The WSCL Law Review named Professor Philip L. Merkel as recipient of its Distinguished Faculty Member Award for the 2017-2018 academic year. It also presented Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen with its Distinguished Alumni Member Award. The presentations were made at the Law Review’s Awards Banquet, held on April 27 at the Doubletree Hotel in Irvine. Many Law Review alumni as well as current members attended the event.
Professor Philip L. Merkel recently published Scholar or Practitioner? Rethinking Qualifications for Entry-Level Tenure-Track Professors at Fourth-Tier Law Schools, 44 Capital University Law Review 507 (2016). The article is based on an empirical study of recent law school tenure-track hiring patterns, with particular emphasis on the experience of fourth-tier law schools. It challenges these schools whose mission is to train practicing lawyers to hire individuals with significant, relevant practice experience for tenure-track positions rather than following the current trend of basing hiring decisions mainly on a candidate’s law school pedigree and the ability to produce academic legal scholarship. The article appears in an issue of the Capital University Law Review devoted to current topics in legal education.
Professor Philip L. Merkel’s book review of Arnon Gutfeld’s Treasure State Justice: Judge George M. Bourquin, Defender of the Rule of Law was published in the latest issue of Western Legal History, a publication of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society. The book is a judicial biography of an influential U.S. District Court judge in Montana who served during the first half of the 20th century.
Professor Philip L. Merkel served as judge for this year’s Jerome I. Braun Prize in Western Legal History competition. The Braun Prize is awarded annually for the best unpublished manuscript on the history of the North American West. As judge, Professor Merkel read and evaluated manuscripts submitted by historians and legal scholars. The winning submission will be published in a future issue of Western Legal History, a publication of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society.
The Western State College of Law Student Bar Association has chosen Professor Philip L. Merkel as “Professor of the Year” for the 2014-2015 academic year. Professor Merkel received the award at the law school’s annual Barrister’s Ball which was held on March 21, 2015, at the Hilton Orange County Hotel in Costa Mesa.