Friday, January 09, 2009

The news I miss on red-eye flights

Cass Sunstein chosen as new administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Congratulations to him!

Notes Orin Kerr, "this is terrific news for other legal academics. Cass currently writes about 120 law review articles a year, all of which place in top journals, amounting to about 30% of the total placed articles in those journals. With Cass working full-time in Washington, I'm betting that his scholarly productivity will plummet. He might write as few as 20 articles a year! That means that there will be 100 more non-Cass placements free every year for the next few years for the rest of us, which gives other scholars a great opportunity to place their articles while Cass is working in government."

But Orin neglects the cost to all of Cass' foregone coauthors.

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