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Richard Brooks to Discuss Law, Economics and Skepticism in Leighton Homer Surbeck Inaugural Lecture


Richard Brooks will present his inaugural lecture as the Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law on Monday, September 19, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 127. It is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception in the Alumni Reading Room. Professor Brooks’ lecture is titled “Circles and Lines: Law, Economics and Skepticism.” 

Richard Brooks joined the Yale Law School faculty in 2003 as an Associate Professor of Law. His expertise is in contracts, organizations, culture, and law and economics. He previously taught at Northwestern University School of Law and in Cornell University’s Department of Policy Analysis and Management. He has served as a visiting researcher at the Center in Law, Economics and Organization at the University of Southern California Law School; on an advisory committee to the Social, Behavioral and Economics Sciences Division of the National Science Foundation; and as a research specialist in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.

He holds a B.A. from Cornell, an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

The Leighton Homer Surbeck Professorship was established by Margaret Surbeck in 2000 to honor the memory of her husband Homer Surbeck ’27, founding member of the law firm of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, and to reflect Homer Surbeck's lifelong commitment to the highest ideals of the legal profession.