Thursday, April 24, 2008

California Faculty Swap Three-Way

As far as I can tell, Cynthia at The Shark scooped everyone on this tidbit: we didn't lose Dean O to UCLA. In fact, we may have merely traded her in on a newer model.

Cal Law published an article explaining that the "Boalt Hall School of Law [sic]" will be filling an academic support position with one Krist*n Holmq*ist, currently at UCLA.

And part of her new job description "will be to help address the student body's bar pass rate."

I have uploaded a pdf version of the article, which otherwise requires a free registration to view, here. It's worth looking at, as the article contains more discussion with Boalt faculty (including remarks from Dean Shel*nski and Professors Sw*ft, and B*ndy) on the issue that this (admittedly lowly) 1L has seen.


And, speaking of frank discussion, the Boalt Briefs would like to pull on your coat about something for a moment:


In past years, the Boalt Briefs has offered a special bound collection of the year's issues. As this year's output has been embarrassingly small, it doesn't make sense to go through the trouble to create an elaborate binding. So, if anyone is interested in a full collection of the 2007-2008 run of the Briefs, please email me at with your name and locker number, and I'll do my best to deliver a reprinted collection of the year's four issues (plus the mock BBB page), attached together with a staple. I have a limited number of issues, so please email quickly if interested.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Tom Waits reference!

4/24/2008 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you mean Dean O to UCI, and this woman from UCLA. It's not so much a swap as a UC-threeway. Sounds fun.

Still interesting news.

4/24/2008 1:12 PM  
Blogger Toney said...

How is this relevant to Boalt?

I'm kidding, I'm kidding!

So any word on the new Dean of Students? Will she be able to get our bar rate up?

4/24/2008 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't sound like this person is replacing Dean O. Dean O is Dean of Students, not Dean of Academic Support.

4/24/2008 2:38 PM  
Blogger Abony Holmes said...

Yeah she's no Dean O replacement. If she were, I wouldn't be wasting my time trying to get on the Dean O replacement search committee. Any suggestions from N&Bers about what a good Dean O replacement would look like? (Not physically, of course..)

4/24/2008 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone willing to go the extra mile for students. One of the great things about Dean O. was that she was a great problem solver committed to helping you. She didn't just do what was in her job description. She was always went above and beyond. I miss her already.

4/24/2008 2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Forwarded on behalf of the UC Office of the Registrar:

Based on the informal Boalt Hall survey of Tele-BEARS appointment time assignments, the campus has reviewed the program that assigns appointment times to students. It was learned that the system uses an algorithm based on students' SID numbers and sequential time slots. The assignments were such that some students with older SIDs (i.e., lower in numerical value) generally received earlier appointments than those with newer SIDs. (This has been occurring since 2003, as a byproduct of a major system change; prior to that, the assignments were truly random.) Modifications will be made, beginning with the Spring 2009 iteration of Tele-BEARS, so that the appointments are assigned in a more randomized fashion. This will work toward ensuring a more fair and equitable distribution of appointment time slots to all students. Thank you for your commitment on this issue.

Russ*ll L*w
Office of the Registrar
University of California, Berkeley
120 Sproul Hall #5404
Berkeley, CA 94720-5404

510.642.7009 (voice) | 510.643-9201 (fax) (office website)

M*ndi J. Mysl*wiec
Director of Student Services
UC Berkeley School of Law - Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
(510) 642-3263
(510) 642-9516 fax

4/24/2008 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

USF had a 74% bar passage rate in July 2006 and 85% in July 2007. Y'all need to hire somebody from there.

4/24/2008 5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we please do away with the silly, coy asterisk-izing names of professors? Not only is in ineffective, it's distracting and obsequious. Either you say their names or you don't. Putting a * in Shelanski's name is not going to keep your post from being catalogued in the Great Internet Evermore.

4/24/2008 6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"more random"?

why aren't they promising simply "random"?

4/24/2008 6:44 PM  
Blogger tj said...

6:05 - the point isn't to hide it from the world, but instead to hide it from random google searches of those individual's names. if you'd like to test it, how about you type your full name in the comments, wait a couple days, and then search it on google. i don't know about you, but i'd rather not have that problem to worry about. the professors likely do not either. common courtesy.

6:44 - it's not fully random if 2Ls and 3Ls are separated. i imagine they'll still be doing that. but we'll have to wait for the next time patrick drops the hammer on them to find out.

4/24/2008 10:01 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

The ABA Journal has a piece on this now, too.

4/25/2008 11:59 AM  
Blogger Armen said...

Wow, the story uses Boalt Hall School of Law AND University of California AT Los Angeles. Two for one.

4/25/2008 12:02 PM  
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4/26/2008 4:46 PM  
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4/26/2008 4:47 PM  
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4/26/2008 4:49 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

4:46 thru 4:49 . . . may I ask what you are trying to accomplish?

4/26/2008 5:19 PM  
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4/26/2008 5:28 PM  
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4/26/2008 5:37 PM  
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4/27/2008 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like the Blog Admins are at it again.

Heil N&B!

4/27/2008 2:19 PM  
Blogger tj said...

2:19 - I think you were just a little late to the party.

Essentially all the deletions were either
(a) postings (from one particular anonymous individual with a lot of time on his/her hands) that simply consisted of professors' full names (aka "google bombing")


(b) discussion between Patrick and I about it.

Random graffiti will be deleted.

We've left the "This post has been removed by the blog administrator" to commemorate the occasion. Trust me, if we were taking lessons from European dictators we wouldn't have left a trace and you'd be none the wiser.

4/27/2008 7:31 PM  

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