Richard A. Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, was honored with the 2005 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize by the College of William & Mary School of Law on October 29.
Epstein is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, where he also serves as director of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics. He is also a senior fellow at the University of Chicago Medical School's Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.
The award was made during the law school's second annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference, which was presented by the William & Mary Property Rights Project and its Institute of Bill of Rights Law.
The conference included panel discussions on the impact of Epstein's work, public use in the aftermath of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Kelo, and recent developments in due process protection of property rights.
Epstein has written on a wide range of legal and interdisciplinary topics and is the author of numerous works including Free Markets under Siege: Cartels, Politics, and Social Welfare (Hoover Institution Press, 2005), Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism, Simple Rules for a Complex World, Bargaining with the State, and Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1985.