Tenured Canadian Professor Fired for Posting Comments to RateMyProfessor.com

Professors joke about this all the time. We know that our job performance is influenced, in part, by how others perceive our teaching. Websites like RateMyProfessor.com help shape these perceptions, but they are very unreliable because they do not confirm…

Beer Theft

News item: Thieves Make Off With $26,000 of Beer. Location? Brewtown, of course! (more precisely, the greater Milwaukee metro area). The AP story helpfully gives the lowdown on the stolen items: – 384 24-packs of Miller Genuine Draft cans -…

Some Professors Don’t Like Student Email?

The NYT has a reactionary story today about professor-student email interactions. The subtext of the article is that some professors don’t like some of the emails they get from students: “At colleges and universities nationwide, e-mail has made professors much…

New Blog: Empirical Legal Studies

Congratulations to my colleague Jason Czarnezki on the launch of his new blog, the Empirical Legal Studies blog. According to its first post, “the ELS blog will advance productive and interdisciplinary discourse among empirical legal scholars.” Good luck!

Hurt on ABA’s Latest Diversity Initiative

At Concurring Opinions, Christine blogs on the latest ABA diversity admissions initiative. As she points out, critiques that the ABA’s efforts are illegal miss the point. She writes: “Putting aside debates as to whether affirmative action is good, bad, constitutional,…

Law School Applications Decline 10%

The New York Times reports that law school applications this year are down about 10%. Maybe there will be a late run of applicants, but if applications decline again this year (like they did last year), possible explanations include: *…

Coasean vs. Coasian–Which is Correct?

My next big paper is titled “A Coasean Analysis of Marketing.” An earlier draft was titled “A Coasian Analysis of Marketing,” but then I got nervous that Coasian was not correct. So I asked my buddy Scott, who teaches Law…

Bloggers Get a Lot of Emails

I get a surprising and steadily increasing flow of emails related to my blogs. Just today, I got the following emails: * an email from an attorney working on a case I blogged about, wanting to clarify the case. I…