JSI Seminar Series: Richard Posner and a Life in the Law

3 April 2017


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Richard Posner and a Life in the Law

Speaker: William Domnarski

Richard Posner is the most important figure in the law in the United States of the last hundred years, if not longer, with unrivalled influence as an academic, public intellectual, and judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals. Apart for being known for having written more articles, books, and judicial opinions than anyone elseā€”he has been mostly known, rightly so, for his contributions to pragmatism and economic analysis of law, both on and off the bench. What becomes clear, though, when his life and career are considered from a broad view is his career-long and comprehensive attempt to reform the way law is practiced, thought about, and written about. His has been an against-the-grain career intent on pointing us to what he considers to be a better way to approach the intellectual and practical aspects of the way law affects us all. His life in the law has been at the center of the argument about what makes sense in the law.

About the Speaker

William Domnarski comes to us from the United States, where in his life in the law he has been a practitioner for more than thirty years, the author of five books on judges and lawyers, and an occasional university and law school teacher. He has a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Riverside. His biography of Richard Posner, published by Oxford University Press, was based in part on more than two hundred interviews with people who have known and worked with Posner over the years, going back to grade school, on interviews with Posner himself, and on Posner's correspondence rich archive at the University of Chicago.

CPD Points: 2


Time: 6-8pm

Location: Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown, University of Sydney

Cost: Complimentary, however registration is essential.

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429

Email: 3e154f4910472f08371a14431b2914261c05161520481544