Richard A. Epstein is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at NYU Law School. Prior to his joining the faculty, he was a visiting law professor at NYU from 2007 through 2009, while he was the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, the institution where he had taught since 1972 and served as Interim Dean in 2001. 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 received an LLD, hc, from the University of Ghent, 2003. From 2001 to 2010, Professor Epstein was a director of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago, where he remains a faculty affiliate. 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. He 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.
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. He has written numerous articles on a wide range of legal and interdisciplinary subjects; he is presently at work on books dealing with the Private Property and the Rule of Law, and Classical Liberal Constitutionalism. He also writes a weekly column for Forbes.com.
A.B., Columbia College, 1964
B.A., Oxford University, 1966
LLB, Yale University, 1968