Judge Frank H. Easterbrook
United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Interviewed by Nicholas Q. Rosenkranz
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About the Interview
Judge Easterbrook was interviewed by Nicholas Q. Rosenkranz, professor of law at Georgetown Law, on August 13, 2019, at the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, Illinois.
Frank H. Easterbrook is a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. From 2006 through 2013, he was the court’s Chief Judge and a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Before joining the court in 1985, he was the Lee and Brena Freeman Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, where he taught and wrote in antitrust, securities, corporate law, jurisprudence, and criminal procedure. He has published The Economic Structure of Corporate Law (with Daniel R. Fischel) and about 100 scholarly articles. He served as co-editor of the Journal of Law and Economics from 1982 to 1991 and as a member of the Judicial Conference’s Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure from 1991 to 1997. Before joining the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School in 1979, Judge Easterbrook was deputy solicitor general of the United States. He holds degrees from Swarthmore College (BA, 1970) and the University of Chicago (JD, 1973) and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Law Institute, and the Mont Pelerin Society. In 2018, he received the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law.
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