Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Blackbook's Second Annual Top Law Prof. Competition

It's that time of the year again! The Blackbook Legal Blog is proud to announce that we're hosting our second annual top law professor competition. Last year's competition was a major success with hundreds of different voters from different schools casting their ballot. In the end, Professor Peter Smith of The George Washington University Law School emerged victorious. We hope this year's competition will be as spirited.

As a reminder, 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. 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."

*Note that winners from the past year are ineligible to participate. Thus, nominations for Professor Smith will not be accepted in this year's competition.

143 comments:

  1. Bummer. Smith was the best professor I've ever had.

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  2. well in that case ORIN KERR!!!

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  3. I think even the least of us must see the flaws that make this contest meaningless.

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  4. I'm going out on a limb and nominating Brian Leiter. I had him as a professor and it seems like he has gotten a bum rap recently on many message boards across the internet. The guy is actually really nice, and tries his best to help his students.

    SO GO DR. LEITER!

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  5. Well, hey Dr. Leiter, didn't know you read student blogs?

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  6. Professor John Hasnas from Georgetown Law Center

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  7. Professor Andrew Morriss at the University of Illinois College of Law has been by far my favorite law professor thus far. If anybody wants a taste of what he's like, he's currently debating Van Jones on the Economist online regarding government creation of "green jobs."

    http://economist.com/debate/days/view/479

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  8. I'm not Dr. Leiter you idiot. I just really enjoyed his class.

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  9. The guy is actually really nice, and tries his best to help his students.



    DUI Attorney

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  10. Cohen at Golden Gate

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  11. Golden Gate is a TTTTTT

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  12. Someone did not seriously vote for Brian Leiter?

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  13. Professor Michael Sabbath at Mercer University

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  14. Bradley Joondeph, Santa Clara University

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  15. Professor Gil Seinfeld at the University of Michigan.

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  16. Professor Richard A. Epstein
    New York University School of Law

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  17. Alfred Yen at Boston College -- he's amazing!

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  18. Nelson Tebbe, Brooklyn Law School.

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  19. Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard Law School

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  20. Leiter may be nice in person. But he's a smug bully on the internet.

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  21. One Mr. Samuel Issacharoff, of course.

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  22. Stephen Smith University of Notre Dame (Stolen from UVA in the last few years.)

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  23. Seriously, Epstein?! The man may be a brilliant scholar but he is NOT a good professor.

    I vote Kenji Yoshino (formerly of Yale, currently at NYU).

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  24. The guy who nominated Epstein is Leiter.

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  25. A top law prof and no discussion of Greg Maggs at GW? Let me be the first to nom him...sheesh!

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  26. Bill Rubinstein - Civil Procedure - Harvard Law School

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  27. A. Benjamin Spencer-- Washington & Lee School of Law

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  28. A general note: Sometimes posting doesn't work on the first click. If you get an error message after you hit 'post comment,' then click it a second time.

    Cheers.

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  29. Jack Beard at UCLA...hilarious, brilliant, and obsessed with getting us to think about life after law school

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  30. Eric Chaffee - University of Dayton School of Law

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  31. Bill Rubenstein- Harvard Law

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  32. Barry Friedman, NYU

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  33. Richard Primus, University of Michigan

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  34. Ernest Smith-
    University of Texas

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  35. Mitch Berman at the university of Texas.

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  36. Eva Hanks @ Cardozo. I just hope to be as vigorous as her when I'm 83. (Seriously, this lady must be caffeinated out of her mind)

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  37. Shani King at the University of Florida

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  38. Barbara Holden-Smith, Cornell

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  39. Barbara Holden-Smith, Cornell.

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  40. Bruce Mann, Harvard Law School

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  41. Roger Schechter at George Washington University Law School.

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  42. Jeffery Schoenblum
    Vanderbilt Law School

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  43. Pamela Karlan at Stanford Law School

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  44. Joshua Dressler, Ohio State University

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  45. Michael Kaufman, Loyola (Chicago). He has to be the most hysterical professor EVER, and his compassion and interest in his students is unparalleled. Not to mention his Barbri lectures are brilliant.

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  46. Troy McKenzie, NYU

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  47. Seconded: Eric Chafee; University of Dayton School of Law!

    It's like he remembers how he wished it was taught to him as a law student and made it a reality. Simply awesome.

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  48. Eyup. Chaffee. Dayton.

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  49. Ethan J. Leib, Hastings (visiting, Boalt, Columbia)

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  50. Barry Friedman, NYU

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  51. Another for Greg Maggs at GWU

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  52. kathleen sullivan at stanford law

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  53. Paul Marcus, William & Mary

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  54. Brant Hellwig - University of South Carolina

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  55. Dale Oesterle- THE Ohio State University

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  56. I've got an enthusiastic second for Gil Seinfeld at Michigan

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  57. Joel Paul, UC Hastings

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  58. Bruce Mann, Harvard Law.

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  59. Oh definitely Prof. Mann! Bruce Mann - Harvard!

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  60. Professor Richard Primus, University of Michigan Law School.

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  61. Scott Sundby--W&L

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  62. No Penn love on a Penn student blog!?

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  63. PHILIP BOBBITT, Columbia Law School

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  64. Antonio F. Perez--Catholic Univesity of America, Columbus School of Law

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  65. J.J. White, University of Michigan

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  66. Karen Brown, The George Washington University Law School

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  67. Christopher Serkin, Brooklyn Law
    Dick Helmholz, Chicago Law

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  68. Spencer Waller, Loyola Chicago

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  69. Ethan Yale, UVA
    Michael Doran, Georgetown

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  70. Nancy B. Rapoport (when she taught at The Ohio State University), now at UNLV

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  71. Matthew Waxman - Columbia Law School

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  72. Bo Rutledge, formerly of Catholic University and now of Georgia

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  73. Christopher Serkin, Brooklyn Law School

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  74. Chris Serkin, BLS

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  75. Catherine Struve -- Penn

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  76. Brad Smith, Capital University Law School

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  77. I'll second Scott Sundby at W&L

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  78. Prof. Brian Murchison - Washington & Lee

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  79. Dan Tokaji, Ohio State

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  80. Prof. Linnie Benezech-University of Florida Levin College of Law

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  81. Catherine Struve at Penn Law

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  82. Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law School -- the absolute best ever!

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  83. Professor Ruthann Robson from the CUNY Law in New York. Not only did she essentially found Queer legal theory, she is a powerhouse on constitutional law issues (she co-authors the con law prof blog) as well. She is also an inspiring professor and invested in student publishing.

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  84. Ray Gallagher, University of Notre Dame Law School

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  85. The contest begins, and ends, with Suzanna Sherry at Vanderbilt. She's a fed courts tigress.

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  86. Elizabeth Warren, Harvard Law School.

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  87. Ben Sachs, Harvard Law School.

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  88. Ben Sachs, Harvard Law School.

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  89. Paul Marcus, W&M

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  90. Jody Kraus, UVA

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  91. Chalk one for Leiter.

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  92. Alice Abreu
    Temple Law

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  93. I would like to second the nomination for
    Troy A. McKenzie
    New York University School of Law

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  94. Neil Williams - Loyola Chicago

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  95. Richard Pugh- University of San Diego
    Karen Burke- University of San Diego

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  96. Charles Tabb - University of Illinois
    Kit Kinports - Penn State

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  97. Professor Gil Seinfeld at the University of Michigan. Hands down, the best prof of any I've had in undergrad, grad or law school.

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  98. Tabb one for Chuck Tabb

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  99. Brian Murchison at W&L and
    Brian Clarke, also at W&L

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  100. I go to BC and Yen is pretty awesome. But, I'm nominating Jim Repetti, he's an amazing professor AND he's a tax guy.

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  101. Catherine Struve from Penn. She is brilliant, sweet, and an awesome professor!

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  102. Regarding Struve, not to mention she is H-O-T

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  103. Brian Murchison at Washington & Lee. He's a stand-up guy with tremendous, genuine empathy for his students. In addition to his full class load (and serving as interim dean), he set aside an astonishing amount of his time to assist students with everything from career development to litigation prep (for a clinic he's no longer formally involved with). He's an apparently-bottomless well of heartfelt avuncular advice. ..All of which I say despite the fact that I got my lowest grade in law school in Murch's Torts class.

    That said, Scott Sundby also deserves recognition. As the story goes, he once (2006, or so) showed up to a house party in the middle of the night to personally DD students home while the over-zealous Lexington PD were threatening all inside with public intoxication.

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  104. Larry Ward, IOWA

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  105. Barbara Holden-Smith, Cornell

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  106. 2nd Sam Issacharoff

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  107. Jody Kraus left UVA. At UMich now, Columbia Next year. But definitely a kickass prof.

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  108. Mike Cassidy - Boston College Law School

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  109. Eric Talley- Berkeley Law School

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  110. Richard McAdams, U Chicago Law

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  111. Omri Ben-Shahar, U Chicago, formerly UMich

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  112. Susan Rozelle, Stetson

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  113. @4:09
    Yeah, she definitely is. But her hotness is amplified by her brilliance...

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  114. Alexander Somek, Iowa Law

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  115. John Eason, Tulane University Law School

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  116. Luize Zubrow- GW Law

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  117. Jim Repetti - BC Law

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  118. Bob Peroni - Texas

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  119. Professor Jonathan Harris of the Birmingham Law School in England.

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  120. Xuan-Thao Nguyen at SMU

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  121. David Post, Temple Law School

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  122. Anthony Bocchino, Temple Law School

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  123. Second John Eason, Tulane

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  124. THE Deborah Schenk - NYU LLM. She may be small, but damn she packs a punch. You walk out of her class everyday thinking you could serve as tax counsel in negotiating a multi-million dollar transaction...but that's after she's accused you of malpractice twice that same day.

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  125. Thomas McGarity University of Texas

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  126. Second Peroni at Texas.

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  127. Rob Nassau, Syracuse
    inspired many a law student to go into tax law and even has a former student now clerking on the US Tax Court

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  128. Dan Ernst, Georgetown Law.

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  129. I would like to nominate Chris Sagers, professor at Cleveland Marshall School of Law

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  130. Michael Doran @ Georgetown University Law Center. The man somehow made tax law fun and comprehensible, even for those of us who clearly have no business going into BigLaw.

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  131. Another vote for John Eason at Tulane (Tax and Trusts & Estates).

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  132. Professor Richard Pierce, The George Washington University Law School

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  133. Ralph Steinhardt (GW Law)

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  134. Dale Oesterle, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

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  135. Michael Collins, UVA
    George Geis, UVA

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  136. 3rding Gregory Maggs (GW Law)

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  137. Bo Rutledge -- University of Georgia

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  139. Peter Lake - Stetson Law

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