Wednesday, October 3, 2007
They’re in touch with the latest developments in law and practice. They’re dedicated to teaching and mentoring lawyers. They get very little money and less respect, but they routinely get high ratings from the students who sit in their classes.
Who are they? Adjuncts, of course. No law school can get by without them, and schools often tout their skills to students, who for some reason tend to like to take classes from those who are actually practicing what they teach. Yet they are all-but-invisible outside their own classrooms, and many tenure-track faculty have no idea who they are when they pass in the halls.
It takes a special kind of person to do that kind of work, and part of the ever-growing Law Professor Blogs Network empire is Adjunct Law Blog. The lead editor is veteran adjunct Mitch Rubinstein (St. John’s & New York LS), who’s also Senior Counsel to the New York State United Teachers. His co-editors are full-timers Eric Lustig (New England) and Gail Levin Richmond (Nova Southeastern).
Rubinstein’s specialty is employment law, so the blog occasionally has some things of interest to contract law types who aren't adjuncts, like this one about the employee fired for working for someone else while out on Family Medical Leave Act status.