Richard A. Epstein is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the
Chicago and the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. For the past two years, while serving as a visiting professor at the New York University School of Law, Professor Epstein has been a visiting scholar with the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Legal Policy.
Professor Epstein is known for his research and writing in a broad range of constitutional, economic, historical, and philosophical subjects. He has written many influential and popular books; he edited the Journal of Legal Studies (1981–91) and the Journal of Law and Economics (1991–2001); he is the editor of Cases and Materials in the Law of Torts (8th ed. 2004); and he has written a one-volume treatise, Torts (1999). In 2005, Professor Epstein was named by Legal Affairs magazine as one of the twenty leading legal thinkers in the United States.
Professor Epstein received a B.A. degree in philosophy summa *** laude from
Columbia in 1964. He received a B.A. degree in law with first-class honors from
University in 1966 and an LL.B. degree, *** laude, from the
School in 1968.