February 19, 2009
Bibliography of Articles for New Law Professors
When I became a new law professor, I did a little research and tried to assemble articles addressed to me--the new law professor. The stack has been sitting locked away in boxes now for a while, so rather than continue to try to maintain a dead tree's archive, I'm passing along a bibliography of articles I identified, plus some more recent articles. The list does show my age (I became a full-time professor in 2002) but some principles remain true to this day.
* Rachel Arnow-Richman, Bibliography for New Teachers, 26 Hawaii L. Rev. 489 (2004) (focused on contracts professors).
* Robert H. Abrams, Sing Muse: Legal Scholarship for New Law Teachers, 37 J. Legal Educ. 1 (1987).
* Susan J. Becker, Advice for the New Law Professor: A View from the Trenches, 42 J. Legal Educ. 432 (1992).
* Richard Delgado, How to Write a Law Review Article, 20 U.S.F. L. Rev. 445 (1986). Although its principal audience is students, I think Volokh's Academic Legal Writing [Amazon Affiliates link] is a more useful and modern treatment of the subject.
* Cheryl Hanna, The Nuts and Bolts of Scholarship (2004).
* Mary Kay Kane, Some Thoughts on Scholarship for Beginning Teachers, 37 J. Legal Educ. 14 (1987).
* Howard E. Katz & Kevin Francis O'Neill, Strategies and Techniques of Law School Teaching: A Primer for New Teachers (2007).
* Eric L. Muller, A New Law Teacher's Guide to Choosing a Casebook, 45 J. Legal Educ. 557 (1995).
* Douglas K. Newell, Ten Survival Suggestions For Rookie Law Teachers, 33 J. Legal Educ. 693 (1983).
* Frank T. Read and M.C. Mirow, So Now You're a Law Professor: A Letter from the Dean, Cardozo Law Review De Novo, at 55, 2009.
* Kent D. Syverud, Taking Students Seriously: A Guide for New Law Teachers, 43 J. Legal Educ. 247 (1993).
* Donald J. Weidner, A Dean's Letter to New Law Faculty About Scholarship. 44 J. Legal Educ. 440 (1994).
* Douglas J. Whaley, Teaching Law: Advice for the New Law Professor, 43 Ohio St. L.J. 125 (1982).
There are a lot of materials on teaching generally. You might find the following further resources helpful:
* My careers in law teaching page
* Madeleine Schachter, The Law Professor's Handbook: A Practical Guide to Teaching Law Students (2003) [Amazon Affiliates link]
* Dorothy A. Brown, Selected Articles on Law Teaching for the New Law Teacher (2005)
* Materials from the Legal Scholarship Blog
* Mercer Law's Law School Teaching and Learning Resources
* Georgetown Law's Law Teaching & Scholarship Guide
* Michael A. Gerber, Milk and Cookies for Untenured Faculty, Selected Resources (2001) (emphasizing resources for bankruptcy professors)
* Sharon Dolovich, Making Docile Lawyers: An Essay on the Pacification of Law Students, 111 Harv. L. Rev. 2027 (1998)
* Jordan H. Leibman & James P. White, How the Student-Edited Law Journals Make Their Publication Decisions, 39 J. Legal Educ. 387 (1989). This is a little dated but it has some neat statistical analysis of journal practices.
Good luck! Feel free to contact me if I can help in any way.
February 06, 2009
"Squirrel finds new popularity among British diners"
Today's post continues this blog's running theme on the crazy meats that people eat. I've blogged before on whale burgers, horse steaks, and insanely large burgers. The latest entry in this category: squirrel. The New York Times ran a lengthy feature on the resurgence of squirrel on Britain menus, the byproduct of a squirrel management campaign. The article says:
in farmers markets, butcher shops and elegant restaurants, squirrel is selling as fast as gamekeepers and hunters can bring it in
Not all is rosy with the growth of squirrel meat. People differ on whether it tastes good (one critic described it as "a greasy texture and unpleasant taste"), it's apparently a lot of work to separate meat from bone, skinning a squirrel is "difficult and unpleasant," and squirrel brains contain a variation of Mad Cow disease. If those reasons aren't good enough to take a pass on squirrel, let's not forget the fact that squirrels are just rats with fluffy tails.