Richard A. Epstein
James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law
University of Chicago Law School
Richard A. Epstein is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1972. He has also been the Peter and Kirstin Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution since 2000.
Prior to joining the University of Chicago Law School faculty, he taught law at the University of Southern California from 1968 to 1972. He served as Interim Dean from February to June of 2001. He received a LL.D., h.c. from the University of Ghent, 2003. He has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1985 and a Senior Fellow of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago Medical School since 1983. Professor Epstein served as editor of the Journal of Legal Studies
from 1981 to 1991, and of the Journal of Law and Economics from 1991 to 2001. At present, he is a director of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics.
Professor Epstein has written numerous articles on a wide range of legal and interdisciplinary subjects. His books include Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism
(University of Chicago, 2003); Cases and Materials on Torts
(Aspen Law & Business; 7th ed. 2000); Torts
(Aspen Law & Business 1999); Principles for a Free Society: Reconciling Individual Liberty with the Common Good
(Perseus Books, 1998); Mortal Peril: Our Inalienable Rights to Health Care
(Addison-Wesley, 1997); Simple Rules for a Complex World
(Harvard, 1995); Bargaining With the State
(Princeton, 1993); Forbidden Grounds: The Case Against Employment Discrimination Laws
(Harvard, 1992); Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain
(Harvard, 1985); and Modern Products Liability Law
(Greenwood Press, 1980). He has taught courses in civil procedure, communications, constitutional law, contracts, corporations, criminal law, health law and policy, legal history, labor law, property, real estate development and finance, jurisprudence, labor law;
land use planning, patents, individual, estate and corporate taxation, Roman Law; torts, and workers' compensation.
Professor Epstein received his A.B. from Columbia College, his B.A. from Oxford University, and his LL.B. from Yale University.