Fordham Law

Dean Treanor Ranked Among Top-Ten Legal Historians

May 20, 2010

Fordham Law Dean William Michael Treanor has been ranked #9 in Brian Leiter's recently released list of high-impact law school faculty publishing in the field of legal history. The list, part of a larger survey ranking faculty in 13 specialty areas ranging across the law school curriculum, is based on the number of times in which the faculty member's articles are cited in law reviews.

Dean Treanor tied for #9 among legal historians, with 370 articles citing his work. Along with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of the newly-created UC Irvine Law School and Dean Robert Post of Yale Law School, he is one of only three law school deans to appear in the top 10 in their fields.

"I am delighted to be recognized in this survey among a distinguished group of legal historians," said Dean Treanor.

In order to be included in the specialty area rankings, faculty members had to have roughly 75% of their citations in the area. Leiter notes, "[T]hose in 'the top ten' are usually thought of as among the leading scholars in the area."

Brian Leiter, John Wilson Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, maintains an influential list of law school-related rankings on his website. Prior rankings he has produced recognize the strength of Fordham Law's interdisciplinary programs (among other areas of strength). Fordham Law's legal history faculty and its law and philosophy faculty have both been ranked among the top 20 in the country.