Our sister blog Legal Pad has a nice and thick item up about Newton's "defection" to Notre Dame. Among the highlights in the follow-up story: Newton cut out early on her five year contract, and several names (including Professor Shauna Marshall, former dean Mary Kay Kane, and Professor Leo Martinez) are being circulated as replacements. Get all the details here. Commenters in a previous Shark item on the subject posit that Newton may be leaving because of Hastings's budget woes. One never knows. One thing's for sure: Notre Dame is a step up from Hastings in the US News rankings (the former is #22 to Hastings's #38). But, of course, Newton doesn't care about those silly rankings anyway.