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Richard A. Epstein, Professor, NYU Law School

Richard A. Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University and the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago.

In 2005 he was named by Legal Affairs magazine as one of the twenty leading legal thinkers in the United States. Also in 2005, the College of William & Mary School of Law awarded him the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize.

Epstein is known for his research and writing in a broad range of constitutional, economic, historical and philosophical subjects. Among the subjects he has taught at the University of Chicago are communications law, constitutional law, contracts, corporation criminal law, employment discrimination law, health law, jurisprudence, labor law, patents, property, torts, Roman law, real estate development and finance, and individual and corporate taxation.

He edited the Journal of Legal Studies (1981–91) and the Journal of Law and Economics (1991–2001). He is now a director of its Olin Program in Law and Economics. He served as interim dean of the University of Chicago Law School in the spring of 2001. He is a general columnist for the National Law Journal and writes for the Tech Forum on

His recent books include The Case Against the Employee Free Choice Act (Hoover Institution Press, 2009); Supreme Neglect: How to Revive the Constitutional Protection for Private Property (2008); How the Progressives Rewrote the Constitution (2006); Overdose (Yale University Press, 2006); Free Markets under Siege: Cartels, Politics and Social Welfare (Hoover Institution Press, 2005).

He received a B.A. degree in philosophy summa cum laude from Columbia in 1964. He received a B.A. degree in law with first-class honors from Oxford University in 1966 and an LL.B. degree, cum laude, from the Yale Law School in 1968. Upon his graduation he joined the faculty at the University of Southern California, where he taught until 1972. In 1972, he visited the University of Chicago and became a regular member of the faculty the following year. He was named James Parker Hall Professor in 1982 and Distinguished Service Professor in 1988.


Richard Epstein

NYU School of Law

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