Saul Levmore

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Saul Levmore (born 1953) is the William B. Graham Distinguished Service Professor of Law, and former Dean of the University of Chicago Law School. He joined the faculty of the law school in 1998 and became Dean in 2001.[1] In March, 2009, Levmore stated that he would step down as Dean and return to the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School. A search committee was formed[2] and announced Dean Michael Schill of UCLA as his successor on September 8, 2009.[3] Levmore's tenure as Dean ended on December 31, 2009.[3]

Levmore had turned down the Deanship in 1994, citing the time it would take away from his family.[4] Levmore is married to professor Julie Roin,[4] who also teaches at the Law School.

His current research interests include information markets, public choice, commercial and corporate law, contracts, and torts.[5] He has also written in the areas of game theory, reparations for slavery, insurance and terrorism, product liability, tax law, the development of real and intellectual property rights, and the regulation of obesity. He is widely published on these and other topics, and is the author of Super Strategies for Games and Puzzles and Foundations of Tort Law. He is the co-editor (with Martha C. Nussbaum) of the book The Offensive Internet: Speech, Privacy, and Reputation, published in 2010 by Harvard University Press; he also contributed an article on internet anonymity. Levmore and Nussbaum have also edited a volume entitled "American Guy: Masculinity in American Law and Liteature," which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2014; Levmore contributed an article on informants and whistle-blowers in literature.

Levmore is widely regarded among the U of C student body as one of — if not the most — engaging lecturers on the faculty. He won the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011, 2012, and 2013. This is perhaps a consequence of his use of the Socratic method, joined with a biting sarcasm and a clever wit. In this way, his classroom presence, while dynamic, can be polarizing.

In 2005 Levmore launched, and is a regular contributor to, a unique experiment in legal scholarship, The Faculty Blog at the University of Chicago Law School.[6]

Prior to coming to Chicago, he was the Brokaw Professor at the University of Virginia, and was a visiting professor at Yale, Harvard, Toronto, Michigan, and Northwestern Universities. He earned a B.A. from Columbia University in 1973, a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1978, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980. Levmore is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a former president of the American Law Deans Association.[5]


  1. ^ J. Linn Allen (2001-05-21). "U. of C. picks 1 of its own as law dean". Chicago Tribune. 
  2. ^ University of Chicago Law School: Dean Search Committee Announced University of Chicago Law School
  3. ^ a b University of Chicago Law School: Schill Appointed Next Dean of University of Chicago Law School University of Chicago Law School
  4. ^ a b "U of C continues law dean search". Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. 1994-03-04. 
  5. ^ a b Saul Levmore, University of Chicago Law School faculty profile, accessed 2007-11-12
  6. ^ The University of Chicago Law School Faculty Blog Among other things, Judge Richard Posner first publicly revealed that his mother was a communist in a comment on the faculty blog. Jerry Crimmins (2005-10-14). "Blog comment has some readers seeing Red". Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.