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Guido Calabresi

calabresiGUIDO CALABRESI received his B.S. summa cum laude from Yale College in 1953, majoring in Economics. He was then selected as a Rhodes Scholar, studying at Magdalene College, Oxford, which awarded him a B.A. with First Class Honors in 1955. He received his law degree (LL.B.) magna cum laude from Yale Law School in 1958, graduating first in his class, and was also a law review member as Note Editor of the Yale Law Journal from 1957 to 1958. Following graduation from Yale Law School, Calabresi served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Hugo Black from 1958 to 1959. Additionally, he earned an M.A. in politics, philosophy, and economics from the University of Oxford in 1959.
Calabresi joined the faculty of the Yale Law School as the youngest ever full professor and was Dean from 1985 to 1994. He now is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law.
Calabresi is, along with Ronald Coase, the founder of Law and Economics. His pioneering contributions to the field includes the application of economic reasoning to tort law and a legal interpretation of the Coase theorem. Under Calabresi's intellectual and administrative leadership, Yale Law School has become a leading center for legal scholarship imbued with economics and other social sciences. Calabresi has been awarded more than forty honorary degrees from universities across the world. He is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
In 1994, President Bill Clinton nominated Calabresi as circuit judge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.He took senior status on July 21, 2009.