November 30, 2018
Michigan Law Junior Scholars Conference
Posted by Gordon Smith

The University of Michigan Law School invites junior scholars to attend the 5th Annual Junior Scholars Conference, which will be held on April 26-27, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The conference provides junior scholars with a platform to present and discuss their work with peers, and to receive detailed feedback from senior members of the Michigan Law faculty. The Conference aims to promote fruitful collaboration between participants and to encourage their integration into a community of legal scholars. The Junior Scholars Conference is intended for academics in both law and related disciplines. Applications from postdoctoral researchers, lecturers, fellows, SJD/PhD candidates, and assistant professors (pre-tenure) who have not held an academic position for more than four years, are welcomed.

Applications are due by January 12, 2019.

Further information can be found at the Conference website:


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November 09, 2016
A Bit of Election Night Levity: My Photo Lost in the Illinois 101st Congressional District
Posted by Christine Hurt

I was avoiding Facebook last night during the waning hours of election coverage, but a friends' text sent me there to see the strangest thing.  A friend in Champaign, IL had taken a picture of his TV screen as my photo appeared beside the name Christine Law, who lost her bid to represent the 101st Congressional District in the Illinois statehouse.  Here is the photo:


From a Google search, I can find hardly anything, text or photo, informative about Christine Law. My guess is that some TV news employee was told to find a picture, googled "christine law illinois," and found my photo from the University of Illinois School of Law files. Anyway, it gave at least my FB friends something to chat about other than the state of the election!

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October 14, 2016
Villanova Searching For Business Laterals
Posted by David Zaring

Michael Risch has the details here, looks like they are looking for a senior scholar in business law and a junior who can teach ethics.

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September 12, 2016
The Harvard Law School Program On Corporate Governance Is Hiring
Posted by David Zaring

Positions below:

Executive Director

The Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance invites applications for the position of Executive Director. Together with the Faculty Director and others, the Executive Director of the Program works on building, developing, and managing the full range of activities of the Program. Under the Faculty Director’s oversight, the Executive Director manages the wide range of the Program’s operations; collaborates with major corporations, law firms, investors, advisers, and other organizations; participates in developing and directing conferences and other events for the Program; and manages the administration and personnel of the program, including fellows, research assistants, and staff. The Executive Director also collaborates with constituent groups and other professionals; participates in fundraising activities; interacts with donors and visitors; and takes on other management roles within the Program as needed. The Executive Director is involved in overseeing the Program’s website and other media outreach efforts, as well as the Program’s blog, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Candidates should have a J.D. or another graduate degree in law, policy, or social science, and 3+ years of experience in a relevant field of law or policy. This is a full-time term appointment. Start date is flexible. Additional information on the Executive Director position, as well as detailed instructions on how to apply, is available through ASPIRE.

Academic Fellow

The Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance invites applications for Post-Graduate Academic Fellows. Candidates should be interested in spending two or three years at Harvard Law School in preparation for a career in academia or policy research, and should have a J.D., LL.M. or S.J.D. from a U.S. law school (or expect to have completed most of the requirements for such a degree by the time they commence their fellowship). During the term of their appointment, Post-Graduate Academic Fellows work on research and corporate governance activities of the Program, depending on their interests and Program needs. Fellows may also work on their own research and publishing, and some former Fellows of the Program now teach in leading law schools in the U.S. and abroad.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit a CV, list of references, law school grades, and a writing sample and cover letter to the coordinator of the Program, Ms. Jordan Figueroa, at [email protected]. The cover letter should describe the candidate’s experience, reasons for seeking the position, career plans, and the kinds of Program projects and activities in which they would like to be involved. The position includes Harvard University benefits and a competitive fellowship salary. Start date is flexible.

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August 20, 2016
Alabama Hiring, In, Inter Alia, Business Law
Posted by David Zaring

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA SCHOOL OF LAW seeks to fill entry-level/junior-lateral tenure-track positions for the 2017-2018 academic year. Candidates must have outstanding academic credentials, including a J.D. from an accredited law school or an equivalent degree (such as a Ph.D. in a related field). Entry-level candidates should demonstrate potential for strong teaching and scholarship; junior-lateral candidates should have an established record of excellent teaching and distinguished scholarship. Although positions are not necessarily limited by subject, applications from those who study and teach commercial law (including contracts and sales) or torts (including products liability) are especially welcome; business law, family law, and insurance law are also areas of interest. We welcome applications from candidates who approach scholarship from a variety of perspectives and methods (including quantitative or qualitative empiricism, formal mode ling, or historical or philosophical analysis). The University of Alabama embraces diversity in its faculty, students, and staff, and we welcome applications from those who would add to the diversity of our academic community. Salary, benefits, and research support will be nationally competitive. All applications are confidential to the extent permitted by state and federal law, and interested applicants should apply at; the positions remain open until filled. Questions should be directed to Professor Heather Elliott, Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee ([email protected]). The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow this link to find out more: “EEO is the Law”

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July 31, 2016
Corporate Law At Nebraska Law
Posted by David Zaring

The notice is after the jump:

The UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA COLLEGE OF LAW invites applications for entry-level and lateral
candidates for one or more tenure-track or tenured faculty positions. Our needs include courses related
• Business Law (e.g., Business Associations; Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Insurance Law,
Bankruptcy, Corporate Restructuring, Nonprofit Organizations, Risk Management / Compliance, or White
Collar Crime)
• Criminal Law (e.g., Federal Criminal Law or White Collar Crime, Criminal Procedure 2, Post-Conviction
Remedies, or Criminal Sentencing);
• Health Care (e.g., Federal Regulation of Health Care Providers, Health Care Finance, Torts,
Administrative Law, Medical Malpractice, Privacy Law, Law and Medicine, Public Health Law, Bioethics
and the Law, and the Law of Provider and Patient);
• Litigation Skills and Related Courses (e.g., Trial Advocacy, Civil Rights Litigation, Pretrial Litigation or
other litigation skills courses, Conflicts of Laws);
• Family Law;
• Education Law; and
• Election Law.
Minimum Required Qualifications: J.D Degree or Equivalent, Superior Academic Record, Demonstrated
Interest in Relevant Substantive Areas. Title of Asst/Assoc/or Full Professor will be based on
qualifications of applicant. Please fill out the University application, which can be found at, and upload a CV, a cover letter, and a list of references.
General information about the Law College is available at The University of Nebraska-
Lincoln is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity,
work-life balance, and dual careers. See Review of
applications will begin on August 25, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. If you have
questions, please contact Associate Dean Eric Berger, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee,
University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, NE 68583-0902, or send an email to
[email protected].

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July 29, 2016
Corporate Law At Tennessee Law
Posted by David Zaring

They are looking, and the announcement is after the jump.





The University of Tennessee

College of Law

THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF LAW invites applications from both entry-level and lateral candidates for two full-time, tenure-track faculty positions to commence in the 2017 Fall Semester.  Candidates should have a particular interest in either business law teaching, including business associations and contracts, or transactional clinical teaching in business, taxation, intellectual property, community economic development, or health care that offers students transferable legal skills.  

A J.D. or equivalent law degree is required.  Successful applicants must have a strong academic background, expertise and experience relevant to the position, and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

In furtherance of the University’s and the College’s fundamental commitment to diversity among our faculty, student body, and staff, we strongly encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and others whose background, experience, and viewpoints would contribute to a diverse law school environment.

The Faculty Appointments Committee will interview applicants who are registered in the 2016 Faculty Appointments Register of the Association of American Law Schools at the AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference in Washington, D.C.  Applicants who are not registered in the AALS Faculty Appointments Register are advised to send a letter of intent, resume, and the names and contact information of three references by September 30, 2016 to:

Sean Gunter

On behalf of Michael Higdon, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee

The University of Tennessee College of Law

1505 W. Cumberland Avenue

Knoxville, TN  37996-1810

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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July 19, 2016
Wharton Is Hiring In Business Ethics
Posted by David Zaring

The announcement is below, do tell your friends, and we welcome applications from JDs.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track position in its Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics.  The Department has nineteen full-time faculty who teach a wide variety of business-oriented courses in law and ethics in the undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. programs and whose research is regularly published in leading journals.  The Wharton School has one of the largest and best-published business school faculties in the world.  In addition, the school has a global reach and perspective, as well as an interdisciplinary approach to business issues (embracing ten academic departments and over twenty research centers). 

Applicants must have either a Ph.D., J.D., or both, from an accredited institution (an expected completion date no later than July 1, 2018, for the Ph.D. is acceptable) and a demonstrated interest in ethical issues relevant to business -- for example, the nature of corporate responsibility, the ethical significance of markets, sustainability, business philanthropy, manipulation and deception in advertising, just compensation, etc. We welcome applications from people with training in the humanities, the social sciences, and/or law. The appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2017.

Please submit electronically your letter of introduction, c.v., and one article or writing sample in PDF format via the following website by November 1, 2016:  Some decisions for interviews will be made before the deadline; so candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Questions may be addressed to Tamara English, [email protected].

The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer.  Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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July 05, 2016
Call for Papers: Ethics in Business Transactions
Posted by Gordon Smith

The AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills is seeking paper proposals for its program on "Ethics in Business Transactions" at the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. This program will feature a panel discussion to be followed by scholarly presentations selected from the Call for Papers, which is reproduced below.

The program on Ethics in Business Transactions is co-sponsored by the Section on Professional Responsibility and is scheduled to take place on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 1:30-3:15 pm.

The Section on Transactional Law and Skills is also hosting a second program entitled "Transactional Law and Entrepreneurship," which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 8:30-10:15 pm.

Here is the call for papers:

Ethics in Business Transactions

Business transactions are governed by legal rules designed to encourage ethical behavior. The regulation of corruption, fraud, and conflicts of interest are obvious examples, but myriad other laws aim to ensure honesty and integrity among transacting parties. Lawyers play an important role in guiding the ethical behavior of their clients by clarifying the boundaries of legal behavior or by assisting clients in navigating ethical dilemmas. Lawyers also sometimes act as “gatekeepers” who reassure the public or third parties that a client is complying with its legal and ethical obligations and sometimes as “monitors” who enter the scene after a compliance failure is manifest. In all of these roles, lawyers are governed by their own ethical obligations embodied in codes of professional responsibility. This session will examine ethics in business transactions from various perspectives with the goal of inspiring more deliberate consideration of business ethics in law school teaching and legal scholarship.

The first part of our program will involve a panel of speakers who will focus their comments on the questions posed above. Panel participants include Christopher D. Dillon, a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Palo Alto office; Mina Kim, General Counsel of Sunrun Inc.; Eric W. Orts, the Guardsmark Professor and Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Veronica Root, an Associate Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School; and Joseph Yockey, a Professor and Michael and Brenda Sandler Faculty Fellow in Corporate Law at the University of Iowa College of Law.

The Section on Transactional Law and Skills invites submissions from any full-time faculty member of an AALS member school who has written an unpublished paper, is working on a paper, or who is interested in writing a paper on this topic to submit a 1 or 2-page proposal to the Chair of the Section by August 31, 2016. The Executive Committee will review all submissions and select proposals for presentation as part of our AALS 2017 Section Meeting. Please direct all submissions and questions to the Chair of the Section, D. Gordon Smith, Dean and Glen L. Farr Professor of Law, BYU Law School, 348 JRCB, Provo, Utah 84602 Email: [email protected] Tel: +1 801 422 6383.

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June 09, 2016
Boston Tenure Track: Bentley
Posted by David Zaring

See below: it's a good group there:

The Bentley University Law Taxation and Financial Planning Department has been approved to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor.  The position is funded to begin teaching in the fall of 2017, with a July 1, 2017, start date.  Here is a direct link to the Assistant Professor job posting:

Job Posting for Bentley University Tenure Track Assistant Professor

If you are interested in the position and believe yourself to be qualified, please apply electronically. Please note that, although the deadline for submission of applications is September 30, we hope to interview at the ALSB annual conference in San Juan in August due to our limited budget for bringing candidates to campus in Massachusetts. To that end, we will begin reviewing applications in July so as to schedule San Juan interviews. Therefore, if you plan to attend the August ALSB conference in San Juan, we encourage you to apply by mid-July to ensure that your application can be reviewed before the conference.

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May 23, 2016
Call for Papers: International Economic Law Conference at Georgetown Sep 30-Oct 1.
Posted by David Zaring

I'm co-chairing ASIL's biennial conference on international economic law this year, and I hope that many friends of the Glom will consider attending, and even giving a paper.  You can find the call for papers here, and Georgetown's International Law Journal is willing to serve as a publication outlet for those interested in pursuing that, their announcement is here.  As we say in the call,

We encourage submissions on all aspects of international economic law, including those that do not focus on cross-cutting issues. The themes listed below are illustrative only and non-exhaustive. If your paper fits within one or more of these themes, please make a note of it in your proposal. Illustrative Themes:

Cross-fertilization opportunities between trade, tax, monetary and finance law: How does monetary law impact trade and finance, and vice-versa?

Soft law in international economic law: Are there lessons to be drawn from financial regulation for trade and investment?  How does regionalism shape and challenge international economic law?

Dispute resolution in the face of trade and investment treaty convergence: What are the opportunities and challenges raised by recent innovations? Is a unified system possible or desirable?

International economic law and systemic risk

Public-private partnerships in international economic law

I hope you'll consider joining me in DC in September (it is a great time to be there, inter alia).

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May 02, 2016
Tenure Track Business Law At Western Michigan
Posted by David Zaring

Details after the jump.

   Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Business Law:  FALL 2017


The Department of Finance and Commercial Law in the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in business law at the assistant professor level beginning August 2017. A J.D. with an excellent academic record from an ABA accredited law school and admission in good standing to practice law in one’s jurisdiction or the expectation of admission by August 2017 is required. Strong potential for outstanding teaching and research is also a requirement. Teaching experience in legal topics within undergraduate or graduate business curricula is preferred. The ideal candidate will have an established record of scholarly research. An undergraduate or graduate degree in accounting or business related field (e.g., Finance, Business Communications, Management, or Marketing) from an AACSB accredited school is also preferred. Salary is competitive, with a generous benefits package.

The Department of Finance and Commercial Law will start offering a business law major in Fall 2016. The department currently offers a business law minor. The department also offers majors in finance and personal financial planning, with total major enrollment of about 400 students. The finance major is a CFA Institute Recognized program and the personal financial planning major is certified by the CFP Board. The Haworth College of Business offers 17 majors and is the academic home to nearly 3,600 undergraduate students. Another 350 students are enrolled in the MBA and M.S.A. programs. The college is accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by AACSB International.

Western Michigan University (WMU) has an enrollment of nearly 22,000 students. WMU delivers high-quality undergraduate instruction, has a strong graduate division, and fosters significant research activities. The Carnegie Foundation classifies WMU as one of the nation’s 147 public research universities.

WMU is located in Kalamazoo, which is midway between Chicago and Detroit (about 140 miles from each). Kalamazoo County, with population just over 250,000, has over 450 restaurants, 83 lakes with public access and 22 public golf courses. The area has a wealth of cultural offerings, with numerous festivals, over ten live performance theatres and several museums. The Kalamazoo Promise, a scholarship program for Kalamazoo Public High School graduates, received national attention for its generosity and for its innovative approach to economic development. Southwest Michigan is home to several large employers, including Kellogg’s, Pfizer, Stryker and Whirlpool.

Interviews will be scheduled at the ALSB meeting in Puerto Rico in August 2016 and at the AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference in October 2016.  Applications must be submitted through the university’s web site at, where additional information and application procedures can be found. Candidates should submit (1) a cover letter that expresses the applicant's interest in the position; (2) a vita; (3) the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references; (4) summary information on courses taught and student evaluations; (5) recent working papers or publications; and (6) a brief statement that describes research interests and teaching philosophy. For more information, please email Dr. Norman Hawker at [email protected].

Western Michigan University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer consistent with applicable federal and state law. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Appointments are pending funding.

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April 21, 2016
Business Law at Ryerson in Toronto
Posted by David Zaring

If you're interested, details after the jump.

The Law & Business Department invites applications for two one-year Limited Term Faculty positions to commence on July 1 2016. The positions are subject to final budgetary approval.
The positions will only have teaching and service obligations. The teaching responsibilities include a range of undergraduate law courses. The service responsibilities include the coordination of undergraduate law courses. This position is directed to candidates who have an SJD or equivalent in law. Successful candidates will have demonstrated evidence of related teaching excellence at the undergraduate level and a capacity for collaboration and collegial service.
Applicants are asked to submit their detailed curriculum vitae, one-page statement of teaching experience, one-page statement of research, specialization and interests and names of three references. Please note that applications by fax or e-mail will not be accepted. To ensure full consideration, candidates must apply by May 20 2016, however, late applications may be considered until the position is filled. Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research,
Applicants should submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (, under Faculty Opportunities).
Ryerson University is known for innovative programs built on the integration of theoretical and applied learning. More than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs are distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum and strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities. Ryerson is also a leader in adult learning, with the largest university-based continuing education school in Canada. Ryerson University is located in the multi-cultural heart of downtown Toronto.
The Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University offers distinctive Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) and graduate (MBA and MMSc) degrees in six schools – Accounting & Finance, Business Management, Health Services Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Information Technology Management and Retail Management. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto's diverse business community, our Bay Street location reinforces our strong links to the heart of corporate Canada. With an emphasis on relevant curriculum and excellence in teaching and research, our Schools continue to demonstrate their commitment to innovation and program quality by combining academic rigour with real-world learning. To learn more about our Schools, please visit
This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed at: The RFA’s website can be found at: A summary of RFA benefits can be found at:
Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority

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April 19, 2016
Welcome to the Blawgosphere: The Surly Subgroup
Posted by Christine Hurt

Welcome to the blawgosphere/blogosphere: The Surly Subgroup:  Tax Blogging on a Consolidated Basis!  This new blog was launched fittingly on Tax Day (yesterday).  Sorry I missed the launch, but I was running to the post office.  The array of authors promises interesting takes on a variety of tax issues:  Jennifer Bird-Pollan, Benjamin Leff, Leandra Lederman, Philip Hackney, David Herzig, Stephanie Hoffer, Diane Ring, Sam Brunson, and Shu-Yi Oei.

Happy Posting!


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March 29, 2016
D. Gordon Smith Named New Dean of J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
Posted by Christine Hurt




Congratulations are in order for our own Gordon Smith, who was recently named the new dean of BYU Law School beginning May 1!  Anyone who has spent much time talking to Gordon knows that he is a visionary, someone who is always asking how to make this institution, this organization, this conference, even this blog, better.  I am very excited to see how he applies his boundless energy and creativity to the deanship here at BYU.  Obviously, being a law school dean these days has its challenges and opportunities, and I trust wholeheartedly Gordon's judgment and care in this regard.  I doubt any of us will get much sleep for the next five years, but I can guarantee that this institution will be all the better for it.

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