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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Hiring Chairs 2008-09: Announce Yourselves!

2d Update: A spreadsheet of hiring chairs can be found here.

Update: Note that this will be moved periodically to the front of the page.

As is tradition here, it's time for law schools' appointments committees around the country to congregate here and share:
a) the name of the chair (s) of the committee
b) the law school
c) whether your school divides work between entry-levels and laterals, and if so, who's responsible for which segment
d) the names of other persons on the appointments committee(s)
e) any particular subject matter expertise you're focusing on
f) other information you think might be relevant.

To get the ball rolling, Mark Seidenfeld at Florida State is the chair of FSU's (unified) appointments committee. (I can't remember who else is on the committee but it includes Jim Rossi as well.) So far as I know, we have broad needs and will be looking to hire a good mixture of strong lateral and entry level candidates.

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Professor William Janssen is the chair of our unified committee. We are looking for faculty members interested in Estates and Trusts, and Business Associations. Charleston is a great city, and our faculty is very supportive.

Posted by: Richard Gershon | Oct 25, 2008 1:16:41 PM

We've just gotten approval to post this ad, so here it is:

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS—WILLIAM S. BOYD SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for at least one tenure-track Associate Professor or tenured Full Professor of Law position, with appointment to begin with the 2009-2010 academic year. We have substantial flexibility in subject matter interests, with special interest in clinical teaching. We seek candidates with excellent academic records and experience and who have a strong commitment to scholarship and teaching. Candidates must have earned a JD from an ABA-accredited law school or an equivalent degree. Applicants for Full Professor must have records of substantial accomplishment and qualifications sufficient to be awarded tenure. Salary will be commensurate with the labor market. This position, like all faculty positions, is contingent on funding. Application review will begin immediately.

The Boyd School of Law is a fully-accredited public law school in state-of-the-art facilities at the center of the UNLV campus. We have a diverse faculty of new and experienced legal educators drawn from top institutions. The Boyd School of Law has 488 students enrolled (372 full-time,116 part-time) and 41 full-time faculty. For more information on the Boyd School of Law, see our website at http://www.law.unlv.edu/. UNLV is a premier metropolitan research university located in the nation’s fastest growing city. It is the state’s largest comprehensive doctoral degree granting institution, with more than 28,000 students and more than 850 full-time faculty. UNLV provides traditional and professional academic programs for a diverse student body and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, learning, and scholarship. For more information on the University, see the UNLV website at http://www.unlv.edu. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, along with a detailed resume, three professional references, and off-prints of your published works.

Contact: Professor Nancy Rapoport, Chair, Appointments Committee, UNLV—Boyd School of Law, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway – Box 451003, Las Vegas, NV 89154-1003.

UNLV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity educator and employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Posted by: Nancy Rapoport | Oct 17, 2008 6:35:12 PM

Here at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Boyd School of Law), I'm the appointments chair, and we'll be looking for SURE for a Director of Academic Support and may be looking for lateral visitors. We're waiting to see what happens w/Nevada's budget to see if we'll be looking for any non-visitor laterals. Also on the committee are Chris Blakesley, Keith Rowley, Jay Mootz, and Leticia Saucedo. Best way to reach me for questions is by cell (713 202 1881) or email ([email protected]).

Posted by: Nancy Rapoport | Oct 1, 2008 4:35:31 PM

Amy Cohen is chairing Western New England's committee. The focus is on environmental law, with significant interest in torts.

Posted by: Bill Childs | Sep 14, 2008 8:39:48 AM

The entry level hiring committee at the University of Miami comprises: David Abraham, Mario Barnes, Caroline Bradley (chair), Mary Coombs, Martha Mahoney, Elliott Manning, Donna Coker (Associate Dean) and Paul Verkuil (Dean). The visitors and laterals committee is chaired by David Abraham.

Posted by: Caroline Bradley | Sep 7, 2008 8:55:44 PM

I am chairing the unified hiring committee for Wake Forest (we have a separate committee undertaking a Chair search). Other members include Dean Blake Morant, Associate Dean Ron Wright, Jennifer Collins, Tim Davis, Ralph Peeples, and Simone Rose.

Posted by: Wendy Parker | Sep 4, 2008 7:11:23 AM

At Queen's University Faculty of Law in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, we are looking to hire a number of candidates in the following areas: Business Law, Tax Law, International Economic Law, Intellectual Property Law, Labour Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law, and Private Law. We are happy to consider applications from budding and established U.S. scholars who might wish to join us. Those on the appointments committee include Dean William Flanagan, Nick Bala, Martha Bailey, Hoi Kong, and me (as well as two 3L students).

Posted by: Erik S. Knutsen | Aug 23, 2008 8:35:45 AM

Professor Bill Janssen is the Chair of the Recruitment Committee at the Charleston School of Law. Our primary hiring needs this year are Wills and Trusts and Family Law.

Posted by: Richard Gershon | Aug 20, 2008 6:55:00 PM

I am chairing the hiring committee at George Mason University. We have one committee for entry-levels and laterals, and will pursue opportunities in both areas this year. Other members include Bruce Johnsen, Todd Zywicki, David Bernstein, Helen Alvare, Laura Bradford, and David Schleicher. We anticipate hiring for 2 positions, but that number could easily go up.

We filled most of our gaping curricular needs last year, so we're mainly interested this year in scholarship potential. GMU being GMU, of course, we're always especially interested in candidates who are proficient in law and economics or other social sciences.

Posted by: Eric Claeys | Aug 20, 2008 3:18:48 PM

I am chairing the Drexel Law faculty hiring committee. Other members are Susan Brooks, Amy Boss, Donald Tibbs, and Adam Benforado. We anticipate doing both entry-level and lateral hiring.

Posted by: Dan Filler | Aug 18, 2008 10:33:34 PM

Marci Seville is the Appointments Committee chair for all candidates at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. The Committee has identified particular interests in Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law but will consider candidates whose primary strengths are in other fields as well.

Posted by: Eric C Christiansen | Aug 18, 2008 11:47:55 AM

The Harvard Law School Entry-Level Appointments Committee is Bill Rubenstein (chair), John Coates, Noah Feldman, Elena Kagan, Randy Kennedy, and Mark Tushnet.

The Lateral Appointments Committee is Howell Jackson (chair), Richard Fallon, Ryan Goodman, Elena Kagan, Martha Minow, and George Triantis.

Posted by: Akiba Covitz | Aug 15, 2008 3:32:30 PM

Linda Keller is chairing the Appointments Committee at Thomas Jefferson this year. Other members include K.J. Greene, Marybeth Herald, Anders Kaye, and Bryan Wildenthal. The committee will have responsibility for entry level and lateral hiring in a variety of areas.

Posted by: Eric Mitnick | Aug 15, 2008 3:24:45 PM

Professor Chris Johnson is the chair of Pierce Law's hiring committee this year. Members include Albert "Buzz" Scherr, Mary Sheffer and me. We are looking to hire in the areas of patent litigation, intellectual property/business law, and social justice.

Posted by: Mary Wong | Aug 15, 2008 11:49:42 AM

The appointments committee at the University of Houston Law Center will be co-chaired by Joe Sanders and Sandra Guerra Thompson. We anticipate hiring several faculty members. Our committee will consider both entry-level and lateral appointments representing a broad array of teaching interests.

Posted by: Sandra G. Thompson | Aug 13, 2008 7:57:55 PM

University of Southern California Gould School of Law will have two committees. I'll be chairing the entry-level committee and Elyn Saks is chairing the lateral hiring committee.

Posted by: Ariela Gross | Aug 8, 2008 7:11:55 PM

The appointments committee at the University of Baltimore includes Elizabeth Samuels (chair), Michael Higginbotham, Rob Rubinson, Dionne Koller, and Garrett Epps. We're looking for both entry-level and experienced candidates.

Posted by: Elizabeth Samuels | Aug 6, 2008 11:02:16 AM

Faculty position in law & disability studies: The University of Wisconsin is hiring in the area of disability studies, and law is one of the preferred fields. Candidates at both entry and senior levels are encouraged to apply. For JDs, it is anticipated that tenure home would be in the law school, though the successful candidate will be expected to forge ties to other disability studies faculty across the campus. Salary is commensurate with experience and prevailing market rates. For details on how to apply, see Position Vacancy Listing # 59798 at http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/pvl/pvl_internet_report_home.html

Posted by: R. Alta Charo | Aug 4, 2008 1:29:17 PM

American University Washington College of Law's appointments committee will be chaired by Professor Brenda Smith. I'm also on the committee, along with (Associate Dean) Christine Farley, Diane Orentlicher, Andy Pike, Jamie Raskin, and two WCL 3Ls.

Posted by: Steve Vladeck | Aug 1, 2008 10:20:44 PM

At Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), I am the chair of our entry level committee, and Rick Hasen is the chair of our laterals committee.

Posted by: Michael Waterstone | Jul 30, 2008 7:54:24 PM

New York Law School's Appointments Committee will be co-chaired by Deb Archer and either Lloyd Bonfield (fall) or Art Leonard (Spring).

Posted by: Doni Gewirtzman | Jul 30, 2008 11:13:55 AM

The University of Chicago's appointments committee will be co-chaired by David Weisbach, who is running the entry-level hiring process, and Lior Strahilevitz, who is responsible for laterals.

Posted by: Lior Strahilevitz | Jul 28, 2008 12:01:55 PM

The hiring committe at CUNY includes Steve Zeidman (chair), Sameer Ashar, Dean Michelle Anderson, Richard Storrow, and yours truly. Not sure yet about curricular areas except I do know that one hire will definitely be a clinician.

Posted by: rebecca bratspies | Jul 28, 2008 9:04:06 AM

I chair the Appointments Committee for Chapman University School of Law in Orange County, California. The other members are Professors Bobby Dexter, Marisa Cianciarulo, and John Tehranian. The committee will handle both entry level and lateral hires. The School of Law is looking for entry-level and experienced candidates for long-term and visiting faculty positions in a broad range of subjects, including both first-year and elective courses. The School of Law has a particular interest in expanding its Family Violence Law Clinic, as well as hiring faculty for its other clinical areas.

Posted by: Daniel Bogart | Jul 21, 2008 6:32:30 PM

At John Marshall (Chicago), the chair of our (unified) hiring committee is Julie Spanbauer. The other members are Michael G. Heyman, Maureen Straub Kordesh, David Schwartz, Steven Schwinn, Sam Jones, and Colin Miller. We have particular interest in candidates with experience in civil procedure and property. Other areas of need include, but are not limited to, administrative law, arbitration, constitutional law, evidence, mediation, natural resources and environmental law, payment systems, real estate, and torts. Applicants are also invited to apply for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position, Director of the Lawyering Skills Program, the law school's legal research and writing program.

Posted by: Colin Miller | Jul 18, 2008 2:25:05 PM

John Dernbach is chairing the (unified) hiring committee on Widener's Harrisburg Campus.

Posted by: Juliet Moringiello | Jul 18, 2008 10:40:49 AM

John Dernbach is chairing the (unified) hiring committee on Widener's Harrisburg Campus.

Posted by: Juliet Moringiello | Jul 18, 2008 10:39:04 AM

At Notre Dame, we have not yet picked the chair of our (unified) Appointments Committee, which includes Rick Garnett, Amy Barrett, Vince Rougeau, Dean Patricia O'Hara, and another player to be named later.

Posted by: Rick Garnett | Jul 17, 2008 2:23:13 PM

Kevin Reitz is chairing the unified Appointments Committee at Minnesota.

Posted by: Brett McDonnell | Jul 17, 2008 1:58:17 PM

The hiring committee at the University of Richmond includes Dan Murphy (chair), Clark Williams, Carl Tobias, Corinna Lain, Shari Motro, and myself. We have needs in a broad range of curricular areas, including (but definitely not limited to) family law and commercial law.

Posted by: Jessica Erickson | Jul 17, 2008 9:50:08 AM

I am chair of the unified comittee at Washington & Lee. The other members are Professors David Millon, Russ Miller, Ben Spencer and Mark Drumbl and Deans Rod Smolla and Bob Danforth. We will be looking in tax and corporate law and perhaps other areas as well. We traditionally hire both entry-level and lateral candidates.

Posted by: Joan Shaughnessy | Jul 10, 2008 4:40:20 PM

I am chair of a unified committee at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. Our other committee members are Emily Morris, Mike Pitts, Florence Roisman, Joel Schumm, and Mary Wolf. We are open to entry-level and lateral candidates. Regarding curricular need, we have flexibility. Our top priorities include Tax, Criminal Law, and Trusts & Estates. In addition, we are searching for a clinical faculty member to work in our civil practice clinic.

Posted by: Andrew Klein | Jul 7, 2008 3:27:23 PM

At Michigan, we have two committees. Sherman Clark will be chairing the entry-level committee, and I'll be chairing the lateral committee.

Posted by: Jessica Litman | Jul 7, 2008 2:24:39 PM

At Case Western Reserve University the appointments Chair is Calvin Sharpe. Committee members include George Dent, Craig Nard, Matthew Rossman, Cassandra Robertson, and Wendy Wagner. Dean Gary Simson is an ex officio member, and the committee will be complemented by two students. We will be considering both entry-level and lateral candidates. No "official' priorities have been set yet, but I believe BA, corporate, and commercial law will be on the list.


Posted by: Jonathan H. Adler | Jul 6, 2008 7:42:18 PM

I will be chairing our unified hiring committee at Saint Louis University.

Posted by: Matt Bodie | Jul 1, 2008 5:30:09 PM

At St. John's, the chair of the hiring committee this year is Mark Movsesian. We're looking at both entry-level and laterals, and are focusing on ad law, bankruptcy/commercial law, con law, crim, and professional responsibility, and are looking to hire a director for our new community economic development clinic.

Posted by: Mark Movsesian | Jul 1, 2008 4:25:26 PM

The hiring chair at Temple is David Sonenshein. Other committee members are Greg Mandel, Amy Sinden, Ellie Margolis, Jane Baron, and Harwell Wells.

Posted by: david hoffman | Jun 30, 2008 4:14:57 PM

At UCLA, the entry-level appointments commitee chair is Scott Cummings, and the lateral appointments chair is Eric Zolt.

Posted by: Jennifer Mnookin | Jun 30, 2008 1:09:27 PM

Tamara Piety is Chair of the Appointments Committee at Tulsa. Other committee members are Robert Butkin, Patience Crowder, Marla Mansfield and Robert Spoo. Because of two strong hires last year, [Assistant Professor, Carrie Griffin Basas (J.D., Harvard)(disability law) and Robert Spoo (J.D., Yale; Ph.D., Princeton) (IP/ and leading James Joyce scholar)] and the transition to dean Janet Levit (J.D., Yale; M.A., Yale)(international law), this year's committee will be focused primarily on strategic planning and does not anticipate entry level hiring. However the committee is open to reviewing candidates for junior lateral hires in all areas and welcomes expressions of interest.

Posted by: tamara piety | Jun 30, 2008 12:15:59 PM

Wash. U. will have a single appointments committee, chaired by Susan Appleton.

Posted by: Sam Bagenstos | Jun 30, 2008 12:57:54 AM

At Albany Law School, we have four separate committees each conducting a search for a different position. I chair a committee searching for someone to teach commercial law. Aside from teaching an introduction to commercial law, the position is wide open with regard to other courses and research interests. We are open to hiring either entry level or lateral. Other members of the committee are Paul Finkleman and Alicia Ouellette.

Posted by: Tim Lytton | Jun 29, 2008 11:00:58 PM

At Seattle University School of Law, our faculty appointments committee will be co-chaired by me (Maggie Chon) in the fall 2008 semester and Julie Shapiro in spring 2009. The other committee members will be Deborah Ahrens, Rafael Pardo, David Skover and Dean Kellye Testy. It is a unified committee that traditionally considers both entry-level and lateral hires. Dean Testy is still honing the charge and I will post our hiring priorities once they have been finalized. We expect to have a large number of slots this year (perhaps as many as six).

Posted by: Margaret Chon | Jun 24, 2008 5:28:20 PM

The appointments committee (responsible for both entry-level and laterals) at University of Cincinnati includes Barbara Black (chair), Ann Hubbard, Mark Godsey, Darrell Miller and Timothy Armstrong. We will probably make one hire this year. We have not yet identified our hiring needs, but I expect that we will be looking hard at people in the employment law area.

Posted by: Barbara Black | Jun 23, 2008 9:24:12 AM

At Hofstra, we have two appointments committees. For the coming year, Alafair Burke is chairing the entry level committee, and Baruch Bush is chairing the lateral committee.

Posted by: Michelle Wu | Jun 20, 2008 5:37:17 PM

I am chairing the unified hiring committee at UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall). We are especially interested in the general areas of business law (securities regulation, corporate law, tax law, commercial law, and so on), procedure (civil procedure and federal courts), health management and delivery, public law (federal courts, again, and constitutional law), environmental law (climate change), and torts, but will be happy to consider candidates with other interests. Because of the university allocation of slots, we have more hiring capacity at the junior and recently tenured level than at the senior level.

Posted by: Phil Frickey | Jun 20, 2008 2:18:50 PM

Catherine Fisk and Trina Jones will co-chair the hiring committee at the Univeristy of California, Irvine, School of Law. More information on the structure of the committee will be forthcoming after July 1. We will have hiring needs in a variety of areas, including both entry-level and lateral appointments.

Posted by: Dan Burk | Jun 20, 2008 1:38:39 PM

The University of Wisconsin's unified committee is chaired by Alta Charo, with members John Ohnesorge, Pilar Ossorio, Thomas Mitchell and (ex officio) Kathy Hendley. The school is not affirmatively searching this year and will not be going to the AALS hiring meeting. It does have identified needs in commercial law, tax law, international trade law, international economic law, critical race studies, and, to a lesser extent, criminal law, torts and property. The appointments committee will review files of those who apply directly or who are brought to its attention via special targets of opportunity, such as spousal hires, cluster hires, or other non-standard means.

Posted by: Alta Charo | Jun 20, 2008 12:30:49 PM

At Duke, we have two hiring committees, one for entry-level hiring and one for lateral hiring. The chair of the entry-level committee this year is Kate Bartlett, and the chair of the lateral committee is Deborah DeMott.

Posted by: Curtis Bradley | Jun 20, 2008 10:30:31 AM

For Seton Hall:

Entry Level Chair: Timothy Glynn
Laterals Chair: Charles Sullivan

I'll also be on the entry-level committee....I don't know all the names of the others on the committees yet.

A sizeable plurality of our faculty live in NYC, so if you're interested in the NY-area, we might be a good fit for you!

Posted by: Frank Pasquale | Jun 20, 2008 9:58:46 AM

At Stetson University College of Law Michael Allen and Timothy Kaye are co-chairs of a unified appointments committee. The committee's work is divided between fulltime hires (both entry level and lateral) and visitors. Professor Allen is taking the lead in fulltime hires and Professor Kaye will focus on visitors. We anticipate hiring three fulltime faculty members. Areas of interest include property, trusts and estates, constitutional law, business law, civil procedure, criminal law and professional responsibilty. The hires will likely be a mix of entry level and lateral. On the visiting front, we have needs in all the core first year courses and will be seeking a large number of visitors.

Posted by: Michael Allen | Jun 20, 2008 9:32:33 AM

At Wayne State University, Joan Mahoney will be chair of the committee looking for laterals, and I'll be chair of the committee looking for entry-level people. We're especially interested in folks working in intellectual property, securities/transactional, criminal law/procedure, and family law, but hope to hire in other areas as well.

Posted by: Jon Weinberg | Jun 20, 2008 8:28:55 AM

At the University of Pittsburgh, John Burkoff is the chair of the appointments committee for the coming year. We have a single overall committee that may break into subcommittees, if it sees fit.

Posted by: Anthony Infanti | Jun 20, 2008 7:41:47 AM

Betsy Grey is the chair of appointments at Arizona State this year.

Posted by: c.hessick | Jun 19, 2008 11:47:06 PM

At Drake, Mark Kende is the chair of a unified commitee. Other members include James Adams, Keith Miller, Maura Strassberg, and Peter Yu. We are looking to hire someone in the area of constitutional law.

Posted by: Mark Kende | Jun 19, 2008 7:21:30 PM

At Colorado, Sarah Krakoff is the chair of our unified committee. We'll set our hiring priorities later in the summer.

Posted by: Paul Ohm | Jun 19, 2008 8:17:53 AM

At the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Mike McConville (Director) will receive inquiries from those interested in joining the faculty (both entry and lateral hires). Only those with a genuine interest in relocating to Hong Kong, please. Opportunities at all levels.

Posted by: Mike McConville | Jun 18, 2008 7:33:02 PM

At Villanova, John Gotanda is the chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee.

Posted by: John Gotanda | Jun 17, 2008 1:26:14 PM

At Brooklyn, Marsha Garrison is the chair of the entry-level committee, while Neil Cohen is the chair of the laterals committee. We are looking in the wide variety of areas. As always, candidates especially interested in being in New York are encouraged to apply directly.

Posted by: Ed Cheng | Jun 17, 2008 11:12:15 AM

From Jack Beermann: I am Chair here at Boston University. We have a unified committee. We have four open positions to hire for. Our particularly strong subject matter needs are civil procedure, property and criminal law in the first year, and ADR, evidence, professional responsibility and trusts and estates in the upper level. We could also use more faculty in intellectual property, corporations/securities, conflicts, environmental law and commercial law. We would entertain applications from good candidates regardless of subject matter.

The committee includes myself, Daniela Caruso, Alan Feld, Andrew Kull, Gary Lawson, Linda McClain, Mike Meurer and Ken Simons as well as our Dean (Maureen O'Rourke) and Associate Dean (Gerry Leonard) ex officio.

Posted by: Jack Beermann | Jun 17, 2008 10:55:28 AM

I am the chair of the Recruitment Committee at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Other members are Julie Davies, John Myers, Marjorie Florestal, and Mike Mireles. We handle both entry level and lateral candidates. We have a formal process (involving the entire tenure/tenure track faculty) for establishing areas of need, which does not take place until early fall. So, I cannot officially comment on what areas we will be looking for. This might be a year, however, in which we simply look for targets of opportunity, rather than focusing on particular needs.

Posted by: Franklin Gevurtz | Jun 17, 2008 1:39:52 AM

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