Richard Allen Posner (//; 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. 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. He is widely considered to be one of the most influential legal scholars in the United States.
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit|
August 1, 1993 – August 1, 2000
|Preceded by||William J. Bauer|
|Succeeded by||Joel Flaum|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit|
December 1, 1981 – September 2, 2017
|Appointed by||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by||Philip Willis Tone|
|Succeeded by||Michael Y. Scudder|
Richard Allen Posner
January 11, 1939
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Children||Eric Posner, Kenneth A. Posner|
|Education||Yale 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, authoring more liberal rulings involving same-sex marriage and abortion. 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.