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Monday, August 29, 2005

Hiring Chairs: Declare Yourselves Please (Updated with Spreadsheet!)

A friend of mine on the market for entry level hiring recently asked how to find out who's chair of hiring for rookies at different schools.  (This is because many people send targeted applications to schools, in addition to filling out their FAR forms.)  At the AALS meat market, there is a handy packet of info detailing all the memberships of the committees at various schools, but that's obviously too late.  So as a service to the aspirants, PrawfsBlawg invites faculty to disclose in the comments to this post the relevant person at a given school.  Candidates (or others) with correct information are welcome to post comments too.  The risk-averse (those who doubt the veracity of the information in the comments) can just send their packets to "Chair of Entry Level Hiring Committee," Your Dream Law School.  (Please pass this post to your friends/collleagues. Thanks.)


One good and decent reader of this blog sent me a spreadsheet, which I've attached here(download law_school_addresses_full.xls).  The spreadsheet has the names, schools and addresses of 24 schools, some of which have already been discussed in the comments threads.

If you have any more names, please drop them in the comments thread. Thanks!  Also, if you're an aspirant prawf looking for advice about the job market, most of the posts on Prawfs on this subject have been gathered under the "life of law schools" category, which you can access on the right hand side of the blog.

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Professor Roisman is indeed the Chair of the Faculty Recruiting Committee at IU-Indianapolis, but alas, the allegation of her discrimination against Professor Bradford is all too true, as I can personally attest. I only hope that once this nastiness is resolved and Professor Bradford is granted the tenure he has clearly earned, we can convince him to stay in an atmosphere that, as a consequence of Professor Roisman's antipathetic conduct towards him and others, is positively fevered.

I would say also that I am concerned that in recent years all of our minority hires have been at the assistant level, whereas most, if not all, of the hires of white faculty have been at the associate level.

Posted by: one who knows | Sep 18, 2005 10:23:05 PM

I am the chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee at Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. If an EEOC complaint has been filed against me, I am unaware of that. I am aware that William Bradford, an untenured member of our faculty, has filed complaints against me with the University, charging -- falsely -- that I have discriminated against him because of his status as a veteran and as an Aemrican Indian, and because he is a proponent of the war in Iraq and the "war on terror." These charges are totally without foundation. My response to them and my complaint against Professor Bradford for making false and derogatory statements against me will be considered by a University committee.

I have a long record of anti-racist scholarship, teaching, and litigation. I am an ardent proponent of free speech and academic freedom, and have served for several years on the Board of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union. I have promoted the interests of veterans in several talks and a major law review article about veterans' housing programs and homeless veterans. I was a founding member of the the Society of American Law Teachers and now serve on the SALT Board. My resume is available on the law school's Webpage.

With respect to hiring, our law school strongly encourages women and people of color to apply, and we have a good record of mentoring and promoting women and people of color. I urge anyone considering our law school to find out what the facts are about the situation of Professor Bradford, and not to believe anonymous postings on the Web.

Other members of our committee are Dean Susanah Mead (ex officio), Associate Dean Andrew Klein, student Tracey Wilson, and Professors Karen Bravo, Cynthia Adams, Robert Katz,and Lawrence Wilkins.

Posted by: Florence Roisman | Sep 13, 2005 6:26:57 PM

I'm told (on good authority) that the chair of GW for entry level hiring is not actually Peter Raven-Hansen, but Peter Smith. Please take note!

Posted by: Dan Markel | Aug 29, 2005 10:52:45 AM

The chair at UC-Davis is Bill Hing.

Posted by: Angela Onwuachi-Willig | Aug 28, 2005 2:09:40 PM

The chair at Washington & Lee is Ron Krotoszynski.

Posted by: Thomas Gallanis | Aug 24, 2005 4:44:53 PM

Ed Purcell and I are the chairs of the appointments committee at New York Law School.

Posted by: Tanina Rostain | Aug 23, 2005 4:44:37 PM

The chairs at Chicago-Kent are Kathy Baker and Graeme Dinwoodie.

Posted by: Graeme Dinwoodie | Aug 22, 2005 11:55:00 PM

I am the chair of the SMU Dedman Law School's appointments committee. I much prefer to receive materials in electronic form. Thanks!

Posted by: John Lowe | Aug 22, 2005 7:37:18 PM

I am Chair at DePaul College of Law. We also have a special e-mail account, [email protected].

Brian Havel

Posted by: Brian Havel | Aug 22, 2005 3:25:59 PM

The Chair at Northern Illinois University is Dan Schneider.

Posted by: Jeff Parness | Aug 22, 2005 12:06:21 PM

Vanderbilt Law School's Entry-Level Appointments Chair is Tracey George. The Lateral Appointments Chair is Robert Thompson.

Posted by: Tracey George | Aug 22, 2005 11:35:13 AM

Not a troll, but rather a faculty member with interests in seeing that our remarkably productive and collegial American Indian colleague not be subjected to further racial discrimination, in preserving the integrity of our school, and in seeing that our faculty recruitment not be tinged with even the perception of racial animus. I am staying anonymous only because the matter is likely to be the subject of litigation, and I would rather not have to be deposed on this particular matter.

Posted by: someone who knows | Aug 21, 2005 11:55:12 AM

Wow--never would have guessed this thread would attract a troll

Posted by: mb | Aug 21, 2005 11:06:52 AM

At Boston College, James Repetti is Chair of our Appointments Committee during 2005-06.

Posted by: Lawrence Cunningham | Aug 21, 2005 8:05:54 AM

Indiana University at Indianapolis is going through some turmoil as the current Chair is under investigation by the EEOC for racial discrimination and harassment against an American Indian colleague.


Stay tuned.

Posted by: someone who knows | Aug 20, 2005 8:47:46 PM

At Western New England College its Bill Metzger and we're set to make as many as four hires this year.

Posted by: Jamison Colburn | Aug 20, 2005 6:46:32 AM

At the University of Miami David Abraham is the entry level appointments committee chair.

Posted by: Caroline Bradley | Aug 20, 2005 12:04:45 AM

Pepperdine University School of Law, Prof. Maureen Weston

We are actively seeking to fill a Dean of Libraries and faculty in dispute resolution position at this time.

Maureen Weston, Chair
Faculty Appointments
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

Posted by: maureen weston | Aug 19, 2005 4:56:51 PM

At George Mason it's Nelson Lund. I don't recall who's chair at Case Western, but I don't believe Case is actively looking to hire this year.

Posted by: Jonathan Adler | Aug 19, 2005 4:31:51 PM

Thomas Jefferson School of Law: Anders Kaye.

Posted by: Anders Kaye | Aug 19, 2005 3:48:14 PM

St. Thomas University (Miami): Alfredo Garcia, Assoc. Dean and Chair

Posted by: John Kang | Aug 19, 2005 3:31:38 PM

Santa Clara: Brad Joondeph. And we're looking for (1) intellectual property (with a preference for patent), (2) corporations, (3) legal profession, and (4) wills and trusts.

Posted by: Brad Joondeph | Aug 19, 2005 2:45:34 PM

I haven't actually contacted Brooklyn, but I'll note that last year's chair was Jim Fanto, http://www.brooklaw.edu/faculty/profile/?page=39 , so that's probably the "Santo" in the comment above.

Posted by: Quick note | Aug 19, 2005 2:37:42 PM

The chair of the hiring committee at the University of Georgia is James C. Smith. I'm not on the committee but I understand that the committee is looking in the health care field.

Posted by: Peter Appel | Aug 19, 2005 2:08:26 PM

The Chair of Saint Louis University's appointments committee is Camille Nelson

Posted by: Mark McKenna | Aug 19, 2005 2:00:38 PM

The Chair of South Carolina's Faculty Selection Committee is Jim Flanagan (http://www.law.sc.edu/flanagan/). Itis my understanding that South Carolina is going to attempt more lateral hiring than we have done in the past, but will continue to do a fair amount of entry level hiring as well, as many faculty retirements are both forecast and occurring.

Posted by: Ann Bartow | Aug 19, 2005 1:56:29 PM

In the interests of saving some Dean's Office receptionists more calls like mine, and of dispelling the notion that we lawyers are a cut-throat bunch who would never help one another, I'll note that I've contacted the following schools and been told that their entry-level hiring chairs are as follows:
GW: Peter Raven-Hansen
Boalt: Phil Frickey
Chicago: David Strauss
Columbia: Avery Katz
Stanford: Rob Daines
USC: Andrei Marmor
Virginia: Julia Mahoney
Duke: Larry Zelenak
B.U.: Nancy Moore
Fordham: Sheila Foster
Brooklyn: James Santo
Michigan: Sherman Clark

Readers are advised to double-check my spellings, which were largely phonetic.

Posted by: On The Market | Aug 19, 2005 1:47:33 PM

Kurt Eggert chairs the Appointments Committee this year for Chapman University School of Law, in lovely Orange County, CA. We're interested in candidates qualified to teach Trusts & Estates, Family Law, or Patent Law, among other topics. Someone with practice experience in Entertainment law would find a warm welcome, too. We'll consider entry-level or lateral hires.

Posted by: Tom W. Bell | Aug 19, 2005 12:25:28 PM

University of Pittsburgh: Thomas Ross

Posted by: Mike Madison | Aug 19, 2005 12:22:10 PM

Florida International University College of Law: Scott Norberg

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Aug 19, 2005 11:57:27 AM

The chair at Ohio State is Camille Hébert.

Posted by: Larry Garvin | Aug 19, 2005 11:54:28 AM

University of St. Thomas (MN): Tom Berg

Posted by: Rob Vischer | Aug 19, 2005 11:30:56 AM

At Minnesota we have co-chairs, Ruth Okediji and Michael Paulsen, with Ruth heading up the entry-level search.

Posted by: Brett McDonnell | Aug 19, 2005 10:56:34 AM

At Wash. U., it's me.

Posted by: Sam Bagenstos | Aug 19, 2005 10:43:21 AM

Wayne State University: Greg Fox

Posted by: Peter Henning | Aug 19, 2005 8:38:56 AM

University of Arizona - David A. Gantz.

Posted by: Darian Ibrahim | Aug 18, 2005 9:48:29 PM

Lewis & Clark Law School - William Funk

Posted by: Joe | Aug 18, 2005 8:43:35 PM

The Chair at the University of Illinois is Tom Ulen.

Posted by: Lawrence Solum | Aug 18, 2005 7:55:54 PM

The chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee at South Texas College of Law is Fran Ortiz.

Posted by: Fran Ortiz | Aug 18, 2005 4:46:17 PM

At Texas Tech U. School of Law, the chair of the personnel committee is Jorge Ramirez. I believe Nancy Soonpa, however, handles the legal practice professor applications (i.e., legal writing positions.)

Posted by: Michael | Aug 18, 2005 4:34:58 PM

The Chair of the Recruitment Committee at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law is Professor John Sims.

Posted by: Thom | Aug 18, 2005 3:24:04 PM

I am the chair of the Appointments Committee at the University of Toledo College of Law. I would add that our committee does not distinguish between "rookie"/entry-level applicants and veteran/lateral applicants.

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Aug 18, 2005 2:42:11 PM

I should have added that Steve Gey is the chair at FSU.

Posted by: Dan Markel | Aug 18, 2005 2:41:45 PM

As far as I know, this is what the Hastings group looks like this year:

Lee, Chair

We are also on a Dean search, if that is useful information to anyone. As I remember when I was on the market, schools that are undertaking Dean searches will often be less aggressive in appointments because they want to "save" new appointments for the new Dean. But this is total conjecture.

Posted by: Ethan Leib | Aug 18, 2005 2:16:14 PM

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