Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Law School Name Change in Fort Worth

The former Texas Wesleyan School of Law opened this Fall semester as the Texas A&M University School of Law.  Earlier this year, the Texas A&M System purchased the Texas Wesleyan School of Law for $73 million.  Clay Falls at has a story with video on the transition.

Craig Estlinbaum

September 24, 2013 in Law Schools, Misc., Law School | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

EICs: Announce Your 2012-13 Symposium/Symposia Here ...

If you are a student law review editor in chief or symposium editor, you may announce your 2012-13 symposia, whether live or paper, or other special issues or projects in comments.   Here are those we have identified so far:

University of Pennsylvania Law Review will hold a fall symposium October 18-19 titled "The Evolving Internet."  The announcement is here.

Creighton Law Review has announced its Spring 2013 symposium, "Strengthening America's Farmland," to be held March 13, 2013.  The announcement is here.

Minnesota Law Review will conduct a symposium on October 26 on democracy and the Minnesota marraige amendment.  Here is the announcement.

Are there any others?

UPDATE (8/10/12):  The Idaho Law Review will host a symposium on March 29, 2013 on fracking in the west.  Here is the Call for Papers announced on the Land Use Prof Blog.

Ohio State Law Review will host a symposium on November 16, 2012 titled "The Second Wave of Global Privacy Protection"  Here is the announcement.

Craig Estlinbaum

August 9, 2012 in Law Review Articles, Law Review Ideas, Misc., Law School | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Importance of thank you letters

Contributing Editor James Levy who also writes for our sister blog, Legal Writing Prof Blog, wrote an interesting April 5, 2010 story about the thank you letters and law students. He is following up on this column from called "Interview Strategies:  A Flawless Follow-up."

Frankly, when I was a student, I use to think that thank you letters were complete waste of time and could do more harm than good. Having sit on the other side of the table for some years now, my views have changed. The thank you letter gives the applicant the opportunity to remind the interviewer of his or her interest and to bring to the firms attention some issue that may have been unclear. Therefore, I now believe in them.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

May 27, 2010 in Misc., Law School, Misc., Legal, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Protection For Students Against Online Diploma Mills

We all have seen them. College degrees that can be awarded in a few months usually via the mail. Are they legit? Often times- not. So what should students who are not lawyers do who are considering a school that is not well known and one that they suspect is a diploma mill? That is the subject of an excellent article by, here. Basically, students can check with the Office of Postsecondary Education and access a database from the U.S. Department of Education, which lists accrediting councils, regional organizations and accrediting agencies.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

October 13, 2009 in Colleges, Misc., Law School | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, February 4, 2008

Introduction and Disclaimer

First, I want to thank Mitchell and the Adjunct Law Prof Blog for inviting me to be the participate on the blog this month.  I read this and other blogs in the Law Professor Blogs Network on a regular basis and am honored to be contributing.

As Mitchell wrote in his introductory post, I am a state court trial judge and also teach Damages at South Texas College of Law.  South Texas’s curriculum includes both the traditional 3-hour Remedies course in its curriculum and also a 2-hour Damages course that offers a special and more detailed emphasis on money damages issues.  I have taught the course since the 2004 fall semester and thoroughly enjoy the challenge teaching this course presents. 

The Damages course at South Texas offers an interesting mix between more academic oriented subjects, such as the recent U.S. Supreme Court cases regulating exemplary damages,  and pure practice-oriented subjects, such as how to prove past and future medical expenses.  I believe that Damages is an important course for aspiring trial attorneys to take, and I am always hopeful my observations from the trial court bench enhance the students’ learning experience.

Because I am a trial court judge and am subject to my state’s code of judicial conduct. I think it necessary that I offer this disclaimer up front.  My posts here are not intended to provide legal advice or comment on pending or potentially pending litigation.  In fact, I will not be commenting here at all on cases pending before me.  Links to other websites I may include in these posts are not endorsements of persons, positions, candidates, or opinions shown there, but are merely offered for informational purposes or the reader’s convenience.  Nothing I write here should be considered as a basis for how I might rule on any matter pending in before me.

As for reader comments, I welcome comments to my posts and I look forward to this exchange.  Please, however, do not use the comments section for inappropriate ex parte communication concerning the merits of a pending or impending judicial proceeding.  This would be improper, just as ex parte communication directed to any court would be whether by mail, but telephone, by personal contact or by any other method.

I hope to use this time here to discuss my experiences as an adjunct professor, to highlight recent cases related to the course I teach at South Texas, and finally, to comment on recent scholarship in that area.

I look forward to this challenge and once again, thank you, Mitchell, for this opportunity to participate.

Craig Estlinbaum

February 4, 2008 in Misc., Law School | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Ave Maria Law School's Problems Updated Information

For those interested in following Ave Maria Law School's troubles, additional information can be found by following this blog

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

September 22, 2007 in Misc., Law School | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, June 8, 2007

Highest Paid Adjunct Law Professors

Anyone want to guess who the highest paid Adjunct Law Professors are and how much they get paid?? They are none other than U.S. Supreme Court Justices. The Associated Press is running a June 8, 2007 story about the Justices finances. CNN is also running a June 8, 2007 story about the Justices' finances, but no mention is made of their teaching income. Unfortunately, the Justices apparently are not required to provide very specific information.

The Associated Press reports that Justice Thomas earned $25,000 in 2006 for a seminar at Drake Law School and for teaching at University of Georgia. Justice Kennedy also disclosed that he earned $24,500 for teaching at the University of Pacific Law School.

Neither of these articles discusses exactly how much teaching the Justices actually did. I doubt they taught a full semester class and would be surprised if either one of them taught for more than 2 weeks. The seminar that Justices Thomas taught sounds like a one day lecture, but I could be wrong. Anyone go to any of these classes?

I wonder how their student evaluations were!!

Mitchell H. Rubinstein   

June 8, 2007 in Misc., Law School | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)