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Richard A. Posner : Courses and Seminars

Greenberg Seminar: Southern Literature and the Law
LAWS 95902
In this seminar we will discuss a group of classic works of nineteenth and twentieth-century Southern literature, asking what light they shed on legal issues, particularly those connected to race and gender. We begin with Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain, then move to the twentieth century, where the primary authors read will be William Faulkner, Katherine Anne Porter, Flannery O'Connor, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ralph Ellison. Candidates should submit to both instructors a statement describing their background in literature and their reasons for wanting to take the seminar. Please apply as early as you can, since we usually fill spaces in the order of application (saving three slots for LL.M. students). This seminar is capped at 15. Graded Pass/Fail.
Autumn 2013
Richard A. Posner, Martha Nussbaum
The Roberts Court
LAWS 50312
Co-taught by Professor Lee Epstein and Mr. Adam Liptak (Supreme Court correspondent of the New York Times) with Judge Richard A. Posner and Professor William M. Landes also participating, this seminar will examine the contemporary Supreme Court. Topics include the Court's membership; its procedures for selecting cases for review; the role of lawyers, law clerks, and journalists; and doctrinal developments in several areas of the law. This seminar that will meet January 10-12, as follows: Friday, January 10, 2014: 9:00 a.m. noon; 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014: 9:00 a.m. noon; 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 12, 2014: 9:00 a.m. noon We'll schedule two additional class sessions in the Spring quarter for paper presentations. The first one is scheduled on Friday, April 25th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room C. The second session has not been scheduled yet.
Spring 2014
Richard A. Posner, Dennis J. Hutchinson, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein, Adam Liptak
The Roberts Court
LAWS 50312
Co-taught by Professor Lee Epstein and Mr. Adam Liptak (Supreme Court correspondent of the New York Times) with Judge Richard A. Posner and Professor William M. Landes also participating, this seminar will examine the contemporary Supreme Court. Topics include the Court's membership; its procedures for selecting cases for review; the role of lawyers, law clerks, and journalists; and doctrinal developments in several areas of the law. This seminar that will meet January 10-12, as follows: Friday, January 10, 2014: 9:00 a.m. - noon; 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014: 9:00 a.m. - noon; 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 12, 2014: 9:00 a.m. - noon We'll schedule two additional class sessions in the Spring quarter for paper presentations. The first one is scheduled on Friday, April 25th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room C. The second session has not been scheduled yet.
Winter 2014
Richard A. Posner, Dennis J. Hutchinson, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein, Adam Liptak
Workshop: Judicial Behavior
LAWS 63812
The Workshop on Judicial Behavior provides students with a unique opportunity to read and analyze cutting-edge scholarship that focuses on how judges reach their decisions. In a case law system such as that of the United States, a realistic understanding of judicial behavior, which conventional legal instruction does not convey, is essential to the understanding and practice of law. Over the course of the academic year, six scholars from the fields of law and the social sciences will present their work. By the end of the academic year, students will produce a major research paper on judicial behavior. The Workshop is limited to twenty law students; interested students should contact Prof. Landes (land@uchicago.edu) by the start of Autumn quarter 2013. It will meet eight times over the course of the academic year.
Spring 2014
Richard A. Posner, Frank H. Easterbrook, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein
Workshop: Judicial Behavior
LAWS 63812
The Workshop on Judicial Behavior provides students with a unique opportunity to read and analyze cutting-edge scholarship that focuses on how judges reach their decisions. In a case law system such as that of the United States, a realistic understanding of judicial behavior, which conventional legal instruction does not convey, is essential to the understanding and practice of law. Over the course of the academic year, six scholars from the fields of law and the social sciences will present their work. By the end of the academic year, students will produce a major research paper on judicial behavior. The Workshop is limited to twenty law students; interested students should contact Prof. Landes (land@uchicago.edu) by the start of Autumn quarter 2013. It will meet eight times over the course of the academic year.
Winter 2014
Richard A. Posner, Frank H. Easterbrook, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein
Workshop: Judicial Behavior
LAWS 63812
The Workshop on Judicial Behavior provides students with a unique opportunity to read and analyze cutting-edge scholarship that focuses on how judges reach their decisions. In a case law system such as that of the United States, a realistic understanding of judicial behavior, which conventional legal instruction does not convey, is essential to the understanding and practice of law. Over the course of the academic year, six scholars from the fields of law and the social sciences will present their work. By the end of the academic year, students will produce a major research paper on judicial behavior. The Workshop is limited to twenty law students; interested students should contact Prof. Landes (land@uchicago.edu) by the start of Autumn quarter 2013. It will meet eight times over the course of the academic year.
Autumn 2013
Richard A. Posner, Frank H. Easterbrook, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein