Chapman dean officiates weddings; Law faculty not very diverse

It was a GOOD week for…

Tying the knot, after one administrator officiated weddings of several recent graduates. Jayne Kacer, an associate dean at Chapman University School of Law, had the honor of officiating the weddings of four recent graduates, including two LGBT couples. “It is an honor to be asked by our graduates to be part of one of the most important days of their lives,” Kacer said.  “I make each ceremony unique — I have never performed the same ceremony twice.” Kacer began officiating weddings for hapman University graduates in 2010.

It was a BAD week for…

Faculty diversity, after a recent study indicated that law school faculties aren’t as diverse as their student bodies. According to the study, race and gender have little effect on faculty hiring. Instead, the study found that women and minorities are no more likely than “similarly situated men and whites” to be hired for tenure-track faculty positions at ABA accredited law schools. One important fact law schools looked at when hiring was where the applicants attended law schools, with the majority of faculty hires graduating from Harvard Law School, Yale Law School or Stanford University Law School. About 75 percent of all ABA accredited law school hires attended one of the top 50 law schools in the country as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, applicants rarely were hired at schools in higher tiers than their alma maters.