Richard A. Epstein

Richard A. Epstein is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1972. He has also been the Peter and Kirstin Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution since 2000. Prior to joining the University of Chicago Law School faculty, he taught law at the University of Southern California from 1968 to 1972. He served as Interim Dean from February to June, 2001. He received an LL.D., h.c., from the University of Ghent, 2003. He has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1985 and a Senior Fellow of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago Medical School, also since 1983. He served as editor of the Journal of Legal Studies from 1981 to 1991, and of the Journal of Law and Economics from 1991 to 2001. At present he is a director of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics.

His books include Antitrust Decrees in Theory and Practice: Why Less Is More (AEI 2007); Overdose: How Excessive Government Regulation Stifles Pharmaceutical Innovation (Yale University Press 2006); How Progressives Rewrote the Constitution (Cato 2006). Cases and Materials on Torts (Aspen Law & Business; 8th ed. 2004); Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism (University of Chicago 2003): Cases and Materials on Torts (Aspen Law & Business; 7th ed. 2000); Torts (Aspen Law & Business 1999); Principles for a Free Society: Reconciling Individual Liberty with the Common Good (Perseus Books 1998): Mortal Peril: Our Inalienable Rights to Health Care (Addison-Wesley 1997); Simple Rules for a Complex World (Harvard 1995); Bargaining with the State (Princeton, 1993); Forbidden Grounds: The Case against Employment Discrimination Laws (Harvard 1992); Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain (Harvard 1985); and Modern Products Liability Law (Greenwood Press 1980). He has written numerous articles on a wide range of legal and interdisciplinary subjects.

He has taught courses in civil procedure, communications, constitutional law, contracts, corporations, criminal law, health law and policy, legal history, labor law, property, real estate development and finance, jurisprudence, labor law; land use planning, patents, individual, estate and corporate taxation, Roman Law; torts, and workers’ compensation.

Professor Kerr

Professor Kerr joined the faculty at George Washington University Law School in 2001. He teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and computer crime law. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Columbia Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Michigan Law Review, New York University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, and many other journals. Professor Kerr is a co-author of the leading casebook in criminal procedure with co-authors Yale Kamisar, Wayne LaFave, Jerold Israel, and Nancy King, now in its 12th Edition. He is also a co-author of the leading treatise in criminal procedure and the author of a law school casebook on computer crime law. In 2006, Kerr was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School.

Before joining the faculty, Professor Kerr was an Honors Program trial attorney in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice as well as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. He also is a former law clerk for Judge Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court.

Erin Murphy

Erin Murphy joined the Boalt faculty from the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia, where she spent three years in the trial division and two years in the appellate division. While at PDS, Murphy represented clients in felony and misdemeanor cases in jury and bench trials, and argued before the D.C. Court of Appeals. She also led a widely watched constitutional challenge to the District of Columbia’s firearms laws, and acquired particular expertise in the scientific and legal issues surrounding the admissibility of various types of forensic evidence. Murphy is a graduate of the Harvard Law School, where she served as a notes editor for the Harvard Law Review and an oralist for the champion team in the Ames Moot Court competition. She clerked for Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Murphy’s research focuses on questions related to new technologies and the relationship between the individual and the state in the criminal justice context. Her particular interests include forensic DNA typing, biometric scanning, electronic tracking and functional MRI imaging. The Duke Law Journal published her recent article, “Paradigms of Restraint,” which won the AALS Criminal Justice Section award for best paper by a junior scholar. Other representative works include “The New Forensics: Criminal Justice, False Certainty and the Second Generation of Scientific Evidence” in the California Law Journal and “Inferences, Arguments, and Second Generation Forensic Evidence” in the Hastings Law Journal. Murphy teaches courses related to criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence.

Paul M. Schwartz

Paul M. Schwartz is Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). A leading international expert on information privacy, copyright, telecommunications and information law, he has published widely on these topics.

In this country, his articles and essays have appeared in periodicals such as the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Michigan Law Review, and N.Y.U. Law Review. His co-authored books include Data Privacy Law (1996, supp. 1998) and Data Protection Law and On-line Services: Regulatory Responses (1998), a study carried out for the Commission of the European Union that examines emerging issues in Internet privacy in four European countries.

Professor Schwartz has provided advice and testimony to numerous governmental bodies in the United States and Europe. During 2002-2003, he was in residence as a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and as a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Brussels. He has also acted as an advisor to the Commission of the European Union on privacy issues. On behalf of the Practising Law Institute, he has served as co-chair for a series of Annual Institutes on Privacy Law in New York and San Francisco.

Paul Schwartz is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. He received his undergraduate education at Brown University.