.7M to Settle Lawsuit From Female Faculty Members:

SyracuseSyracuse University agreed Friday to pay $3.7 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by five female faculty members who claimed the school’s pay and promotion policies discriminated against women. ...

The university said Friday it had raised the pay before the lawsuit of more than 150 women faculty members by nearly $2 million since it conducted a 2017 evaluation of full-time faculty salaries. ...

In their lawsuit, the five women claimed SU paid its female faculty members holding the ranks of assistant, associate and full professor less than male counterparts who held equivalent positions.

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October 7, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Former W&L Dean Brant Hellwig To Lead NYU Graduate Tax Program

NYU Law News, Brant Hellwig LLM ’00 to Lead Graduate Tax Program:

HellwigBrant Hellwig LLM ’00 will join NYU Law on January 1, 2022 as professor of tax law and as the new faculty director of the Graduate Tax Program, Dean Trevor Morrison announced on October 1.

Hellwig arrives at NYU Law after serving as dean and professor at Washington & Lee School of Law, and two decades after he began his academic career at NYU Law as an acting assistant professor for tax law. “Brant returns to NYU Law with extensive knowledge of and passion for the Graduate Tax Program,” Morrison said in an email announcement. “Please join me in congratulating him and welcoming him back to the NYU Law community.”

An expert in the field of federal taxation, Hellwig has produced prolific scholarship on a wide range of topics, from the income tax consequences of deferred compensation arrangements to the treatment of family-owned holding companies under the federal estate tax. He recently co-authored two casebooks, one on partnership taxation in 2019 and one on business enterprise taxation in 2020, with Stephen Schwarz and Daniel J. Lathrope. In 2019, he also co-authored a casebook on estate and gift taxation with W&L Law colleague Robert Danforth. In 2015, commissioned by the United States Tax Court, he updated and expanded a seminal treatise on the court’s history and evolving jurisdiction.

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October 6, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Save The Date: Ed Kleinbard Memorial Conference At USC

Kleinbard

USC Gould School of Law is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a virtual conference on November 5, 2021, in memory of our esteemed departed colleague Professor Edward Kleinbard.  

We are excited to have a prestigious lineup of speakers to discuss the wide range of Professor Kleinbard’s lifetime work, including:

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October 6, 2021 in Conferences, Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Should Law Schools Fully Embrace The GRE? New Report Urges Caution.

Following up on last week's post, ABA Releases Consultant's Report On Use Of GRE In Law School Admissions, Establishes Verification Program For GRE Scores:  Reuters, Should Law Schools Fully Embrace the GRE? New Report Urges Caution:

GREThe arm of the American Bar Association that accredits law schools shouldn’t put the Graduate Record Examination on equal footing with the Law School Admission Test without more data on how it predicts first-year grades, according to a new report by researchers the ABA tasked with evaluating the GRE's promise.

The ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar is giving the public until Oct. 31 to weigh in on the report, which has opened a new front in the long-running battle over whether ABA standards should explicitly allow the use of the GRE in admissions, as they do the LSAT.

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October 6, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

Legal Education In The United States: Moving Toward More Practical Experience

Hon. Sandra R. Klein (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California), Legal Education in the United States: Moving Toward More Practical Experience, 42 Loy. L.A. Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 371 (2019):

More than twenty-five years ago, I had the good fortune to be a Loyola Law School (“Loyola”) student and a member of the Loyola Law School International and Comparative Law Journal (“ILJ”). One of the highlights of my law school career was having my comment published in the ILJ: Legal Education in the United States and England, A Comparative Analysis, 13 Loy. L.A. Int'l & Comp. L.J. 601 (1991) [hereinafter Legal Education]. 

Many things have changed since then. The ILJ changed its name to the International and Comparative Law Review. I graduated from Loyola, clerked for two amazing jurists, the Honorable Arthur L. Alarcón, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Lourdes G. Baird, United States District Court for the Central District of California, worked as a litigation associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and, for more than thirteen years, worked for the United States Department of Justice. For the past eight years, I have had the honor to serve as a United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Central District of California. 

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October 6, 2021 in Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education, Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Columbia Seeks To Hire A Tax Clinician

Columbia (2017)Columbia Law School invites applicants for clinical faculty positions, across areas of practice and teaching experience. We continue to be interested in candidates who will help us build the next generation of clinics at CLS and welcome candidates to fill existing gaps in our curriculum and candidates who bring new ideas for clinical teaching. One area of interest is environmental law and environmental justice. Another area of interest is business law, which may include transactional, real estate, or tax law. Another area of interest is clinics that represent individuals in litigation matters. ...

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October 5, 2021 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Jobs | Permalink

Spivey's First Look At The Fall 2022 Admissions Cycle

Following up on yesterday's post, 9% Of The Way Through The Fall 2022 Law School Admissions Cycle: Applicants Are Up 11.5%, With Biggest Increase (21.6%) Among The 150-159 LSAT Band:  Mike Spivey, First Look. 2021-2022 Application Cycle Volume as of October 1st:

The increase in total applicants seems to be driven by those scoring in the 150-164 score bands, which are up 26.4% over last cycle. We're also seeing applicants in the lowest scoring bands make up a smaller portion of the applicant pool than they have historically, which is great news.

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October 5, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

Students At 20+ Law Schools Demand Cancellation Of Contracts With Lexis-Nexis And Westlaw In Immigration Protest

The Hill, Law Schools Pressured to Cut Ties With Research Firms Over ICE, CBP:

Lexis WestlawLaw students across the country are calling on their schools to sever ties with two major research firms over their work with immigration enforcement agencies.

A set of protests demanding the termination of contracts with LexisNexis and Westlaw scheduled throughout the week marks a high-water mark in the growing movement to hold data brokers accountable for their role in assisting deportations.

The coalition of students is also pushing for the databases’ parent companies, RELX and Thomson Reuters, respectively, to stop providing tools to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

“We know that law schools are relying on these tools, but it doesn't absolve the culpability and the role that they play in funding and fueling these violent deportations and detentions,” said Peyton Jacobsen, a Seattle University Law School student involved in organizing the week of action.

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October 5, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

31% Of July 2021 Online CA Bar Takers Had Tech Issues; February 2022 CA Bar To Be In-Person

State Bar of California, State Bar Concludes Investigation on July Bar Exam Technological Issues:

California State Bar (2019)The State Bar announced it has largely concluded data-gathering on the technological issues experienced by a limited number of examinees during the July California Bar Exam. The State Bar’s analysis concluded that the technology issues experienced nationwide and reported widely after the July exam had meaningful impacts of lost time or content on approximately 2 percent (158) of California test takers. ...

While only 2 percent of applicants appear to have lost time or content, nearly 31 percent of California test takers experienced one or more technical issues related to the software memory utilization. The vast majority were able to continue: session data show that more than 99 percent of test takers in all sessions reported either experiencing no problem at all or being able to restart from a black or blue screen without having lost time or content.

State Bar of California, February 2022 California Bar Exam:

Please note that the February 2022 California Bar Examination will be held as an in-person examination. Applicants will be required to select a testing location [Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, and San Diego] when they apply in the Applicant Portal.

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October 5, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, October 4, 2021

The Most-Cited Law Faculties: Sisk-Leiter (Westlaw) v. Sag (HeinOnline)

Following up on my previous post, The 68 Most-Cited Law Faculties:  Matthew Sag (Loyola-Chicago), A Simple and Inclusive Citation Ranking of U.S. Law Schools (19 pages):

Scholarly impact, academic influence, or faculty reputation: call it what you will, there is a general sense that the work that law professors do outside the classroom is important part of what law schools have to offer, and what distinguishes one from another. Unfortunately, the academic ranking that seems to have captured the most attention, the Sisk rankings, is not fit for purpose. The Sisk rankings arbitrarily excludes the majority of ABA accredited law schools, including several that outperform many of those ranked by Sisk and every law school based at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

This exclusionary approach to ranking schools is unfair and unnecessary. It is unfair because it falsely implies that certain disfavored or overlooked schools are inferior to those deemed worth ranking. Moreover, even the exclusion of schools that don’t outrank Sisk’s preferred schools once the playing field has been leveled is also unfair. It suggests that the overlooked schools are not even in the same league as those that are ranked, rather than being separated by matters of degree.

This unfairness is unnecessary. In this Essay, I offer a much fairer and more straightforward ranking of U.S. law school faculty impact based on the median five-year citation count of doctrinal faculty in law reviews and journals in the HeinOnline database. My rankings include every U.S. law school in the HeinOnline database, i.e. every ABA accredited school. Furthermore, to demonstrate that the unfairness of the Sisk rankings do not depend on the minutia of calculation, I provide several alternative rankings based on mean, median, and total citations within the past five years, and various combinations thereof. No matter how you crunch the numbers, several schools that ignore actually outperform the ones he chooses to rank.

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October 4, 2021 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Judge Revokes Bankrupt Ex-Lawyer’s $220,000 Student Loan Discharge; Lender Chided His Decision To Work As Outdoor Adventure Guide

Following up on my previous post, Upending Bankruptcy ‘Myths,’ Judge Erases $220,000 Student Loan Debt:  Forbes, He Got $221,000 Of Student Loan Forgiveness, But His Forgiveness Was Just Revoked:

RosenbergAs first reported by the Wall Street Journal, Kevin Rosenberg, a Navy veteran, was granted $221,000 of student loan cancellation in a U.S. bankruptcy court. However, a federal judge in New York, Judge Philip M. Halpern, reversed the bankruptcy court decision, ruling that Rosenberg failed to show why his student loans from college and law school created an “undue hardship.” [Rosenberg v. Educational Credit Management Corp., No. 20-CV-00688 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2021)]

In 2020, a U.S. bankruptcy judge in New York, Cecilia G. Morris, ruled that Rosenberg didn’t have to repay his student loan debt because his student loan debt imposed an undue financial hardship. [Cravath filed an amicus brief pro bono on his behalf in conjunction with Veterans Education Success.] Despite the initial ruling, Rosenberg’s student loan servicer, Education Credit Management Corporation (ECMC), appealed the ruling. “Instead of pursuing those opportunities available to him, and paying back his taxpayer-backed federal student loans, Plaintiff, for the past 10 years, has held various positions in the outdoor adventure industry, including starting up and running his own tour guide business,” ECMC wrote in filings.

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October 4, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

9% Of The Way Through The Fall 2022 Law School Admissions Cycle: Applicants Are Up 11.5%, With Biggest Increase (21.6%) Among The 150-159 LSAT Band

We are now 9% of the way through Fall 2022 law school admissions season. The number of law school applicants reported by LSAC is up 11.5% compared to last year at this time.

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158 of the 195 law schools are experiencing an increase in applications. Applications are up 50% or more at 42 law schools, and 30% or more at 87 law schools:

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Applicants are up the most in the Northwest (44.0%), Other (36.7%), and Far West (14.7%); and are down in the Midwest (-17.9%):

LSAC 3

Applicants' LSAT scores are up 1.2% in the 170-180 band, 14.8% in the 160-169 band, and 21.6% in the 150-159 band; and down 7.0% in the 120-149 band:

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October 4, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

TaxProf Blog Weekend Roundup

Sunday, October 3, 2021

The Dangerous Politics Of ‘We Will Not Forgive’

New York Times op-ed:  The Dangerous Politics of ‘We Will Not Forgive’, by Esau McCaulley (Wheaton):

President Biden, in the somber tone and muted dress indicative of responding to tragedy, addressed the nation late last month. The Kabul airport attack had just claimed the lives of 13 American troops and over 60 Afghan civilians. He spoke movingly of the ultimate sacrifice made by our servicemen and -women. Then he turned his attention to our enemies. He said, “We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”

Mr. Biden’s response echoed the sentiments of George W. Bush 20 years ago in the wake of Sept. 11. For most of my life, I have listened to American presidents, Democratic and Republican, promise death to our enemies. The logic behind this is basic enough. Acts of evil demand justice. No one can watch caskets draped in the American flag return home to weeping family members and final salutes from fellow troops and not be stirred.

My family knows this fear. My grandfather served this country as a part of the U.S. Army. My wife has done so for over 15 years of active and reserve service in the Navy. I have pastored in churches near military bases. I understand the unease that surrounds combat deployments. It is precisely these experiences that give me pause about Mr. Biden’s promise to “not forgive.”

We have seen what anger and the desire for revenge can do. It metastasizes within and among us. Our desire for justice can quickly turn into hatred, coldness and even vengeance against entire peoples. The innocent in Afghanistan and elsewhere become no different from our true enemies. Our picture of foreigners becomes distorted, and we see them as threats instead of gifts to the republic. This anger has been turned toward different ethnic, racial and religious groups depending on the season. It has floundered this way and that, never finding rest or satiation.

We have seen the fruits of a politics of revenge, but the politics of forgiveness and restraint remain largely untested.

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October 3, 2021 in Legal Education | Permalink

Norm Macdonald’s Comedy Was Quite Christian

New York Times op-ed:  Norm Macdonald’s Comedy Was Quite Christian, by Matthew Walther (Editor, The Lamp; Contributing Editor, The American Conservative):

Norm MacdonaldThe relationship between Christianity and stand-up comedy has been going steadily downhill for half a century. In the 1960s, this was still a country in which Bishop Fulton Sheen could take part in the Friars Club roast of Milton Berle, and Tom Lehrer could give Catholicism a goofy but informed ribbing in his song “Vatican Rag,” which appeared on an LP that spent 51 weeks on the Billboard album charts. These days, with the notable exception of Stephen Colbert, it is difficult to imagine many mainstream comedians engaging with Christianity at all, except in the context of lazy jokes about the Catholic sexual abuse crisis or the political views of stereotypical Southern evangelicals.

This is why I was surprised that few of the obituaries of Norm Macdonald, who died last week at 61, mentioned his Christian faith. A famously reticent comedian, he did not often discuss his personal life, and his mannerisms were so flippant that it was often in doubt whether he had serious views about any subject. In his later years, however, he spoke and wrote at length not only about his belief in God but also, with more reluctance, about his opposition to abortion. (“I don’t like saying it because it’s unpopular,” he said on Dennis Miller’s radio program.)

The neglect of Mr. Macdonald’s religion is more than a mere biographical oversight. For it is by viewing him as a somewhat idiosyncratic Christian comedian that we can best take stock of Mr. Macdonald and his comic legacy.

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October 3, 2021 in Legal Education | Permalink

Saturday, October 2, 2021

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WSJ: Elite University Endowment Returns Soar Over 50%

Wall Street Journal, University Endowments Mint Billions in Golden Era of Venture Capital:

Large college endowments have notched their biggest investment gains in decades, thanks to portfolios boosted by huge venture-capital returns and soaring stock markets.

The University of Minnesota’s endowment gained 49.2% for the year ending June 30, while Brown University’s endowment notched a return of more than 50%, said people familiar with their returns, which aren’t yet public.

Meanwhile, Duke University over the weekend said its endowment had gained 55.9%. Washington University in St. Louis last week reported a 65% return, the school’s biggest gain ever, swelling the size of its managed endowment pool to $15.3 billion. The University of Virginia’s endowment reported a 49% gain. Universities’ returns may include portions of endowments, plus other long-term investments.

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October 2, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

Can Robert’s Rules Of Order Help Cure What Ails Universities, Law Schools, And America?

Inside Higher Ed, Author Discusses Robert’s Rules of Order and Why It Matters for Colleges and Universities Today

Roberts Rules of OrderRobert’s Rules of Order was first published in 1876. And today it continues to influence many organizations that use the book, including colleges, universities and academic organizations. Princeton University Press has just published the original book along with an essay by Christopher P. Loss, associate professor of education and history at Vanderbilt University, under a new title, Robert’s Rules of Order and Why It Matters for Colleges and Universities Today (Princeton University Press Sept. 2021).

Loss responded to questions about the book via email. ...

Q: You note that Robert’s Rules was embraced by American higher education at a time when “white male privilege” dominated student and faculty life. Why shouldn’t Robert’s Rules fade away with white male privilege?

A: American higher education in the late 19th century in many ways reflected the intellectual and social interests and sensibilities of white men like Henry Martyn Robert, West Point Class of 1857. Some would argue it still does. At the same time, the higher education sector was far more institutionally diverse than is often recognized and included liberal arts colleges and a mix of public as well as private Black-serving institutions and women’s colleges and normal schools that also used Robert’s Rules. For example, Howard University was an early adopter, and women’s organizations were and remained among Robert’s most devoted followers. American higher education, like our nation, had to work hard to realize its democratic potential in the 20th century, and it turns out that Robert’s Rules played a key, if surprising, role in that still-unfinished process. ...

Q: Many associate American campuses with uncivil debate. Could Robert’s Rules change that?

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October 2, 2021 in Book Club, Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

Friday, October 1, 2021

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

Next Week's Virtual Tax Workshops

Tuesday, October 5: Michelle D. Layser (Illinois; Google Scholar) presents Subsidizing Gentrification: A Spatial Analysis of Place-Based Tax Incentives, 11 UC Irvine L. Rev. __ (2021), virtually as part of the Georgetown Tax Law and Public Finance Workshop. If you would like to attend, please contact Brian Galle.

Tuesday, October 5: Andrew T. Hayashi (Virginia; Google Scholar) presents Dynamic Property Taxes And Racial Gentrification, 96 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1517 (2021), virtually as part of the UC-Hastings Center on Tax Law 2021 Tax Speaker Series. If you would like to attend, please email tax@uchastings.edu

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October 1, 2021 in Colloquia, Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Workshops | Permalink

2021 Meta-Ranking Of Flagship U.S. Law Reviews

Bryce Clayton Newell (Oregon), 2021 Meta-Ranking of Flagship US Law Reviews:

This is an updated ranking of the top flagship law reviews at US law schools (updated as of September 29, 2021). ... The ranking table below includes 193 flagship law reviews from ABA accredited law schools. Even if you ignore the “MetaRank,” the table provides access to the updated rankings from US News (peer reputation and overall rankings, averaged over the 10-year period from 2013 edition through the 2022 edition of US News’ rankings) and the current Washington & Lee Rankings (2016-2020; released on June 30, 2021) and Google Scholar (July 2021) rankings. 

prRank = Average 10-year US News Peer Reputation score ranking;
usnRank = Average 10-year overall US News school ranking; 
wluRank = Washington & Lee Law Journal Ranking; 
gRank = Google Scholar Metrics ranking; 
wlu(IF)Rank = Washington & Lee Law Journal Impact Factor Ranking (NOT included in meta-rank).

Journal MetaRank prRank usnRank wluRank gRank wlu(IF)Rank
Harvard Law Review 1 1 3 1 1 13
Yale Law Journal 2 2 1 2 2 2
Stanford Law Review 3 3 2 4 5 1
Columbia Law Review 4 4 5 8 3 29
California Law Review 5 7 9 3 7 3
Univ. of Penn. Law Review 6 9 7 6 6 5
Univ. of Chicago Law Review 7 5 4 14 8 15
Georgetown Law Journal 8 14 14 5 4 6
Michigan Law Review 9 8 10 9 11 8
Virginia Law Review 10 9 8 18 10 12
Duke Law Journal 11 11 11 12 14 7
NYU Law Review 12 6 6 22 19 21
Texas Law Review 13 15 15 16 9 16
UCLA Law Review 14 16 16 13 13 4
Cornell Law Review 15 12 13 15 22 8
Northwestern Univ. Law Rev. 15 13 12 23 14 18
Vanderbilt Law Review 17 17 17 20 11 24
Minnesota Law Review 18 20 20 10 16 14
Notre Dame Law Review 19 23 21 7 16 10
Iowa Law Review 20 29 25 11 16 20
Boston University Law Review 21 25 24 21 20 23
Washington Univ. Law Review 22 18 18 30 29 17
George Washington Law Rev. 23 24 23 29 21 36
Emory Law Journal 24 21 22 32 24 21
Southern California Law Rev. 25 19 19 31 32 18
Boston College Law Review 26 29 29 24 22 33
William & Mary Law Review 27 33 35 19 27 11
Fordham Law Review 28 34 39 17 25 43
U.C. Davis Law Review 29 26 37 26 30 27
Washington Law Review 30 35 33 28 28 25
North Carolina Law Review 31 22 36 34 36 31
Indiana Law Journal 32 32 31 35 34 33
Wisconsin Law Review 32 27 32 33 40 26
Univ. of Illinois Law Review 32 39 41 27 25 31
Ohio State Law Journal 35 31 37 37 36 28
Washington & Lee Law Rev. 36 40 34 41 41 49
Alabama Law Review 36 37 26 43 50 39
Florida Law Review 38 37 43 36 41 29
Arizona State Law Journal 39 41 27 51 44 58
Hastings Law Journal 40 42 55 38 30 46
Arizona Law Review 41 44 44 42 36 33
Maryland Law Review 42 48 48 39 33 39
Cardozo Law Review 43 53 59 25 34 41
Wake Forest Law Review 44 45 40 45 45 57
Georgia Law Review 45 35 30 46 70 36
Univ. of Colorado Law Rev. 46 43 45 47 50 51
BYU Law Review 47 49 41 48 48 48
American Univ. Law Review 48 50 75 40 36 43
U.C. Irvine Law Review 49 28 28 84 62 99
Utah Law Review 50 51 47 60 56 62
Connecticut Law Review 51 52 57 49 62 36
Houston Law Review 52 63 56 53 54 54
George Mason Law Review 53 57 46 50 78 51
Univ. of Richmond Law Rev. 54 70 54 56 54 49
Tulane Law Review 55 46 51 72 67 76
Case Western Reserve L. Rev. 56 67 64 58 48 79
SMU Law Review 57 65 50 73 62 84
Temple Law Review 58 58 53 64 78 58
Tennessee Law Review 59 61 60 69 1000 54
Missouri Law Review 60 69 64 70 52 77
Florida State Univ. Law Rev. 61 47 49 82 78 70
Lewis & Clark Law Review 62 83 89 44 43 45
Pepperdine Law Review 63 66 58 68 70 65
Denver Law Review 64 56 73 80 56 79
Chicago-Kent Law Review 64 73 83 57 52 69
Brooklyn Law Review 66 71 85 54 56 65
Univ. of Miami Law Review 67 54 69 81 67 71
Nevada Law Journal 68 80 68 62 67 53
Univ. of Kansas Law Review 69 62 74 83 59 95
Michigan State Law Review 70 92 91 52 45 46
Loyola Univ. Chicago L.J. 71 75 76 75 62 81
Georgia State Univ. Law Rev. 72 68 62 102 59 112
Oklahoma Law Review 73 77 70 71 75 68
Seton Hall Law Review 74 87 61 65 87 75
Nebraska Law Review 74 81 72 77 70 84
Seattle Univ. Law Review 76 91 112 54 47 62
San Diego Law Review 77 59 81 88 78 84
Penn State Law Review 78 93 71 61 85 42
Villanova Law Review 79 88 80 76 70 73
Kentucky Law Journal 80 72 63 93 93 90
DePaul Law Review 81 97 116 58 62 61
Buffalo Law Review 82 99 99 74 70 71
Saint Louis Univ. L.J. 83 98 92 94 59 106
South Carolina Law Review 84 89 95 67 93 62
Univ. of Cincinnati Law Rev.  85 86 77 98 87 115
Hofstra Law Review 86 100 111 63 76 67
Rutgers Univ. Law Review 87 74 84 115 78 129
Indiana Law Review 88 79 104 87 87 99
Marquette Law Review 89 94 103 78 87 77
Santa Clara Law Review 90 76 110 79 102 54
Arkansas Law Review 91 95 87 100 93 109
UMKC Law Review 92 107 120 66 85 81
Oregon Law Review 93 55 88 120 1000 123
Univ. of Pittsburgh Law Rev. 93 60 79 122 116 123
New Mexico Law Review 95 90 82 106 1000 88
Louisiana Law Review 96 103 90 97 100 97
St. John's Law Review 97 104 86 109 93 112
Baylor Law Review 98 85 52 129 1000 119
Loyola of L.A. Law Review 99 63 67 142 128 137
West Virginia Law Review 99 110 101 96 93 97
Howard Law Journal 99 84 115 103 98 95
CUNY Law Review 99 111 119 85 1000 60

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October 1, 2021 in Law Review Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

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October 1, 2021 in About This Blog, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink

Thursday, September 30, 2021

The Quiet Crisis Of Parents On The Tenure Track

Chronicle of Higher Education op-ed:  The Quiet Crisis of Parents on the Tenure Track, by Maggie Doherty (Harvard):

Parenthood can be punishing for academics. Too often, colleges fail them. ...

Fifty years after the sexual revolution, there is still an essential conflict between child rearing and professional advancement in academe. While law firms and tech companies typically provide employees with paid parental leave (and even, in some cases, fertility treatments), many academics must do without such accommodations. Academic parents often have no paid parental leave, no child-care subsidies, and sky-high expectations about their productivity during the most intensive years of child rearing.

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September 30, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

The Impact Of 1L Credentials And Academic Attrition Rates On Bar Exam Success

Rory D. Bahadur (Washburn) & Kevin Ruth (PhD Mathematics, Miami), Quantifying the Impact of Matriculant Credentials & Academic Attrition Rates on Bar Exam Success at Individual Schools, 99 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. Online 1 (Oct. 2021):

A scatterplot displaying bar passage rates vs. academic attrition, across all law schools, suggests that bar passage rates and academic attrition rates are not positively correlated, and may even be slightly negatively correlated. This means that according to the data in the scatterplot there appears to be a slight trend where the higher an institution’s academic attrition rate, the lower the bar passage rate. Such global statistical observations obfuscate the true relationship between attrition and bar passage at individual schools.

Academic attrition rates have a significant positive impact on an individual school’s bar passage rate. There are confounding variables which prevent us from seeing the true relationship between academic attrition and bar passage rates in the global scatterplot. This brief article quantifies the impact of academic attrition on bar passage for individual schools. We tangibly demonstrate the impact of academic attrition and matriculant credentials on bar passage at individual schools.

Bar Attrition

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September 30, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

2021 Christopher Bergin Award For Excellence In Tax Writing

Bailey Hans (J.D. 2021, Notre Dame; LL.M. (Tax) 2022, NYU), GoFundMe: The Gift That Keeps on Giving, All Tax Season Long, 172 Tax Notes Fed. 2173 (Sept. 27, 2021):

BerginIn this article, Hans examines the tax consequences of donations made through crowdfunding platforms, focusing on the Duberstein standard and tax policy principles, and she explores ways to provide certainty to donors and donees in the absence of administrative or congressional tax guidance.

This article was entered into Tax Analysts’ annual student writing contest and received the 2021 Christopher E. Bergin Award for Excellence in Writing.

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September 30, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Scholarship, Teaching | Permalink

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

ABA Releases Consultant's Report On Use Of GRE In Law School Admissions, Establishes Verification Program For GRE Scores

Consultant’s Evaluation of ETS’s 2018 Report on the Validity of the GRE:

ABA Legal Ed (2021)In December 2018, the Educational Testing Service released its report, The Validity of GRE® General Test Scores for Predicting Academic Performance at U.S. Law Schools, which summarized its study of the predictive value of the Graduate Requirement Examination, or GRE test, for law school applicants. Although the number of students admitted to ABA law schools with a GRE score has remained small, the number of schools that have announced plans to utilize the test score in admission decisions has been increasing. As a result, the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar directed the office of the Managing Director of ABA Accreditation and Legal Education to have the ETS study assessed by an independent consultant with expertise in evaluating standardized tests. The office retained the services of the Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Assessment (CASMA) at the University of Iowa to assess the study.

The Managing Director’s Office is releasing the consultant’s report for public comment here. The Council encourages written comments concerning the report and its recommendations. Please address all written comments on the report to Leo Martinez, Council Chair, and send to Fernando Mariduena by October 31, 2021. The Council will review the report and comments at its next meeting, scheduled for November 18-20. Comments received after the deadline may not be included in the materials considered by the Council at the meeting.

An Independent Review of Educational Testing Service’s Study on the Predictive Validity of the Graduate Record Exams for Making Law School Admissions Decisions:

Executive Summary
The Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Assessment (CASMA) finds the results in the ETS Research Report ETS –RR-18-26 (Klieger et al., 2018) to be an insufficient basis for a clear recommendation that the GRE and LSAT can be used interchangeably and successfully for admissions to any/all law schools.

If certain plausible assumptions are made, however, we think it is possible that the GRE and LSAT might be used defensibly and interchangeably for law school decisions. This leads us to recommending that a Pilot Study be undertaken with a sample of law schools. The Pilot Study would need to be conducted under conditions that mirror, as closely as possible, the circumstances that would prevail if the ABA ultimately endorses an “either/or” policy with respect to using both the GRE and the LSAT. The Addendum to this report provides more detailed suggestions for conducting such a Pilot Study.

If the above recommendation is not accepted, and the ABA adopts an either/or policy for the GRE and LSAT, then we strongly recommend that the decision be revisited after 3-5 years, at which time adequate data should be available to assess the extent to which the either/or policy has been successful.

GRE General Test Scores Verification:

ETS has worked with the American Bar Association® (ABA®) to establish a verification program that satisfies the requirements of ABA Standard 509.

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September 29, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

A Professor Got A Heart Transplant, So He Wanted To Teach Online. His University Said No.

Philadelphia Inquirer, A Professor Got a Heart Transplant, So He Wanted to Teach Online. His University Said No.:

OrossKutztown University professor Stephen Oross III got a heart transplant earlier this year.

With cases of COVID-19 surging, he didn’t feel safe returning to in-person teaching, and his doctors warned against it. Kutztown, a state university, requires masks but doesn’t require the vaccine, so he faced the possibility of being in classrooms with unvaccinated students and little room for social distancing.

“He’s still immunocompromised and ... I felt his risk of being exposed and getting a breakthrough case is very high,” said his cardiologist, Shelley Hankins, of Hershey Medical Center.

The university denied Oross’ request. He took an unpaid leave of absence for the semester.

As universities throughout the region promised as normal a year as possible with a return to in-person classes, professors have sought exemptions for a number of reasons. But who qualifies, and what circumstances carry enough risk to be able to teach virtually? Absent universal guidelines, colleges set differing bars, some saying they were guided by the Americans with Disabilities Act, which allows for “reasonable” accommodations. Some took a hard line, leaving nearly no room for exception.

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September 29, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

SSRN Tax Professor Rankings

SSRN Logo (2018)SSRN has updated its monthly ranking of 750 American and international law school faculties and 3,000 law professors by (among other things) the number of paper downloads from the SSRN database.  Here is the new list (through September 1, 2021) of the Top 25 U.S. Tax Professors in two of the SSRN categories: all-time downloads and recent downloads (within the past 12 months):

    All-Time     Recent
1 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)  202,404 1 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 8,058
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 123,491 2 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 4,518
3 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 122,414 3 David Kamin (NYU) 4,067
4 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 120,909 4 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 4,062
5 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 119,638 5 Kim Clausing (UCLA)     3,988
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 112,712 6 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 3,845
7 David Kamin (NYU) 110,183 7 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 3,497
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    106,351 8 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 3,289
9 Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings) 103,237 9 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 2,668
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 102,343 10 Zachary Liscow (Yale) 2,437
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 101,453 11 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,411
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 45,852 12 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)   2,383
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 45,282 13 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 2,325
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 38,633 14 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  2,185
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 35,624 15 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,158
16 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 33,224 16 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 2,057
17 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 28,849 17 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 2,017
18 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 27,942 18 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 2,015
19 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 27,728 19 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,715
20 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 27,014 20 Diane Ring (Boston College) 1,560
21 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 26,749 21 Francine Lipman (UNLV) 1,527
22 Jim Hines (Michigan) 26,099 22 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)  1,402
23 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 25,170 22 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 1,402
24 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 24,718 24 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,385
25 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 24,601 25 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,289

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September 29, 2021 in Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Prof Rankings, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

NYU Concludes Largest Law School Capital Campaign In History: $540 Million

Karen Sloan (Reuters), NYU Law Tops Goal With $540 Million Fundraising Campaign:

NYU Lead the WayNew York University School of Law has just wrapped what it says is the largest capital campaign by any law school in the country.

The school launched its Lead The Way campaign in 2013 with the goal of raising $450 million, and ended in August with $540 million raised. That funding has helped the Manhattan school bolster financial aid for students, hire additional faculty and add new centers.

“The unprecedented success of our campaign affirms the excellence of NYU Law and provides a tremendous investment in its future,” law dean Trevor Morrison said in announcing the campaign’s conclusion.

Law school capital campaigns vary widely in their goals, depending on their length and the school’s size and alumni base. Harvard Law School in 2008 raised more than $476 million during its then-record-breaking Setting in the Standard campaign. The University of California at Los Angeles School of Law in 2020 announced that its latest capital campaign raised upwards of $181 million — more than the initial $150 million goal.

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September 29, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

U.S. Tax Court's Tax Trailblazers: Judge Juan F. Vasquez

U.S. Tax Court's Diversity & Inclusion Series, Tax Trailblazers: Mentoring the Next Generation:

Juan-f-vasquezPlease join the United States Tax Court in honoring National Hispanic American Heritage Month. September's webinar will focus on Tax Court Judge Juan F. Vasquez and his path to and success in-the field of tax law. Today at 7:00-8:15 PM EST (register here).

Judge Juan F. Vasquez was born in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Fox Tech High School and San Antonio Junior College with an Associate's Degree in Data Processing. He received a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas, Austin, and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. He received his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. In addition to being a member of the legal bar, Judge Vasquez is a Certified Public Accountant.

Originally appointed for a 15-year term by President Clinton, Judge Vasquez was reappointed by President Obama for a second 15-year term. Judge Vasquez assumed senior status in 2018 and continues to perform judicial duties on recall.

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September 29, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News | Permalink

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Henderson: Turf, Hierarchy, And Evolving Professional Norms

Bill Henderson (Indiana), Turf, Hierarchy, and Evolving Professional Norms:

Legal Evolution Logo (2021)Earlier this summer, Legal Evolution applied to the Library of Congress for an International Standard Serial Number, or ISSN.  A few weeks ago, we received our official approval. Legal Evolution is ISSN 2769-6161.  You can look us up, along with other publications, at the ISSN Portal.

Most readers have little familiarity with ISSN, primarily because it operates in the background. Its purpose is to track specific titles of ongoing or serialized publications. In essence, it’s part of the inventory control system for the world’s knowledge.  Historically, knowledge has been stored in libraries.  But nowadays, an ever-growing proportion is stored in the Cloud.

In the case of Legal Evolution, the reason to get an ISSN was less about being tracked by libraries and more about documenting our status as knowledge, on par with materials in journals, magazines, newspapers, and other periodicals.  Indeed, it was a small step in a subtle, low-grade turf battle that is going to take years to complete.  Fortunately, I am well-positioned to participate in this battle. And it’s near-certain that my side (our side) is going to win.  This is because accessible online content has become an organic part of how knowledge workers gather and consume information, solve problems, and build their professionals communities.

What turf is being contested?
The subtle, low-grade turf battle is taking place inside universities and centers on the question, “Do blog posts count as research, publications, or scholarship?”

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September 28, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

What It’s Like To Start Your First Faculty Job In A Pandemic

Chronicle of Higher Education op-ed:  What It’s Like to Start Your First Faculty Job in a Pandemic, by Lauren N. Henley (Richmond):

My first semester as a tenure-track professor started on August 19, 2020, in the middle of a pandemic, with no precedent and no playbook.

I’ve never designed and led a course on my campus that didn’t involve masked faces or checker-patterned Zoom screens. I’ve never not had to teach remote and in-person students simultaneously. I have had to recite our “six feet, mask up” mantra while figuring out why my Zoom students can’t hear, my cursor has disappeared, and my in-person students can’t see the PowerPoint slides — as all of us are overwhelmed by the absurdity of it all.

I’m part of a faculty group — the post-pandemic generation — that for the next few years will define the future of instruction in higher education. For us, the past year or so was daunting, but it was also liberating. Because with no expectations of normalcy, many of us in this new faculty cohort have been approaching our strange new academic world with a sense of possibility more than of trepidation.

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September 28, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, September 27, 2021

The Fight Over Tenure Is Not Really About Tenure

New York Times op-ed:  The Fight Over Tenure Is Not Really About Tenure, by Molly Worthen (North Carolina):

Why should universities guarantee jobs to a bunch of elitists who study esoteric subjects and brainwash students with left-wing politics? This critique of tenure in higher education is as old as tenure itself, and it’s gaining ground. In recent years, governing boards and legislators in several states have attempted to ban tenure or curtail its power — sometimes succeeding, as in Wisconsin. In the American labor market, where employers have unusually wide latitude to hire and fire at will, it’s not hard for politicians to channel popular resentment toward a small class of workers with relatively strong protections.

That class is getting even smaller. The proportion of American faculty members on the tenure track has been falling since the 1970s, and today just a third of college professors have tenure or are on track to receive it. Every year more and more teachers join the ranks of contingent faculty members, surviving contract to contract with little hope that these debates will ever apply to them.

Over the years, tenure’s defenders have offered up noble pleas for the system. It does not grant a teacher a job for life but simply protection from arbitrary firing and retribution; it safeguards academic freedom; it decreases turnover and creates a more stable learning environment for students; it’s more cost-effective than critics suggest, especially when compared with how much universities spend on new administrative positions and lavish student facilities.

All these arguments are basically right. But they will never persuade tenure skeptics outside the university. That’s because the fight over tenure is not really about tenure. It’s a proxy for a larger debate about the meaning of academic freedom and the priorities of higher education. These are intractable battles in the culture wars, but universities are not helpless to confront them — as long as they grapple with the real problems in the tenure system and academic culture. ...

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September 27, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

Loyola-New Orleans Seeks To Hire An Entry Level Or Lateral Tax Prof

Loyola New OrleansLoyola University New Orleans College of Law is now accepting applications for a tenure-track or tenured position to begin August 1, 2022. We are seeking candidates with expertise in business and tax law areas. We welcome applications from candidates who will add to the diversity of our educational community and who have demonstrated expertise in working with a diverse student body. J.D. or equivalent is required. If you are interested in applying, please send your curriculum vitae and cover letter here. All ranks will be considered.

Law schools looking to hire Tax Profs to start in the 2022-23 academic year:

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September 27, 2021 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Jobs | Permalink

The Fall 2022 Law School Admissions Season Opens With A Bang: Applicants Are Up 15%

Mike Spivey, Our First 2021-2022 Cycle Data:

We have our first glimpse at 2021-2022 cycle volume. As of 9/23 there were about 6,000 law school applicants so far this year. That's about 15% more than last cycle's ~5,100, and 50% more than the 2019-2020 cycle's ~3,900.

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September 27, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

Podcast: Feminism And The Tax Code

Tax Notes Talk | Podcast, Feminism and the Tax Code (Apple, Google):

Tax Analysys Logo (2013)Professors Bridget J. Crawford of the Pace University School of Law and Anthony C. Infanti of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discuss viewing the U.S. tax code through a feminist lens.

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September 27, 2021 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Analysts | Permalink

TaxProf Blog Weekend Roundup

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Why Atheists Need Faith

Wall Street Journal op-ed:  Why Atheists Need Faith, by Michael Guillen (Author, Believing Is Seeing: A Physicist Explains How Science Shattered His Atheism and Revealed the Necessity of Faith (Sept. 2021)):

BelievingAtheism’s central conceit is that it is a worldview grounded in logic and scientific evidence. That it has nothing to do with faith, which it associates with weakness. In reality, faith is central to atheism, logic and even science.

I became an atheist early in life and long believed that my fellow nonbelievers were an enlightened bunch. I relished citing studies appearing to show that atheists have higher IQs than believers. But when I was studying for my doctorate in physics, math and astronomy, I began questioning my secular worldview.

Like one of Hermann Hesse’s tormented intellectuals, I set off to explore alternatives—beginning with Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism. This turned into a decades-long intellectual-spiritual journey. Ultimately I became a Christian, but along the way I discovered fascinating differences and similarities among humanity’s many religions and philosophies. ...

When I was an atheist, a scientific monk sleeping three hours a day and spending the rest of my time immersed in studying the universe, my worldview rested on the core axiom that seeing is believing. When I learned that 95% of the cosmos is invisible, consisting of “dark matter” and “dark energy,” names for things we don’t understand, that core assumption became untenable. As a scientist, I had to believe in a universe I mostly could not see. My core axiom became “believing is seeing.” Because what we hold to be true dictates how we understand everything—ourselves, others and our mostly invisible universe, including its origin. Faith precedes knowledge, not the other way around. ...

The overwhelming evidence, I’ve discovered, makes it crystal clear: Faith is the foundation of the entire human experience—the basis of both science and religion. Our faith in physical reality drives us to seek treatments for deadly diseases like Covid-19, to explore the depths of the sea, to invent the perfect source of energy. Our faith in spiritual reality drives us to create breathtaking works of art, music, and architecture; to see life as a divine creation, not an accident of nature; to be curious about things that are not of this world.

For all those reasons and more, I’ve come to learn that atheists are greatly mistaken: Faith is anything but a weakness. It is the mightiest power in the universe.

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September 26, 2021 in Legal Education | Permalink

How Colleges Are Policing Religious Exemptions To COVID-19 Vaccines

Inside Higher Ed, Policing Religious Exemptions to Vaccines:

As more and more colleges require COVID-19 vaccines for students and employees, they find themselves navigating ... thorny — and potentially litigious — territory when it comes to evaluating requests for religious exemptions that many states require institutions to consider. Federal employment law also requires employers to accommodate sincerely held religious beliefs.

What exactly constitutes a sincerely held belief and how vigorously universities should assess this remains contested ground. Experts say religious exemptions are easily abused by people who in fact have nonreligious reasons for resisting vaccination. At the same time, it’s an area that’s exceptionally difficult for colleges or the courts to police.

“Policing religious exemptions easily gets caught into the business of policing conscience and governing the way people practice religion, and that’s a really dangerous area for universities to step into,” said Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, a law professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law who studies vaccine law and policy. “On the other hand, not policing them — especially in contexts like this, where we know that many people who aren’t getting vaccinated are doing so because of nonreligious reasons — means you’re going to have widespread abuse.”

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September 26, 2021 in Legal Education | Permalink

Saturday, September 25, 2021

This Week's Ten Most Popular TaxProf Blog Posts

UMass Seeks To Hire An Entry Level Or Junior Lateral Tax Prof

UMass Law (2021)UMass Law welcomes applications for a tenure-track faculty position to begin July 1, 2022. We are particularly interested in candidates who would teach Property, as well as courses in one or more of the following: Race and the Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Environmental Law, Labor and Employment Law, Patent Law, Professional Responsibility, and Tax Law.

Please submit a letter of interest, current resume, and the contact information for three professional references via our hiring portal. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For more information, contact Appointments Committee Chair, Prof. Liz McCuskey.

Law schools looking to hire Tax Profs to start in the 2022-23 academic year:

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September 25, 2021 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Jobs | Permalink

How St. Mary's Law School Convinced The ABA To Approve First-Ever Remote JD Program

Following up on my previous post, St. Mary's To Launch Nation's First Fully Online ABA-Accredited JD Degree In Fall 2022 With 25 Students:  Law.com, How St. Mary's Law School Convinced the ABA to Approve First-Ever Remote JD Program:

St. Mary's LogoLast week, St. Mary’s University School of Law became the first to offer an online-only Juris Doctor program that received American Bar Association accreditation. The five-year pilot is set to launch in the fall with 25 students remotely attending the San Antonio-based law school’s virtual part-time J.D. program.

The secret sauce for ABA approval? St. Mary’s University School of Law Dean Patricia Roberts noted her law school already had a real-time yearly assessment in place that tracks each student’s progress. “We could say to the ABA we are already tracking that and we can track that with the [new] cohort and the ABA can use that to inform future decisions about online J.D. programs,” Roberts said.

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September 25, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink

Lederman & Bearer-Friend: Break Into Legal Academia

Learn about the legal academic hiring market! This video discusses fellowships & VAPs; describes what a law professor's job entails; explains how the entry-level hiring market works; and talks a bit towards the end about the lateral market, including visitorships. The video focuses on tenure-track doctrinal positions.

The purpose of this video is to break down information barriers and help level the playing field for those interested in legal academia. In part, Professors Leandra Lederman (Indiana; Google Scholar) & Jeremy Bearer-Friend (George Washington; Google Scholar) discuss their experiences. Professor Lederman is a senior professor who has taught at several schools and has served on Faculty Appointments Committees. Professor Bearer-Friend is a junior professor who completed a VAP (Visiting Assistant Professorship) before entering a tenure-track position.

There are several online and other resources discussed in this video. We also recommend seeking out mentors for advice, particularly with respect to your own situation and specific issues or potential barriers you are concerned about. The resources shown or discussed in the video include the following:

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September 25, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Jobs | Permalink

Friday, September 24, 2021

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

Next Week's Virtual Tax Workshops

Monday, September 27: Eric Kades (William & Mary; Google Scholar) will present A New Feudalism: Selfish Genes, Great Wealth and the Rise of the Dynastic Family Trust virtually at Loyola-L.A. as part of its Tax Policy Colloquium. If you would like to attend, please RSVP here

Tuesday, September 28: Daniel Hemel (Chicago; Google Scholar) will present Law and the New Dynamic Public Finance virtually at NYU as part of its Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium. If you would like to attend, please contact Daniel Shaviro.

Tuesday, September 28: Jacob Goldin (Stanford; Google Scholar) will present Whose Child is This? Improving Child-Claiming Rules in Safety Net Programs (with Ariel Jurow Kleiman (Loyola-L.A.; Google Scholar)) virtually at UC-Hastings as part of its 2021 Tax Speaker Series. If you would like to attend, please contact Heather Field and Manoj Viswanathan.

Tuesday, September 28: Jeff Hoopes (North Carolina; Google Scholar) will present Tax Boycotts (with H. Scott Asay (Iowa Tippie College of Business; Google Scholar), Jacob Thorndock (BYU; Google Scholar) & Jaron Wilde (Iowa; Google Scholar)) virtually at Georgetown as part of its Tax Law and Public Finance Workshop. If you would like to attend, please contact Brian Galle

Wednesday, September 29: Chye-Ching Huang, Tabetha Peavey & Michael Kaercher (NYU Tax Law Center) will present Capital Gains and Transfer Tax Policy in the Build Back Better Act virtually at UC-Irvine as part of its Tax Policy Colloquium. If you would like to attend, please register here

Friday, October 1: Eleanor Wilking (Cornell) will present Does It Matter Who Remits? Evidence from U.S. States’ Voluntary Collection Agreements (with Yeliz Kaçamak (Boglaziçi University; Google Scholar) & Tejaswi Velayudhan (UC-Irvine; Google Scholar)) virtually at Florida as part of its Tax Policy Colloquium. If you would like to attend, please contact David Hasen

Friday, October 1: Jennifer Bird-Pollan (Kentucky; Google Scholar) will present Taxing the Ivory Tower: Evaluating the Excise Tax on University Endowments virtually at Boston College as part of its Tax Policy Collaborative. If you would like to attend, please contact James RepettiDiane Ring, or Shu Yi Oei

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September 24, 2021 in Colloquia, Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Scholarship, Tax Workshops | Permalink

Tax Papers At Today's Junior Faculty Forum At Richmond

Richmond (2018)Tax presentations at today's Junior Faculty Forum at Richmond (program):

Blaine Saito (Northeastern), The Levels of Tax Coordination, 38 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. ___ (2022) (reviewed by Hayes Holderness (Richmond) here):

The United States implements much of its social policy through the income tax laws. The Code is rife with tax expenditures for education, housing, community economic development, retirement savings, and health care to name a few. But the IRS is not an agency with expertise in any of these areas and developing such expertise would draw resources away from its core tax administration mission. Commentators have thus called for a series of changes from turning these tax expenditures into outlays for these programs or to divest the IRS/Treasury of most of the administration of social policy tax expenditures. Yet, given American politics and the institutional structure of the federal government, these moves are both unlikely to occur and unwise.

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September 24, 2021 in Conferences, Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Southwestern Seeks To Hire An Entry Level Tax Prof

Southwestern Law SchoolSouthwestern Law School invites entry-level applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. We especially welcome applications from candidates who will enhance the diversity of the law faculty, regardless of area of interest. Our primary areas curricular needs include academic support/bar preparation; property; and wills and trusts. Other areas of interest include corporate law/entrepreneurship; constitutional law; critical race and gender studies; entertainment law; private and public international law; and tax law. ...

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, professional references, research agenda, and preferred areas of teaching via email to Senior Associate Dean Doreen Heyer.

Law schools looking to hire Tax Profs to start in the 2022-23 academic year:

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September 24, 2021 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Jobs | Permalink

Senate Votes 64-34 To Confirm Lily Batchelder (NYU) As Assistant Treasury Secretary For Tax Policy

Following up on my previous post:  The Hill, Senate Confirms Biden Nominee for Top Treasury Tax Position:

BatchelderThe Senate voted on Wednesday to confirm President Biden’s nominee Lily Batchelder to serve as assistant secretary for tax policy in the Treasury Department.

The upper chamber voted 64-34 to confirm Batchelder, a law professor at New York University and a former Obama administration official, on Wednesday afternoon.

In the key role, Batchelder will serve as senior advisor to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen for developing and implementing tax policy. She will oversee the Office of the Tax Legislative Counsel, the Office of the International Tax Counsel, the Office of the Benefits Tax Counsel, and the Office of Tax Analysis.

September 24, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Why I Am Leaving My Tenured Faculty Position At Age 53

Following up on my previous post, They Offered Early Retirement To Faculty. Here’s Why I Took It At 51.:  Chronicle of Higher Education op-ed:  On Why I’m Leaving Academe, by William Pannapacker (Hope College):

PannapackerHow do you know when it’s time to leave a tenured position and find something else to do?

In Born Standing Up (2007), Steve Martin writes about no longer finding creative fulfillment in his comedy act and sensing that it was already on the downward slope: “I was not self-destructive, though I almost destroyed myself. In the end, I turned away from stand-up with a tired swivel of my head and never looked back, until now.” He went on to pursue a more satisfying career as an actor, producer, writer, and musician.

While I have experienced nothing remotely comparable to Martin’s success, his memoir resonated with me because I am facing a similar career decision. After more than 20 years on the tenure track at a liberal-arts college — climbing from assistant professor to endowed professor — I have decided to go on unpaid leave to write, retrain, and look for new career pathways. ...

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September 23, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink