Richard Posner

Hardcover | September 1, 2016

byWilliam Domnarski

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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, hewrites 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 wehave 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 hadaccess 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 presentday. 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.

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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, hewrites provocative books as a public intellectual...

William Domnarski has been a lawyer and legal writer for 30 years. He is the author of three previous books on federal judges, as well as a book on the nature of practicing law. He has a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199332312

ISBN - 13:9780199332311

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PrefaceIntroductionI. YOUTH AND EDUCATION1. Parents2. Grade and High School3. Yale CollegeII. LAW SCHOOL, GOVERNMENT JOBS, AND FIRST TEACHING JOB1. Harvard Law School2. Supreme Court Clerkship with Justice Brennan3. Assistant to Philip Elman at the Federal Trade Commission4. Solicitor General's Office5. President's Task Force on Telecommunications6. Stanford Law School and Introduction to Law and EconomicsIII. UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO1. Economic Analysis and Economic Analysis of Law2. Building a Career and Spreading the Word of Economic Analysis of Law3. Consulting Work and founding of Lexecon4. Seventh Circuit Judgeship OpportunityIV. 1982-19891. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit2. Friendship with Henry Friendly3. Judicial Opinions Like No Others4. Developing Reputation5. Studies in the Federal Courts, Law and Literature, and JurisprudenceV. 1990-19991. Work on the Court and Reputation2. Posner Revealed in Correspondence3. Studies on Great Judges, Old Age, Sex, Clinton Impeachment, Public Intellectuals and Jurisprudence4. Mediator in Microsoft LitigationV. 2000-20091. Work on the Court and Reputation2. Studies on the 2000 Election, National Security, the Economy in Peril, and the Nature of JudgingVI. 2010-20141. Work on the Court and Reputation2. Studies on Judicial Performance and Behavior3. Feud with Justice Scalia