Leaving Tulane (Updated April Edition)
Newest updates in blue below, based on an email from a Tulane student. There have been a number of recent blog entries about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for educational institutions in New Orleans: law blogs have focused particular attention on Tulane Law. One aspect of the story that seems to be missing is the extent of Tulane’s loss of faculty from this year to next. Based on lots of sources, here is a list of the
ten eleven current Tulane law faculty who will not be at the school for all, or part of, next year. (I also hear that one of their incoming hires has decided not to join the faculty, but can not confirm a name.) If there are errors, additions or subtractions, please let me know.
1. Lloyd Bonfield: Visiting at NY Law School
2. Felice Batlan: Moving to Chicago-Kent [Untenured]
3. S. Alan Childress: Visiting at GW
4. Christopher A. Cotropia: Moving to Richmond [Untenured]
5. Marjorie E. Kornhauser: Moving to Arizona State
6. Jonathan Nash: Visiting at Hofstra [Untenured]
7. Rafael Pardo: Moving to Seattle [Untenured]
8. Wendy Scott: Moving to North Carolina Central University
9. David Snyder: Visiting at American
10. Mark Wessman: Visiting at South Carolina
11. Robert Westley: Visiting at DePaul
On first glace, this seems like a long, and (unfortunately) impressive, list to me. What is especially noteworthy is the number of junior folks who are leaving: I assume that Tulane will be doing lots of hiring next year. Anecdotally, this also seems like a large number of visits – although I’m sure most of them are not intended to be the prelude to moves.
Incidentally, I don’t have any data on Loyola (NO)’s faculty, and welcome reader contributions on that front.
Update, 3/27: Based on correspondence, I’ve updated the above list to add one additional visit. I have also received private correspondence that confirms the list as accurate, notwithstanding some comments to the contrary. I also want to add that that I am not celebrating an exodus from Tulane – if that is indeed what this limited data set suggests – but rather trying to provide useful information to the overlapping communities (student, faculty, practitioners, etc.) who read this blog.
Update 4/4: I just received an email forwarded to me by a Tulane student, confirming two additional moves, that purports to be from Dean Ponoroff, who writes:
I’m writing because several of you have contacted me directly or indirectly to express concern about faculty who are leaving Tulane. I have seen the blog that many of you are reading and it is largely, though not entirely accurate. More troubling, it implies a level of “panic” that is neither factual nor warranted.
I respectfully disagree with Dean Ponoroff that my post does imply panic at Tulane Law: in any event, that was not my intent in publishing this information. As I have previously stated, I agree with Brian Leiter:
Faculty recruitment and retention, together with student recruitment and retention, will surely be crucial issues for Tulane over the next year or two. Assuming there are no more flooding fiascos, I would expect Tulane to largely succeed on both fronts in the long run . . . .
That said, early comments to this thread demonstrated some confusion about who was leaving: I hope this post has helped to shed some light on the situation on the ground. I am pleased that the comment thread has begun to turn to a discussion of the situation at Loyola as well. In my view, the more attention paid to the aftereffects of Katrina, the more likely it will be that the legal community will continue to help affected institutions and persons in the coming year(s).