Short Takes On The News: Email Privacy and Harvard Law’s Papers on the Legal Profession

As I have noted in other forums, one of the ways American law schools are reacting to smaller classes is to eventually reduce the size of the faculty.  There is another approach in academia generally and it’s documented in a short essay on Slate titled “I Quit Academia,” an Important, Growing Subgenre of American Essays.”  Even tenured folks can find the work unpalatable despite the money and alleged job security.

Also on Slate is an article reprinted from Inside Higher Ed called “Classroom Confidential: Should professors have any expectation of email privacy?”  A faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse responded to students who could not access the Census.gov during the shutdown that Republicans and Tea Partiers were responsible for the lack of access.  Like anything sent to a third party, it made it into the wild and caused quite a stir.  The lesson?  Don’t say anything in email that one would be embarrassed if public.  A good example is this story from Inside Higher Ed, “Iowa TA Accidentally Sent Class Nude Photos.”  Oopsie.

Getting back to law, Harvard Law School announced that the Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession has started a Law Research Centers Papers series within the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN).  Papers related to the program are here.  The HLSP web site is here with links to papers and other publications.

Mark

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