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Richard H. McAdams

Professor McAdams received his BA in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his JD from the University of Virginia. After graduation, he clerked for Chief Judge Harrison L. Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and spent three years as an associate with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia.

Professor McAdams previously taught on the faculties at the University of Illinois, Boston University, and IIT Chicago-Kent. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and the Yale Law School and a Visiting Fellow at Australian National University. After visiting at the Chicago Law School in 2005, Professor McAdams joined the Chicago faculty in 2007.

Professor McAdams teaches primarily in the area of criminal law and procedure. His scholarship focuses on criminal law and procedure, social norms, inequality, and the expressive function of law. He has served on the Editorial Board of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and the Board of Directors of the American Law and Economics Association. Currently, he is finishing a forthcoming book, The Expressive Powers of Law.