It’s that time of year when faculty members turn toward the holiday gift-giving spirit. Namely, they will give the gift of employment. Faculty hiring is not for the faint of heart. No one leaves a hiring committee and says, “Well, I can see perfectly how I was hired!” Pick your metaphor: It is the sausage being made, the wizard behind the curtain, but it ain’t Moneyball.
For those of you who have not read the book or seen the 2011 movie, the Oakland As utilize a non-traditional sabermetric methodology to bring forth a winning (at least during regular season) baseball team. The method they utilize is eventually picked up by the Boston Red Socks, which, to the great disdain of friends of mine in New York, won the 2004 World Series. Then the Moneyball guys from Boston eventually moved onto Chicago and did it again in 2016.
We don’t play Moneyball in law…