Well, we're at the 182nd anniversary of the end of the Nat Turner rebellion. It unravelled on the morning of August 23, 1831. After the rebellion ended following a battle at the Belmont plantation, there was some really gruesome extra-legal violence -- I mean gruesome -- against rebels and suspected rebels and other enslaved people who happened to have nothing to do with the rebellion and maybe weren't even suspected of rebellion. Then, after a few days of that extra-legal violence, the next stop for suspected rebels was the Southampton County Courthouse -- or in a few cases the Sussex County Courthouse or the Greensville County Courthouse. So maybe there should be a trivia question related to an antebellum courthouse?
Where? When? What is this building's connection to UNC? (I'm guessing this looks very familiar to people from Chapel Hill.)
Our friends at the AALS section on financial institutions have asked me to repost their call for papers. The deadline for submission is Sept. 3
AALS Joint Program of the Financial Institutions &
Consumer Financial Services Section and the European Law Section
Taking Stock of Post-Crisis Reforms: Local,
Global, and Comparative Perspectives on Financial Sector Regulation
AALS Annual Meeting, January 3, 2014
The AALS Section on
Financial Institutions & Consumer Financial Services and Section on European
Law are pleased to announce that they are sponsoring a Call for Papers for
their joint program on Friday, January 3, at the AALS 2014 Annual Meeting in
New York, New York.
The topic of the program
and call for papers is “Taking Stock of Post-Crisis Reforms: Local, Global, and
Comparative Perspectives on Financial Sector Regulation.” The financial crisis of 2008 was truly a global
crisis, and the world continues to face a wide range of post-crisis economic
and political challenges. Today, several years
after the market turmoil began, both the United States and the European Union
are in the midst of major regulatory reforms in the financial services sector. The effects of these
financial regulation reforms however, remain unclear. Structural reform in the
U.S. is thus far limited to a yet-to-be finalized "Volcker Rule,"
while in the U.K. and the Eurozone, respectively, Vickers- and Liikanen-style
"ring-fencing" remain incomplete if not inchoate. Debate in the
U.S. still rages around whether and how smaller "community banks"
should be regulated differently from megabanks, while the E.U. continues
to debate whether to form a "banking union" at all
and, if so, what it might or could entail, given various political constraints.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Reserve continues to innovate in the realm of
monetary policy in the absence of functional fiscal policy, while the European
Central Bank moves furtively toward acting as a full Fed-style central bank
capable of backstopping sovereign debt instruments and providing real
liquidity. Where might these multiple developments be ultimately heading,
and what might the Americans and Europeans learn from each other as they
grope tentatively forward? What broader implications do they raise for
political accountability and legitimacy in a post-crisis world?
and length of submission
submissions committee looks forward to reviewing any papers that address the
foregoing topics. While the preference will be given to papers
with a clearly comparative focus, the committee’s overall goal is to select
papers that will facilitate discussion of, and comparisons between,
American and European approaches to various aspects of financial services
regulation. Potential topics include macro-prudential regulation, consumer
protection, monetary policy, regulation and supervision of financial intermediaries,
structural reforms, and related issues of political accountability and
should be comprehensive enough to allow the committee to meaningfully evaluate
the aims and likely content of papers they propose. Eligible law faculty are invited to submit
manuscripts or abstracts dealing with any aspect of the foregoing topics.
Untenured faculty members are particularly encouraged to submit manuscripts or
review of the papers will be blind.
Accordingly the author should submit a cover letter with the paper. However, the paper itself, including the title page and
footnotes must not contain any references identifying the author or the
author’s school. The submitting author
is responsible for taking any steps necessary to redact self-identifying text
Papers may be accepted
for publication but must not be published prior to the Annual Meeting.
Papers will be selected
after review by members of a Committee appointed by the Chairs of the two
sections. The authors of the selected
papers will be notified by September 30,
The Call for Paper
participants will be responsible for paying their annual meeting registration
fee and travel expenses.
faculty members of AALS member law schools are eligible to submit papers. The following are ineligible to submit: foreign,
visiting (without a full-time position at an AALS member law school) and
adjunct faculty members, graduate students, fellows, non-law school faculty,
and faculty at fee-paid non-member schools. Papers co-authored with a person
ineligible to submit on their own may be submitted by the eligible co-author.
Please forward this Call for Papers to any eligible faculty
who might be interested.
This evening marks the 182 anniversary of the beginning of the Nat Turner rebellion. I thought that you might like to see some of the scenes where the rebellion took place. There are some terrific nineteenth century photographs of Southampton in the Library of the University of Virginia. Those are some really amazing photographs -- they convey a real sense of what the landscape looked like (though they're all, so far as I can tell post-war photographs).
Of particular interest to me are the images of Belmont, where the rebellion unraveled; the home of James W. Parker, one of the judges in the trials afterward, and Thomas Ridley's residence, where the rebels spent the evening after the first day. Ridley owned around 70 human beings, so there is some speculation that the rebels went there because they knew people and because they were trying to recruit some of them.
My paper on "The Nat Turner Trials," which talks some about the rebellion and its violent aftermath -- but mostly about the trials of the accused rebels -- is here.
The image is of the Southampton County Courthouse. This was built shortly after the rebellion, so it is not the place where the rebels were tried. That courthouse no longer exists.
From an email that I received earlier today (and which I have edited, in part, solely for brevity):
University College of Law invites applications for three positions:
1. Experienced litigator/teacher/coach to
lead its award-winning trial advocacy program. This is a full-time
programmatic tenured/tenure-track faculty position. The successful
candidate will coordinate and oversee all trial competition programs, preparing
a budget, selecting and training trial team members, coaching at least one
team per semester, and recruiting and training coaches for additional
teams. Teaching responsibilities may include L.LM. online classes, trial
advocacy, and upper-level skills courses. This position requires actual
trial experience as well as a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and
licensed membership in good standing in at least one U.S. jurisdiction.
Applicants with experience coaching or teaching in established trial advocacy
programs will receive special preference.
2. Full-time Director of its Veterans
Advocacy Clinic. Applicants should be admitted to the Bars of Florida,
the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the United States
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and accredited by the Department of
Veterans Affairs. Experience with
veterans benefits issues, military service, and clinical or other teaching is
strongly preferred. The Veterans Advocacy Clinic represents veterans appealing adverse
benefits decisions of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The clinic also
coordinates a pro bono initiative, promotes policy and scholarship advances,
and assists student veterans. The Director is responsible for every
aspect of the clinic’s legal work, supervises and teaches students, and
cultivates a flow of cases appropriate for student representation.Additional teaching responsibilities
will commence after one year. Alternative structures for this position
may be considered for outstanding candidates. This is a full-time
programmatic tenured/tenure-track faculty position.
R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) for Fall 2014 through Spring
2016. The VAP program is designed for individuals who seek the
opportunity to enter academia by gaining full-time teaching experience and
developing their scholarly agendas. Jacob VAPs normally serve two
years. In the first year the VAP will teach one course per semester and
in the second year the VAP will have a regular teaching load. She or he
will be eligible to apply for a research grant and will be expected to produce
at least one significant piece of scholarship. We provide our VAPs with
considerable assistance in developing their academic careers, including
mentoring, research assistants, and a professional travel budget.
Compensation is competitive with similar VAP positions and may include health,
housing, and other benefits, as well. We welcome applications from
candidates interested in any curricular area, but we are particular interested
in teacher/scholars focusing on commercial and business law.
beautiful campuses are located in Florida’s Tampa Bay region, the nation’s
nineteenth largest metropolitan area. Stetson is nationally known for its
programs in Advocacy, Legal Writing, Elder Law, and Higher Education Law.
Interested applicants should visit our website at http://www.law.stetson.edu. Stetson encourages applications from those who will
contribute to its diverse cultural and intellectual environment.
Applicants should have a strong academic record and demonstrated commitment to
outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service.
review will begin in August and will continue until the position is
filled. Interviews will occur in Washington, D.C. during the AALS
2013 Faculty Recruitment Conference. Other interview arrangements and/or
alternative structure for these positions may be made for exceptional
candidates. Please submit your cover letter, resume, and contact
information for professional references to Professors Mark Bauer and Ann
Piccard, Co-Chairs, Faculty Appointments Screening Committee, Stetson
University College of Law, 1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, Florida
Saul Cornell and Nathan Kozuskanich's edited volume, The Second Amendment on Trial: Critical Essays on District of Columbia v. Heller, is now out. Cribbing now from the University of Massachusetts' Press website:
On the final day of its 2008 term, a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-to-4 decision striking down the District of Columbia’s stringent gun control laws as a violation of the Second Amendment. Reversing almost seventy years of settled precedent, the high court reinterpreted the meaning of the “right of the people to keep and bear arms” to affirm an individual right to own a gun in the home for purposes of self-defense. The landmark ruling not only opened a new chapter in the contentious history of gun rights and gun control but also revealed both the strengths and problems of originalist constitutional theory and jurisprudence.
This volume brings together some of the best scholarship on the Heller case, with essays by legal scholars and historians representing a range of ideological viewpoints and applying different interpretive frameworks. Following the editors’ introduction, which describes the issues involved and the arguments on each side, the essays are organized into four sections. The first includes two of the most important historical briefs filed in the case, while the second offers different views of the role of originalist theory. Section three presents opposing interpretations of the ruling and its relationship to modern constitutional doctrine. The final section explores historical research post-Heller, including new findings on patterns of gun ownership in colonial and Revolutionary America.
In addition to the editors, contributors include Nelson Lund, Joyce Lee Malcolm, Jack Rakove, Reva B. Siegel, Cass R. Sunstein, Kevin M. Sweeney, and J. Harvey Wilkinson III.
Further to the discussion in the comments to Bernie Burk's post last week about numbers of jobs for lawyers in the United States, a reader sent along this list taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook going back to 1996:
Year Jobs held
2000 681,000 (Same number as for 1998; confirmed in the two
I don't have links to the OOHs, so I'm going on the basis of the reader's representations that these are right.
The AALS Section on Law and Religion has extended its Call for Papers deadline. You may now submit a paper or abstract by September 1 for the panel entitled Cooperating with Evil, Complicity with Sin. More details on this, and all the other calls for the January 2014 AALS annual meeting in New York, are here.
Greetings, and thanks to Al and everyone here at the Faculty Lounge for hosting me. As a longtime reader and lurker, it's exciting to finally "de-lurk" and more actively join in these conversations. I hope that some of my future posts will coax other fellow lurkers to join in the discussions, as well.
Indeed, the move from silent observer to speaking participant relates to a theme of some interesting articles I've been reading lately: the importance of audience in various legal contexts. A smattering includes an article that argues for a more fulsome understanding of reputational interests that goes beyond the usual plaintiff-defendant dyad to include the interests of the audience or community; another that argues that spectator sport, as a form of "audience-oriented entertainment," should be entitled to First Amendment protection; and another that considers how law may be understood as one of the performing arts, and thus one in which the audience plays a crucial role. Although disparate in subject area and focus, these articles argue that the presence of an audience impacts the nature of the underlying right or activity at issue in profound ways.
Given that one of my particular fields of inquiry is the potential of third-party liability to influence social norms, I am most interested in how and why liability may expand to include spectators, audience-members, or lurkers in certain instances, and how the relationship between audience, actor, and activity is understood in these contexts. In future postings, I hope to discuss this topic in more depth, along with some additional musings on the connections between third-party liability, current events, legal history, and gender and race.
ASU Law is holding its (gasp!) Fifth Annual Aspiring Law Professors Conference on September 28, 2013 in Tempe. Christine Hurt of the University of Illinois law faculty, a law prawf blogging pioneer, will be giving the keynote this year. It's free to attend and when I went a couple of years back, I thought it was an interesting and worthwhile event. More info is here.
Thinking small in the future of legal education. Amidst the many concerns for the future of legal education is the discussion about whether we will begin to see law school closures due to the changing economics of the education cost/job availability ratio in the legal industry. For the moment, I will avoid wading into the there are too many lawyers because of too many law schools debate. In a previous post, I pointed out that from the perspective of a regional, non-urban law school, there appears to be a consistent demand for new LocalLaw (vs. BigLaw) practitioners. This certainly is the case along the Central Coast of California where Monterey College of Law exclusively serves a tri-county area that ranges from the wealthy enclave of Carmel-by-the-Sea and Pebble Beach, to the migrant worker agricultural communities of south Monterey County.
In previous posts, I reflected on what I consider MCLs success through utilizing adjunct practitioner faculty, shifting academic focus towards clinical practice, and emphasizing education over selection. However, MCL is a very small law school, with a law school enrollment that has intentionally remained about 115 to 120 students over the past several years. It is perfectly reasonable to question whether our program model can be replicated in a larger law school.
But what if that is the wrong question? Perhaps the better question is not whether there should be law school closures, but whether there should be smaller law schools . . . re-designed to be boutique educational programs specifically tailored to meet the educational and practice needs of their community. Perhaps it is time for our regulatory and accreditation system to move away from a rigid, assembly-line curriculum that has the sole purpose of producing fungible law graduates?
The regional communities served by our law school need future DAs, public defenders, and a host of solos and "mom-and-pop" law firms to support small business owners, divorces, wills, immigration papers, criminal defense, etc. Their's is an honorable profession . . . serving the community. I suspect that from this standpoint that we are not really unique. There must be many more communities across the country that need lawyers from this type of law school . . . than there are communities that need programs expanding around the myth of BigLaw, prestigious federal clerkships, and an academy of elite legal theorists.
"Thinking small" would mean bringing the cost of legal education down to reflect the salaries of the local legal community. For example, MCL's current tuition and fees are less than $70,000 for a J.D. program that includes a comprehensive (non-credit) bar review program as part of the tuition. Our average student debt at graduation is lower than the average starting lawyer salaries in the community ($50,000).
I suggest that this might not be a bad metric to use in pricing legal education. What if student law school debt is not allowed to be greater than the average starting lawyer salaries in the market area served by the law school. A true market-based pricing system that could also support the transition to smaller, boutique educational programs that would be tailored to the specific educational and practice needs of the community. "Thinking small" in the future of legal education could bring about a big change.
This one's a little easier than the last building trivia question (the Caleb Pusey house in Chester, Pennsylvania), but I took it from a different perspective than you usually see for this house. It's one of the first buildings in America turned into a tourist attraction for its historical significance I am told. Makes sense.