Celebrated Legal Scholar Richard Epstein Joins Liberty Justice Center Board of Directors

April 1, 2024

The Liberty Justice Center has announced the appointment of a new board member, distinguished legal scholar Professor Richard A. Epstein. Professor Epstein is the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow (adjunct) at the Hoover Institution, the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University Law School, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago.

One of the most frequently cited legal scholars of the last century, Professor Epstein has contributed a wide variety of articles and over twenty books on subjects at the intersection of constitutional law, economics, history, and philosophy. Most recently, he published The Dubious Morality of the Modern Administrative Law (2020). Other notable works by Professor Epstein include Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain (1985), Simple Rules for a Complex World (1995), Principles for a Free Society: Reconciling Individual Liberty with the Common Good (1998), and The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government (2014).

Professor Epstein received a BA degree in philosophy summa cum laude from Columbia in 1964; a BA degree in law with first-class honors from Oxford University in 1966; and an LLB degree cum laude from the Yale Law School in 1968. Upon graduation, he joined the faculty at the University of Southern California, where he taught until 1972. In 1972, he visited the University of Chicago, becoming a regular member of the faculty the following year.

In 2005, the College of William & Mary School of Law awarded Epstein the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize, and in 2011, he was a recipient of the Bradley Prize for outstanding achievement. He has been a senior fellow at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics since 1984 and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1985. He has been a Hoover fellow since 2000.

“The Liberty Justice Center is honored to welcome Professor Richard Epstein to our Board of Directors,” said Jacob Huebert, President of the Liberty Justice Center. “We look forward to benefitting from his experience and expertise as we further our mission to defend and advance constitutional rights across the country.”

The Liberty Justice Center’s Board of Directors also includes Corey DeAngelis, PhD. One of the nation’s leading voices on educational liberty, Corey DeAngelis serves as the Director of Research at the American Federation for Children, Executive Director at the Educational Freedom Institute, Senior Fellow at the Reason Foundation, and an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute in addition to his work with the Liberty Justice Center.

More information about the Liberty Justice Center’s Board of Directors, including additional information about Professor Epstein’s experience, is available here.


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