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April 8, 2013

Judge Guido Calabresi at Northwestern Law

by Dan Rodriguez

Judge Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, will be our Trienens Distinguished Judicial Visitor this week.  The good judge will be speaking in a moderate discussion tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm in Lincoln Hall.

His is a remarkable career, beginning at the Yale Law School in the early 1960’s.  Guido was a founder of the law and economics movement and, in many famous writings, he brought economic analysis skillfully to the study of torts.  His contributions to private law and to the intersection of law and regulation were masterful and remain highly influential in the legal academy and in policy debates.  His teaching is legendary and it is hard to attend a professional conference of any size and distinction without hearing stories about the great classes with Guido.  He continues to teach at Yale to this day.

A second important phase of Guido Calabresi’s career was his tenure as Yale Law School’s dean.  Guido’s love for Yale and his service to the law school at which he has spent his entire professional life is an exemplar of what it means to be a devoted institutional citizen.

President Bill Clinton, Guido’s former student, appointed Calabresi to the federal bench.  He has since served as one of the shining stars of the federal judiciary.  His law clerks, including our own, Prof. Erin Delaney, have gone on to their own distinction.

Guido Calabresi’s life has been, as the saying goes, truly well lived in the law.  We are delighted to welcome here to Northwestern Law School and we are looking forward to his visit with faculty, students, alumni, and all interested members of the Northwestern community.

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