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Posner; Richard A.


Room: 2788F
U.S. Courthouse

Telephone: 312-435-5806
Court: U.S. Court of Appeals
Division: 7th Circuit
Mailing Address: 
219 South Dearborn Street
Chicago IL 60604

Professional Experience: 1968-69, associate law professor, Stanford University; 1969, member, American Bar Association's Commission to Study the FTC; 1969, member, President's Task Force on Competition and Productivity; 1969-81, law professor, University of Chicago Law School; 1977-81, private consulting work as president of Lexecon Inc. (a firm comprised of lawyers and economists who perform economic and legal research and support clients in antitrust cases and other litigation); 1977-81, research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research; 1981-present, senior lecturer, University of Chicago Law School; 1988-90, member, Federal Courts Study Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States; 1990-93, member, University of Chicago Board of Publications; 1995-96, president, American Law and Economics Association; 1993-00, member, Judicial Conference of the United States.

Legal Experience: 1962-63, clerk for the Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr.; 1963-65, assistant to Commissioner Philip Elman, Federal Trade Commission; 1965-67, assistant to the Solicitor General of the U.S., Thurgood Marshall; 1967-68, general counsel, President Johnson's Task Force on Telecommunications Policy.

Judicial Experience: In December of 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed Posner to the U.S. Court of Appeals. He served as chief judge of the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals from 1993-00. In 1999, Posner was designated to act as mediator in the Microsoft antitrust case.

Publications: During law school Posner was president of the Harvard Law Review. He is the author of 38 books and more than 300 articles on a variety of subjects, including the application of economics to law, as well as 1,700 judicial opinions--nearly 1,600 of them majority. He founded the Journal of Legal Studies and was editor from 1972-81. He was editor of American Law and Economics Review from 1998-05. Four of his most recent books are: How Judges Think, Harvard University Press, 2008; Law & Literature, Harvard University Press, 3rd ed., 2009; A Failure of Capitalism, Harvard University Press, 2009; and The Behavior of Federal Judges: A Theoretical and Empirical Study of Rational Choice, Harvard University Press, 2012.
 Panelist, 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judges' Roundtable, Federal Bar Association-Chicago Chapter, 2004; panelist, National Strategy Forum, 2005, speaker, Licensing Foundation, 2005; speaker, ''Judicial Review of Immigration Court Judges,'' Chicago Bar Association Administrative Law Judges Committee, 2008; speaker, ''Is the U.S. Supreme Court a Political Court?'' Appellate Lawyers Association, 2008; participant, ''Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication,'' Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Chicago Bar Association Committee on Immigration & Nationality, the Chicago Bar Foundation, the American Immigration Lawyers Association Chicago Chapter, the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights, and the National Immigration Justice Center, 2009; panelist, ''7th Circuit Judges' Roundtable: What Judges Want,'' Federal Bar Association–Chicago Chapter, 2012; speaker, ''The Challenge of Complexity,'' 7th Circuit Bar Association and 7th Circuit Judicial Conference annual meeting and dinner, 2012; speaker, PatCon 3 (third annual patent conference), IIT Chicago–Kent College of Law, 2013; speaker, ''Reformation of the U.S. Copyright Act: An Analysis and Proposal,'' Narrowing the Gap Between Law and Progress: Perspectives on Regulation and Reform in the Digital and D.I.Y. Age, Chicago Bar Association MCLE seminar, 2013; moderator, ''What Are the Economic Costs and Benefits of the War on Drugs?'' Rethinking the War on Drugs, A Symposium, Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation, 2014. In addition, Posner, along with Nobel prize-winning economist Gary S. Becker, has created a blog located at www.becker-posner-blog.com.

Awards: 1986, honorary LL.D. degree, Syracuse University; 1987, honorary LL.D. degree, Duquesne University; 1993, honorary LL.D. degree, Georgetown University; 1994, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Award in Law, University of Virginia; 1995, honorary D. Hon. Causa degree, University of Ghent; 1996, honorary LL.D. degree, Yale University; 1997, honorary LL.D. degree, University of Pennsylvania; 1998, honorary president, Bentham Club of University College, London; 1998, Marshall–Wythe Medallion, College of William and Mary; 2000, honorary J.D. degree, Brooklyn Law School; 2001, honorary LL.D. degree, Northwestern University; 2002, honorary LL.D. degree, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; 2002, honorary D. Hon. Causa degree, University of Athens; 2003, Research Award, Fellows of the American Bar Foundation; 2003, John Sherman Award, for contributions to antitrust policy, U.S. Department of Justice; 2005, Henry J. Friendly Medal, American Law Institute; 2005, Thomas C. Schelling Award, for scholarly contributions that have had an impact on public policy, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government; 2010, Ronald H. Coase Medal, American Law and Economics Association; 2012, honorary LL.D. degree, Lake Forest College; 2012, William L. Prosser Award, for academic and judicial contributions to tort law, AALS Torts and Compensation Systems Section; 2012, Dr. John and Liz Murray Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Duquesne University Law School; Fellow, American Law Institute; Fellow and life member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Honorary Bencher, Inner Temple; Corresponding Fellow, British Academy; Honorary Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; member, editorial board, European Journal of Law and Economics; consultant, Library of America; member, Century Association; member, Mont Pelerin Society.

Organizations: American Law Institute; American Economic Association: president (1995-96); American Law and Economics Association; Association of Literary Scholars and Critics; Middle Temple.

Born: January 11, 1939

Education:
 Law School: Harvard Law School, 1962, LL.B., magna cum laude; Fay Diploma; Sears and Beale Prizes; President, Harvard Law Review
 Undergraduate: Yale University, 1959, A.B., summa cum laude, Major: English; Phi Beta Kappa; Scholar of the House; Saybrook Fellows' Prize

Other Information:
 Posner's opinions can be found and searched at Project Posner (www.projectposner.org).

Admitted to Bar: 1963 NY