One of the nation’s most prominent appellate judges will be joining the NYU Law faculty as a professor of law at the beginning of 2012. Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, who has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will assume a full teaching load in January. One of the courses he will teach is the required Administrative and Regulatory State, a centerpiece of the first-year curriculum. Judge Ginsburg, who was chief judge of the D.C. Circuit from 2001 to 2008, will continue to serve on the court as a senior judge. He announced his intention to take senior status – which involves a reduced caseload – in a letter to President Obama this week.
“The Law School is enormously fortunate that a jurist of Judge Ginsburg’s experience and stature is joining the faculty,” said Dean Richard Revesz. “Prior to his long and distinguished tenure on the bench, Judge Ginsburg held senior federal government positions involved with antitrust and regulatory law, so we will benefit from his perspective in the executive branch, as well.” In addition to teaching administrative law, Judge Ginsburg will lead seminars in corporate governance and jurisprudence. One of his colleagues on the NYU Law faculty will be Judge Harry Edwards, who immediately preceded Judge Ginsburg as the D.C. Circuit’s chief judge, and who also remains on senior status with the court. “Becoming part of NYU Law’s community of scholars is an exciting prospect for me,” Ginsburg said. “I know many of the professors and have had a number of NYU law clerks; I could not be more pleased about returning to the legal academy.”
After graduating with a B.S. from Cornell University in 1970, Judge Ginsburg obtained his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1973. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Carl McGowan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. From 1975 to 1983, he was a professor at Harvard Law School. He then served as deputy assistant attorney general for regulatory affairs in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, from 1983 to 1984; administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, in the Office of Management and Budget, from 1984 to 1985; and assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice from 1985 to 1986. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals in November 1986.
Posted September 2, 2011