Wisconsin Law School’s Hastie Program — Applications Due 2/1/22

Highly recommended!

The University of Wisconsin Law School invites applications for its William H. Hastie Fellowship Program. For over 40 years, the Hastie Fellowship has provided aspiring scholars an outstanding opportunity to prepare for a career in law teaching.  Hastie Fellows have succeeded at securing tenure-track positions at law schools throughout the country, including Columbia, UCLA, Indiana, Colorado, ASU, Texas A&M, Ohio State, UNC, Washington & Lee, UC Irvine, and USC. The Fellowship reflects a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and especially encourages applications from candidates of color and other underrepresented communities in the legal academy. Hastie Fellows devote the majority of their time to their own research agenda, researching and writing scholarly articles with support from a faculty advisor and the Hastie Fellowship Committee. Fellows also have the option of teaching a course or seminar during the program. The Hastie Fellowship Program encourages scholarship in the full range of law studies. Wisconsin has a particularly strong tradition supporting interdisciplinary work.

For further information, please visit https://law.wisc.edu/grad/hastie/index.html. Applications are due February 1, 2021.

Prior Native Hastie fellows now teaching in law schools (clockwise from upper left, Stacy Leeds, Richard Monette, and Mike Oeser).

News Coverage of UC Hastings Law College Name Change Directive

UC Hastings presser: “UC Hastings Board Directs Chancellor & Dean to Pursue Name Change

CNN: “California law school, named for a man who funded the killing of Native Americans, moves to change its name

LA Times: “UC Hastings College of the Law to rename school after reviewing founder’s role in mass killings of Yuki Indians

San Francisco Examiner: “High-powered Hastings Law alums applaud coming name change

UC Hastings Indigenous Law Center here.

Louisiana Federal Court Dismisses Most Discrimination Claims in Suit to Stop Closure of Pointe-aux-Chênes Elementary School

Here are the materials in Billiot v. Terrebonne Parish School Board (E.D. La.):

1 Complaint

27 DCT Order Denying TRO

42 Motion to Dismiss

54 Response

60 DCT Order

New Work by Indigenous Women about Law School and Lawyering

Ernestine Chaco has published “Mentorship, Leadership and Being an Indigenous Woman” in the Journal of Legal Education. An excerpt:

Law school, for me, was an incredible period of growth, in large part because of the educational environment. I had five Indigenous law professors, four of whom were women. It was powerful to be seen and acknowledged. Our Indigenous presence existed through Indigenous faculty, Indigenous students, robust Indigenous student organizations, and Indigenous law courses.

Roshanna K. Toya has published “A Rite of Passage: Perpetuating the Invisibility of American Indian Lawyers,” also in the Journal of Legal Education. An excerpt:

Further, law schools must create and encourage safe spaces for American Indian students to be recognized, coexist, and have their voices heard. Student organizations are one space. Courses like property, federal jurisdiction, and civil rights are other areas where American Indians can be more visible. Law schools should also assign works written by and reflecting the voices of American Indians, and patiently and intently listen to the voices of students. Reading this essay is a start. Providing resources that Indian students can access to make sure they can be effective law students is another start.

Highly recommended.

Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Fellows Program at Texas A&M

For those committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession, Texas A&M University School of Law announces the Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Fellows Program at Texas A&M University School of Law.

The ACES program is a two-year fellowship designed to help early career legal scholars get the training and mentoring necessary to become successful members of the legal academy. Funded by Texas A&M’s Office of the Provost and administered by the University’s Office for Diversity, the fellowship is designed to help early career scholars who are strongly committed to diversity.

The position has a light teaching load (one class per year) to enable the Fellow to focus on advancing their research agenda, scholarship (including at least one published article), and other necessary skills in anticipation of seeking a tenure-track, faculty position on the law school teaching market. Faculty are committed to providing the mentoring necessary to help the Fellow to succeed on the legal academic job market and in the legal academy.


–24-month term, starting between July 1- August 10, 2022. 

–Teach one class per year

–$60,000 annual salary plus benefits

–$4,500 annual travel and development fund

–Reimbursement of moving expenses

–Eligibility:  Must have earned JD or PhD degree between January 1, 2012 and July 1, 2022

–Applications are due by February 1, 2022; more information about the position (including application information) is here.

Thomas MitchellBrendan Maher, and Huyen Pham are on the appointments committee for this fellowship.  Please feel free to reach out to any of them with questions.