January 26, 2009
Summary of Recent Developments in Economic Theory
This article, available at SSRN, by William Ferguson of the Department of Economics at Grinnell College, is a wonderful, brief introduction to recent developments in economic theory. I think that those in the legal academy who are not in regular contact with economics will find this very helpful.
January 19, 2009
Adam Liptak's column in The New York Times for tomorrow -- available here -- contends that there are credible studies showing that paying judges more, as urged annually by the Chief Justice of the United States in his report on the federal judiciary, does not result in better judging.
January 10, 2009
New Dean of University of Illinois College of Law
Bruce P. Smith, a noted legal historian and award-winning University of Illinois
“Bruce is a scholar of considerable vision and energy with
high ambitions for the college,” said Richard Herman, chancellor of the
Dean Smith, 44, says his years on the U.of I.
Dean Smith, whose research has focused on Anglo-American
criminal procedure in the 18th and 19th centuries, is co-director of the Legal
History Program at the college, whose graduates include Illinois Supreme Court
Justice Lloyd Karmeier and Michael Strautmanis, longtime legal counsel to
President-elect Barack Obama. He has written a book that will be published this year on the
history of common law, along with numerous articles that have appeared in
peer-reviewed journals and law reviews. In 2008, Dean Smith was one of two recipients of the
university’s prestigious Campus Award for Graduate and Professional Teaching,
which recognizes excellence in the classroom, innovative approaches to teaching
and other contributions to improved instruction, including influence on
“I have been deeply impressed by the intensity and
dedication of Professor Smith’s work as a scholar and teacher of law, and by
the exciting vision he brings to the challenges of the law deanship,” said
Provost Linda Katehi.
Before joining the U.of I.