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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Faculty Appointments Chairs

I'm starting to get calls for advice about the meat market in the fall.  One of the traditional components of the onslaught from entry-level candidates is the targeting of Faculty Appointments Committees at schools of particular interest.  I'm not fully clear on how useful this information really is (most letters addressed to "Appointments Chair" will get where they are supposed to go), but it certainly helps your advisors make calls to important people at the relevant school.

In PB's long tradition of helping entry-level types on the market, I'm opening a thread for people to announce committee members and chairs.  At Hastings, Leo Martinez is the chair this year.  Let the information flow freely.

UPDATE: If your school is searching for any particular areas of expertise, you might note it here too.  Hey, it's free advertising.

Posted by Ethan Leib on July 19, 2006 at 01:05 PM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink


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An odd question, below, hence the anon post.

Do experienced law prof (references) know to contact and chat up their candidates or is it up to the candidate to ask the references to call up committee members? This seems very awkward to me. Maybe I need to get over this and simply acknowledge that this type of schmoozing is required.

Posted by: anona | Jul 18, 2006 6:28:24 PM

At South Texas College of Law, Bruce McGovern (mcgovern@stcl.edu) will chair the faculty appointments committee. Tim Zinnecker (zinneck@stcl.edu) will chair a committee charged with attracting a lateral visitor to fill an endowed chair for all or part of the 2007-08 academic year.

Posted by: tim zinnecker | Jul 18, 2006 6:42:55 PM


Not every reference will want to make phone calls for you, though the seasoned ones tend to realize it is one of the most effective ways to promote your candidacy. Some like doing this more than others: some positively find it offensive; some are socially awkward; and some affirmatively enjoy the chatting.

It is certainly worth having a discussion with your references--no matter who they are--about how they feel most comfortable helping you. For example, you might want to line up a third string group of people who you know reasonably well but who don't necessarily know your writing. Ask them if they would mind accepting phone calls on your behalf rather than initiating them. Sometimes committees want to know more about you than your first string group can provide. Sometimes your second string may be better connected with a place you most wish to end up and it is helpful to have their names on your CV. Sometimes all you need is an e-mail to get a committee to pull your FAR form -- and it can't hurt to encourage your references at any level to send that e-mail.

Interactions with references can be awkward: you don't know exactly what they think of you, who else they are promoting, where on their ranking you fall. And you are not entitled to ask them to do any more than they are comfortable with. But especially if you have chosen people who do not play this game with regularity, it is quite helpful and appropriate to give them a menu of ways they can be helpful if they so choose.

Posted by: Ethan Leib | Jul 18, 2006 6:57:49 PM

At Stetson, this year's appointments committee co-chairs are Professor Royal C. Gardner and Professor Janice K. McClendon.

Posted by: Darby Dickerson | Jul 18, 2006 7:02:28 PM

I'm chair at Rutgers-Camden.

Posted by: Kim Ferzan | Jul 18, 2006 8:02:02 PM

Arizona's appointments committee chair is Robert Glennon.

Posted by: Darian Ibrahim | Jul 18, 2006 8:02:13 PM

I am the Chair at University of the Pacific / McGeorge

Posted by: Thomas Main | Jul 18, 2006 9:00:54 PM

Dave McGowan is the chair at University of San Diego.

Posted by: Orly Lobel | Jul 19, 2006 12:06:42 AM

Ken Casebeer is the Chair at Miami; I'm also on the Committee, fwiw.

Posted by: Steve Vladeck | Jul 19, 2006 12:47:13 AM

Jim Rossi is chair at FSU

Posted by: Dan Markel | Jul 19, 2006 12:54:14 AM

Steve, do you have an idea of how common it is for someone who just started last year to be on appointments? at USD only tenured folks serve.

Posted by: Orly Lobel | Jul 19, 2006 1:21:00 AM

Orly, I can report that at Arizona, this is the second year in a row we've had a new professor on appointments.

Posted by: Darian Ibrahim | Jul 19, 2006 8:17:53 AM

Another question: Given that Search chairs are listing here, is it fair to assume that they like to have candidates mail their vita to them in addition to the FAR listing? If so, do they prefer email or hardcopy?

Posted by: anona | Jul 19, 2006 8:36:45 AM

Orly -- At UM it's been a bit unusual lately, but apparently used to be quite common...

Posted by: Steve Vladeck | Jul 19, 2006 8:43:50 AM

At Florida, Lyrissa Lidsky is chair; I'm on the committee, along with several of my fine and wonderful colleagues. To respond to Ethan's follow-up: as far as I can tell, we need to fill a variety of curricular needs due to recent and expected future waves of retirements, and we'd be quite interested in any junior/mid-level laterals who do business law (broadly defined).

Posted by: Mark Fenster | Jul 19, 2006 9:50:13 AM

Looks as if I'll be Chair again here at Toledo.

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Jul 19, 2006 11:18:33 AM

I am incoming Chair at Cornell.

Posted by: Jeffrey Rachlinski | Jul 19, 2006 11:56:49 AM

I'm chairing entry-level appointments at Minnesota. Mary Louise Fellows is chairing lateral appointments. We plan to make several entry level and/or lateral hires. Curricular needs include commercial law, property, tax, civil procedure, evidence, health law.

Posted by: Brad Karkkainen | Jul 19, 2006 12:52:02 PM

I am the chair at Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley).

Posted by: Phil Frickey | Jul 19, 2006 12:53:12 PM

I'm chairing the committee this year at Wayne State. We've got particular needs in labor and employment law, family law, and civil procedure, but we'll be looking at good people in other areas as well.

Posted by: Jon Weinberg | Jul 19, 2006 1:08:30 PM

I am incoming chair at University of Pittsburgh. We would be particularly interested in laterals in the following curricular areas: commercial law (including contracts, bankruptcy, secured transactions, payment systems and consumer law), criminal law and procedure, evidence, real property law (including real estate and environmental law), and tort law (including products liability law).

Posted by: Janice Mueller | Jul 19, 2006 1:49:33 PM

I'm the entry-level chair at Penn.

Posted by: Ted Ruger | Jul 19, 2006 2:00:39 PM

The Chair of the faculty recruitment committee at the University of Dayton is Dennis Greene. Our most pressing need is in the business organization area. We are also seeking a senior lateral in the area of Intellectual Property.

Posted by: Harry Gerla | Jul 19, 2006 2:26:10 PM

At Wash. U. in St. Louis, Peter Wiedenbeck is chairing the entry level committee and I'm chairing the lateral committee.

Posted by: Margo Schlanger | Jul 19, 2006 2:56:44 PM

I am chair at Arizona State University. We are looking mainly for laterals in any specialization but also need to fill the position of "Director of Indian Law Clinic."

Posted by: Doug Sylvester | Jul 19, 2006 3:24:34 PM

I'm chairing entry-level hiring at Columbia

Posted by: John Witt | Jul 19, 2006 4:58:26 PM

I'm chairing the committee here at Wisconsin.

Posted by: Ann Althouse | Jul 19, 2006 5:11:31 PM

Martin Davies is the chair of the appointments committee at Tulane. We also have a separate committee chaired by Brooke Overby that is looking to fill an endowed chair in the commercial, corporate, or tax area.

Posted by: Joel Friedman | Jul 19, 2006 5:17:22 PM

Todd Peterson is the appointments chair at GW this year.

Posted by: Orin Kerr | Jul 19, 2006 5:35:56 PM

I'm chairing the Entry Level committee at Vanderbilt this fall.

Posted by: Bob Rasmussen | Jul 19, 2006 5:42:11 PM

Ed Stein is chairing the committee here at Cardozo.

Posted by: Rick Bierschbach | Jul 19, 2006 6:05:30 PM

I am the Appointments Chair at Boston University School of Law.

Posted by: Nancy J. Moore | Jul 19, 2006 6:21:42 PM

I am the Faculty Recruitment Chair at Drake, where we will be looking for a Property person, perhaps with interest/experience in either real estate or natural resources law. Also, we will be looking to fill a new Chair in Intellectual Property.

Posted by: Jerry L. Anderson | Jul 19, 2006 11:30:32 PM

The Chair at South Carolina is Elizabeth "Libba" Patterson. We will be attempting a number of entry level hires and hopefully some lateral hires as well.

Posted by: Ann Bartow | Jul 20, 2006 6:45:50 AM

In addition to Ken Casebeer chairing our entry-level appointments committee, I'm chairing the University of Miami's laterals (and Chairs search) committee. While I cannot emphasize enough that we are absolutely open to the right candidate in any field, I am tentatively planning to look especially hard in health, international trade, tax, international arbitration, patent/trademark, and probably a couple of other areas the committee will soon determine. I would welcome hearing from colleagues -- at all levels of seniority from quite junior to quite senior -- with an interest in joining our lively faculty.

Posted by: Michael Froomkin | Jul 20, 2006 6:49:30 AM

The chair at Temple is Alice Abreu.

Posted by: Dave Hoffman | Jul 20, 2006 10:21:50 AM

I am the hiring chair at Drexel University Law.
The University of Alabama's chair is James Leonard.

Posted by: Dan Filler | Jul 20, 2006 10:48:21 AM

Michelle Oberman is this year's chair for Santa Clara.

Posted by: Brad Joondeph | Jul 20, 2006 11:42:21 AM

I am chair at the University of Southern California.

Posted by: Dan Klerman | Jul 20, 2006 12:02:20 PM

John Conley is the chair at the University of North Carolina.

Posted by: Scott Baker | Jul 20, 2006 2:12:30 PM

I chair the Faculty Appointments Committee at Faulkner. We have 3 tenure track openings for 2007-08. Curricular needs are varied.

Posted by: Allison Garrett | Jul 20, 2006 4:57:23 PM

I am the Chair at the University of Illinois.

Posted by: Lawrence Solum | Jul 21, 2006 9:59:08 AM

I am the lateral appointments chair at Hofstra, and the committee is particularly interested in applicants in the following curricular areas: commercial law (including international commercial law), criminal law and procedure, evidence, real property/real estate transactions, tax, civil procedure, intellectual property, and employment law.

Posted by: Michelle Wu | Jul 21, 2006 11:41:25 AM

I am the entry-level appointments chair at Virginia this year.

Posted by: Rip Verkerke | Jul 22, 2006 4:57:20 PM

At Seton Hall the entry level appointments committee chair is Charles Sullivan.

Posted by: Gaia | Jul 23, 2006 8:58:35 AM

Leslie Garfield is the chair at Pace.

Posted by: Bridget Crawford | Jul 23, 2006 1:00:30 PM

Tom Berg is chair at St. Thomas (Minnesota).

Posted by: Rob Vischer | Jul 24, 2006 1:38:48 PM

Sandy Caust-Ellenbogen is the chair at Ohio State.

Posted by: Larry Garvin | Jul 25, 2006 3:43:03 PM

Ron Rychlak is the chair at the University of Mississippi.

Posted by: Paul M. Secunda | Jul 25, 2006 5:01:45 PM

I am the Chair at William & Mary. We have about six (6) positions available. Our focus this year will be on Health Law, Constitutional Law, and Patents, but we remain open to both entry level and lateral candidates with all areas of expertise.

Posted by: Peter A. Alces | Jul 26, 2006 10:42:49 AM

Steve Gilles is chair at Quinnipiac. We have three slots open, each at any level of seniority: one in health law, one in ADR, and one in any area.

Posted by: Steve Latham | Jul 28, 2006 9:57:34 AM

Alice Abreu is the Chair at Temple. We have a total of five openings. Four are for tenure track positions and one is a non-tenure track faculty position. One of the tenure track positions is for a teacher and scholar in international law; the other three are for teachers and scholars in a variety of areas, especially including professional responsibility and civil procedure but also including intellectual property (particularly patents), property, commercial law, bankruptcy, employment discrimination and possibly other areas yet to be determined. The non-tenure track position is for a clinical educator who will serve as director of our Center for Community Non-Profit Organizations, and carries the possibility of long-term contract employment. Temple has a strong tradition of accessibility and diversity and we encourage applications from women, minorities, and others whose personal characteristics will further our tradition. Please send us your resume. Contact: Professor Alice G. Abreu, Chair, Faculty Selection and Recruitment Committee, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1719 North Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19122. E-mail: lawfsc@temple.edu . Fax: 215-204-2008.

Posted by: Alice G. Abreu | Aug 1, 2006 1:52:54 PM

The appointments chair at Indiana-Bloomington is Charlie Geyh.

Posted by: John Applegate | Aug 2, 2006 6:38:33 PM

I am the chair at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Posted by: Anders Kaye | Aug 2, 2006 9:42:05 PM

Ben Zipursky is chairing Appointments at Fordham. We will be looking at both lateral and entry levels. I am on the lateral subcommittee.

Posted by: Joel Reidenberg | Aug 3, 2006 10:39:47 AM

Michael Blumm and I are co-chairs of Lewis & Clark's appointments committee. We are looking to fill one or two slots. Entry-level and experienced candidates are welcome. Particular interests include business law (defined broadly), civil procedure (also defined broadly), property transactions and land use, and torts.

Posted by: John Parry | Aug 3, 2006 12:10:30 PM

I'm co-chair (with Jinyan Li) at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto. We expect this to be another active hiring year:


Posted by: Les Green | Aug 3, 2006 12:10:37 PM

Susan Gary is the Chair at Oregon.

Posted by: Robert Tsai | Aug 3, 2006 12:50:10 PM

The Chair of Faculty Recruitment at the University of Gerogia is Jim Smith...jim@uga.edu. We have particular interests in Property/Land Use, Bankruptcy and International Law.

Posted by: Rebecca White | Aug 3, 2006 1:34:09 PM

Bart Brown is the Chair at Chicago-Kent.

Posted by: Graeme Dinwoodie | Aug 3, 2006 1:54:26 PM

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