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Richard Epstein

Richard Epstein is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he has taught since 1972.  He is also a visiting professor at the New York University School of Law and is the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.  Epstein has published 14 books.  His Torts and Cases and Materials on Torts textbooks are widely used in law schools across the nation. He has written numerous articles on a wide range of legal and interdisciplinary subjects.  In 1985, Epstein published Takings: Private Property and Eminent Domain, a book about the Fifth Amendment and the limits of the government’s power to use eminent domain to take private property.  The book has been cited four times by the U.S. Supreme Court. Takings has been called an “instant classic” and a “must read” in the debate about eminent domain and property rights in America.

  • October 23, 2008    |   First Amendment

    Texas Eminent Domain Censorship

    Dangerous Trend: Bulldozing Free Speech

    In perhaps the most striking example of a disturbing national trend, Dallas developer H. Walker Royall sued to silence anyone who dared to criticize his abuse of eminent domain. Similar suits have been filed in Tennessee, Missouri and elsewhere by developers and governments looking to silence critics of eminent domain for private gain. When the…

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