Tenure

  • 'Why did you get tenure and not me?'

    Law Schools, Racism

    Black Law Professor Sues Predominantly Black Law School… For Race Discrimination?

    While the facts of the case are still emerging, what do we know now that might make sense of this unusual claim?

    80 Comments / / Dec 15, 2014 at 2:15 PM
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    Biglaw, David Boies, Education / Schools, Laurence Tribe, Litigators, Ted Olson

    Biglaw’s Big Dumb Teacher Tenure Lawsuits

    Legal luminaries throwing their reputations behind the anti-tenure effort just highlights how flimsy it is, as a matter of law and policy.

    69 Comments / / Sep 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM
  • Beyonce mean

    ACLU, Baseball, Google / Search Engines, Intellectual Property, Job Searches, Laurence Tribe, Non-Sequiturs, Prostitution, Sex, Technology, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.15.14

    * Suit filed questioning the parentage of Blue Ivy Carter. Plaintiff claims to be the real… mother? Hm. You’d think that would be pretty easy for everyone to remember. [International Business Times]

    * The Washington D.C.-area NFL team has filed suit to get its trademark back. They think the USPTO are Indian Givers. [DCist]

    * The ACLU is asking courts to define “freedom of the press” in the wake of Ferguson. I understand their impulse, I just don’t think they’re gonna like the answer. [Fox2Now]

    * A 71-year-old lawyer allegedly called two escorts over to his house and they asked for more money. Even for rich lawyers it’s the principle of the thing. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Sad to see Professor Larry Tribe join the “let’s blame the teachers instead of funding public schools” parade. But now that he’s become a high-profile supporter of ending tenure for those teaching the young, perhaps he’ll renounce his own tenure. Or at least fight to revoke it from all his colleagues. [National Law Journal]

    * A Colombian lawyer is suing FIFA for $1.3 billion over bad officiating. Of all the things FIFA deserves to get sued over, this isn’t making the list. [Washington Post]

    * Congratulations to Rob Manfred, a Harvard Law grad formerly of Morgan Lewis, on his promotion to MLB Commissioner. He will continue the proud tradition of keeping us bored all summer long while we wait for football to come back. [New York Times]

    * New lawsuit says Google kept records of plans to infringe intellectual property… on Post-Its. Unwise. Office supplies are for back-to-school shopping, not writing down wrongful acts. [Valleywag]

    * If you’re a current 3L or a law grad about to come off a clerkship, NOAA has a job opportunity for you. Imagine how exciting it will be when the next Sharknado happens! [USAJobs via NOAA]

    13 Comments / / Aug 15, 2014 at 4:48 PM
  • sad professor

    California, Education / Schools, State Judges

    Tenure Itch: What’s Bad (And What Isn’t) About The Case Striking Down California Teacher Retention Laws

    It would be awfully nice if Judge Treu, like California schoolchildren in math class, would show his work.

    12 Comments / / Jun 12, 2014 at 4:13 PM
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    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, California, Constitutional Law, Contract Attorneys, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Document Review, Drugs, Education / Schools, Marijuana, Morning Docket, Partner Issues

    Morning Docket: 06.11.14

    * This failed firm’s drama is the Biglaw gift that keeps on giving: Dewey & LeBoeuf’s bankruptcy trustee filed an amended complaint against Steve DiCarmine and Joel Sanders seeking the return of more than $21.8 million. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Norton Rose Fulbright elected someone who “love, love, love[s] the law firm” as U.S. managing partner, and she’s the first woman to ever serve as U.S. chair of its management committee. We love, love, love this news! [National Law Journal]

    * According to a California judge, tenure laws are unconstitutional and are depriving students of the high quality of education they deserve. The end is nigh, law professors. Enjoy it while it lasts. [New York Times]

    * Not all states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, but it’d be a lot cooler if they did. The tide is turning across the United States, and we’ll soon see which states’ drug laws go up in smoke. [Slate]

    * “Document review attorneys are in demand now but the demand will gradually decrease.” Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the one job you were able to get soon won’t need or want you. [InsideCounsel]

    9 Comments / / Jun 11, 2014 at 9:11 AM
  • Jordan Graham and Cody Johnson

    American Bar Association / ABA, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Job Searches, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Murder, Sentencing Law, Student Loans

    Morning Docket: 03.28.14

    * Scared of an audit, were we? With the unsealing of the case against Dewey’s former finance director comes greater insight into what was really going on behind the scenes at the failed firm. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * The American Bar Association is willing pay up to $15,000 to organizations that match unemployed law grads with jobs to serve the legal needs of the poor. So, how much do the poor law grads get paid? [National Law Journal]

    * Tenure may be “under fire,” but law professors are fighting back — and hard — because law school deans seem unwilling to speak up on their behalf. Let’s face facts though, tenure isn’t going anywhere. [Forbes]

    * It figures one of the faces of America’s $1 trillion of outstanding student loan debt is a lawyer. Hey, heavily indebted lawyers make great headlines and even better first paragraphs. [Big Story / Associated Press]

    * Jordan Graham, the newlywed who pushed her husband of eight days off a cliff, was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison. Protip: an annulment would’ve been a better option than second-degree murder. [CNN]

    4 Comments / / Mar 28, 2014 at 9:01 AM
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    American Bar Association / ABA, Antonin Scalia, Deaths, Elena Kagan, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 03.18.14

    * Justice Elena Kagan is looking forward to hunting a new kind of game next year with Justice Antonin Scalia. Gobble gobble, bitches. They’re going after wild turkeys, and not the whiskey. [Legal Times]

    * If you’ve been wondering why Morrison & Foerster is referred to as MoFo, the backstory isn’t as cool as we were led to believe. It was the firm’s teletype address. [Capital Business / Washington Post]

    * Don’t worry, law profs, your precious tenure protections aren’t going anywhere yet. The ABA has officially given up on its quest to remove tenure as an accreditation requirement. [National Law Journal]

    * Nicholas Spaeth, the former state attorney general of North Dakota who sued a slew of law schools for age discrimination after being passed over for a job after AALS, was found dead yesterday. RIP. [Inforum]

    * If you’ve been waitlisted, send a letter of continuing interest. Convince them you’ll be employed within 10 months of graduation, and watch the acceptance letters roll on in. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    2 Comments / / Mar 18, 2014 at 9:26 AM
  • pink slip LF layoffs

    Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Layoffs, Money

    Tenured Faculty Cuts Are Coming To A New York Law School — But Which One? And When?

    Which law school is the latest to announce a possible pruning of its ranks?

    35 Comments / / Feb 4, 2014 at 11:49 AM
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    American Bar Association / ABA, Biglaw, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Drugs, Law Firm Mergers, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Police, Privacy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Morning Docket: 01.08.14

    * A Supreme Court whose members are still afraid of using email will most likely have the final say on the NSA case, one of the biggest technology and privacy rulings in ages. Well, that’s comforting. [Talking Points Memo]

    * Pittsburgh firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is reportedly in merger talks with Tampa firm Fowler White Boggs. Boy, a merger between two firms from lackluster cities sure sounds promising. [Daily Business Review]

    * Law professors are completely outraged by the ABA’s proposal to cut tenure from its law school accreditation requirements. Quick, somebody write a law review article no one will read about it! [National Law Journal]

    * Struggling to find a topic for your law school personal statement? You should ask someone who knows next to nothing about you and your life for advice. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Michael E. Schmidt, the lawyer killed in a police firefight, had some interesting things in his apartment, including a “green leafy substance,” a “white powdery substance,” and lots of pills. [Dallas Morning News]

    4 Comments / / Jan 8, 2014 at 9:07 AM
  • condom girl

    American Bar Association / ABA, Bankruptcy, Bar Exams, Biglaw, Constitutional Law, Federal Judges, Gay, Gay Marriage, Howrey LLP, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 08.19.13

    * Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is definitely one of our favorite judicial divas. When asked if she thought the Supreme Court’s work was art or theater, she mused, “It’s both, with a healthy dose of real life mixed in.” [New York Times]

    * According to the Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group report on the first half of the year, the legal industry should count itself lucky if it manages to meet last year’s single-digit profit growth. This “new normal” thing sucks. [Am Law Daily]

    * Howrey going to celebrate these “monumental” settlements with Baker & Hostetler and Citibank? The failed firm’s trustee might throw a party when he’s finally able to file a liquidation plan. [Am Law Daily]

    * Uncommon law marriage? A man stuck in an inheritance battle who lived with his late partner since 1995 now asks the District of Columbia to declare him common-law husband. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * The ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar proposed a major overhaul to its accreditation standards. Action, of course, likely won’t be taken until next year. [National Law Journal]

    * Despite the fact that these measures could help struggling graduates, law deans are at odds over the ABA’s proposed changes to tenure requirements for professors. [Capital Business / Washington Post]

    * “Sooner or later you’ve got to make a choice, because you need enough revenue to cover what your expenses are.” Cooley will weather the storm by introducing a massive tuition hike. [Lansing State Journal]

    * “How would you feel if you spent well over $100,000 on law school, only to have to spend an extra couple of thousand dollars on a course to get you to pass the bar?” You’d probably feel like everyone else. [CNBC]

    * Requiring porn stars to wear condoms might not be sexy, but a federal judge says it’s constitutional. Don’t worry, unlike its actresses, the adult film industry won’t go down without a fight. [Los Angeles Times]

    10 Comments / / Aug 19, 2013 at 9:06 AM
  • Professor RF

    Blogging, Law Professors, Law Schools

    Does Tenure Hurt Students?

    Harvard Law School professor explains how focusing on teaching students is incompatible with focusing on getting tenure…

    16 Comments / / Jun 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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    9th Circuit, American Bar Association / ABA, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 04.30.13

    * Underneath this jurist’s robe you’ll find a sling. Justice Stephen Breyer had to have shoulder replacement surgery this weekend thanks to his latest bike accident, but he’s expected to make a full recovery. [Associated Press]

    * A Ninth Circuit judge has ruled that an assistant federal public defender and her wife are entitled to federal health benefits. Take that, DOMA. [Courthouse News Service]

    * Judy Clarke, one of the nation’s best capital defense lawyers, will be joining Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s legal team. She’s pretty good at keeping people alive, but we’ll see how this one goes for her. [Bloomberg]

    * The ABA may do away with faculty tenure requirements for accreditation. No security of position? It looks like there’s a storm coming, law professors, so go get your bread and milk! [National Law Journal]

    * Prospective law students are being counseled to take advantage of the smaller applicant pool, but it won’t look so small when they can’t get jobs. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * “Gay marriage? Hell no, let’s make all marriages civil unions.” Minnesota senators want to put couples on an even playing field — one that isn’t recognized by the government. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    2 Comments / / Apr 30, 2013 at 9:09 AM
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    Intellectual Property, Jury Duty, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.29.13

    * The saddest thing about prisons getting rated on Yelp is owning the bar down the street with fewer stars. [Simple Justice]

    * Sending “LOL totes glty” is a bad idea. [IT-Lex]

    * The chief of the Brooklyn DA’s gang bureau probably should have spent more time with the civil rights bureau. [NY Post]

    * People don’t really pay attention to the U.S. News Best Intellectual Property Program rankings — though it’d help if they did. [Science to Law]

    * UNLV’s Nancy Rapoport thinks law schools are no better than Enron. That sounds about right. [TaxProf Blog]

    * When it comes to the Boston bombings, Logan Beirne answers, “What would George Washington do?” [Reuters]

    * Tenure has put a crimp in the ability of law schools to excel in the ranking system that considers publication. [Ramblings on Appeal]

    * Kickstarter plug: A progressive Yale student took a year off to make a documentary about a conservative activist group, the Tennessee 9-12 Project, to show civility and respect. [Kickstarter]

    2 Comments / / Apr 29, 2013 at 5:25 PM
  • Oh my god, he's got a gun!

    Airplanes / Aviation, Education / Schools, Guns / Firearms, Intellectual Property, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.31.12

    * Interim SLU Law Dean Tom Keefe said he’s nobody’s “butt boy.” Will that change if Father Lawrence Biondi succeeds in eliminating tenure? Your move, Keefe. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

    * Defending one’s right to carry an AK-47 around a park is kind of like defending your right to drink milkshakes and eat waffle fries until your heart explodes. There’s no f**king point, other than really wanting to show you can. Except that milkshakes are delicious. Guns, not so much. [FindLaw]

    * A penny saved is a penny earned grounds for a huge lawsuit. [Daily Business Review]

    * Japan said Samsung didn’t infringe on Apple’s patents. Woooo. Three different Apple v. Samsung cases down, 10 million more countries to go. [Ars Technica]

    * The TSA should seriously come out and say they just want to see us naked. Then at least we’d all be on the same page. [Threat Level / Wired]

    7 Comments / / Aug 31, 2012 at 5:03 PM
  • shut up small

    Email Scandals, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Rudeness

    Law Professor Basically Tells Student to Stop Being Such a Whiny Little Person

    Last week, we received an email titled “the problem with tenure.” Elie Mystal actually thinks that this tip illustrates the problem with law students and the classic awesomeness of tenure, but he’ll let you be the judge of that. Let this just be a reminder to everybody that they need to respect the chain of command….

    124 Comments / / Sep 23, 2011 at 3:06 PM
  • American Bar Association / ABA, Law Professors, Law Schools

    ABA Takes on Law Schools… Over Tenure

    Is the American Bar Association going to deal with the unmitigated proliferation of law schools? No. Will the ABA deal with overflow of lawyers entering the profession at a time when few well-paying legal jobs seem to be available? No. Will the organization seriously address the rising cost of legal education? Not really. Instead, the […]

    73 Comments / / Jul 27, 2010 at 10:03 AM

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