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If I'm Not Listed in the AALS Directory, Do I Still Exist?

I just learned -- much to my dismay -- that I was not listed in the 2007-08 AALS Directory of Law Teachers. I was forwarded our school's data from a forthcoming faculty productivity study and noticed that my work had not been included in the tabulations. When I asked why, I learned it was because I was not listed as a member of the Case Western faculty by the AALS. Well, just in case there is any confusion out there, I was still on the Case Western faculty in 2007-08, and I am still on the Case Western faculty today.

great unknown (mail):
Did you ever contibute to an organization opposed to SSM?
8.26.2008 12:01pm
Guest0982223:
Have you checked if Juan Non-Volokh is listed?
8.26.2008 12:06pm
mad the swine (mail):
"If I'm Not Listed in the AALS Directory, Do I Still Exist?"

No. No, you don't.

(BTW, between '06 and '07, did you accidentally go back in time and kill one of your ancestors? Because that might explain it. It happens to me all the time.)
8.26.2008 12:09pm
DCTenor1 (www):
It's funny, I formerly remembered seeing you around when I was a 1L at case... but now that memory is fading... kind of like the famous disappearing-photograph in Back to the Future.

Oh my god, your head is gone!
8.26.2008 12:18pm
PatHMV (mail) (www):
Did somebody say something? I thought I heard some vague mutterings about an AALS directory? Oh, well... must have been the wind, since there's nobody here.
8.26.2008 12:27pm
Coyote (mail) (www):
Do I know you? What are you doing on this blog
8.26.2008 12:37pm
Sean M:
I blame the Bush Administration.

Also, I have this nagging feeling that I owe you a beer . . .
8.26.2008 12:40pm
Sk (mail):
If its any consolation, I've never heard of AALS, and I have no idea where Case Western is (I would say I've never heard of it, but it does have a faint tinge of familiarity).

Sk
8.26.2008 12:40pm
Steve P. (mail):
Stop pretending. We all know you're not really a law professor, you're just a blogger who makes 300-thread count sheets. Which, I have to say, is a very strange way to get libertarian credentials.
8.26.2008 12:44pm
PLR:
A position on Case Western's faculty is not proof of your existence. You must have a page on Facebook.
8.26.2008 12:49pm
Lior:
Do Case Western Reserve University and its outside reviewers really depend on the AALS for the list of faculty members ??
8.26.2008 12:50pm
Eric Muller (www):
There's a reason why the directory's abbreviation is "DOLT".
8.26.2008 1:00pm
OrinKerr:
Weird, I don't remember having a co-blogger named "Jonathan Adler."
8.26.2008 1:07pm
Jon Roland (mail) (www):
This is the way it starts. Next your credit cards don't work and the bank doesn't recognize your signature. Then you go to work and find someone else sitting at your desk and Payroll has no record of your employment. Then you go home and your wife and kids don't know you. Your dog seems to recognize you but he can't tell anyone. Finally, you get arrested for being a fugitive child-molester cop-killer because your identity has been given to one, but you don't get to the police station alive, then they misplace your body and the police report.

Welcome to the information age.
8.26.2008 1:10pm
darelf:
Does this mean you are now qualified to be a Democratic Presidential nominee? You might need to also have your birth certificate questioned, but there's still time for that....
8.26.2008 1:19pm
PatHMV (mail) (www):
Orin, do you have a sense you are owed one less beer than you were before?
8.26.2008 1:21pm
Cornellian (mail):
Has anyone actually seen this "Jonathan Adler?"
8.26.2008 1:56pm
Cactus Jack:

(BTW, between '06 and '07, did you accidentally go back in time and kill one of your ancestors? Because that might explain it. It happens to me all the time.)

I disagree. See, 51 Futurama, Roswell that Ends Well, December 9, 2001. I would concede, however, that Futurama may also stand for the proposition that past nastification negates killing an ancestor while time traveling.
8.26.2008 2:09pm
theobromophile (www):
A position on Case Western's faculty is not proof of your existence. You must have a page on Facebook.

There is a "Jonathan Adler" fellow on Facebook who is a Yale alum and lives in Cleveland, Ohio, but nothing about Case Western on there. Maybe that's where AALS gets its info.

Random question: if Prof. Adler does not exist, how does this thread exist? "We think of his non-existence, therefore, a thread about it exists"?
8.26.2008 2:19pm
Opher Banarie (mail) (www):
"...I was not listed in the 2007-08 AALS Directory of Law Teachers"

Is this what Michelle Obama was referring to when she said "the world as it should be"?
8.26.2008 2:19pm
John M. Perkins (mail):
Case Western is gaming the system.
8.26.2008 3:26pm
Bruce:
I believe you have to be in the Directory of Law Teachers to submit a complaint that you are not in the Directory of Law Teachers.
8.26.2008 3:29pm
Happyshooter:
Sounds like you were getting a hint.
8.26.2008 3:51pm
Dave N (mail):
Go back to your Newsweek column.

(No, wait, that was Jonathan ALTER)
8.26.2008 9:55pm
one of many:
productivity study? hmm, might be best to stop by the people who handle the payroll and see if they still have you listed too, if you have no listed productivity why should they pay you?
8.27.2008 1:19am
Milhouse (www):
I'm with Sean M. They told Glenn Reynolds that if Bush was re-elected people would start to disappear...
8.28.2008 12:59pm