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Prof. Richard A. Epstein

Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Richard A. Epstein is the inaugural Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. Prior to his joining the faculty, he was a visiting law professor at NYU from 2007 through 2009. He has served as the Peter and Kirstin Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution since 2000. Epstein is also the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law Emeritus and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago. His initial law school appointment was at the University of Southern California from 1968 to 1972. Epstein received an 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 has been a Senior Fellow of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago Division of Biological Sciences, also since 1983. He served as editor of the Journal of Legal Studies from 1981 to 1991, and of the Journal of Law and Economics from 1991-2001. From 2001 to 2010 he was a director of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago.

His newest book, The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government (Harvard forthcoming) is currently available for presale here. His previous books include Design for Liberty: Private Property, Public Administration and the Rule of Law (Harvard 2011); The Case Against the Employee Free Choice Act(Hoover 2009); Supreme Neglect: How to Revive the Constitutional Protection of Property Rights (Oxford 2008);Antitrust Decrees in Theory and Practice: Why Less is More (AEI 2007); Overdose: How Excessive Government Regulation Stifles Pharmaceutical Innovation (Yale University Press. 2006); How Progressives Rewrote the Constitution (Cato 2006); Cases and Materials on Torts (Aspen Law & Business; 8th ed. 2004); Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism (University of Chicago, 2003); 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 also edited(with Catherine M. Sharkey)Cases and Materials on the Law of Torts (10th edition 2012).

Professor Epstein has written numerous articles on a wide range of legal and interdisciplinary subjects. He has taught courses in administrative law, antitrust law, civil procedure, communications, constitutional law, contracts, corporations, criminal law, employment discrimination law, environmental law, food and drug 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 also writes a legal column, the Libertarian, found here, and is a contributor to Ricochet.com and the SCOTUSblog.


Education

  • A.B., 1964, Columbia College
  • B.A., 1966, Oxford University
  • LL.B., 1968, Yale University.

Publications

FDA Involvement in Off-Label Drug Use - Event Video
Southwestern Student Chapter
March 19, 2014
Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 3-17-14 featuring Richard Epstein
March 17, 2014
Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 1-22-14 featuring Richard Epstein
January 22, 2014
Patent Re-Reform in Congress - Podcast
Intellectual Property Practice Group Podcast
November 21, 2013
Intellectual Property, Free Markets and Competition Policy - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013
Showcase Panel I: Textualism and the Bill of Rights - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013
Debt Ceiling Deadline - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
October 14, 2013
City of Richmond: The Next Kelo? - Podcast
Environmental Law & Property Rights and Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Groups Podcast
August 13, 2013
Koontz v. St. Johnís River Water Management District - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 7-1-13 featuring Richard Epstein
July 1, 2013
Koontz v. St. Johnís River Water Management District - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 1-18-13 featuring Richard Epstein
January 18, 2013
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. United States - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 12-07-12 featuring Richard Epstein
December 7, 2012
Patent Rights: A Spark or Hindrance for the Economy? - Podcast
Intellectual Property Practice Group Podcast
October 24, 2012
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. United States - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 10-03-12 featuring Richard Epstein
October 3, 2012
Design for Liberty: Private Property, Public Administration, and the Rule of Law - Podcast
Intellectual Property Practice Group and Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
July 13, 2012
Fla. v. Dept. of Health and Human Services & Nat'l Fed. of Ind. Business v. Sebelius - Coercion - Pre-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 03-27-12 featuring Richard Epstein and Michael Greve
March 27, 2012
Technology and Regulation - Event Audio/Video
2012 Annual Student Symposium
March 3, 2012
The Rule of Law and the Administrative State - Event Audio/Video
2012 Annual Student Symposium
March 2, 2012
Is the Affordable Care Act Constitutional? - Event Audio/Video
Pennsylvania Student Chapter
February 22, 2012
Rent Control and the Supreme Court: Harmon v. Markus - Podcast
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Podcast
February 16, 2012
Will Americans Continue to Invent? - Podcast
Intellectual Property Practice Group Podcast
February 2, 2012
Pacific Operators Offshore, LLP v. Valladolid - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 01-17-12 featuring Richard Epstein
January 17, 2012
Political Philosophy and Classical Liberalism Roundtable - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 11, 2011
The Constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Engage Volume 12, Issue 2, September 2011
September 12, 2011
The First Amendment Online: Search, Privacy & Personalization - Event Audio/Video
The Chicago Lawyers Chapter and the Corporations, Securities and Antitrust, Intellectual Property and Telecommunications Practice Groups
June 9, 2011
Debate on Obamacare - Event Audio
California-Berkeley Student Chapter
March 10, 2011
The FTC and the Internet - Event Audio/Video
New York City Lawyers Chapter
January 18, 2011
Young Legal Scholars Paper Presentations - Event Audio/Video
13th Annual Faculty Conference
January 7, 2011
The Spurious Constitutional Distinction Between Takings and Regulation
Engage Volume 11, Issue 3, December 2010
December 23, 2010
Bilski v. Kappos - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 06-30-2010 featuring Richard A . Epstein
June 30, 2010
Christian Legal Society v. Martinez - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 06-30-10 featuring Richard A. Epstein
June 30, 2010
Christian Legal Society v. Martinez Ė Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 04-23-10 featuring Richard A. Epstein
April 23, 2010
The Google Books Settlement - Event Audio/Video
New York City Lawyers Chapter
December 14, 2009
Bilski v. Kappos - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 11-18-2009 featuring Richard A. Epstein
November 18, 2009
Intellectual Property and Economic Growth - Event Audio/Video
2009 National Lawyers Convention - "The Federal Government's Economic Role in our Constitutional System"
November 12, 2009
Quanta: Patent Rights in the Supreme Court - Podcast
Intellectual Property Practice Group
September 30, 2009
Locke v. Karass - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 8-4-09 featuring Richard A. Epstein
August 4, 2009
Second Look Doctrines - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention - "The People and the Judiciary"
November 22, 2008
The Economic Crisis: Wall Street, Main Street, or K Street?
Fordham Student Chapter
October 23, 2008
SCOTUScast 6-16-08 featuring Richard Epstein
Boumediene v. Bush and Munaf v. Geren
June 16, 2008
SCOTUScast 4-25-08 featuring Richard Epstein
Engquist v. Oregon Dept. of Agriculture
April 25, 2008
SCOTUScast 2-22-08 featuring Richard Epstein
Riegel v. Medtronic and Rowe v. New Hampshire
February 22, 2008
SCOTUScast 12-7-07 featuring Richard Epstein
Riegel v. Medtronic
December 7, 2007
Beacon of Freedom: Does America Have a Special Mission? - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 15, 2007
Executive Power in Wartime
Engage Volume 8, Issue 2
May 3, 2007
SCOTUScast 2-28-07 featuring Richard Epstein
Philip Morris USA v. Williams and Weyerhaeuser Co. v. Ross-Simmons
February 28, 2007
Executive Power in Wartime - Event Audio
2006 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2006
Transaction Costs and Property Rights: Or Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 2, Spring 1997
May 1, 1997

Debates

Executive Privilege
July 27, 2007
AL-MARRI DEBATE
Al-Qaeda Prisoner Dentention Case
July 3, 2007

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