Welcome back to Ahead of the Curve. I’m Karen Sloan, legal education editor at Law.com, and I’ll be your host for this weekly look at innovation and notable developments in legal education.
This week, I’m chatting with Northwestern law professor Sarah Lawsky about her latest data on entry level law faculty hiring. Her crowdsourced numbers show that new hires were down in 2021, but given the upheaval brought by the pandemic, Lawsky thinks the market was surprisingly robust. Next up, I’m checking in on the University of California, Berkeley School of Law’s new campus installation that delves into former namesake—and racist—John Henry Boalt and the school’s decision to remove his name from its building. Berkeley offers a roadmap for other campuses that are ditching problematic namesakes.