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Weekly Roundup: December 2, 2022


At the blog

Before the break, we celebrated the blog’s fifth anniversary(!) by challenging you to test your knowledge with an LPE-themed crossword. Our favorite clue: “Field with many trust exercises?”

For Cyber Monday, we offered our biggest sale to date. Posts by Aziz Rana were 40% off list price. Our symposium on Mutant Neoliberalism was marked down 50%. And, don’t tell the boss, but we also made all of our rapid roundtables available for free. The sale is ongoing…

Also on Monday, we announced that the LPE Project is seeking to hire an Academic Fellow. The position is for two-years, during which the fellow will split their time 50/50 between their own research and LPE programming. Tell all your friends.

On Tuesday, we asked a veritable society of scholars – Sanjukta Paul, Matthew Buck, Sandeep Vaheesan, Luke Herrine, Marshall Steinbaum, Kate Jackson, Mark Glick & Darren Bush – to share their initial reactions to the FTC’s new Policy Statement on unfair methods of competition.

And on Thursday, William Boyd continued his series of posts on the LPE of energy policy, by discussing the failures of wholesale electricity markets over the past forty years, and explaining why the transition to clean energy presents an opportunity to decommodify electricity.

In LPE Land

Do you live in NYC? If so, you should sign-up for LPE NYC. We imagine that this will be a way to build community and conversation across law schools. Professors, students, practicing lawyers, organizers, and pizza rats welcome. Join us!

A group of more than 500 historians have called on Biden to avoid imposing a contract on railway workers that lacks a livable and dignified work schedule. As they note, “History shows us that the special legal treatment of rail and other transportation strikes offers the federal government—and the executive branch in particular—a rare opportunity to directly shape the outcome of collective bargaining, for good or for ill. During the Gilded Age, presidents sent armed soldiers to break rail strikes. During World War I, Woodrow Wilson and Congress averted a rail strike by giving the workers what they wanted: the eight-hour day. These dramatic interventions can set the tone for entire eras of subsequent history.”

ICYMI: You have two weeks (Dec. 15) to get your act together and apply for the 2023 Law and Humanities Interdisciplinary Workshop, which is open to untenured professors, advanced graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and independent scholars working in law and the humanities.