Friday, March 26, 2021
Monday, March 22, 2021
I would definitely recommend that you include your HeinOnline ScholarRank [in your materials]…. [T]he most important thing to know is that each faculty member’s ScholarRank score is like golf. The lower the better. Cass Sunstein is currently at the top with a ScholarRank of #1. The ScholarRank scores go as high as #45,000.
Your ScholarRank score is #4492 …. You’ve been cited 238 times [in the last 12 months] in HeinOnline journals….
And the ScholarRank score is about to become the single most important metric in American legal academia. Starting next year, 40% of each American law school’s U.S. News [and World Report] ranking will be based on HeinOnline’s cumulative ScholarRank of the school’s faculty (which apparently will consist of the combined faculty score divided by the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty). It’s going to have a huge impact on our field. Interestingly, however, most law school faculty (at least in my neck of the woods) seem unaware of ScholarRank.
Interestingly, 20% of the ScholarRank score is based on HeinOnline downloads in the past 12 months. Accordingly, I think ScholarRank is going to kill SSRN, at least as a platform for legal scholarship. People are soon going to realize that posting on SSRN is counterproductive because SSRN downloads don’t count toward a scholar’s ScholarRank score, whereas HeinOnline downloads directly factor into your ScholarRank score.
Seth Barrett Tillman, The Future of U.S. News and Wold Report’s Law School Rankings: A Letter from A Friend (UPDATE), New Reform Club (Mar. 22, 2021, 9:44 AM), <https://reformclub.blogspot.com/2021/03/the-future-of-us-news-and-wold-reports.html>;
UPDATE: Paul Caron, at Tax Prof Blog, was in contact with U.S. News & World Report. His correspondence indicates that my information above is not correct.
Monday, March 08, 2021
“Y Dyn Na Fu Erioed,” in Aberbargoed, Borough of Caerphilly, Wales, United Kingdom War Memorial, <https://tinyurl.com/43z4ym3a>. See generally Ewen Montagu, C.B.E., K.C., The Man Who Never Was (Philadelphia, Penn.: Lippincott, 1954) (publicizing the details of Operation Mincemeat: including the story of Glyndwr Michael, who posthumously served as Major William Martin, RM); Ronald Neame, director, The Man Who Never Was (Sumar Productions, 1956); Operation Mincemeat Documentary, Youtube, <https://tinyurl.com/5kxb39bn>. Montagu was elected president of the Anglo-Jewish Association in 1949, and he became president of the United Synagogue in 1954. Year Book of the Anglo-Jewish Association 1951, 5711/5712 (London: Office of the Anglo-Jewish Association, n.d.), 93-94; “VE Day 8 May 1945 Commemorations,” Gazette 2020/Wadham College, University of Oxford, 53, 55, <https://tinyurl.com/y6pf62tf>. After the war, Montagu served as Judge Advocate of the Fleet, recorder, and judge. See R v Long, Queen’s Bench  1 (Court of Criminal Appeal 1959) 681, 682 (Lord Parker, CJ) (reporting Montagu as recorder during trial proceedings in Southampton Borough Quarter Sessions); Lord David Hacking, “From Cambridge into the Law and the World of Arbitration,” Arbitration 82(3) (2016): 281, 286 (noting that Ewen Montagu was the presiding judge at Middlesex Quarter Sessions in Parliament Square, and “to us at the Bar, [Montagu] was ‘The Judge who Bloody Well Is’.”); “Hon. Ewen Edward Samuel Samuel-Montagu,” The Peerage, <http://www.thepeerage.com/p58982.htm>.
Seth Barrett Tillman, Footnote From my Next Paper, New Reform Club (Mar. 8, 2021, 7:42 PM), <https://reformclub.blogspot.com/2021/03/footnote-from-my-next-paper.html>;