I’ve been a judge for thirty-five years and over that period my interest in legal research has narrowed to research that illuminates, and by doing so can alter, judicial behavior.1

After nearly 36 years on the federal bench, Judge Richard Posner announced his retirement from the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit effective today, September 2, 2017. To both mark and celebrate his storied career, the editors of The University of Chicago Law Review have compiled every article Posner has authored or co-authored with us over the last half century in an online retrospective.

In 1969, then-Professor Posner first published with The Law Review an article offering a new and fundamental critique of the Federal Trade Commission. In the decades since, Posner has offered substantial and often landmark contributions in an array of diverse topics including law and economics, statutory interpretation, Bush v Gore, judicial writing, The Maroonbook, federal law clerks, and privacy.

Judge Posner, in a statement, has said he will “continu[e] to teach and publish, with a particular focus on social justice reform.” The Law Review looks forward to reading his future work, but in the meantime, please enjoy this compilation.

Legal Research and Practical Experience
84 UCLR 239 (2017)

Privacy, Surveillance, and Law
75 UCLR 245 (2008)

The New Market for Federal Judicial Law Clerks
74 UCLR 447 (2007)

Vertical Restraints and Antitrust Policy
72 UCLR 229 (2005)

An Empirical Analysis of the Patent Court (with William M. Landes)
71 UCLR 111 (2004)

Indefinitely Renewable Copyright (with William M. Landes)
70 UCLR 471 (2003)

The Market for Federal Judicial Law Clerks (with Christopher Avery, Christine Jolls, and Alvin E. Roth)
68 UCLR 793 (2001)

Bush v Gore: Prolegomenon to an Assessment
68 UCLR 719 (2001)

Past–Dependency, Pragmatism, and Critique of History in Adjudication and Legal Scholarship
67 UCLR 573 (2000)

Legal Narratology
64 UCLR 737 (1997)

Judges' Writing Styles (And Do They Matter)
62 UCLR 1421 (1995)

Legal Reasoning from the Top Down and from the Bottom Up: The Question of Unenumerated Constitutional Rights
59 UCLR 433 (1992)

An Economic Analysis of Sex Discrimination Laws
56 UCLR 1311 (1989)

An Economic Approach to Issues of Religious Freedom (with Michael W. McConnell)
56 UCLR 1 (1989)

Goodbye to the Bluebook
53 UCLR 1343 (1986)

The Summary Jury Trial and Other Methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution: Some Cautionary Observations
53 UCLR 366 (1986)

Some Economics of Labor Law
51 UCLR 988 (1984)

Statutory Interpretation––in the Classroom and in the Courtroom
50 UCLR 800 (1983)

Economics, Politics, and the Reading of Statutes and the Constitution
49 UCLR 263 (1982)

The Next Step in the Antitrust Treatment of Restricted Distribution: Per Se Legality
48 UCLR 6 (1981)

Should Indirect Purchasers Have Standing to Sue under the Antitrust Laws––An Economic Analysis of the Rule of Illinois Brick (with William M. Landes)
46 UCLR 602 (1979)

Some Uses and Abuses of Economics in Law
46 UCLR 281 (1979)

The Rule of Reason and the Economic Approach: Reflections on the Sylvania Decision
45 UCLR 1 (1977)

The Rights of Creditors of Affiliated Corporations
43 UCLR 499 (1976)

Exclusionary Practices and the Antitrust Laws
41 UCLR 506 (1974)

Regulatory Aspects of National Health Insurance Plans
39 UCLR 1 (1971)

A Program for the Antitrust Division
38 UCLR 500 (1971)

The Federal Trade Commission
37 UCLR 47 (1969)

  • 1. Richard A. Posner, Legal Research and Practical Experience, 84 UCLR 239, 240 (2017). 

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