|Born||1967 (age 55–56)|
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||Wesleyan University|
University of Chicago Law School
|Employer||University of Texas School of Law|
Ward Farnsworth (born 1967) is Professor of Law and holder of the W. Page Keeton Chair at the University of Texas School of Law, where he was Dean from 2012-2022. He served as Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law Third, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm, and is the author of books on law, rhetoric, philosophy, and chess.
Education and clerkships
Farnsworth graduated from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut in 1989 (B.A.) and with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1994 (J.D.).
Immediately after law school, Farnsworth served as a law clerk for Judge Richard A. Posner on the Seventh Circuit and then clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court. He then worked as a Legal Adviser to the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague.
Prior to beginning his tenure as dean at Texas, Farnsworth taught for 15 years at Boston University School of Law, and served several years as associate dean for academic affairs. He was appointed Dean of the University of Texas School of Law in May 2012. He has received many teaching awards over the years, including the United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award in 2009 from Boston University.
Farnsworth has written on a wide range of subjects. His legal writing includes articles on economic analysis of law, constitutional law, statutory interpretation, and legal applications of cognitive psychology. He is author of Restitution: Civil Liability for Unjust Enrichment (Chicago 2014), and The Legal Analyst: A Toolkit for Thinking About the Law (Chicago 2007), an acclaimed guide to interdisciplinary approaches to legal thought. He is Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement Third, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm. He also is the co-author (with Mark F. Grady) of a casebook on the law of torts, and co-author (with Andrew Kull) of a casebook on the law of restitution, both published by Aspen.
Farnsworth is the author of three books on the English language: Classical English Rhetoric (Godine 2010), Classical English Metaphor (Godine 2016), and Classical English Style (Godine 2020), all of which have received critical acclaim. He is also the author of two books on philosophy, The Practicing Stoic (Godine 2018) and The Socratic Method (Godine 2021), and a treatise on chess available online.
- ^ The AALS Directory of Law Teachers (West Pub. Co., 2005), p. 459.
- ^ Farnsworth New Dean of University of Texas School of Law Leslie Friday, BU Today
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- "Ward Farnsworth: Articles available for download".
- "The Legal Analyst: A Toolkit for Thinking about the Law".
- "Ward Farnsworth: Chess Tactics".
- "Classical English Rhetoric and Classical English Metaphor -- Reviewed by Richard A. Lanham".
- "Classical English Rhetoric -- Reviewed by Michael Dirda". The Washington Post.
- Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric – Reviewed by Geoffrey K. Pullum
- "Classical English Rhetoric -- Reviewed by Carlin Romano". January 11, 2011.
- "Classical English Metaphor -- Reviewed by John McIntyre".
- "Classical English Style -- Reviewed by Barton Swaim in the Wall St. Journal)".
- "The Practicing Stoic -- Reviewed by Michael Dirda The Washington Post".
- "The Socratic Method -- Reviewed by Martha Bayles Wall Street Journal".