New Book: <em>Richard Posner</em>. By William Domnarski

New Book: Richard Posner. By William Domnarski

Richard Posner. By William Domnarski. Oxford University Press 2016. ISBN: 9780199332311; 0199332312.

  • The first biographical treatment of the enormously influential Judge Richard Posner
  • Author has unprecedented access to Posner, as well as a wealth of relevant interview subjects and material
  • Domnarski examines the life experience, personality, academic career, jurisprudence, and professional relationships of his subject with depth and clarity
  • A comprehensive and accessible account of a unique judge who has dominated the way law is understood in contemporary America

Richard PosnerJudge Richard Posner is one of the great legal minds of our age, on par with such generation-defining judges as Holmes, Hand, and Friendly. A judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the principal exponent of the enormously influential law and economics movement, he writes provocative books as a public intellectual, receives frequent media attention, and has been at the center of some very high-profile legal spats. He is also a member of an increasingly rare breed-judges who write their own opinions rather than delegating the work to clerks-and therefore we have unusually direct access to the workings of his mind and judicial philosophy.

Now, for the first time, this fascinating figure receives a full-length biographical treatment. In Richard Posner, William Domnarski examines the life experience, personality, academic career, jurisprudence, and professional relationships of his subject with depth and clarity. Domnarski has had access to Posner himself and to Posner’s extensive archive at the University of Chicago. In addition, Domnarski was able to interview and correspond with more than two hundred people Posner has known, worked with, or gone to school with over the course of his career, from grade school to the present day. The list includes among others members of the Harvard Law Review, colleagues at the University of Chicago, former law clerks over Posner’s more than thirty years on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and even other judges from that court.

Richard Posner is a comprehensive and accessible account of a unique judge who, despite never having sat on the Supreme Court, has nevertheless dominated the way law is understood in contemporary America.


Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

I. Youth and Education
1. Parents
2. Grade and High School
3. Yale College

II. Law School, Government Jobs, and First Teaching Job
1. Harvard Law School
2. Supreme Court Clerkship with Justice Brennan
3. Assistant to Philip Elman at the Federal Trade Commission
4. Solicitor General’s Office
5. President’s Task Force on Telecommunications
6. Stanford Law School and Introduction to Law and Economics

III. University of Chicago
1. Economic Analysis and Economic Analysis of Law
2. Building a Career and Spreading the Word of Economic Analysis of Law
3. Consulting Work and Founding of Lexecon
4. Seventh Circuit Judgeship Opportunity

IV. 1982-1989
1. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
2. Friendship with Henry Friendly
3. Judicial Opinions like No Others
4. Developing Reputation
5. Studies in the Federal Courts, Law and Literature, and Jurisprudence

V. 1990-1999
1. Work on the Court and Reputation
2. Posner Revealed in Correspondence
3. Studies on Great Judges, Old Age, Sex, Clinton Impeachment, Public Intellectuals and Jurisprudence
4. Mediator in Microsoft Litigation

V. 2000-2009
1. Work on the Court and Reputation
2. Studies on the 2000 Election, National Security, the Economy in Peril, and the Nature of Judging

VI. 2010-2014
1. Work on the Court and Reputation
2. Studies on Judicial Performance and Behavior
3. Feud with Justice Scalia


William Domnarski has been a lawyer and legal writer for 30 years. He is the author of three previous books on federal judges, as well as a book on the nature of practicing law. He has a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside.

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