Richard A. Epstein
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 and a visiting professor at New York University Law School since 2007. 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 in 2003. He has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1985 and a Senior Fellow of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago Medical School, 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 to 2001. He was a director of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago from 2001 to 2008. He is the author of several books, which include Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain (1985), Simple Rules for a Complex World (1995), Overdose: How Excessive Government Regulation Stifles Pharmaceutical Innovation (2006), and How Progressives Rewrote the Constitution (2006). He has written numerous articles on a wide range of legal and interdisciplinary subjects.