- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit will receive the Justice Department’s John Sherman Award today for his lifetime contributions to the teaching and enforcement of antitrust law and the development of antitrust policy.

The award will be presented during a celebration in the department’s Great Hall.

“Judge Posner’s work has been critical to promoting a sounder understanding of antitrust law,” said Assistant Attorney General R. Hewitt Pate, who heads the department’s antitrust division. “The antitrust division and antitrust practitioners worldwide are tremendously grateful for the time and energy he has devoted to antitrust issues, including his valuable writings, thoughtful analyses and dedication to providing an intellectually rigorous foundation for antitrust enforcement.”

The award, created in 1994, is presented by the antitrust division to a person or persons for their outstanding achievement in antitrust law, contributing to the protection of American consumers and to the preservation of economic liberty.

In 1959, Judge Posner graduated from Yale College, summa cum laude. He also graduated first in his class from Harvard Law School in 1962, and was president of the Harvard Law Review. For several years, Judge Posner worked in Washington, first as law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan Jr. and then in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations as an assistant at the Federal Trade Commission and to Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall.

Judge Posner began teaching law in 1968 at Stanford as an associate professor and became law professor at the University of Chicago Law School in 1969, where he taught full time until his appointment to the 7th Circuit in Chicago in 1981. Throughout his career, Judge Posner has written a number of books on antitrust law.

The award is named for the author of the Sherman Act of 1890, the nation’s first and foremost antitrust law. John Sherman served as secretary of the Treasury from 1877 to 1881, and as secretary of state from 1897 to 1898.

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