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DU Law School to Present Inaugural Scholarship Award to Judge Richard A. Posner

The Duquesne University School of Law will present the inaugural Dr. John and Liz Murray Excellence in Scholarship Award to Judge Richard A. Posner at a special event on Thursday, March 22, at 4 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

The Excellence in Scholarship award was made possible by an endowment fund established in 2011 by University Chancellor Dr. John E. Murray Jr. to enhance and enrich the scholarly environment and culture at Duquesne's law school.

Posner, who is a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago, is renowned for his role as a jurist, legal theorist and economist. At Duquesne, he will deliver the address, Appellate Decision Making and Appellate Advocacy-One Judge's View.

"Judge Richard Posner is one of the most highly-respected, brilliant judges and legal scholars in the United States today," said Law Dean Ken Gormley. "It is a true honor that Judge Posner has agreed to visit Duquesne to accept the first Murray Award for Excellence in Scholarship. Judge Posner, like Chancellor John E. Murray, Jr. embodies the very highest standards of excellence within the legal profession. It is impossible to imagine a more fitting individual to receive this special inaugural award."

Identified as the most cited legal scholar of the 20th century by The Journal of Legal Studies, Posner has written nearly 40 books, including Economic Analysis of Law, How Judges Think and The Problems of Jurisprudence. His work has also been published in numerous legal and economic journals. As a judge, he has published more than 2,700 opinions.

A Harvard law graduate, Posner has taught courses in administrative law, antitrust, economic analysis of law, law and literature, family law and many others. He served under Thurgood Marshall in the Office of the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice. President Ronald Reagan first nominated Posner in 1981 for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, for which Posner served as chief judge from 1993-2000.

Honors presented to Posner, who served as president of the American Law and Economics Association, include the Research Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Association, the John Sherman Award from the U.S. Department of Justice and the 2005 Learned Hand Medal for Excellence in Federal Jurisprudence from the Federal Bar Council.

To RSVP, visit duq.edu/law. Call 412.396.5215 for more information.

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