Category: Administrative Announcements


Introducing Guest Blogger Jennifer Collins

We’re very fortunate to have Professor Jennifer Collins joining us this month as a guest blogger. Jennifer is an Associate Professor of Law at the Wake Forest University School of Law. Her teaching and scholarship are concentrated in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and family law. Prior to entering academia, Jennifer served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia for more than seven years, specializing in homicide cases. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review. Jennifer clerked for the Honorable Dorothy Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Some of her recent publications include: Crime and Parenthood: The Uneasy Case for Prosecuting Negligent Parents, 100 Nw. U. L. Rev. 807 (2006); Criminal Justice and the Challenge of Family Ties, forthcoming Illinois L. Rev. (2007); And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Sharing Grand Jury Information with the Intelligence Community Under the USA PATRIOT Act, 39 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1261 (2002).


One Year and Counting . . .

birthday-candle3.jpgConcurring Opinions recently celebrated its birthday. We started this blog back in October 2005, and we’re now 1 year old — I guess that’s middle-age in blogosphere years. In the past year, we’ve had over 740,000 visitors, and we’re averaging between 2200 to 2400 per day. I’d like to thank all our readers and commenters. I, for one, would not enjoy blogging without readers and commentators — who wants to blog into the blankness of cyberspace and get heard by nobody? So thanks for listening and responding.

The recent Concurring Opinions readership poll reveals that our readers are a diverse and interesting group of people (you can participate here if you haven’t participated already). Thus far, about 340 people have taken the poll. We have nearly 100 law professors and law professor wannabe readers, plus nearly 100 lawyers and law clerks, about 70 law students, over 10 professors from other fields, and many businesspeople, technologists, and people in other professions. And our totally-scientific 100% accurate poll has revealed that 8 Supreme Court Justices are among our readers. I hope they convince that lone holdout Justice to join the ranks of our readers.


Concurring Opinions Reader Poll

I thought I’d play a little with our new poll-taking toy, and I thought I’d do so by finding out a bit more about our readers.

Who are you?

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UPDATE: I forgot to add categories for Journalist and Lawyer (Public Interest). If you’re a journalist, please select Other. If you’re a public interest lawyer, please select Lawyer (Government).


Frank Pasquale Joins Our Team

pasquale.jpgWe are delighted that Frank Pasquale will be joining us on a permanent basis. Frank guested with us a while ago, and now he’s back for good.

Frank is a professor of law at Seton Hall Law School. He holds a BA from Harvard, an M.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University (as a Marshall Scholar), and a JD from Yale Law School. Prior to joining the Seton Hall faculty, Frank clerked for the Honorable Judge Kermit Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, served as a fellow at the Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property in Lima, Peru, and was an attorney at Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC. Frank focuses his scholarship on intellectual property and health law, and he has a broad-ranging interdisciplinary approach that draws from economics, philosophy, and social science.

His recent scholarship includes, The Law and Economics of Information Overload Externalities, Vanderbilt L. Rev. (forthcoming 2006); Toward an Ecology of Intellectual Property, forthcoming in the Yale J. Law & Tech. (forthcoming 2006); Breaking the Vicious Circularity: Sony’s Contribution to the Fair Use Doctrine, 55 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 777 (2005); Beyond Napster: Using Antitrust Law to Advance and Enhance Online Music Distribution, 8 B.U. J. Sci. & Tech. L. 451 (2002) (with Kimberlee Weatherall and Matthew Fagin); and Two Concepts of Immortality: Reframing Public Debate on Stem Cell Research, 14 Yale J.L. & Human. 73 (2002). His recent works-in-progress include Rankings, Reductionism, and Responsibility (about search engine regulation) and The Law and Economics of Information Overload Externalities.

Frank will begin posting next week. Welcome, Frank!


Introducing Guest Blogger Timothy Glynn

glynn-timothy.jpgI am delighted that Timothy Glynn will be visiting with us over the next several weeks. Tim is a law professor at Seton Hall Law School. He joined the Seton Hall Law School faculty in 1999, and he teaches in the corporate, employment, and civil procedure areas. Tim received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Minnesota Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He clerked for the Honorable Donald P. Lay, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He then practiced law as an associate at the firm of Leonard, Street and Deinard in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to joining Seton Hall, he again served as a judicial clerk, this time for the Honorable John R. Tunheim, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Tim has written in the areas of corporate law, employment law, the law of evidentiary privileges, and civil procedure. He and his co-authors are currently completing an employment law casebook entitled Employment Law: Private Ordering and Its Limitations (Aspen Publishing, available December 2006). Other recent works include One Privilege To Rule Them All? Some Post-Sarbanes-Oxley and Other Reflections on a Federally Codified Attorney-Client Privilege, 38 Loy. La. L. Rev. 597 (2005), and Beyond “Unlimiting” Shareholder Liability: Vicarious Tort Liability for Corporate Officers, 57 Vand. L. Rev. 329 (2004), reprinted in 46 CORP. PRAC. COMMENTATOR 178 (2004).


Introducing Guest Blogger Anupam Chander

chander-anupam.gifI am very pleased to announce that Anupam Chander will be guest blogging with us for the next month. Anupam is a professor of law at the University of California, Davis, and a member of the blogosphere. His research focuses on the regulation of globalization and digitization.

A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, he clerked for Chief Judge Jon O. Newman of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge William A. Norris of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He practiced law in New York and Hong Kong with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, representing foreign sovereigns in international financial transactions. He has been Visiting Professor at Stanford and Cornell law schools. He began teaching as an Associate Professor at Arizona State University, and joined the UC Davis faculty in 2000.

His most recent publications include: Homeward Bound, 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 60 (2006); Globalization and Distrust, 114 Yale L. J. 1193 (2005); The Romance of the Public Domain, 92 Cal. L. Rev. 1331 (2004) (with Madhavi Sunder); Minorities, Shareholder and Otherwise, 113 Yale L. J. 119 (2003); The New, New Property, 81 Tex. L. Rev. 715 (2003); Whose Republic?, 69 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1479 (2002); Diaspora Bonds, 76 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1005 (2001).


Introducing Guest Blogger Rachel Godsil

godsil-rachel.jpgI’m delighted to introduce Professor Rachel Godsil of Seton Hall Law School. Rachel will be visiting with us for the next several weeks. She teaches Equality Under American Law, Property, and Zoning and Land Use Policy. Racel graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as executive articles editor of the law review, was awarded the Henry M. Bates Memorial Award, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She clerked for the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, an Associate Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and an associate with Berle, Kass & Case and Arnold & Porter in New York City.

Rachel writes about the convergence of race, poverty, and the environment. Her publications include: Race-Nuisance: The Politics of Law in the Jim Crow Era, 105 Mich. L. Rev. (forthcoming December 2006); Viewing the Cathedral from Behind the Color Line: Property Rules, Liability Rules, and Environmental Racism, 54 Emory L. J. 1808 (2004); Environmental Justice and the Integration Ideal, 59 NY L. J. 1109 (2004). She is a co-editor of the book, Awakening From the Dream: Civil Rights under Siege and the New Struggle for Equal Justice (2005). Her law school note, Remedying Environmental Racism, 90 Mich. L. Rev. 394 (1991), is one of the most cited law school notes of all time.


Introducing Guest Blogger Salil Mehra

salilWe’re delighted to announce that Salil Mehra will be visiting with us this month. Salil is an Associate Professor at Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law, where he teaches contracts, antitrust, corporations, and Japanese law.

Salil’s research interests are broad. Some representative publications include: “Post a Message and Go to Jail: Criminalizing Internet Libel in Japan and the United States,” 78 Colorado L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2007); “Software as Crime: Japan, the United States and Contributory Copyright Infringement,” 79 Tulane L. Rev. 265 (2004); and “Copyright and Comics in Japan: Does Law Explain Why All the Cartoons My Kid Watches Are Japanese Imports?” 55 Rutgers L. Rev. 155 (2002).

Welcome, Salil!


And Now a Word from the Oracle of Delphi

Temple at DelphiThanks to the Co-Op crew for inviting me here to guest-blog — I’ve really enjoyed it. I figured I would, but I did discover one thing I was not expecting: my blog posts are loooong. Longer than I would read if I wasn’t writing them myself (which is similar to what I used to tell the students in my Saturday morning Internet Law class back when I was an adjunct: I wouldn’t have signed up for this class when I was in law school!). So thanks to those who read and commented as well.

Having just put up a long post, I don’t want to do another, but I did have one more in me. So instead of writing it out, I’m just going to summarize cryptically: Read the excellent discussion of complexity and the law at Jurisdynamics. Read the fascinating article at Vanity Fair on the confusion at NORAD’s northeast regional headquarters on September 11. Contemplate Roberta Wohlstetter’s classic, Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision, and Bob Ellickson’s Order Without Law. Think about whether the formation and enforcement of informal norms in a community displays similar properties and behaviors as complex systems, and how the salience of certain events in that community depends more on the conceptual framework the members operate under, than on the content of the formal law. Know thyself. Goo goo g’joob.