The Prolific Pragmatist: Judge Richard Posner

Law360, New York (March 25, 2014, 3:02 PM EDT) -- For attorneys in the Seventh Circuit, arguing before Judge Richard Posner can be the very definition of a trial by fire.

Widely regarded as one of the most prolific and influential legal thinkers of the past half-century, the 75-year-old Posner is also notorious for a prickly bench demeanor and a tendency to make underprepared attorneys look like wide-eyed welterweights who accidentally wandered into the ring with Ali.

“His tales of reaming out lawyers are legendary,” says Marc Kadish, who has had extensive experience with Posner in his...
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