Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Blackbook's Top Law Prof. Competition

As I've made clear in prior postings, I place a pretty high premium on teaching ability. And we know law students love ranking things because it's "prestigious" to categorize and classify; it is, after all, the "law school way."

So, pursuant to a tipster's advice, we're pleased to announce our efforts to perpetuate the obsession with rankings by starting our own competition to determine who the "best" law school professor is--based on classroom performance, of course.

Here's how it works: e-mail us or leave us a comment to this posting nominating a professor. Be sure to specify what school the professor teaches at. In a week or two, we'll put everything together and create a poll of some kind. We'll pull the top five professors from that poll into another poll, and will determine--from there--who our readers think should be crowned "Blackbook's Top Law Prof."

Here's your chance to grade your professors...enjoy!

50 comments:

  1. Richard Epstein - NYU Law & U of Chicago Law

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  2. Penn 2L ... I would have to nominate the best 1L Professor --- Tobias Wolffe

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  3. Cary Coglianese. University of Pennsylvania.

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  4. Peter Smith, The George Washington University Law School

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  5. Joseph Glannon from Suffolk

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  6. Joshua Dressler-Ohio State

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  7. Echo Peter Smith

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  8. Jay Tidmarsh - Notre Dame

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  9. Erwin Chemerinsky, UC Irvine

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  10. Charles DiSalvo WVU Law

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  11. David Rudovsky, University of Pennsylvania

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  12. Dean Maggs, GWU Law

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  13. Sean Murphy, GW Law. And I'd definitely vote against P. Smith...

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  14. I'm shocked to hear that 10:51. I thought Smith was fantastic, and am terribly upset he didn't teach any courses this year.

    I guess we'll get a chance to see if most agree with me when this goes to the polls.

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  15. 10.06- "okay, let's get started."

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  16. Paul Butler--The George Washington University

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  17. Howard Shelanski, UC-Berkeley

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  18. Professor Phillip Genty: Columbia law

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  19. I nominate Alen Garfield from Widener

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  20. Larry Cunningham, GW law

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  21. I'm a bit more of an A.J. Bellia fan, but I can get behind a vote for Jay Tidmarsh.

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  22. Edit from 10:16 - Jay Tidmarsh from Notre Dame.

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  23. Noah Feldman -- Harvard

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  24. i 2nd the nomination for Larry Cunningham. you with me?

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  25. Add 1 for Prof. Genty -- Columbia

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  26. Up and Comer- Brian Fitzpatrick, Vandy.

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  27. I'm glad to see we've received several nominations already. Some e-mails have pointed out that this could not possibly be representative or scientific; we realize this. This is intended to be for fun, and we're thrilled to see that many have come out to support their school's professors.

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  28. Tally one for Genty Columbia

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  29. No one from Cornell?

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  30. Norman Spaulding -- Stanford

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  31. Aaron Twerski - Brooklyn

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  32. Henderson and Alexander - Cornell

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  33. Troy McKenzie - NYU

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  34. Maggs - GW. Most organized way of teaching a traditionally complex subject ever imaginable

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  35. Tobias Wolffe, Penn

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  36. That this will not be "scientific" is really understating the matter. It will be 100% pointless, because people can only vote for professors they've had, and each of us attends only one or at most two schools.

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  37. @ 7:12--

    I understand your point, and agree that we will not be able to draw any substantive conclusions about who the best professors are based on the results. However, I disagree that this "will be 100% pointless." This is supposed to be for fun, and has already (and will continue to) draw people to vote for their favorite professors. If nothing else, it'll acknowledge what a great job these professors have done in inspiring their students--if only on an individual level.

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  38. You tell them craig! It makes no sense that you should have to defend this to people. Only law students would be dismissive enough to question something like this for not being official enough when its' obviously not supposed t obe.

    I haven't nominated yet, but I promise I will soon.

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  39. Neal Katyal @ Georgetown

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  40. Neal Katyal no longer teaches at G-town...right?

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  41. He's w/ gov't now (Katyal)

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  42. Art Miller, HLS

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  43. 9:41..Miller's at NYU

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  44. You guys are all voting for the most famous professors..lol

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  45. Dean Lawrence ;)

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  46. Larry Cunningham from GW!! I think so!

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