Saturday, July 31, 2021

Mitchell Hamline is Hiring

Mitchell Hamline School of Law seeks candidates for five tenure-track/tenured faculty positions beginning in July 2022.

They are looking for:

  • Candidates with experience in law practice, law-related professional fields, or academia who are interested in teaching in any field. We have needs in Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Legal Writing, Property, Torts, Trial Advocacy, and in our clinical law program.
  • Candidates whose law-practice, teaching, research, or community-service experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.
  • Candidates who are interested in, and excited about, teaching in their innovative blended learning program (

Candidates must have a J.D. or foreign equivalent degree. They strongly encourage those who attended or taught at the following categories of institutions to apply:

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Law Schools (HBCUs) or Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs)
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTIs), or Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (ANNHs)
  • Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)
  • Asian-American & Native Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

They welcome candidates whose scholarly approach contributes to the understanding of law's impact on marginalized groups or advances equitable access and diversity in education; and candidates whose teaching incorporates effective strategies for educational advancement of students in underrepresented groups.

Mitchell Hamline is in an historic area of Saint Paul, on the Indigenous homelands of the Dakota Oyate, home to the Penumbra and Fitzgerald theaters, a diverse array of restaurants, and one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. Just across the river, Minneapolis is the home to the Walker Art Center, First Avenue, the Guthrie Theater, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and one of the nation's liveliest performing arts scenes. The city was the birthplace of the American Indian Movement and continues to boast one of the largest urban American Indian populations in the country. Eleven federally recognized tribes, including four Dakota and seven Ojibwe tribes, remain within the State of Minnesota. Minneapolis and Saint Paul are among the top cities for the arts and entertainment, active lifestyles, non-profit organizations, and exceptional levels of volunteer engagement.

Candidates must submit: (1) a resume; and (2) a cover letter that discusses their interest in the position and how their law-practice, teaching, research, or community-service experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

The committee will consider applications on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. To be considered for our first set of interviews, submit your application by September 1.

For questions about the application process, contact Professor Tom Cobb, Appointments Committee Chair, at [email protected].

Hat tip to Tom Cobb.


July 31, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Turkish Security Forces Not Immune from Suit for Violence Against Protesters

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held in Lusik Usoyan et al v. Republic of Turkey  today that a lawsuit against Turkey may proceed despite Turkey's claims of sovereign immunity. The case stems from a violent clash between Turkish security forces and peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador's residence in Washington, DC in May 2017. Injured protestors brought suit against the Republic  of Turkey. Turkey moved to dismiss the suit on the grounds of foreign sovereign immunity, the political question doctrine, and international comity. The federal district court rejected all three defenses.

On appeal, the Circuit Court held Turkey is not entitled to foreign sovereign immunity because the violent acts of the security forces fall within the tortious act exception of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA). Turkey attempted to claim the discretionary act exception to the tortious act exemption. The Court held that Turkey's actions did not meet the requirements for the discretionary act exemption. It found that under customary international law, a sending state has a right to protect its diplomats and other high officials abroad. However, that right does not include the right to commit criminal assault. Noting that fifteen Turkish security officers were indicated for criminal assault, the Court stated that "the nature of the challenged conduct was not plausibly related to protecting President Erdogan, which is the only authority Turkey had to use force against United States citizens and residents." Thus, Turkey's claim to foreign sovereign immunity fails. The appellate court also upheld the district court's conclusion that neither the political question doctrine nor international comity prevent the case from beings justiciable.



July 28, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Friday, July 23, 2021

International Law and the Olympics

OlympicThe 2021 Olympic Games officially begin today, July 23. Watching the Opening Ceremony gives rise to musings on the many areas of international law that impact and are impacted by the Olympic Games. How many can you envision? Of course, there is international sport law, but other areas include international health law, transportation, citizenship and state recognition, human rights, and environmental law. If you want to read more, check out volume 114 of AJIL Unbound (2020). Happy watching and best of luck to all the athletes! 

July 23, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Kansas is Hiring

The University of Kansas School of Law invites applications from entry level and junior lateral candidates for two tenure-track, associate professor positions to begin fall 2022. We will consider candidates in all subject areas, but are particularly interested in the areas of (1) property and (2) business, corporate finance, and transactional law, as well as candidates whose work engages these subjects in dialogue with other areas of law. Qualified candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our law school community, including a diversity of scholarly approaches, are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants must possess a J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school or equivalent degree, and must demonstrate strong scholarly potential and a commitment to excellence in teaching. The School actively seeks applications from members of groups that are underrepresented in higher education.

Review of applications begins in August and will continue until the positions are filled. Initial interviews will be conducted via Zoom. We will review candidate materials posted in the AALS Faculty Appointments Register (FAR), and also invite applications from candidates not participating in the FAR. Applications must be submitted online:
* Property area:
* Business area:
and should include a cover letter, a CV/resume, a detailed statement of research interests and future plans, a statement related to diversity, a writing sample, and the names of three references. Materials such as teaching evaluations or additional samples of scholarly work may be requested of candidates at a later date. For fullest consideration, candidates not participating in the FAR should apply by August 25, 2021.

Contact: Professor Uma Outka, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>
Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression or genetic information.

Hat tip to Prof. Kyle C. Velte


July 21, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Berkeley is Hiring

University of California at Berkeley School of Law is hiring a full-time Professor of Legal Writing for its Legal Research and Writing program.  The position will start this academic year (2021-2022). To apply, click on the link here:
Hat tip to Professor Kerry Kumabe.

July 4, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)