UC-Irvine is in the process of creating the first new public law school in California in several decades, and the formation of its faculty had been, for some time, the subject of considerable gossip within the legal academy. (If this doesn’t strike you as gossip-worthy, you obviously don’t spend your days inside the walls of the legal academy.)
Irvine’s “founding” faculty were recently announced, and among the names of founding faculty members was Carrie Menkel-Meadow. I can’t imagine that anyone reading an ADR lawprof blog needs an introduction to Carrie, one of the most prolific ADR scholars of her (or any) generation.
I have no idea whether Carrie is maintaining her appointment at Georgetown. If no, that’s a tremendous loss for Georgetown.
What I will be most interested to watch is how much innovation Carrie can bring to the school as it conceives of a curriculum out of whole cloth. Might we see Civil Procedure and ADR taught together (as they should be)? Might we see something even more innovative?
I’m not sure what mechanism(s) we on the outside will have for watching what Irvine itself refers to as its “experiment,” but I’m eager to watch and learn.