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Richard A. Posner : Curriculum Vitae


University of Athens
D Hon Causa, 2002

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
LLD (Hon), 2002

Northwestern University
LLD (Hon), 2001

Brooklyn Law School
JD (Hon), 2000

University of Pennsylvania
LLD (Hon.), 1997

Yale University
LLD (Hon), 1996

University of Ghent
D Hon Causa, 1995

Georgetown University
LLD (Hon), 1993

Duquesne University
LLD (Hon), 1987

Syracuse University
LLD (Hon), 1986

Harvard University
LLB, magna cum laude, 1962

  • Fay Diploma
  • Sears and Beale Prizes
  • President, Harvard Law Review

Yale University
AB, summa cum laude, 1959

  • Phi Beta Kappa (elected junior year)
  • Scholar of the House
  • Saybrook Fellows' Prize


University of Chicago Law School
Senior Lecturer, 1981-present
Lee and Brena Freeman Professor of Law, 1978-1981
Professor of Law, 1969-1978

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Chief Judge, 1993-2000
Circuit Judge, 1981-present

Lexecon Inc.
President, 1977-1981

National Bureau of Economic Research
Research Associate, 1971-1981

Stanford University
Associate Professor of Law, 1968-1969

President's Task Force on Communications Policy

General Counsel, 1967-1968

Solicitor General's Office
Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States (Thurgood Marshall), 1965-1967

Federal Trade Commission
Assistant to Commissioner Philip Elman, 1963-1965

Supreme Court of the United States

Law Clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., 1962-1963


American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Fellow)
American Law Institute (Life Member)
British Academy (Corresponding Fellow)
Century Association