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Monday, August 17, 2015

Something Really Interesting Is Going on in Iowa


Iowa_law_school1It's not the Caucuses -- duh!



            THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF LAWanticipates hiring several tenured/tenure track faculty members and clinical faculty members (including a director for field placement program) over the coming year. Our goal is to find outstanding scholars and teachers who can extend the law school’s traditional strengths and intellectual breadth. We are interested in all persons of high academic achievement and promise with outstanding credentials. Appointment and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Candidates should send resumes, references, and descriptions of areas of interest to:  Faculty Appointments Committee, College of Law, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa  52242-1113.

            THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

August 17, 2015 in Help Wanted, Law Schools | Permalink

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Contracts News that Hits Home

There but for fortune . . . .  I spent three happy years teaching in the history department at the College of Charleston.  Having studied in New York for nearly ten years, I never imagined myself living in the South, but Charleston is a charming city, and the College of Charleston was a gem when I was there, with a dedicated faculty of scholars and teachers and an unbelievably beautiful campus.  When I learned that Charleston was opening a law school, I was very tempted to apply for a position.

Broad St., Charleston, by Khanrak

Charleston's Post & Courier reported on Monday that Charleston Law School (CLS) has terminated seven faculty members, including two tenured faculty members.  The two filed lawsuits in late June alleging breach of contract.  They are seeking an injunction that would allow them to retain their status as tenured professors while also enjoining the CLS's owners from making expenditures that might otherwise be used to pay them their salary.  The two fired professors were signatories of a letter published by 17 CLS faculty members in the Post & Courier in mid May.  I assume that they are alleging retaliatory firing in violation of the very thing tenure is designed to protect.  Certainly, the optics are bad.  A preliminary injunction hearing is scheduled for the end of the month. 

I have no doubt that, if I had decided to apply for a faculty position at Charleston and been hired there, I would have signed that letter.  And then I too might be experiencing the joy of having to file a lawsuit in order to keep my tenured position.  I do not know enough of the details to speak to the merits of the professors' claims, but my inclination it to root for them.

Stay tuned. 

July 8, 2015 in Commentary, Help Wanted, In the News, Law Schools, Recent Cases | Permalink | Comments (2)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Call for Applications: Project on the Foundations of Private Law

Harvard Law School


PURPOSE: The Project on the Foundations of Private Law is an interdisciplinary research program at Harvard Law School dedicated to scholarly research in private law.   Applicants should be aspiring academic with a primary interest in one or more of property, contracts, torts, intellectual property, commercial law unjust enrichment, restitution, equity, and remedies. The Project welcomes applicants with a serious interest in legal structures and institutions, and welcomes a variety of perspectives, including economics, history, philosophy, and comparative law. The Fellowship is a postdoctoral program specifically designed to identify, cultivate, and promote promising scholars early in their careers. Fellows are selected from among recent graduates, young academics, and mid-career practitioners who are committed to spending two years at the Project pursuing publishable research that is likely to make a significant contribution to the field of private law, broadly conceived. More information on the Center can be found at:

PROGRAM: Postdoctoral Fellowships in Private Law are full-time, two-year residential appointments starting in the Fall of 2015. Fellows devote their full time to scholarly activities in furtherance of their individual research agendas. The Project does not impose teaching obligations on fellows, although fellows may teach a seminar on the subject of their research in the Spring of their second year. In addition to pursuing their research and writing, fellows are expected to attend and participate in research workshops on private law, and other events designated by the Project. Fellows are also expected to help plan and execute a small number of events during their fellowship, and to present their research in at least one of a variety of forums, including academic seminars, speaker panels, or conferences. The Project also relies on fellows to provide opportunities for interested students to consult with them about their areas of research, and to directly mentor its Student Fellows.  Finally, fellows will be expected to blog periodically (about twice per month) on our collaborative blog, which is under development.

STIPEND AND BENEFITS: Fellows have access to a wide range of resources offered by Harvard University. The Center provides each fellow with office space, library access, and a standard package of benefits for employee postdoctoral fellows at the Law School.  The annual stipend will be $50,000 per year.

ELIGIBILITY: By the start of the fellowship term, applicants must hold an advanced degree in law. The Center particularly encourages applications from those who intend to pursue careers as tenure-track law professors, but will consider any applicant who demonstrates an interest and ability to produce outstanding scholarship in private law and theory. Applicants will be evaluated by the quality and probable significance of their research proposals, and by their record of academic and professional achievement. 

APPLICATION: Applications will be accepted starting December 15, 2014. Completed applications must be received at by 9:00 a.m. on February 2, 2015. Please note that ALL application materials must be submitted electronically, and should include:

1. Curriculum Vitae
2. PDFs of transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.
3. A Research Proposal of no more than 2,000 words describing the applicant’s area of research and writing plans. Research proposals should demonstrate that the applicant has an interesting and original idea about a research topic that seems sufficiently promising to develop further.
4. A writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s writing and analytical abilities and ability to generate interesting, original ideas. This can be a draft rather than a publication.  Applicants who already have publications may also submit PDF copies of up to two additional published writings.
5. Three letters of recommendation, emailed directly from the recommender. Letter writers should be asked to comment not only on the applicant’s writing and analytical ability, but on his or her ability to generate new ideas and his or her commitment to pursue an intellectual enterprise in this area. To the extent feasible, letter writers should provide not just qualitative assessments but also ordinal rankings. For example, rather than just saying a candidate is “great,” it would be useful to have a statement about whether the candidate is (the best, in the top three, among the top 10%, etc.) among some defined set of persons (students they have taught, people they have worked with, etc.).

All application materials with the exception of letters of recommendation should be e-mailed by the applicant to Letters of Recommendation should be emailed directly from the recommender to the same address.

For questions or additional information, contact:

Bradford Conner, Coordinator,

December 16, 2014 in Help Wanted, Law Schools | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Vis Problem Is Up


The problem is up for the 22nd Annual International Commerical Arbitration Moot. Between now and early December, teams will write the brief for the Claimant.  In mid January the brief for the Respondent is due. And then, in March,  200-300 teams from law schools around the world will gather in Vienna for the competition. 

There is no limit to the  number of students on a team but they must argue in pairs. Typically one student handles the procedural issues and one the substantive or the CISG issues. There are 4 rounds to start with the 64 highest scoring teams moving on to a single elimination tournament.

The problems  identify an actual arbitration agency whose rules govern the procedures, This year the procedural issues center around whether the Claimant the right to make an emergency appeal to the arbitration agency and whether the Respondent may join the parent company of the Claimant for purposes of its counterclaim.  In one of those puzzles that charactizes the Moot, the parent company "endored" the contract at issue but claims not to be a party do it.

The substantive issue concerns a letter of credit which does not conform (or does it?) to what was called for in the contract. The buyer attempts to "cure" in a sense but the seller says "too late, we have already avoided the contract." Thus, it raises avoidance and cure isssues under the CISG.

This is, at best, a first cut on the problem. As the weeks pass, the problem will reveal itself as the layers are peeled off. 

I am happy to trade notes and views with other interested profs.   

[In the meantime, try to find the third man.]



October 6, 2014 in Conferences, Contract Profs, Film, Help Wanted, Law Schools, Meetings, Teaching | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Help Wanted: UMKC

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law anticipates hiring two entry level or early career tenured or tenure-track faculty members with a strong commitment to educating lawyers for the twenty-first century, a lifetime of scholarship, and being part of a collegial, collaborative community. We are particularly interested in candidates with research and teaching interests in the following areas: property, environmental law, real estate, land use, contracts, business and entrepreneurship. Additional areas of interest may include professional responsibility, criminal law, and civil litigation.

    UMKC is the urban law school of the University of Missouri System and is located on a beautiful landscaped campus in the Country Club Plaza area of Kansas City, Missouri.  It is the only law school in a diverse and vibrant metropolitan area of more than two million people and offers courses leading to J.D. or LL.M. degrees for approximately 500 students.  It benefits from its metropolitan location, a large and academically talented pool of student applicants, a strong university with opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, a dedicated faculty and staff, and strong community and alumni support.

    UMKC is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The university will recruit and employ qualified personnel and will provide equal opportunities during employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability. To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Affirmative Action at 816-235-1323.

    Application Process: The School of Law will review the Faculty Appointments Registry maintained by the AALS. In addition letters of inquiry and resumes may be sent to:

Nancy Levit, Chair

Faculty Appointments Committee

UMKC School of Law

500 E. 52nd St.

Kansas City, MO 64110

            Applications for the position go through the University at

October 6, 2014 in Help Wanted | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hiring Announcement: Commercial Law at Campbell University School of Law

CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in the area of commercial law to commence in the Fall Semester 2015.  The successful applicant for this position will be expected to teach either or both of our required upper-level UCC courses (Sales and Leases, and Secured Transactions) each semester.  Candidates who can, in addition to these courses, teach Payment Systems, Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, or Financial Regulation are especially encouraged to apply.  Candidates should have excellent academic credentials and a proven record of (or demonstrated potential for) outstanding classroom teaching and scholarship.  Both lateral and entry level candidates will be considered.

The law school is located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, a location that provides its approximately 450 students with a wealth of opportunities that enrich their educational experience.  Raleigh and the Research Triangle are repeatedly cited in national surveys as one of the best areas for starting a new career or business, for excellence in education (from public schools to post-graduate studies), and for enjoyable quality of life.

Consistent with Campbell University’s overall mission (available at, the law school is a highly demanding, purposely small, intensely personal community of faculty and students whose aim, guided by transcendent values, is to develop lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, who view the practice of law as a calling to serve others, and to create a more just society.  To that end, the law school has adopted the following distinctives: (1) we offer an academic program that is highly demanding; (2) we bring together the theoretical and practical to produce thoughtful and talented lawyers; (3) we utilize the talents of a faculty that is profoundly committed to students and teaching; (4) we view the practice of law as a calling to serve others; and (5) we offer a Christian perspective on law and justice.  More information about the law school can be found on our website:

Interested candidates should apply online here.  Applications should include:  (1) a cover letter expressing interest in and qualifications for fulfilling the position, contributing to the University’s mission, and furthering the law school’s distinctives; (2) an unofficial law school transcript; (3) a current curriculum vitae; (4) if available, course evaluations for any prior teaching engagements; and (5) a representative example of scholarship and/or a research agenda.

September 11, 2014 in Help Wanted | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Valparaiso University Law School Is Hiring!


VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL (VULS) is seeking to fill a full-time, tenure track position with someone interested in teaching contracts and business courses.  Applications from entry level and experienced teachers are welcome.  Valparaiso University is located in Valparaiso, Indiana, a small college town near the southern shore of Lake Michigan that is approximately fifty miles from downtown Chicago.  The town has excellent schools and affordable housing.  VULS is an equal opportunity employer with a diverse student body; 47% of the members of the class entering in August 2013 are underrepresented minorities.  Please contact Professor Ivan E. Bodensteiner, Chair of the Appointments Committee, at Valparaiso University Law School, 656 Greenwich Street, Valparaiso, Indiana, 46383;




VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL (VULS) is seeking a full-time Director of its externship program.  This is a new, tenure track position.  Applicants should have practice experience, and teaching experience is preferred.  VULS intends to expand its externship program as part of its increasing emphasis on practical learning.  Valparaiso University is located in Valparaiso, Indiana, a small college town near the southern shore of Lake Michigan that is approximately fifty miles from downtown Chicago.  The town has excellent schools and affordable housing.  VULS is an equal opportunity employer with a diverse student body; 47% of the members of the class entering in August 2013 are underrepresented minorities.  Please contact Professor Ivan E. Bodensteiner, Chair of the Appointments Committee, at Valparaiso University Law School, 656 Greenwich Street, Valparaiso, Indiana, 46383;

July 30, 2014 in Help Wanted | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Valparaiso University Law School Seeks Visitor to Teach Contracts (and Something Else)

Valparaiso-logoValparaiso University Law School is seeking a full-time, one-semester visitor for Fall 2014 to teach Contracts and an additional course, the nature of which is negotiable.  Because of major changes to our 1L curriculum, our one-semester Contracts class is divided into two seven-week courses, with an emphasis on more and better feedback to our students and on innovative teaching.  If you are interested in the position, please email a cover letter and a CV no later than May 15, to Susan Stuart, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (  Please note “visiting position” in the subject line.  

Valparaiso University is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer.

May 6, 2014 in Help Wanted | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Job Postings from the Government Contracting Group at GW Law

1. Assistant General Counsel Job
Date: Sep 5, 2013
Location: Mclean, VA, US


Reporting to the General Counsel and responsible for handling legal projects or issues for the organization, with particular focus on government contracts-related issues, including compliance with U.S. federal, state, local, and international government contracting laws, rules and regulations such as the Federal Acquisition Regulations and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement. Candidate will work directly with the business, providing day-to-day advice for senior executives and other business members and respond to internal and government audits and managing outside law firms and their project costs.
2. Sikorsky Aircraft is looking to hire 3Ls or recent grads to fill two positions in their International Trade Compliance Group. Click on the links below:

Position 1: 
Position 2:

Senior members of the ABA Public Contract Law Section are looking for research assistance on discrete topics for an upcoming educational program, including in cybersecurity. If you're interested in assisting, please contact:

Annejanette Heckman Pickens
Assistant General Counsel
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems
12450 Fair Lakes Circle
Fairfax, Virginia 22033\
Telephone: (703) 251-7349
Fax: (703) 251-7377

September 23, 2013 in Help Wanted | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Opening at Ave Maria Law

Ave Maria LogoAve Maria School of Law invites applications for multiple faculty positions from entry-level and lateral candidates, pre- or post-tenure.  Ave Maria particularly welcomes applications from candidates with teaching and research interest in Contracts, Business Organizations, Sales, Negotiable Instruments, Secured Transactions, and related commercial subjects.  Applicants should have superior academic credentials; a record, or the promise, of excellence in teaching and legal scholarship; and an interest and commitment in exploring his or her teaching and research interests in an institution that strives to integrate the Catholic intellectual tradition into teaching, scholarship, and service.  Entry-level applicants may demonstrate scholarly promise by publications in scholarly journals or scholarly works in progress.  In the case of any applicant with tenure, a distinguished record of teaching and scholarship is required.  Interested candidates should send their materials to Professor Patrick T. Gillen, current chair of the Appointments Committee.    Applications can be e-mailed to Professor Gillen at or can be mailed to his attention at 1025 Commons Circle, Naples, Florida 34119.  Resume review will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

Ave Maria School of Law, providing legal education enriched by the Catholic Faith, seeks employees whose education, experience and beliefs are consistent with its mission.  Ave Maria School of Law is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION employer that values diversity, including diversity in religious affiliation, and strongly encourages applications from persons of diverse backgrounds willing to support the institutional mission; it requires compliance with all state and federal laws governing employment discrimination. 


May 1, 2013 in Help Wanted, Law Schools | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wicked Good Employment Opportunity

SuffolkSUFFOLK UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL in Boston invites applications for several tenure- track positions starting in the 2013-2014 academic year. We seek entry-level and lateral candidates with strong academic records and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship. We have particular curricular teaching needs in first-year contracts and first-year property, together with upper-level courses with a focus on health law, business or financial services. We also have foreseeable needs in criminal law and international law. Consideration may also be given to relevant practice experience and community involvement. Suffolk University is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from women, persons of color, sexual orientation minorities, and others who will contribute to the diversity of the faculty. Interested candidates should contact Professors Jessica Silbey and Robert Smith, Co-Chairs, Faculty Appointments Committee, at and, with a copy to, or mail their materials to the Co-Chairs of the Appointments Committee, c/o Janine LaFauci, at Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston, Massachusetts 02108-4977.


July 19, 2012 in Help Wanted | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mississippi Seeks Visitor

MississippiThe University of Mississippi is seeking applicants for a one-year visit during the 2012-13 academic year.  Our primary curricular need is a full-year contracts course.  Other subjects are negotiable.  Interested applicants must apply on line at  Please include a CV and a cover letter (including courses he or she is best prepared to teach).  For more information please contact Donna Davis, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee at  Please put "visiting position" in the subject line.  The University of Mississippi is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer.


March 15, 2012 in Help Wanted, Law Schools | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Clerkship Position Available with the DC Contract Appeals Board

The DC Contract Appeals Board is hiring law clerks for the Spring 2012 semester. They are interested in 2Ls, 3Ls, and LL.M.s with a strong interest in government contracts law, and litigation. 

The CAB has an extremely busy docket, providing you with an excellent opportunity to gain experience working on bid protest and contract claims. Moreover, each student will work directly for a judge, serving as the judge's law clerk. 

Requested Application Materials: 

Applicants should provide a one-page cover letter, resume, recent legal writing sample (8 pages maximum that has been written within the last 3 years), and three professional references (including email addresses and telephone numbers). 

Applications may be mailed or emailed as follows: 

Richard Rothschild
General Counsel
D.C. Contract Appeals Board
441 4th Street, NW., Suite 350N
Washington, D.C. 20001

[JT w/ HT to Jessica Tillipman and the Government Procurement Law Program at the George Washington University Law School]

December 22, 2011 in Government Contracting, Help Wanted | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Contracts Job in the Army Corps of Engineers

Job Title: Attorney-Advisor (Contracts)

Department: Department Of The Army

Agency: Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number: SCGV11025635R

Corps of Engineers


$81,823.00 - $106,369.00 /year


Friday, September 09, 2011 to Wednesday, October 19, 2011




- This is a Permanent position. -- Full Time


1 vacancy - FL - Jacksonville


US Citizens


Challenge Yourself - Be an Army Civilian - Go Army! 
Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

Furnishes expert legal advice and advocacy in the area of government contract law to the Jacksonville District Command and staff. Reviews and provides advice regarding government contract strategies and documents such as acquisition plans, solicitations for bids and requests for proposals, plans and specifications, task orders, and contract modif...

About the Position: Serves as a senior attorney with other attorneys in the procurement practice group of the Jacksonville District Office of Counsel to help ensure the successful implementation of civil works and military construction projects. Duties are performed under the general supervision of the District Counsel; however, all duties including the management of the caseload and the development of legal strategy are performed independently in coordination as appropriate with the District Counsel, other members of the Office of Counsel and its procurement practice group, the District Commander and staff, other Corps of Engineers¿ offices, the Department of Justice, and other federal agencies. Contract issues and disputes can be complex, subject to political attention, and involve large sums of money. Opposing parties are often represented by attorneys who specialize in the practice of government contract law and are recognized as experts in their field.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, Office of Legal Counsel, Jacksonville, FL 32207

More information is available here.


September 14, 2011 in Help Wanted | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Business Lawyer Seeks Editors

The Business Lawyer (TBL) plans to appoint at least one additional editor beginning with Volume 67. The responsibilities of an editor will be to:

BL Cover  (i) edit approximately sixty manuscript pages of each of the four issues that TBL publishes in each volume;

 (ii) ensure that each statement of fact has an accurate citation that supports it;

 (iii) conform all citations to the Blue Book; and

 (iv) make sure that manuscripts satisfy TBL Author Guidelines.

Over the course of a volume, each editor should expect to work on a combination of articles, reports, and surveys that are published in TBL.

                  Since Volume 64, Professor Gregory Duhl of the William Mitchell College of Law has been responsible for all style editing, cite-checking, and Blue-Booking of TBL. Professor Duhl is the current Associate Editor-in-Chief, and the editors would work in collaboration with him, the Editor-in-Chief, who rotates yearly, and the Production Manager, Diane Babal, to ensure that TBL maintains its high quality and timeliness. The editors would also work closely with the Associate Editor-in-Chief to update the TBL Author Guidelines to maintain consistency in the journal.

                  TBL seeks editors from all business law disciplines, who have experience editing an academic publication, a keen attention to detail, and an ability to meet deadlines. Each editor would receive an honorarium upon completion of his or her work for that issue. If interested in this position, please e-mail a resume to Diane Babal, at Any questions about the position can be addressed to Professor Duhl at


September 6, 2011 in Help Wanted | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Law Profs Needed in South Florida

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, SHEPARD BROAD LAW CENTER in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida seeks applications for two or more full-time tenure-track faculty positions for 2012-2013. The Law Center will consider any qualified candidates, but prefers candidates who are primarily interested in teaching Business Entities and related courses. All candidates should have a J.D. or a degree of equivalent rank, an outstanding academic background, and a clear commitment to scholarship and teaching. Rank and salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. NSU Law Center is committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to: <>  or by U.S. mail to: Professor Debra Moss Curtis, Faculty Appointments Committee Chair, NSU Law Center, 3305 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33314-7721.  NSU is an AA/EOE Smoke-free campus.


August 8, 2011 in Help Wanted | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Job Opening: Associate Dean for Government Contracts at GW Law

GWU2 The George Washington University Law School, in Washington, D.C. invites applications for an Associate Dean for Government Contracts Law.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Coordinates the GC LL.M. Program, ensuring that the efforts of the graduate admissions office, the communications office, the career development office, and the government contracts law faculty combine to create an academically strong, well-publicized program that meets students' and the bars' evolving needs. Assists in managing LL.M. degree design and student progress and completion of degrees. Assists in the management and supervision of student research and writing undertaken towards completion of LL.M. theses, relevant journal notes, and papers in related courses; works directly with students to facilitate publication. In conjunction with the government contracts library specialist, develops and administers special educational and research programs in the field of government contracts law. May be appointed to teach or co-teach one or more academic course(s) in government contracts law per year.

Works with the alumni office, the advancement office, and the GC faculty to coordinate GC alumni and advancement outreach, including organizing GC Advisory Board meetings and recruiting new GC Advisory Board members, and organizing alumni programs, lectures, and the annual luncheon (or similar events). Assists with the government contracts colloquia series. Attends bar, organizational, and public meetings to provide and receive feedback on issues that impact the government contracts law offerings of the Law School.

Publicizes the work of program faculty and students. In conjunction with the government contracts faculty and the legal research and writing faculty, assists in the management and supervision of the Public Contract Law Journal and the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. Creates and updates programmatic brochures, periodic newsletters, online information sharing (e.g., blogs) and provides appropriate input to annual law school publications (such as the Bulletin, Graduate admissions brochure, etc.). Engages in research and scholarship on relevant topics.

Works with the Student Bar Association, the Dean of Students Office, and the government contracts faculty to coordinate government contracts law student competitions and awards (including the internal Government Contracts Moot Court Competition and the major external annual writing competitions).

Serves as the principal contact for prospective students, visiting scholars, dignitaries, and other institutions concerning programs, conferences, cooperation agreements, and related activities involving government contract law. Investigates opportunities for international programs (e.g., exchange, summer abroad, fellowships, etc.). Participates in programs - domestically and abroad - that enhance the reputation of the Government Procurement Law Program and the George Washington University Law School.

APPLICATIONS/FURTHER INFORMATION: For applications and further information, please visit:


June 17, 2011 in Government Contracting, Help Wanted | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

AIG Bonuses: Enter Force Majeure -- Stage Left

While lots of folks are scrambling around looking for contract-law defenses to retention payments such as those given employees at failed AIG, Congress is looking at resolving the issue by introducing a new player: force majeure.  The Pay for Performance Act of 2009 would amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (which authorized the Troubled Assets Relief Program), to retroactively ban payments of non-performance-related bonuses and "excessive cmpensation" for firms that receive TARP payments.  The rules govern not just executives, but all employees at such firms.  Here's the key language:

PROHIBITION:  No financial institution that has received or receives a capital investment under [TARP] or with respect to the Federal National Mortgage Association, the Federal Home Loan Montage Corporation, or a Federal home loan bank . . . , may, while that capital investment remains outstanding, make a compensation payment to any executive or employee under any pre-existing compensation arrangement, or enter into a new compensation payment arrangement, if such compensation payment or compensation payment arrangement--

(A) provides for compensation that is unreasonable or excessive, as defined in standards established by the Secretary in accordance with paragraph (2); or

(B) includes any bonus, retention payment, or other supplemental payment that is not directly based on performance-based measures set forth in standards established by the Secretary in accordance with paragraph (2).

The law directs the Treasury Secretary to develop standards for deciding whether compensation is excessive and to set up guidelines for what types of performance bonuses are reasonable.

That will take some help.  Treasury is looking for data and mapping analyists, financial analysts, financial economists, and risk analyists.  Pay goes as high as $133,000.  Details here.

[Frank Snyder]

March 31, 2009 in Current Affairs, Help Wanted, In the News | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Seattle U. Seeks Podium Visitor


Seattle University School of Law invites applications for a year-long “podium” visit in Contracts/Commercial Law for 2009-10. 

Contracts is a 1L required course: 3 credits in the fall, 3 credits in the spring, with a final exam at the end of each term. In addition to Contracts, the visitor will teach two out of three of the following upper division commercial law offerings: UCC Sales & Secured Transactions (4 cr), Payment Law (2 cr) , and Bankruptcy (3 cr). Compensation will be commensurate with skills and experience, and priority in hiring will be given to experienced faculty with outstanding academic credentials.

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February 11, 2009 in Help Wanted | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Help Wanted

A_6 Upstate New York is beautiful in the fall, and beautiful in the winter, too, if you've got someone to shovel the snow for you.  So think about spending the year where the Vale of Onondaga meets the Eastern Sky (left) -- at Syracuse University School of Law, which is looking for someone to teach Commercial Transactions this fall and International Business Transactions in the fall or spring.  If you're interested, get in touch with Associate Dean Lisa Dolak.

A_5 For those who prefer sunnier climes and the sounds of Western Swing, you could do a lot worse than San Antonio (right), where St. Mary's University School of Law is looking for a visitor who can teach Contracts and other business-related courses.  Contact Associate Dean Victoria Mather for details.

[Frank Snyder]

February 22, 2008 in Help Wanted | Permalink | TrackBack (0)