Fingerprints: An Impressionistic and Empirical Evaluation of Richard Posner’s Impact on Contract Law
Richard Posner’s retirement after 36 years on the federal bench presents an ideal opportunity to reflect on his sometimes controversial career as a scholar and a judge. Since his principal scholarly work, Economic Analysis of Law, has been cited in legal scholarship over 7500 times a good working hypothesis is that his impact on law has been substantial. This article considers his impact on contract law. Two lines of research were conducted: one line explores the impact of Judge Posner’s scholarly writings on judicial opinions; the other line examines the impact of his opinions on other courts.
Jeffrey L. Harrison, Fingerprints: An Impressionistic and Empirical Evaluation of Richard Posner’s Impact on Contract Law, 50 U. Pac. Law Rev. 373