John Marshall Law School in Chicago has announced that Dean Darby Dickerson of Texas Tech Law will be its new Dean. She will take over on January 1. Dickerson, who holds a JD from Vanderbilt, joined Texas Tech as its Dean in 2011.
I’m excited to announce that my new poetry book—The Body’s Alphabet--published by Headmistress Press this summer, was featured in its first review. Poet and editor Rebecca Valley wrote an insightful review for the blog Drizzle Review. She describes the book as being about betweenness and as embodying a complicated sense of time—of moving forward while looking back.
Including poems written over most of the past two decades, the book explores the body’s physical and spiritual journeys, often focusing on human vulnerability and the need for belonging. It uses childhood loneliness, bisexuality, and discontinuity with nature as lenses. Poet D.A. Powell describes The Body’s Alphabet as being “built on a precarious and often tender journey through homes no longer available to return to” and calls the book “a blessed space . . . : a home for the wayward soul.”
Some of the poems touch on law and my career as a practicing attorney (none of the poems about teaching made it in). For example, “swimming through history” compares two river systems—the Truckee and the Skagit—and describes the awe and sense of unworthiness that one can sometimes have as an attorney trying—on behalf of a client--to protect the natural functions of a river system. More subtly, “nature essay” examines the absurdity and hubris of human claims to private property vis-à-vis animals.
Background:Concordia University School of Law, located in Boise, Idaho, invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning in the 2017-18 academic year. Candidates for the position must clearly demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and teaching and have a record of (or clear potential for) distinguished scholarship. Our goal is to recruit dynamic, bright, and highly motivated individuals who are interested in making significant contributions to our law school and its students. Practice experience is preferred, and teaching experience is desirable. As a Lutheran institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will support our mission and promote Lutheran values.
Special Instructions to Applicants: Questions about the position can be directed to the Chair of the Committee. Applicants should submit a current Curriculum Vitae, a statement of faith, and a letter of interest to https://cu-portland.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=118. Please also provide the names and email addresses of three individuals prepared to speak to your professional qualifications for this position. Please note: these references will not be contacted immediately, but may be contacted at an appropriate later point in the review process. Additional materials related to teaching excellence and samples of scholarly publications may be emailed to the Victoria Haneman, Chair of the Committee, at email@example.com. Review of applications will begin immediately and continued until the position is filled. Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religion in order to further the Lutheran objectives of the University and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
There’s been a great deal of excitement over Bob Dylan winning the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. It’s rare for artists who have achieved widespread, mainstream popularity to win. And although Nobels often go to Americans, the last literature prize to go to one was Toni Morrison in 1993. Furthermore, according to The New York Times, “It is the first time the honor has gone to a musician.”
But as Bob Dylan might croon, “the Times they are mistaken.”
A Bengali literary giant who probably wrote even more songs preceded Dylan’s win by over a century. Rabindranath Tagore, a wildly talented Indian poet, painter and musician, took the prize in 1913.
The first musician (and first non-European) to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Tagore possessed an artistry – and lasting influence – that mirrored Dylan’s.
The whole story of Rabindranath Tagore is well worth reading.
From an email message which I received earlier today:
Belmont University College of Law, located in vibrant Nashville, Tennessee, invites applications from entry- to mid-level candidates for a tenure-track faculty position to begin in 2017-18. Our primary areas of recruiting focus include criminal law, business law, and health law.
Applicants should have an exemplary academic record and should demonstrate outstanding achievement or potential in scholarship and teaching. Our goal is to recruit dynamic, bright, and highly motivated individuals who are interested in making significant contributions to our law school and its students. Practice experience is preferred, and teaching experience is desirable. For more information about the College of Law, visit our website at www.belmont.edu/law.
Belmont University College of Law is an ABA accredited law school with approximately 300 students in the heart of Nashville, one of the fastest growing and most culturally rich cities in the country. In 2015, graduates of the College of Law had the highest bar passage rate in Tennessee, and the school continues to produce strong employment outcomes for its students. For more information about the College of Law, visit our website at www.belmont.edu/law.
Belmont University is a private, coeducational university in a quiet area convenient to downtown Nashville and adjacent to Music Row. It is the largest Christian-centered university in Tennessee and among the fastest growing in the nation. Among its student body of over 7,500 are students from nearly every state and more than 25 countries. In addition to seven baccalaureate degrees in over 50 areas of study, Belmont offers master’s degrees in Business Administration, Accountancy, English, Education (including Sports Administration), Music, Nursing and Occupational Therapy, and doctorates in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, and Law.
The successful candidate will also share the University’s values and support our mission and vision of promoting Christian values by example. To apply, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A comprehensive, coeducational university, Belmont is a student-centered, teaching university focusing on academic excellence. The university is dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an academically challenging education. Belmont is an EOE/AA employer under all applicable civil rights laws. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
As part of it's naming gift, the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law has established the Charles Widger University Professor in Law, Business and Economics. The position is envisioned as interdisciplinary, with the ability to teach in multiple schools at the university. We think it's a really exciting opportunity.
Villanova Law also seeks a junior professor in Business Ethics, and will consider junior laterals.
The press release, which provides much more information about these positions, is here.
Interested parties should contact the chair of our appointments committee Teri Ravenell: ravenell [at] law.villanova.edu
Today, the Drexel Law Review is hosting 20 Years After the 1996 Immigration Laws: Revisiting an Experiment in Comprehensive Severity. The symposium futures a truly fabulous array of speakers:
Eleanor Acer, Senior Director of Refugee Protection, Human Rights First Professor T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Columbia Law School Professor Caitlin Barry, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Professor Jason A. Cade, University of Georgia School of Law Professor Jennifer Chacón, University of California, Irvine School of Law Professor Angélica Cházaro, University of Washington School of Law Professor Jill E. Family, Widener University Commonwealth Law School Professor Lucas Guttentag, Stanford Law School and Yale Law School (on leave) and Senior Counselor to the Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Professor Anil Kalhan, Drexel University Kline School of Law Professor Annie Lai, University of California, Irvine School of Law Professor Nancy Morawetz, New York University School of Law Alison Parker, Director, U.S. Program, Human Rights Watch Professor Jaya Ramji-Nogales,Temple University Beasley School of Law Professor Wadie Said, University of South Carolina School of Law Professor Rebecca Sharpless, University of Miami School of Law Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director, America's Voice Professor and Deputy Dean Michael J. Wishnie, Yale Law School
What can we make of the clown sensation sweeping the United States? Personally, my first instinct has been to say that the recent outbreak of alleged clown sightings, clown threats, and clown attacks in the United States is like nothing that we have ever seen before. My second thought has been that this must all be some sort of sophisticated publicity that the producers of the forthcoming It movie have been orchestrating. Yet in all this strangeness, I also wonder if we can actually dig deeper and see in this clown mania a distillation (of sorts) of other more ‘familiar’ aspects of our contemporary global politics—as seemingly unrelated as they might seem upon first glance.
In short, in addition to the clown qua clown hoopla, some of the more sensational events in recent global politics (both within and without the United States) seem preoccupied with (alleged) masquerades. By way of example, the birther movement in the United States was premised on allegations that Obama was masquerading as a natural born citizen. And the transgender bathroom controversy has also been deeply intertwined with fears over (gender) masquerading. While these two issues are ones largely whipped up by the American right, the left is also not immune from all this. For example, the American left was enraged by Rachel Dolezal. And the vitriol directed by the European left at Muslim women’s hijabs and burqinis also gets commonly expressed in terms of uneasiness over ‘ostentatious’ dressing up and, moreover, what is potentially hiding inside ‘Muslim costumes’—for example Islamists or, even worse, terrorists. And again in the arena of religion and the law, the distaste for Hobby Lobby and other religious exceptionalists in the United States often seems motivated (despite official disavowals by liberals) by a fear that corporations and other religious actors are just making up their beliefs on the fly (and also a worry that the rule of law may not be up to that challenge).
I use the words ‘make up’ deliberately here, and for etymological reasons. Indeed, when thinking about the clown recently, I have found myself gravitating to the Arabic word maskhara, and one (admittedly unusual) translation of it—namely ‘masquerade.’ (Maskhara is also one way to translate ‘clown’ into Urdu, and seems related to the Urdu/Hindi word for ‘to smile,’ namely muskaraana.) Moreover, this Arabic word seems to have eventually made its way into Spanish, where it became máscara. And this word in its Anglo dimensions is, of course, one very common component of ‘make up.’
The usual (derogatory) characterization of U.S. politics is that it exhibits high ‘paranoia.’ And, certainly, there are elements of that in a lot of what we are seeing. But something about the clown furor draws my attention elsewhere, and to other possible characterizations of what we are seeing—and not just in the U.S., but also in Europe, and even in South Asia.
While this is all too complicated to go into here, Kashmir could be seen to occupy a dangerously magical and illusionary (if also alluring) space for both India and Pakistan, somewhat akin to the position that the clown occupies right now in the United States. More concretely, transgender politics (if one should call it that) in South Asia can often be consumed by transgender-on-transgender allegations that one’s antagonist is a ‘fake transgender’—in short, that one’s opponent is masquerading (if in a quite meta way).
But that is all for another discussion. For now, however, I wonder whether it might be accurate to say that we have entered a ‘masquerade moment’ in global law and politics, one which overlaps with but is also distinct from periods of paranoia. In short, that the clown is not mere strangeness, but is actually symptomatic (if also productive) of this moment. And also here to stay awhile.
In Part One of this series, I detailed the Testing Effect and argued that students should frequently and objectively test their knowledge and analytic abilities. I also noted that faculty should support these efforts by guiding students towards quality materials and away from inferior ones. In Part Two, I discussed metacognition and self-regulated learning and contended that schools seeking higher bar pass rates should move away from controlling students’ learning processes and instead train students to monitor their own comprehension and abilities.
In this post, I’ll examine spaced repetition, the idea that revisiting information at specified intervals solidifies memory and ultimately drastically increases knowledge and understanding.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump has declined to release his tax returns, explaining in a tweet that "my taxes are under routine audit and I would release my tax returns when audit is complete." His fellow billionaire Warren Buffett, however, just made his own tax return public, even though he, too, is undergoing an audit. As reported by the Washington Post,
I have been audited by the IRS multiple times and am currently being audited. I have no problem in releasing my tax information while under audit . . . . Neither would Mr. Trump -- at least he would have no legal problem.
Trump's own lawyer, Michael Cohen, sees things differently. "I personally will not allow him to release those tax returns until the audits are over . . . . There is not a lawyer on this planet that should give that advice -- any advice other than what I just gave -- to their client short of suffering malpractice," he told Politico.
I have a modest proposal. In lieu of releasing his tax information, Mr. Trump should simply produce the memorandum he received from his lawyer that details the legal reasons for withholding his return. The question of the tax return has dogged Trump's campaign, so I am assuming that he required written advice, setting forth the various considerations, before making such a consequential decision. The opinion letter or memorandum would thus allow tax experts to evaluate the quality and reasoning of Mr. Cohen's advice.
Perhaps there are valid legal reasons for Trump to withhold his return, and perhaps not, but this is an issue that could be discussed on the merits if only we had the lawyer's actual written explanation. Yes, of course, Cohen's tax advice is confidential, but Trump is free to waive the confidentiality, or even to redact any sensitive passages of Cohen's opinion.
The University of Oregon invites nominations and applications for the Dean of the School of Law. The Dean reports to the Senior Vice President and Provost and is the academic leader, fundraiser, and chief executive of Oregon Law.
Founded in 1884, the University of Oregon School of Law is the top law school in Oregon with campuses in both Eugene and Portland. It is the state’s only public law school, with a long tradition of training top lawyers, including judges, politicians, government officials, legal scholars, and other law professionals to serve clients, the state, the nation, and the world. Oregon Law’s highly ranked specialty programs include Environmental and Natural Resources law, Appropriate Dispute Resolution, and Legal Research and Writing. The School has a robust undergraduate program in Legal Studies, an LLM program, and a Master’s program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. The School is well integrated into the larger University community. Building on a commitment to serve the public interest, Oregon Law prepares lawyers to become innovators, activists, and advocates for change, all working within the law to make society better. More information about the Law School may be found at www.law.uoregon.edu.
The Dean of the School of Law will be an inspiring, broad-minded leader and legal professional with a nimble and dynamic vision for enhancing the excellence of Oregon Law. The Dean will possess a J.D. and an academic record to qualify for tenure. Candidates should have a distinguished record of academic achievements in a core discipline and/or interdisciplinary field and the credentials to warrant appointment as a professor within the School. The Dean will nurture high-quality research, teaching, and diversity as important components of academic excellence. The successful candidate also will have strong experience with successful advocacy and fundraising. Candidates should possess demonstrated ability and experience to manage a large, complex budget. In addition to these requirements, the Dean will provide leadership and strategic vision, work well in a collaborative decision-making environment with associates and key constituencies, and have demonstrated organizational and management skills to lead path-breaking legal education.
The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities, is a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The University offers 272 undergraduate majors, minors, and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines across nine schools and colleges. The University has broad-based academic strengths with eight professional programs and 12 doctoral programs ranked among the top 20 percent nationally.
Inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest may be sent to Werner Boel and Suzanne Teer, the Witt/Kieffer consultants assisting the Law School with this search, at OregonLawDean@wittkieffer.com. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged. A complete application will include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for five professional references. The anticipated starting date for the new dean is July 1, 2017. This position is open until filled.
The University of Detroit Mercy Law Review has issued a call for proposals for its annual academic Symposium, The Impact of Formative Assessment: Emphasizing Outcome Measures in Legal Education, to be held on March 3, 2017, at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. The Symposium will contemplate how the American Bar Association’s emphasis on outcome measures in its revised Standards for Approval will affect law students’ educational experience. If you're interested, the deadline for abstracts or proposals is October 31, 2016, and details of the call can be downloaded here.
From colleagues over at the Surly Subgroup, this notice of a free webinar co-sponsored by the ABA Tax Section and the ABA Civil Rights and Social Justice Section:
20 Years After ‘The End of Welfare:’ Workfare Delivered Through Federal and State EITC Systems
Format: Webinar Date: October 24, 2016 Time: 2:00 PM – 3:35 PM ET Sponsors: Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and the Section of Taxation
In 1996, the government “ended welfare as we know it.” Twenty years later most government assistance generally requires work. The most significant workfare program today is the Earned Income Tax Credit delivered to taxpayers and their families through federal and state income tax systems. Panelists will look at the historical performance of the EITC, statistics on how and whom it has helped, and what efforts could improve its success in mitigating poverty and income inequality. As lawyers, we must continue to think critically about access to justice, including economic and tax justice. Panelists will discuss the benefits and burdens of the delivery of antipoverty benefits through complicated federal and state income tax systems causing millions of low-income taxpayers to use paid, but unregulated tax preparers.
More info here. The program includes complimentary membership for law students in the ABA and the Section on Taxation.
I would like to get in touch with a lawyer who handles probate and guardianship cases in Connecticut -- this is for an article, not a case. I have some general questions about procedures for appointing a conservator, and the extent of the powers that a conservator may exercise.
All suggestions and contacts will be much appreciated. My email is slubet at law dot northwestern dot edu.
From an email message which I received in recent days:
The Creighton University School of Law invites applications for a faculty member to create and direct an interdisciplinary program in healthcare law and policy. Creighton University has a full array of health sciences schools including Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy, as well as the highly ranked Werner Institute, which is centered in the Law School and teaches individuals how to engage conflict and resolve disputes effectively, efficiently, and humanely. Although the successful candidate will be expected to teach both J.D. and non-J.D. students, the faculty member's primary responsibility will be to strengthen the Law School's links across Creighton University's campus and with healthcare organizations, with an eye toward creating a multi-faceted master's program in health law and policy with certificates and degrees open to both J.D. and non-J.D. students. It is expected that the degree program will be delivered in both on-campus and hybrid (on-campus and online) modalities. The position would be a 12-month appointment as a clinician educator or teaching-researcher, and either tenured/tenure-track or non-tenured/non-tenure track.
There's been so much attention to the $916 million loss on Donald and Marla Trump's 1995 joint tax return. So much debate about whether it was legit or not legit, smart or not smart.
But what about line 1?
Can someone help me understand how Donald and Marla Trump could have have just $6,108 in wage and salary income for a whole tax year? It has been reported that Trump's casinos paid him a $500,000 salary for 1995. What gives?