Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Friday, December 9, 2016

Lander on Adjunct Law Professors

David Lander (Saint Louis) is a guest blogger at Prawf Blawg this month.  So far, Lander has two posts that may interest adjunct professors of law or persons interested in law school related commentary.  They are:

Regarding the first post, I agree with commenters who find it unlikely that adjuncts with full-time jobs would participate on curriculum committees or other law school committee work.  As for the suggestion adjuncts participate in faculty presentations, an invitation might be appreciated, but participation would likely be catch-as-catch-can.

Regarding the second post, I expect the only reason law schools have not already frozen tenured hires is that the ABA standards require law schools to maintain the full-time faculty they do is that a school that falls the ABA requirement risks a review.  This alone is sufficient reason for law schools to reject the path undergraduate institutions have charted.

The two posts also raise the question whether blog post titles should be capitalized or not, because to be honest, I don't know (or know that it even matters).

I'm looking forward to hearing more from Professor Lander this month.

Craig Estlinbaum


December 9, 2016 in Adjunct Information in General, Blogs, Faculty, Law Professors, Law Schools | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Pryal: A Manifesto for the Freelance Academic

Katie Rose Guest Pryal, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law at UNC-Chapel Hill, has written "A Manifesto for the Freelance Academic" at Vitae.  The subtitle is "Five principles to guide you in a career without a university employer."  At universities today, an increasingly large percentage of classes are taught by adjunct or untenured professors, and this trend is not likely to change soon -- Professor Pryal says as much in her essay. 

Pryal's SSRN page is here and her webpage is here.  As To Kill A Mockingbird remains among my favorite novels, I look forward to reading this essay soon.

Craig Estlinbaum

November 3, 2014 in Adjunct Information in General, Blogs, Faculty, College Professors | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ward Farnsworth at Volokh Conspiracy

Ward Farnsworth will be guest-blogging at The Volokh Conspiracy in the coming days regarding is new book, "Restitution: Civil Liability for Unjust Enrichment"  He posted his first substantive contribution, "Restitution law: Interesting and useful to the few who understand it" earlier today.  I have been teaching Damages at South Texas since 2004 and the chapter on Resitution is one of my favorites.  I am looking forward to his contributions at TVC and to reading the book.

Craig Estlinbaum

October 27, 2014 in Blogs, Faculty, Books, Remedies | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Restoring Trust at Yeshiva

Lawrence Cunningham (George Washington) wrote a thoughtful post yesterday at Concurring Opinions about ongoing financial problems at Manhattan's Yeshiva University, home institution to Cardoza Law School.  When the Madoff scandal hit the papers I remember reading that Yeshiva's endowment sustained a significant loss and it seems now that loss foreshadowed the broader troubles the university leadership now faces.  In his blog post, Prof. Cunningham summarizes and critiques Yeshiva's ongoing efforts to change direction and restrore trust in the aftermath.

Cunningham has a new book, Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values, releasing in October from Columbia University Press.  His recent posts at Concurring Opinions on the book's themes, including yesterday's post and an earlier post, "The Babe Ruth of Good Business," have piqued my interest.

Craig Estlinbaum

July 8, 2014 in Blogs, Faculty, Books, Colleges | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Attorneys and Depression

Brian Clarke (Charlotte) has written an extremely important and ultimately courageous post, "Law Professors, Law Students and Depression . . . A Story of Coming Out (Part 1)" at The Faculty Lounge on depression and anxiety's alarming incidence among attorneys.  Clarke relates some truly disturbing statistics on depression and suicide in the legal profession (emphasis in original):

Lawyers, as a group, are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression than the average person. Of 104 occupations, lawyers were the most likely to suffer depression.  (Both of these statistics are from a Johns Hopkins University study to which I cannot find a link). 

Further, according to a two-year study completed in 1997, suicide accounted for 10.8% of all deaths among lawyers in the United States and Canada and was the third leading cause of death.  Of more importance was the suicide rate among lawyers, which was 69.3 suicide deaths per 100,000 individuals, as compared to 10 to 14 suicide deaths per 100,000 individuals in the general population.  In short, the rate of death by suicide for lawyers was nearly six times the suicide rate in the general population. 

Clarke continues along this vein and introduces his own story fighting mental illness in this first in a three-part series on the subject. 

Some states have added a mental health component to the continuing legal education requirements, and many state bar associations have established hotlines and resources for attorneys battling mental illness.  The Texas Lawyers Assistance Program serves this latter function in Texas -- the Program's 24-hour hotline number is 1-800-343-8527. 

Craig Estlinbaum

April 1, 2014 in Blogs, Faculty, Ethics, Law Schools, Law Students, Lawyers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Cautionary Tale

Kendall D. Isaac (Appalachian) provides a cautionary tale at the Appellate Advocacy Blog (link).

Craig Estlinbaum

March 22, 2014 in Blogs, Faculty, Ethics, Law Professors, Lawyers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kowalski On Fonts

Over at the Appellate Advocacy Blog, Tonya Kowalski (Washburn) has an interesting post on popular fonts for legal writing, including some informative links on typeface requirements in the various courts around the country.   Recommended.

Craig Estlinbaum

March 11, 2014 in Blogs, Faculty, Lawyers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Seto on JD Job Prospects, etc.

Theodore P. Seto (Loyola-L.A.) has a blog post at TaxProf Blog on job prospects for near-term J.D. graduates and Dan Filler at The Faculty Lounge added comments of his own.

Craig Estlinbaum

June 5, 2013 in Blogs, Faculty, Law Schools, Lawyer Employment | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Reviewing Radin's Boilerplate

ContractsProf Blog (A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network) has been hosting a series of short reviews of Margaret Radin's new book Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights and Rule of Law.  Contributions so far have been by Ethan Leib (Fordham), David Horton (UC Davis), Andrew Gold (DePaul), Theresa Amato (Citizen Works), and Peter Alces (William & Mary).  It looks like there may be more to come. 

Hat Tip:  Kim Krawiec at The Faculty Lounge

Craig Estlinbaum

May 17, 2013 in Blogs, Faculty, Books, Contract Issues | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lists of Law Faculty Who Blog

An interesting article about the scope of law professor blogging which is full of carts can be downloaded here. They list Adjunct Law Prof Blog, but they did not list the articles that cited us. 

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

September 12, 2012 in Blogs, Faculty | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Becoming A Lawyer Blog

I just came across Becoming A Lawyer, a blog by law school publisher Wolters Kluwer-one of the giants in law school publishing. It provides helpful information to prospective law students. For example, the article I just read is about being a law student and a parent at the same time. If your a college student thinking about law school and even if your a 1 L, you may want to check this blog out.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

August 22, 2012 in Blogs, Faculty, Blogs, General, Blogs, Legal, Colleges, Law Students | Permalink | Comments (1)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Miller and Retroactivity

Douglas Berman (Ohio State-Moritz) at Sentencing Law & Policy  blog has some timely and interesting comments on whether Miller v. Alabama, the recent high court case striking down mandatory sentences of life imprisonment without parole for juveniles, will be or should be applied retroactively for juveniles already serving live without parole sentences.

Craig Estlinbaum

July 6, 2012 in Blogs, Faculty, Law Review Articles | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Re-Introducing Guest Blogger Judge Craig Estlinbaum

I am delighted to report that Judge Craig Estinbaum of 130th Judicial District Court of Texas has decided to rejoin us a guest blogger. Many of you will remember Craig when he served as Contributing Editor to this blog. Craig is also an adjunct professor of law at South Texas Law School and he just completed his first law review article. 

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

June 15, 2012 in Blogs, Faculty | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bloggers Held Not To Be Journalists

Obisdian Finance Group v. Fox, ____F.Supp.2d____ (D. Or. Nov. 30, 2011), is an important case for us bloggers. Oregon has a statute which limits defamation damages unless a plaintiff first requests a retraction. The court held, however, that a internet blogger, was not protected under that statute and therefore, could not rely on that defense. The court also held that a blogger was not protected under that state's shield law which privileged journalists from revealing their sources. 

It is hard to find fault with the court's decision. It was based purely on statutory interpretation. Though blogging is similar to other journalist type activities, it is different. The medium is different (internet) and you do not have to sell your story; rather you just put it out there. There are no professional organizations, educational degrees or regulations which govern blogging. In short, it is different. Perhaps this case will trigger legislation throughout the several states.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

December 29, 2011 in Blogs, Faculty, Blogs, General, Blogs, Legal | Permalink | Comments (5)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Checkout Legal Skills Prof Blog

Jim Levy, a contributing editor at Adjunct Law Prof Blog, Law Librarian Blog and Legal Writing Prof Blog finally took the big step and started his own blog. Its called Legal Skills Prof Blog. As its name implies, it focuses on legal skills. Some of this blog's early posting include an article about using Google Docs and the job market that new lawyers must face.

This is a must read blog. Congrats to Jim.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein 

October 11, 2010 in Blogs, Faculty | Permalink | Comments (1)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Law Professor Bloggers

The National Law Journal ran an interesting Sept. 6, 2010 story about law professors that blog. Though Adjunct Law Prof Blog was not mentioned, two bloggers on the law professor blog network were profiled. 

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

September 12, 2010 in Blogs, Faculty | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Law Professor Blog Rankings

The annual ranking of law professor blogs are out. We are not listed even though we meet the criteria. Just another example of how adjuncts are second class citizens.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

June 10, 2010 in Blogs, Faculty | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Anonymous Blog Comments

Legal Blog Watch ran an interesting story about anonymous blog comments and links to several other stories. As the posting states:

The New York Times ran an interesting article Monday about how certain news Web sites and blogs have begun moving away from the once-standard practice of allowing anonymous posting of comments on articles. In the story, the Times mentions the recent hubbub surrounding Cleveland judge Shirley Strickland Saffold, whose e-mail address was used to register a commenter named "Lawmiss" on the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Web site. Lawmiss proceeded to make some inflammatory (and likely unethical, if, in fact, Lawmiss is found to be Judge Saffold herself) comments on articles about cases before her.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

June 9, 2010 in Blogs, Faculty, Blogs, General | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Justia Ranks Adjunct Law Prof Blog 61st Most Popular of All Time

Justia ranks blogs. I am delighted to report that we are ranked number 61 of all time. It ranks 3,000 of them so this is quite an honor. Of course, Justia covers just law and legally related blogs. Who are the top 10 (actually 11)? They are as follows:

Sorted by Popularity | Sort by Name | Sort by Last Post Date

Today | This Week | This Month | All Time

A legal tabloid that provides news and gossip about the profession's colorful personalities and powerful institutions, as well as original commentary on breaking legal developments.
Last Updated: May 21, 2010 - Rank All Time: 1
Covers sex offender laws and cases.
Last Updated: May 20, 2010 - Rank All Time: 2
Covers Indiana law, as well as interesting developments in law and government. By Marcia Oddi.
Last Updated: May 21, 2010 - Rank All Time: 3
News and information gateway to web based services provided by the New York State Supreme Court Criminal Term Library in New York County.
Last Updated: March 31, 2010 - Rank All Time: 4
Covers law and business and the business of law. By the Wall Street Journal.
Last Updated: May 21, 2010 - Rank All Time: 5
Covers mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, IPOs, private equity, hedge funds, venture capital and law. A Financial News Service of The New York Times.
Last Updated: May 21, 2010 - Rank All Time: 6
By University of Cincinnati Law Professor Paul L. Caron and Ron Jones.
Last Updated: May 21, 2010 - Rank All Time: 7
By Moritz College of Law Professor Douglas A. Berman.
Last Updated: May 21, 2010 - Rank All Time: 8
Covers appellate litigation. By Howard J. Bashman.
Last Updated: May 21, 2010 - Rank All Time: 9
Covers CAFA, class certification, employment law, FCRA, FDCPA and multidistrict litigation. Published by Michael Hassen of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP.
Last Updated: May 15, 2010 - Rank All Time: 10
Online magazine of opinion. By University of Tennessee College of Law professor Glenn Reynolds.

Last Updated: May 21, 2010 - Rank All Time: 11

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

May 21, 2010 in Blogs, Faculty, Blogs, Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Blogging As Legal Scholarship

Is blogging legal scholarship? That is the 64,000 question raised by several scholars. Orin Kerr of The Volokh Conspiracy as well as Doug Berman, Steve Bainbridge, Ann Althouse   recently blogged about this. 

Readers may be surprised at my take on all of this. Blogging is NOT legal scholarship. Why? Because a one page posting analyzing a recent case is not nearly as comprehensive as an article. It also does not go through the cite check process and is meant to be a single story.

Are some blog postings important? Yes. Do some blogs contribute to the development of the law? Absolutely. But they are not scholarship. I view them the same as articles in law related publications such as the National Law Journal or They have a place in the legal academy and should count for something by law schools-but they are not legal scholarship.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

December 2, 2009 in Blogs, Faculty | Permalink | Comments (0)