Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Lateral Hiring in Legal History

Updated/corrected (5/9)
This information about lateral hiring in legal history is derived largely from the data on overall lateral hiring in legal education at Concurring Opinions. It is harder to find information about lateral moves by legal historians in history departments. This list may be incomplete. If you spot errors or omissions, please post a comment or e-mail me. I'll post an update of entry-level data soon.

What follows is a list of schools that have hired legal historians, followed by the historians and their current (or former) schools. All programs listed are law schools, unless otherwise indicated. If I didn't know a scholar from legal history circles, I included them if their bio listed legal history as a research and teaching field. (If I included someone erroneously, please correct me.)

Lateral Moves

Susanna Blumenthal from Michigan.
Thomas Gallanis from Washington and Lee.

Ed Larson from Georgia.

Tayyab Mahmud from John Marshall (Chicago).
Andrew Siegel from South Carolina.

Washington University (St. Louis)
Law School: Adrienne Davis from North Carolina
Department of History: Elizabeth Borgwardt from Utah

There was much visiting by legal historians this year, and I know of at least two offers outstanding for lateral moves. Perhaps more are in the works. I will update this when more info comes in. The more high-profile visits this year have been:

Visits (2006-07)

at Harvard:
Reva Siegel, Yale
Daniel Coquillette, Boston College (regularly teaches at HLS)

at Yale:
Stuart Banner, UCLA
Michael Klarman, Virginia
William LaPiana, New York Law School

at Columbia AND NYU:
James Whitman, Yale

Some top schools had no legal history visitors (e.g.Virginia, which seems stronger than ever after hiring Tomiko Brown-Nagin last year, and Chicago).

From this year's moves and visits, put together with the entry level data, while the overall number of new hires, lateral moves and visits is not large, the field seems to be both robust and broad, with movement of scholars at a variety of schools.