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Monday, April 04, 2011

Entry Level Hiring: The 2011 Report.

NB. This post will get bumped to the front every now and then.

I've just been informed that, for understandable reasons, the inimitable Larry Solum will not be doing an entry level report this year; accordingly, in the interest of slaking the thirst for this information, we'll have an open thread where folks can report new hires to the tenure track at law schools. In order to ensure the information is accurate, I'm going to ask rising prawfs or folks from the schools where they are being hired to sign their names to comments to this post.

You should feel free to include the kind of information that Larry collected in the past. For example, just to pick the folks we hired here at FSU a couple years ago, here's what their info looks like as a template:

    Shawn J. Bayern, JD CALIFORNIA – Berkeley 2006, U.S. Court of Appeals Clerkship, VAP DUKE

    Tara Leigh Grove, JD HARVARD 2002, U.S. Court of Appeals Clerkship, Research and Teaching Fellowship HARVARD (Climenko Fellow & Lecturer on Law)

    Franita Tolson, JD CHICAGO 2005, U.S. District Court Clerkship & U.S. Court of Appeals Clerkship, VAP NORTHWESTERN

However, if you like, you can also add a brief area of interest and insert a link to the person's ssrn page or webpage with cv to help introduce the world of prawfs to these great new emerging voices.

To start things off, here are Florida State's two very talented new folks:

Jay Kesten, hired by Florida State, JD University of British Columbia, LL.M. Harvard, Wake Forest VAP (specializing in business law), British Columbia Supreme Court.  

Mark Spottswood, hired by Florida State, JD Northwestern, Northwestern VAP (specializing in the institutional design of dispute resolution and civil procedure), ND Ill., 6th Cir.

The information will be aggregated on this spreadsheet (which is reproduced below and which you can download); click on the spreadsheet and scroll across to see all of the information we will be aggregating. Please also include the year the person's JD was awarded.

Updated Update, 4/11/2011: Please rely on the spreadsheet, not the comments, for information about hires, as there is a fair amount of information in the spreadsheet not reflected in the comments, including some hires for whom the information was received via email. (If you would like to email information instead of posting it, please send it to Sarah Lawsky at slawsky *at* law *dot* uci *dot* edu.) [fixed 4/16/2011 to be correct email address. Oy. --SBL.] 

Also, the new tab in the spreadsheet is now called Prelim Data Summary, rather than analysis. This is to emphasize that the spreadsheet just counts and summarizes the information we have. I strongly encourage people to download the spreadsheet and run whatever analysis they would like (e.g., compare number of hires from a particular law school to the size of the class at that law school, as someone suggested in the comments). If you would like us to post your analysis on the blog, email it to Sarah Lawsky at the above email address. 

Even more updated: No need to do any counting count by hand--I have added two new tabs. One has a chart listing each school that has hired at least on person, and the tab has a chart that lists all of the schools that were the source of hiring (i.e., initial JD), with the number of people hired who went to that school. E.g., if it says Harvard 16, 16 people who got their initial JD from Harvard got entry-level jobs this year. Pivot charts FTW!


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It surprises me to see schools hiring entry level folks to teach Con Law (especially when I know that some of those schools had some pretty amazing lateral applicants).

Posted by: AnonProf | Mar 29, 2011 8:58:51 AM

University of Montana:

Anthony Johnstone, JD Chicago 1999, 9th Cir. (Judge Thomas), Constitutional Law. [SSRN]

Sam Panarella, JD Lewis & Clark (Northwestern) 1998, 9th Cir. (Judge Skopil), Contract Law.

Posted by: Montana | Mar 28, 2011 10:58:00 PM

Note that Maya S. is currently an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School. That should be under fellowships/vaps/etc.

Posted by: NotSo | Mar 28, 2011 9:45:54 PM

Go Maya S.! BTW you left out that she is currently a CLS Associate-in-Law

Posted by: NotSo | Mar 28, 2011 9:43:37 PM

Hamline has hired Ann Tweedy, J.D. UC Berkeley (1999); clerkships with the 9th Circuit (Judge Gould) and Oregon Court of Appeals (Judge Armstrong); VAP at Michigan State and Fellowship at California Western. Areas of interest include Federal Indian Law; Sexuality & Law; Property.

Posted by: Ann Tweedy | Mar 28, 2011 4:03:27 PM

University of New Mexico School of Law has hired Dawinder "Dave" S. Sidhu - J.D., George Washington (2004); M.A., Johns Hopkins (2003); U.S. District Court clerkship; Adjunct at Baltimore Law; main areas of scholarly interest: constitutional law, national security, and employment discrimination.

Congratulations to the other entry-level hires. I look forward to meeting you all and exploring ways in which we can collaborate.

Posted by: Dawinder S. Sidhu | Mar 28, 2011 3:03:33 PM

DePaul University College of Law has made the following entry-level hires:

Daniel Morales, JD Yale 2005, LLM Wisconsin 2010, Hastie Fellow - Wisconsin, N.D. Ill, 6th Cir.

Julie Lawton, JD Howard 1997, LLM Georgetown 2005

Max Helveston, JD Yale 2008, 7th Cir.

Posted by: Craig Boise | Mar 28, 2011 2:57:12 PM

Congratulations, Derek! I can't recall if I had you in my class or not during my brief ND visit, but if so I'm glad to see you emerged unharmed.

Posted by: Paul Horwitz | Mar 28, 2011 2:04:05 PM

Derek Muller, hired by Pepperdine, JD Notre Dame 2007, VAP Penn State, 8th Cir. clerkship, election law and civil procedure

Posted by: Derek Muller | Mar 28, 2011 1:09:18 PM

Cornell has hired Michael Frakes (JD, Harvard, PhD in Economics, MIT) this year.

Posted by: Jeff Rachlinski | Mar 28, 2011 11:57:55 AM

JoAnne Sweeny

University of Louisville hire for 2011-12. JD from University of Southern California (2002); Clerked at the 9th Circuit; PhD in Law from Queen Mary, University of London (2009). Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans 2009-2011.

Posted by: JoAnne Sweeny | Mar 28, 2011 11:57:04 AM

Stetson is delighted to have two new hires and one lateral (Cindy Batt from Temple as Stetson's new Director of Clinical Programs):

Jason R. Bent, U. Michigan 2000; Clerkships: No District Illinois & 6th Circuit (Cornelia Kennedy); Visiting Assistant Professor - Penn State; civil procedure

Ciara C. Torres-Spelliscy, Columbia 2001; Brennan Center for Justice at NYU; constitutional law & election law

[edited 3/28/2011 to correct spelling of name-SBL]

Posted by: Ellen S. Podgor | Mar 28, 2011 11:43:25 AM

Notre Dame Law School will be joined by two new entry-level hires:

Bruce R. Huber, JD-CALIFORNIA-Berkeley 2004, Ph.D. – CALIFORNIA-Berkeley 2010 (Political Science), Visiting Instructor, Department of Government, Dartmouth College (specializing in environmental and natural-resources law).

Randy J. Kozel, JD HARVARD 2004, U.S. Court of Appeals & Supreme Court of the United States Clerkships, Law Practice (Special Counsel, General Electric Company) (specializing in constitutional law).

Posted by: Rick Garnett | Mar 28, 2011 11:42:16 AM

Uma Outka, hired by University of Kansas, J.D. summa cum laude University of Maine (2005), M.A. Public Policy & Management University of Maine (2005), VAP at Florida State University, specializing in environmental law.

reported by Lou Mulligan

Posted by: Lou Mulligan | Mar 28, 2011 10:07:16 AM

Roger Williams University has made two new hires:

Susan B. Heyman, JD Cardozo 2000, clerkships with D.N.J. and 3rd Circuit, VAP at Cardozo.

Bela August Walker, JD Columbia 2003, clerkships with SDNY and 9th Circuit, VAP at Fordham.

Posted by: Andrew Horwitz | Mar 28, 2011 9:40:03 AM

Maryland is thrilled to welcome the following folks as our new colleagues: Deborah Eisenberg (Yale JD), Lee Kovarsky (Virginia JD), and Urska Velikonja (Harvard JD, U of Ljubljana LLB).

Posted by: Danielle Citron | Mar 28, 2011 9:05:15 AM

Lucky that some people have entry-level jobs. The law students you're teaching sure won't.

Posted by: AJ | Mar 28, 2011 3:26:13 AM

Ohio State has hired Guy Rub:

LLB Tel Aviv (2001), MA (Law & Economics) Madrid 2004, LLM Michigan 2006, SJD Michigan exp. 2011. Tel Aviv Appellate Court (Judge Rina Meshel). Specializing in IP (esp. copyright), law & economics.

Posted by: Larry Garvin | Mar 27, 2011 2:47:35 PM

Diane Lourdes Dick
Hired by Seattle University School of Law
LLM in Taxation, U. of Florida (expected)
J.D., U. of Florida (2005)

Posted by: DLD | Mar 27, 2011 2:07:31 PM

St. John's has made two entry-level hires:

Deepa Varadarajan: JD Yale, U.S. Ct. App, 9th Circuit (J. McKeown), U.S.D.C. EDNY (J. Sifton), Stanford Law School fellow, http://www.law.stanford.edu/directory/profile/453/Deepa%20Varadarajan/

Eva Subotnik: JD Columbia, U.S. Ct. App., 1st Circuit (J. Selya), U.S.D.C. SDNY (J. Hellerstein), Columbia Law School fellow, http://www.law.columbia.edu/faculty/visitors/fellowslist

Posted by: Marc DeGirolami | Mar 27, 2011 1:29:56 PM

Wayne Law:

Kirsten Carlson, JD Michigan 2003, Ph.D (Political Science) Michigan, VAP Minnesota, Visiting Research Scholar Ottawa.

Posted by: Jon Weinberg | Mar 27, 2011 1:17:04 PM

Michigan State University:

In addition to Michael Sant'Ambrogio, above, we also hired

Emily Cauble
JD Michigan 2006
VAP Illinois

Daniel Katz
JD Michigan 2005
MPP Michigan 2005
Ph.D. (Political Science and Public Policy) Michigan expected 2011

Posted by: Brian Kalt | Mar 27, 2011 8:51:49 AM

University of Washington:

Sanne Knudsen; J.D., Michigan, 2002; M.S. (Environmental Engineering), Michigan, 2002; U.S. Court of Appeals Clerkship (9th Circuit, Gould); Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Utah.

Zahr Said; J.D., Columbia, 2008; Ph.D. (Comparative Literature), Harvard, 2003; Visiting Professor of Law , Virginia.

Posted by: Rafael Pardo | Mar 26, 2011 11:59:53 PM

Tim Z., great suggestion. I added a second sheet on the workbook (you can find it on the second tab, "No Entry Hiring") where I will list schools that report as having no entry level hiring.

Posted by: Sarah Lawsky | Mar 26, 2011 5:48:18 PM

I'm hoping schools also will report "no entry level hires" if applicable.

South Texas College of Law -- no entry level hires.

Posted by: Tim Zinnecker | Mar 26, 2011 1:33:06 PM

Case Western is pleased to announce the following three entry level hires:

Avidan Cover (J.D., Cornell, 2002; previously Practitioner in Residence for the Urban Revitalization Project)

Charles Korsmo (J.D., Yale, 2006; previously VAP at Brooklyn)

Andrew Pollis (J.D., Harvard, 1990); previously VAP at Case Western)

Posted by: Jacqueline Lipton | Mar 26, 2011 11:41:22 AM

Washington University in St. Louis has made two entry-level hires, John Inazu and Deborah Dinner.
Inazu: B.S.E, J.D. (2000), Duke; M.A. (2007), Ph.D. (Political Science, 2009), UNC. VAP, Duke; 8th Circuit clerkship (Wollman); Associate General Counsel, Office of the Air Force General Counsel.
Dinner: B.A., J.D. (2005), M.A. (2007), Ph.D. (History, expected 2011), Yale. Golieb Legal History Fellow, NYU Law School; Howe Legal History Fellow, Harvard Law School.

Posted by: D | Mar 25, 2011 11:12:04 PM

Elina Treyger; George Mason; Harvard; 2007; MA; Harvard; Government; PhD (expected); Harvard; Government; Olin/Searle (08-09); 6th Cir./Criminal Law

Posted by: David Bernstein | Mar 25, 2011 3:15:49 PM

Can we just agree in advance that all the new hires are great?

Posted by: Paul Horwitz | Mar 25, 2011 3:12:30 PM

Toledo has two great entry-level hires:

Shelley Cavalieri, JD UC Berkeley '07, VAP West Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Property & land use, refugee & asylym law, human rights, feminist theory.

Gregory Gilchrist, JD Columbia '98, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Criminal law, procedure & theory, white collar crime, sentencing.

Posted by: Garrick Pursley | Mar 25, 2011 2:43:17 PM

Vijay Padmanabhan
Hired by Vanderbilt Law School
J.D., NYU 2002
VAP Cardozo
5th Cir. clerkship (2002)
U.S. Dept of State 2003-08
International Law

Posted by: Vijay Padmanabhan | Mar 25, 2011 2:37:58 PM

ASU hired two amazing entry-levels:

Zachary Gubler
J.D., Harvard (2005)
Climinko Fellow, Harvard (09-present)
2nd. Cir. Clerkship (05-06) (Wesley)
Specializing in Securities and Business

Jaime Dahlstedt
J.D., Univ. of San Diego (2007)
LL.M. Georgetown (Advocacy) (2011)
Georgetown Domestic Violence Clinic (Teaching Fellow) (09-Present)
Inaugural Director of Domestic Violence Clinic at ASU and hired as associate clinical professor

Posted by: Doug Sylvester | Mar 25, 2011 2:05:05 PM

Wake Forest hired Gregory Parks, J.D. from Cornell, Ph.D. in Psychology from University of Kentucky, specializing in Race and the Law, Law and Psychology

Posted by: Ron Wright | Mar 25, 2011 1:08:42 PM

Yes, Davis should be punished for stealing Ash (and Vik before that).

Posted by: Ethan Leib | Mar 25, 2011 11:50:03 AM

That's three great hires and one HUGE loss for Hastings.

Posted by: Paul Horwitz | Mar 25, 2011 11:11:46 AM

UC-Hastings Entry-level Hires:

David Takacs, PhD (Cornell), JD (UC-Hastings): Environmental Law
VAP, UC-Hastings

John Crawford, JD (Stanford), MA (Johns Hopkins, SAIS): Corporate Law
Fellow, Stanford

Abe Cable, JD (Harvard): Corporate Law/Venture Capital

Posted by: Ethan Leib | Mar 25, 2011 10:42:43 AM

Iowa hired two excellent junior scholars, and also me.

Jason Rantanen, JD University of Chicago '03, Visiting Researcher at UC-Hastings, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Intellectual Property/Patents. SSRN

Maya Steinitz, LL.M/JSD - NYU, LL.B., Hebrew University, Israeli Supreme Court, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. SSRN

Andy Grewal, JD Michigan '05, LLM Georgetown '06, VAP - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Federal Tax Law. SSRN

Posted by: andy | Mar 24, 2011 8:14:38 PM


Posted by: Anonymous | Mar 24, 2011 7:14:35 PM

Justin Pidot, hired by University of Denver School of Law. JD Stanford 2006; U.S. Court of Appeals Clerkship (D.C. Circuit). Specializing in Environmental Law, Property, Federal Courts.

Posted by: Justin Pidot | Mar 24, 2011 6:24:20 PM

Justin Pidot, hired by University of Denver School of Law. JD Stanford 2006; U.S. Court of Appeals Clerkship (D.C. Circuit). Specializing in Environmental Law, Property, Federal Courts.

Posted by: Justin Pidot | Mar 24, 2011 5:53:30 PM

Amy Widman, hired by Northern Illinois University College of Law. JD NYU 2002; SDNY clerkship; Torts, Administrative Law, Legislation, Environmental

Posted by: Amy Widman | Mar 24, 2011 4:57:36 PM

Washington & Lee is delighted to report that we have hired
Jill Fraley, Duke JD 2002, Yale LLM 2007, Yale JSD 2011. Currently Tutor in Law, Yale University. Specializing in Property and Legal History.

Posted by: Joan Shaughnessy | Mar 24, 2011 4:55:31 PM

Dmitry Bam, hired by University of Maine School of Law. JD Stanford 2004; U.S. Court of Appeals Clerkship (9th Cir., Silverman); Fellowship, Stanford Law School. Specializing in Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility

Posted by: Jennifer Wriggins | Mar 24, 2011 4:10:27 PM

[email protected]:59pm: Thank you, that is a very useful suggestion. I will amend the post and also add that column in the spreadsheet.

Posted by: Sarah Lawsky | Mar 24, 2011 3:05:57 PM

One useful datum that is not requested and that some are omitting is the year of the JD (or other degrees). This information reveals a lot of interesting information about hiring trends. It would be great if it can be collected.

Posted by: Anonymous | Mar 24, 2011 2:59:22 PM

Charlotte Garden, hired by Seattle University School of Law. JD NYU 2003; LL.M. Georgetown 2010; U.S. Court of Appeals Clerkship (3rd Circuit); Teaching Fellowship, Georgetown (Appellate Litigation Clinic). Specializing in Labor & Employment Law and Constitutional Law.

Posted by: Charlotte Garden | Mar 24, 2011 2:41:19 PM

Hired by University of Miami School of Law
JD, Stanford (2006)
Clerked on Second Circuit (Judge Leval)
Acting Assistant Professor of Tax, NYU Law '09-'11
Income Tax, Partnership Tax, Tax Policy

Posted by: Leigh Osofsky | Mar 24, 2011 1:36:17 PM

Whittier Law School:

Manoj Mate: JD, Harvard University. Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley
Specializing in Comparative and International Law, South Asian Law and Politics, Law and Society.

Posted by: Seval Yildirim | Mar 24, 2011 1:16:33 PM

Brian Clarke
Hired by Charlotte School of Law
JD, Washington & Lee Law (1999)
BA, UNC-Chapel Hill (1995)
Adjunct Professor of Law, Washington & Lee Law (2009-2011)
SSRN Author page: http://ssrn.com/author=1274727
Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Civil Procedure

Posted by: Brian Clarke | Mar 24, 2011 12:06:19 PM

Michael Sant'Ambrogio
Hired by Michigan State College of Law
JD, NYU Law; MA, NYU; BA, Columbia
Hawaii Supreme Court Clerkship
Acting Assistant Professor (Lawyering), NYU Law '08-'11
Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Legislation, Law & Social Change

Posted by: Michael Sant'Ambrogio | Mar 24, 2011 10:43:50 AM

Vermont Law School:

Betsy Baker: Dr. Jur., Christian-Albrechts-Universitatm; LLM, Christian-Albrechts-Universitatm; JD, University of Michigan.
Clerked for Judge Noonan on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Specializing in Law of the Sea, arctic law, comparative law, and law of international organizations.

Michelle Martinez Campbell: JD, Stanford University.
Clerked for Chief Judge Peckham on U.S. District Court for Northern District of California.
Specializing in criminal law, criminal procedure, extradition law, and narcotics law and policy.

Jennifer Taub: JD, Harvard Law School
Specializing in securities regulation, regulation of financial institutions, corporations, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility.

Posted by: Michael McCann | Mar 23, 2011 9:59:29 PM

Lee Kovarsky
Hired by the the University of Maryland School of Law
JD from UVA Law '04
Circuit Clerkship (Jerry Smith)
Acting Assistant Professor at NYU Law (Lawyering) '08-'11
Civil procedure, Criminal procedure, Federal courts

Posted by: kovarsky | Mar 23, 2011 7:51:23 PM

Ming Hsu Chen, hired by University of Colorado Law School. JD from NYU Law, Ph.D from UC Berkeley. Specializing in immigration law, constitutional law, law and social science.

Posted by: Ming Hsu Chen | Mar 23, 2011 5:24:30 PM


Jonathan Glater; JD, Yale; M.A., Int'l Relations, Yale; UCI VAP.
Shauhin Talesh; JD, U Conn; LL.M. (insurance), U Conn; JSP, Berkeley, expected 2011; Connecticut Supreme Court.

Posted by: Sarah Lawsky | Mar 23, 2011 5:07:06 PM

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