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Friday, June 23, 2006

Visiting Prawfs

I thought I would open up a thread on visiting appointments for junior faculty.  If I'm not mistaken, the majority of us here at Prawfs will be visiting at new schools in the fall -- and I would urge anyone with reliable information to post here on where some young people are visiting.  I suspect it would be of interest to many of our readers.

For starters, I'll be at Brooklyn Law School in the Fall of 2006 (joined by the VC's David Bernstein).

Posted by Ethan Leib on June 23, 2006 at 05:36 PM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink


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I graduated from high school in 1972 (and was not prodigious). Let's see, if 84 = 64, then I'm only 32, but in that case my bet is most of the participants on this blog still have to look forward to puberty. (I saw Jim Lehrer interview Ben Bradlee, who is 84, yesterday. I hope I look that good when I'm 84.)

To give some input on Rick's question, I obviously can't speak except from my limited experience, which was visiting for one semester last year at Wake Forest (and I wasn't really even visiting from somewhere). All of the visitors were fully welcomed and participatory in the monthly faculty lunches, faculty talks (one visitor gave one), special occasions (visits of Ruth Ginsburg and John Roberts, e.g.), job talks of entry-level faculty recruits, and the "book club" that met every couple weeks. Bob Walsh went out of his way to invite us to basketball games, etc. I think the only things we didn't do were "official" faculty meetings, but I'm not sure if there were any while I was there.

I think a corruption of an aphorism from the managing partner of my old law firm is the best rule in these situations: "proceed with the self-confidence that only total obliviousness can give you." Or grab a young and friendly-looking person and ask what the protocols are.

By the way, in that spirit, I glommed onto a Tulane e-mail address early, but I'm visiting there all next year, if that wasn't already obvious.

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Jun 26, 2006 6:20:36 AM

How young is young, Jeff? according to the Paul McCartney turns 64 commentary, 84 is the new 64...

Posted by: Orly Lobel | Jun 25, 2006 11:46:26 PM

What if you are junior but not young? Or merely young at heart?

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Jun 24, 2006 3:15:01 PM

I wonder, are there any "issues" connected with visiting as a junior (and, I guess, untenured) person, at a new school? I can imagine that there is always a *bit* of reticence, at least at first, when one joins, on a visiting (or provisional) basis, a new academic community; I wonder if the situation is complicated by being untenured at one's home institution? What if there is a cultural mis-match between the two institutions, in terms of the expectations about the contributions and interventions of junior people at, say, colloquia and meetings?

Posted by: Rick Garnett | Jun 23, 2006 11:48:23 PM

I didn't want to out anyone who didn't want to go public themselves, but since his visiting profile is already up, I feel okay about highlighting Julian Ku's (of Opinio Juris) visit at William & Mary for the fall (http://www.wm.edu/law/facultyadmin/faculty/ku-948.shtml).

Is there a correlation between blogging and visits? Fascinating issue. Discuss.

Posted by: Ethan Leib | Jun 23, 2006 6:18:27 PM

I'll be at Miami for the fall, hanging out with Steve V. Everyone else on Prawfs is doing a visit next year too (except Steve, and our new blogger, to be announced with great fanfare).

Posted by: Dan Markel | Jun 23, 2006 5:55:23 PM

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