Constitutional scholar to address UI symposium

Constitutional scholar to address UI symposium

CHAMPAIGN – A University of Chicago constitutional scholar will be the keynote speaker Thursday at a symposium on limited government.

"Now More Than Ever: The Case for Limited Government" is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the University of Illinois Activities and Recreation Center, 201 E. Peabody Drive, C.

The event is part of the fourth annual symposium sponsored by the Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government Fund, a nonprofit foundation that supports scholarly research and teaching about the principles of free market capitalism, individual rights and responsibility, limited government, entrepreneurship and enterprise.

Richard Epstein, 67, the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, will be keynote speaker. Panelists also include UI law Professors David Hyman and Richard Kaplan.

Epstein, a noted libertarian scholar, has taught at the University of Chicago since 1972 and has been the Peter and Kirstin Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution since 2000. He previously taught law at the University of Southern California from 1968 to 1972.

Along with Supreme Court justices and Harvard Law School Professors Alan Dershowitz and Lawrence Tribe, Epstein was once named one of the top 20 "legal thinkers" in America in a poll by Legal Affairs magazine.

His books include "Antitrust Decrees in Theory and Practice: Why Less Is More" (2007); "Overdose: How Excessive Government Regulation Stifles Pharmaceutical Innovation" (2006); "How Progressives Rewrote the Constitution" (2006); and "Principles for a Free Society: Reconciling Individual Liberty with the Common Good" (1998).

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, labor law, land use planning, patents, taxation and workers' compensation, among others.

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 since 1983. He is a director of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics.

He received bachelor's degrees from Columbia College and Oxford University and his law degree from Yale University Law School.

Kaplan, the UI Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law, is an internationally recognized expert on U.S. taxation and tax policy, and also developed one of the first law school courses on elder law. He holds a law degree from Yale and joined the UI faculty in 1979.

Hyman is the Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Professor of Law at the UI. Considered one of the country's top health law scholars, he teaches civil procedure and health care regulation. His principal research interests are the regulation of health care financing and delivery and empirical law and economics.

He has published articles on medical malpractice, managed care, consumer protection, professional responsibility, tax exemption and civil procedure. He also serves as director of the Jon David and Elizabeth A. Epstein Health Care Law and Policy Program.

Chairing Thursday's event is UI law Professor Jay Kesan, whose work focuses on patent law, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, internet law/regulation, digital government, agricultural biotechnology law, and biofuels regulation. He directs the Program in Intellectual Property & Technology Law at the College of Law, leads the Business, Economics & Law of Genomic Biology group at the Institute for Genomic Biology, and is program leader of the Biofuel Law & Regulation Program at the Energy Biosciences Institute.

For more information on the symposium, check the academy's website.