This innovative new empircal article, Reproduction of Hierarchy? A Social Network Analysis of the American Law Professoriate, by a group of professors at the University of Michigan, offers a new way to rank the "influence" of law professors on American society (or at least on our legal system), based on their institutional affiliation. Particularly interesting is the comparison to US News rankings.
My favorite part is this amazing graph of the law professor universe:
My alma mater is pretty easyy to find (center), and my current institution (South Texas) is in the upper left-hand quadrant - seemingly closer to the center of the intellectual-impact universe than Baylor, Texas Wesleyan, or Loyola NOLA. some of our regional competitors. This is great news for us!