Richard Posner

Richard Allen Posner (/ˈpznər/; born January 11, 1939) is an American jurist and law and economics scholar who served as a federal appellate judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1981 to 2017.[1] A senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, Posner is a leading figure in the field of law and economics, and was identified by The Journal of Legal Studies as the most cited legal scholar of the 20th century.[2] He is widely considered to be one of the most influential legal scholars in the United States.[3][4][5][6][7]

Richard Posner
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
In office
August 1, 1993  August 1, 2000
Preceded byWilliam J. Bauer
Succeeded byJoel Flaum
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
In office
December 1, 1981  September 2, 2017
Appointed byRonald Reagan
Preceded byPhilip Willis Tone
Succeeded byMichael Y. Scudder
Personal details
Richard Allen Posner

(1939-01-11) January 11, 1939 (age 82)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s)Charlene Horn
ChildrenEric Posner, Kenneth A. Posner
EducationYale University (BA)
Harvard University (LLB)

Posner is known for his scholarly range and for writing on topics outside of his primary field, law. In his various writings and books, he has addressed animal rights, feminism, drug prohibition, same-sex marriage, Keynesian economics, and academic moral philosophy, among other subjects.

Posner is the author of nearly 40 books on jurisprudence, economics, and several other topics, including Economic Analysis of Law, The Economics of Justice, The Problems of Jurisprudence, Sex and Reason, Law, Pragmatism and Democracy, and The Crisis of Capitalist Democracy. Posner has generally been identified as being politically conservative; however, in recent years he has distanced himself from the positions of the Republican party,[8] authoring more liberal rulings involving same-sex marriage and abortion.[9][10] In A Failure of Capitalism, he has written that the 2008 financial crisis has caused him to question the rational-choice, laissez-faire economic model that lies at the heart of his law and economics theory.