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Richard Posner


ISBN13: 9780199332311
Published: October 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £19.99



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Judge Richard Posner is one of the great legal minds of our age, on par with such generation-defining judges as Holmes, Hand, and Friendly.

A judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the principal exponent of the enormously influential law and economics movement, he writes provocative books as a public intellectual, receives frequent media attention, and has been at the center of some very high-profile legal spats.

He is also a member of an increasingly rare breed-judges who write their own opinions rather than delegating the work to clerks-and therefore we have unusually direct access to the workings of his mind and judicial philosophy. Now, for the first time, this fascinating figure receives a full-length biographical treatment.

In Richard Posner, William Domnarski examines the life experience, personality, academic career, jurisprudence, and professional relationships of his subject with depth and clarity. Domnarski has had access to Posner himself and to Posner's extensive archive at the University of Chicago.

In addition, Domnarski was able to interview and correspond with more than two hundred people Posner has known, worked with, or gone to school with over the course of his career, from grade school to the present day. The list includes among others members of the Harvard Law Review, colleagues at the University of Chicago, former law clerks over Posner's more than thirty years on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and even other judges from that court.

Richard Posner is a comprehensive and accessible account of a unique judge who, despite never having sat on the Supreme Court, has nevertheless dominated the way law is understood in contemporary America.

Subjects:
Jurisprudence, Biography
Contents:
PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
I. YOUTH AND EDUCATION
1. PARENTS
2. GRADE AND HIGH SCHOOL
3. YALE COLLEGE

II. LAW SCHOOL, GOVERNMENT JOBS, AND FIRST TEACHING JOB
1. HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
2. SUPREME COURT CLERKSHIP WITH JUSTICE BRENNAN
3. ASSISTANT TO PHILIP ELMAN AT THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
4. SOLICITOR GENERAL'S OFFICE
5. PRESIDENT'S TASK FORCE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS
6. STANFORD LAW SCHOOL AND INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND ECONOMICS

III. UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
1. ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF LAW
2. BUILDING A CAREER AND SPREADING THE WORD OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF LAW
3. CONSULTING WORK AND FOUNDING OF LEXECON
4. SEVENTH CIRCUIT JUDGESHIP OPPORTUNITY

IV.
1982-1989
1. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT
2. FRIENDSHIP WITH HENRY FRIENDLY
3. JUDICIAL OPINIONS LIKE NO OTHERS
4. DEVELOPING REPUTATION
5. STUDIES IN THE FEDERAL COURTS, LAW AND LITERATURE, AND JURISPRUDENCE

V.
1990-1999
1. WORK ON THE COURT AND REPUTATION
2. POSNER REVEALED IN CORRESPONDENCE
3. STUDIES ON GREAT JUDGES, OLD AGE, SEX, , CLINTON IMPEACHMENT, PUBLIC INTELLECTUALS AND JURISPRUDENCE
4. MEDIATOR IN MICROSOFT LITIGATION

VI.
2000-2009
1. WORK ON THE COURT AND REPUTATION
2. STUDIES ON THE 2000 ELECTION, NATIONAL SECURITY, THE ECONOMY IN PERIL, AND THE NATURE OF JUDGING

VII.
2010-2014
1. WORK ON THE COURT AND REPUTATION
2. STUDIES ON JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE AND BEHAVIOR
3. FEUD WITH JUSTICE SCALIA