Today's New York Times has a story about SSRN and how it has turned into a sort of rankings system for legal scholars. "The network was not created to be a Top 40 list for academics, said Michael C. Jensen, its chairman and one of its founders, but it has turned out that way."
The ABA Journal Daily Newsletter picked up on the story, using the headline "S.S.R.N. Rankings Temporarily Boost Instapundit Law Prof Above Cass Sunstein". The reporter said that SSRN is a good thing for law professors who are achieving notoriety because of frequent downloads of their papers - Instapundit and U. Tennessee law prof. Glen Reynolds, for example.