Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has been selected by the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation to receive this year’s Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law.
Easterbrook, named to the Seventh Circuit in 1985, served as its chief judge and a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 2006 to 2013. One of the most-cited appellate judges in the nation, Easterbrook also has had a noted career in academia, which includes having written the most-cited corporate law article of all time.
“Judge Easterbrook has managed two illustrious careers in the time it takes most to achieve even one set of far more modest accomplishments,” UVA Law School Dean Risa Goluboff said.
Easterbrook will speak on “The Supreme Court and Business Litigation” on April 12 at noon in the Law School’s Caplin Pavilion.
Easterbrook was a member of the Judicial Conference’s Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure from 1991 to 1997. He served as co-editor of the Journal of Law and Economics from 1982 to 1991.
Before joining the court, he was the Lee and Brena Freeman Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, where he taught and wrote about antitrust, securities, corporate law, jurisprudence and criminal procedure.
Read more at UVAToday