Friday, November 01, 2013
Maybe I missed it but i haven't seen too much interest in our corner of the world about this interesting piece from the Nation (I know, I don't often link to it!). Anyway, curious for people's reactions about what are the optimal level of disclosures for legal academics. I realize Larry Lessig's got a disclosures page. Should we all have one of those if we ever make a dime off outside income? Would it include a requirement to disclose even ghost-writing briefs for law firms, etc? Or are we worried only about the corruption of our public identity, and not the private sale of what little talents we have to offer?
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At Harvard we have a centralized COI reporting and disclosure system (some disclosures go only to administration, others to public, others up to faculty member whether to disclose to public). If you or others are interested in setting one up i am happy to connect you to our folks in charge. It has surprised me (given how explicit the medical journals are on this) that the vast majority of law journals don't ask for COI info.
Posted by: I. Glenn Cohen | Nov 1, 2013 12:54:46 PM
A moral hazard of tenure.
Posted by: Phil | Nov 1, 2013 3:13:06 PM
Thanks for posting this, Dan. I'm sorry it hasn't gotten more comments, but I think you have been hoisted by your own clearinghouse petard. I was waiting a week before writing anything, in case Prof. Zywicki wanted to post some kind of response on the VC, but nothing yet. I will note that several of his colleagues on the blog tend to note when they have connections to a case or controversy, and that this kind of thing is standard fare (although I fear not standard enough) in law review articles.
Posted by: Paul Horwitz | Nov 3, 2013 10:31:20 PM
Thanks for flagging this. I admit I didn't click over until I saw Paul's comment. A bit of a buried lede on the original post.
Posted by: brad | Nov 5, 2013 12:11:14 PM