There's some exciting news out of Concord, New Hampshire this morning. My friend -- and blogger here at the faculty lounge -- Calvin Massey has just been named the inaugural Daniel Webster distinguished professor of law at the University of New Hampshire's law school. This is, of course, terrific news for the students and faculty at UNH.
Calvin's many accomplishments are well-known to faculty lounge readers, but you may recall (and I'm cribbing a little from the press release) that his books include American Constitutional Law: Powers and Liberties (now in its 3rd edition from Aspen) and Silent Rights: The Ninth Amendment and the Constitution's Unenumerated Rights. He is also the author of a property casebook, Property: Principles, Problems, and Cases (forthcoming in 2012), and is at work on Horseshoes, Hand Grenades, and the Constitution, a study of constitutional interpretation.
Quoting now from the press release:
According to Jordan Budd, UNH Law’s associate dean and a constitutional scholar himself, the appointment of Massey will “underscore UNH Law’s commitment to recruiting and supporting scholars engaged in the most consequential forms of legal research. For years, Calvin Massey has been at the forefront of the debate over key constitutional issues and has done so with wit, insight, and a keen awareness of how those debates matter to American life.”
Massey has taught at UC Hastings since 1987, where he was twice voted “Outstanding Professor” by the graduating class. Prior to that he spent a dozen years in private practice in San Francisco. He has also been a visiting professor at the law schools of Stanford, UC-Berkeley, Boston College, Boston University, Lewis & Clark, Washington & Lee, and Leiden University in the Netherlands.
Welcome back to the east coast, Calvin. Opens up some interesting possibilities for scholarship by Calvin on the namesake of his chair. One of my favorite works of legal history is Maurice Baxter's fabulous intellectual biography, One and Inseparable: Daniel Webster and the Union. I think there's some good work to do on Webster's constitutional vision and the relationship between popular constitutional ideas (and aspirations) and political action in the nineteenth century.