Friday, March 22, 2013

Dammit Jim! I'm a Doctor, Not a Dean.

Yesterday, UNLV's Boyd School of law announced the selection of its new dean, Daniel W. Hamilton. Dr. Hamilton (Dr. because he has a Ph.D in American legal history from Harvard) is joining us from his current position at the University of Illinois College of Law and expected to start on July 1, 2013.  Congratulations to him and good luck!

Does anyone have any insight on this selection? Good idea or bad idea? Was it really necessary to outsource this position to Illinois? Isn't the dean just a ceremonial figurehead who makes excuses for why the school is charging so much to students who can't find jobs? Couldn't we have just offered them Judge Miley?

Also, on an unrelated note--how about them Rebels? Maybe they should change their nickname from the Runnin' Rebels to the One 'n' Done Rebels. Did that completely bust your bracket? I didn't think so.


13 comments:

  1. I have a JD, I want everyone to call me "Doctor".

    Someone should remind this guy that chiropractors are also called "Doctor".

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  2. Here is a link to his picture. Kinda gives a Chris Christie vibe. http://www.law.illinois.edu/faculty/profile/DanielHamilton

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  3. UNLV is a disgrace. Pathetic as usual. Will never pick the Rebels again in any brackets. New Mexico too. Guess the MWC is really a joke.

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  4. Oh, good. Because what UNLV really needs right now is another carpetbagger.

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  5. Isn't this the same kind of problem the school district is dealing with right now? They bring in someone from out of state who is essentially a "hired gun" and is not invested in community. I don't know if Rappaport wanted the job, but if she did, it was stupid to hire from out of state.

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  6. Boyd expects so much community support. Hiring an out of state dean. Good job again.

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  7. Aren't 90% of us carpetbaggers? I sure as hell am not a Vegas native (as evidenced by my graduation from high school).

    That said, I don't really see why this matters. At the end of the day, UNLV Law is grossly overpriced and places too few of its grads in real lawyer jobs. How does this change any of that?

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  8. The question is what is the dean's purpose. Is he just the principal of a much more expensive high school, or is he expected to bring something to the table? If so, what?

    Deans are in charge of administering the school and fundraising / budgeting. That's pretty much it. UNLV doesn't have huge donors begging to get the naming rights on the gloryhole on the first floor. So, UNLV needs someone who can reach out, use his/her connections in the community where the most likely donors are going to be found (in-state), and make it rain for the school. Can the Yankee do that?

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  9. It's an out-of-the-blue hire. Has anyone considered that maybe there just were not many established and qualified people willing to come out here to Tumbleweed Tech. In the big world of legal academia, being the Dean of Boyd isn't exactly a super-prestigious position.

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  10. Actually the applicants for the Dean of Boyd Law School have been, over the years, amazing. Boyd is the youngest state law school in the country and administrative-types from Georgetown and other prestigious law schools want the ability to "make a difference."

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  11. Plus, the number of law schools is (rightly) small when compared to the number of people that would like to be a dean. So, spots for deans and professors are hard to get for even the most impressive candidates.

    For a matter of comparison, Harvard Law School graduates about 500 JDs every year. Yale is around 150. There are (obviously) only 100 dean spots at top-100 schools. So, even the bottom of the top-100 has very impressive dean candidates.

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  12. What's happening at MAC? Rumor has it that in recent weeks 5 associates have decided to leave on their own accord. Can anyone confirm?

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  13. I tried to read two law review articles by this new dean. He writes like an academic. After 30 minutes I still have no idea WTF "American Property Ideology" refers to. He'll fit in wonderfully at UNLV. Clear, concise and lucid writing is frowned upon by UNLV, and positively abhored by its faculty.

    It's interesting that he's white and does not specialize in gay transgender immigration rights, or whatever is fashionable these days. His online record doesn't reveal much reason to think he's an administrative genius. Interesting...perhaps a weak king will keep the uppity princes happy while they plot the final turn?

    In the meantime, the hottest intellect that ever graced that ugly place is taking a job in Florida! Talk about lost opportunities.

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