Come on Feel the Illinoise

Geoffrey Manne —  4 April 2006

Has everyone noticed that Illinois has been quietly amassing one of the most interesting law & economics/corporations faculties in the country? This year they hired Andrew Morriss, Christine Hurt, Amitai Aviram and Bob Lawless. They’ve already got:

Lee Fennell

Tom Ginbsburg

David Hyman

Richard McAdams

Richard Painter

Larry Ribstein

Tom Ulen

Cynthia Williams

and probably others whom I missed or don’t know. As Brian Leiter said, “I am hard-pressed to think of a law school more completely transformed in the last few years than Illinois.” Nice work.

UPDATE:  I should have mentioned, in the midst of all of that sycophancy, that Illinois’ record is not totally spotless.  In fact, it had the opportunity to make an exceptional law and economics hire this past year, but ended up dropping the ball. Nevertheless, the trajectory is clearly upwards.

Geoffrey Manne


President & Founder, International Center for Law & Economics

6 responses to Come on Feel the Illinoise

    Richard Painter 4 May 2006 at 7:37 am

    I should add that Illinois is indeed on a roll in many respects — not just hiring.


    Richard Painter 4 May 2006 at 7:35 am

    I am currently on leave from Minnesota.



    Professor Painter has left; right now I think he’s working at the White House but I believe he is moving on to Oregon (or maybe it’s Washington; either way, it’s someplace he and his wife could both have academic positions).


    The latter, of course.


    or a sufjan stevens reference?


    A Quiet Riot reference? You’ve been hanging out with Adam too much.