Richard A. Epstein

Richard A. Epstein

Bradley Prize recipient Richard Epstein is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.  He is also the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and a senior lecturer at The University of Chicago Law School.

Prior to joining The University of Chicago Law School faculty in 1972, Epstein taught at theUniversity of Southern California.  He has been a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences since 1985 and a senior fellow of the Center for Clinical Medical Legal Studies at The University of Chicago’s medical school since 1983.  From 1981 to 1991, he served as editor of The Journal of Legal Studies and, from 1991 to 2001, of The Journal of Law & Economics.  In 2005, Legal Affairs magazine named him one of the 20 leading legal thinkers in the United States.

Epstein is known for his scholarship on a broad range of constitutional, economic, historical, and philosophical subjects.  Among the courses he has taught are communications law, constitutional law, contracts, corporations, criminal law, employment-discrimination law, health law, jurisprudence, labor law, patents, property, torts, Roman law, real-estate development and finance, and individual and corporate taxation.  His writings have appeared in professional, public-policy, and popular publications.

In addition, Epstein is the author of a number of books, including Takings:  Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain in 1985, Simple Rules for a Complex World in 1995, Torts in 1999, Skepticism and Freedom:  A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism in 2003, and Design for Liberty:  Private Property, Public Administration, and the Rule of Law and Why Progressive Institutions are Unsustainable in 2011.  He is also the editor of Cases and Materials on Torts.

Epstein received B.A. degrees at both Columbia College and Oxford University and an LL.B. degree at Yale Law School.