Rick Brooks will join NYU School of Law’s permanent faculty in January 2018, and he will teach Contracts at the Law School this fall. 

At Columbia Law School, where Brooks is currently the Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law, he teaches courses in contracts, corporations, and law and economics. He has been in residence at NYU Law this spring, and was a visiting professor last fall. 

“Rick is an immensely talented, productive, and engaging scholar, and brings to NYU Law an extensive breadth and depth of expertise on a wide range of topics,” said Dean Trevor Morrison in an announcement to the NYU Law community.

Brooks’s scholarship focuses on contract law and theory, corporations, agency and fiduciary law, law and economics, and law and social norms, as well as experimental economics and perceptions of the legal system. He is the co-author of Saving the Neighborhood: Racially Restrictive Covenants, Law, and Social Norms (2013). His recent work has been published by Harvard University Press and Oxford University Press, while his articles have appeared in journals such as the Yale Law Journal and American Law & Economic Review, among many others. Brooks has served on an advisory committee to the Social, Behavioral and Economics Sciences Division of the National Science Foundation and was a research specialist in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.

Brooks earned a BA from Cornell in 1988, a JD from the University of Chicago in 1998, and a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, also in 1998. Prior to teaching at Columbia, he taught at Yale for 10 years as the Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law.

Posted May 15, 2017