Hon. Richard Posner
After working for several years in Washington during the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations-including as law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.., as an assistant to the Solicitor General of the U.S., Thurgood Marshall, and as general counsel of President Johnson's Task Force on Communications Policy-Posner entered law teaching in 1968 at Stanford as an associate professor, and became professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School in 1969. He was appointed Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 1981 and served as Chief Judge from 1993 to 2000. He has written more than 2500 published judicial opinions. He continues to teach part time at the University of Chicago Law School and to write academic articles and books. His academic work has covered a broad range, with particular emphasis on the application of economics to law. His most recent book is A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of '08 and the Descent into Depression (2009) He has received a number of honorary degrees and other awards, including the Thomas C. Schelling Award for scholarly contributions that have had an impact on public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Henry J. Friendly Medal from the American Law Institute.