Guido Calabresi

Hon. Guido Calabresi
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Address: 500 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 857-8500
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Judge Calabresi was appointed United States Circuit Judge in July, 1994, and entered into duty on September 16, 1994. Prior to his appointment, he was Dean and Sterling Professor at the Yale Law School where he began teaching in 1959. He continues to serve as a member of that faculty as Sterling Professor Emeritus and Professorial Lecturer.

Judge Calabresi received his B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Yale College in 1953, a B.A. degree with First Class Honors from Magdalen College, Oxford University, in 1955, an LL.B. degree, magna cum laude, in 1958 from Yale Law School, and an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University in 1959. A Rhodes Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif, Judge Calabresi served as the Note Editor of the Yale Law Journal, 1957-58, while graduating first in his law school class.

Following graduation, Judge Calabresi clerked for Justice Hugo Black of the United States Supreme Court. He has been awarded more than thirty honorary degrees from universities in the United States and abroad, and is the author of four books and over eighty articles on law and related subjects.

Judge Calabresi is a member of the Connecticut Bar.

Current Employment Position(s):
Senior Judge

Appointed 1994 by President Clinton
Bar Admissions:
Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut, 1958
Honors: magna cum laude
Honors: Class Rank: 1, Order of the Coif, Jewel Robbins and Frank Prizes for
Honors: High Scholarship
Honors: Order of the Coif
Honors: Rhodes Scholar
Law Journal: Yale Law Journal, Member, 1955 - 1958
Law Journal: Yale Law Journal, Note Editor, 1957 - 1958

Oxford University, Oxford, England, 1959
Honors: 1st Class Highest Honors, Sheppard Exhibition
Major: Politics
Major: Philosophy
Major: Economics

Oxford University, Magdalen College, Oxford, England, 1955
Honors: First Class Honors
Major: Philosophy
Major: Economics

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1953
Honors: summa cum laude
Honors: Class Rank: 1
Honors: Chittenden Prize
Honors: Yale Club Award
Honors: Dickinson Prize in Economics
Honors: Exceptional Distinction, Phil. Orations
Major: Analytical Economics

Published Works:
Ideals, Beliefs, Attitudes and the Law: Private Law Perspectives on a Public Law Problem, Syracuse University Press, May, 1985

Note, Robinson-Patman Act and Functional Discounts, 66 Yale Law Journal 243, 1956

Some Thoughts on Risk Distributions and the Law of Torts, 70 Yale Law Journal 449, 1961

Retroactivity: Paramount Powers and Contractual Changes, 71 Yale Law Journal 1191, 1962

The Decision for Accidents: An Approach to Non-Fault Allocation of Costs, 78 Harvard Law Review 713, 1965

The Costs of Accidents: A Legal and Economic Analysis, Yale University Press, February, 1970

Fault, Accidents, and the Wonderful World of Blum and Kalven, 75 Yale Law Journal 216, 1965

Changes for Automobile Claims, Views and Overviews, Rules, Vol. 1967 Illinois Law Forum 600-11, 1967

Transaction Costs, Resource Allocation and Liability Rules, 11 Journal of Law and Economics 67, 1968

Does the Fault System Optimally Control Primary Accident Costs? 33 Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems 429, 1968

Reflections on Medical Experimentation in Humans, Daedalus, 98-2 Proc. American Academy of Art and Science 387, Spring, 1969

Right Approach, Wrong Implications: A Critique of McKean on Products Liability (Co-Author with Kenneth C. Bass, III), 38 University of Chicago Law Review 74, Fall, 1970

New York Plan: A Free Choice Modification, 71 Columbia Law Review 267, 1971

Property Rules, Liability Rules, and Inalienability: One View of the Cathedral (Co-Author with A. Douglas Melamed), 85 Harvard Law Review 1089, 1972

Toward a Test for Strict Liability in Torts (Co-Author with Jon Hirschoff), 81 Yale Law Journal 1055, 1972

Preclinical Problems of New Drug Development (Comments) in Regulating New Drugs (R. L. Landeau, ed.), University of Chicago Press, 1973

Birth, Death and the Law, 37 Pharos 39, 1974

Government Decision Making & The Preciousness of Life (Comment on K.J. Arrow) in Ethics of Medical Care (L. Tancredi, ed.), National Association of Science, 1974

Altruism and Economic Theory, A Comment in Altruism, Morality and Economic Theory (E.S. Phelps, ed.), Russell Sage Foundation, New York, 1975

Optimal Deterrence and Accidents: To Fleming James, Jr., 84 Yale Law Journal 656, 1975

Concerning Cause and the Law of Torts: An Essay for Harry Kalven, Jr., 43 University of Chicago Law Review 69, 1975

Torts - The Law of the Mixed Society, in B. Schwartz, ed., American Law: The Third Century, NYU, Fared B. Rothman & Co., South Hackensack, New Jersey, p. 103, 1976

Torts - The Law of the Mixed Society, in B. Schwartz, ed., American Law: The Third Century, NYU, 56 Texas Law Review 519, 1978

Torts - The Law of the Mixed Society, in B. Schwartz, ed., American Law: The Third Century, NYU, Translated in 6 Poltica Del Diritto 665, 1978

Torts - The Law of the Mixed Society, in B. Schwartz, ed., American Law: The Third Century, NYU, Summarized in 20 ATLA Law Reporter 405, 1977

Tragic Choices (with P. Bobbitt, W.W. Norton & Co., January, 1978

Torts - The Law of the Mixed Society, in B. Schwartz, ed., American Law: The Third Century, NYU, Translated in 23 (Seg. Ep.) Themis 43, 1992

The Modern Italian Legal System, Yale/Video, Office of Public Information, Yale University

The Problem of Malpractice: Trying to Round Out the Circle, 27 University of Toronto Law Journal 131, 1977

The Problem of Malpractice: Trying to Round Out the Circle, Economics of Medical Malpractice, S. Rottenberg, ed., American Enterprise Institute, Washington, District of Columbia, 1978

Incentives, Regulation and the Problem of Legal Obsolescence, in M. Cappelletti, ed., New York Perspectives for a Common Law of Europe, 1978

On the General State of Law and Economics Today, in G. Skogh, ed., Law and Economics, 1978

Bakke: Lost Candor, New York Times, July 6, 1978

Louis H. Pollak, Generosity and Subtlety: A Student's View, 127 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 285, 1978

Access to Justice and Substantive Law Reform: Legal Aid for the Middle Class, in M. Cappelletti, ed., Access to Justice, Vol. 3, 1979

Bakke As Pseudo-Tragedy, 28 Catholic University Law Review 427, 1979

The Nonprimacy of Statutes Act: A Comment, 4 Vermont Law Review 248, 1979

Product Liability: Curse or Bulwark of Free Enterprise?, 27 Cleveland State Law Review 314, 1979

About Law and Economics: A Letter to Ronald Dworkin, 8 Hofstra Law Review 553, 1980

Alfred Conard, 79 Michigan Law Review 3, 1981

You Can Call It Thucydides or You Can Call It Mustard Plaster, But It's All Proximate Cause Just the Same - In Memory of Fleming James, 91 Yale Law Journal 1, 1981

A Common Law for the Age of Statutes, Harvard University Press, January, 1982

Grant Gilmore and the Golden Age, 92 Yale Law Journal 1, 1982

The New Economic Analysis of Law: Scholarship, Sopistry, or Self-Indulgence?, 68 Proceedings of the British Academy 85, 1982

Thoughts on the Future of Economics in Legal Education (Comments), 33 Journal Legal Ed. 359, 1983

The Passage of Time: The Implications for Product Liability (Commentary), 58 NYU Law Review 989, 1983

First Party, Third Party and Product Liability Systems: Can Economic Analysis of Law Tell Us Anything About Them?, 69 Iowa Law Review 33, 1984

Of Law and the River: Correspondence with Paul D. Carrigton, 35 Journal of Legal Ed. 23, 1985

Too Much, Too Little or Both: Some Thoughts on Law Making by American Courts, in the Cambridge Lectures 1983 (Elizabeth G. Baldwin, Editor), Butterworths, 1985

Four Tests for Liability in Torts (Co-Author with Alvin K. Klevorick), 14 Journal of Legal Studies 3, 1985

Afterword (In Honor of Charles Black), 95 Yale Law Journal 1787, 1986

Policy Goals of the Swedish Alternative, 34 American Journal of Comparative Law 657, 1986

Policy Goals of the Swedish Alternative, Compensation for Personal Injury in Sweden and other Countries, C. Oldertz and E. Tidefelt, Editors, Juristforlaget, 1988

Law and Medicine in Confrontation, A Dean's Dialogue, Working Paper No. 45, Civil Liability Program, Yale Law School, May, 1986 - Reprinted in 20 Yale Medicine 4, 1986

In Memoriam, The Honorable Potter Stewart, Proceedings Before the Supreme Court of the United States, p. 14, Washington, District of Columbia, 1986

Robert Cover, 5 Journal of Law and Religion 1, 1987

Tom Emerson: Law in the Service of Justice, 38 Case Western Law Review 477, 1987-1988

Jay Katz's Contributions to Law and Medicine at Yale, 16 Law, Medicine and Health Care 3-4, 1988

Introductory Letter, 1 Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 7, 1988

Foreward, To Bittker, Collected Legal Essays, Rothman & Co., 1989

In Memoriam, Arthur Charpentier, Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut, 1990

Commentary on Some Thoughts on Risk Distribution and the Law of Torts, in Shapiro, The Most Cited Articles from the Yale Law Journal, 100 Yale Law Journal 1149, 1482, 1991

Commentary on Toward A Test for Strict Liability in Torts, in Shapiro, The Most Cited Articles from the Yale Law Journal, 100 Yale Law Journal 1149, 1501, 1991

What Clarence Thomas Knows, Op-ed, New York Times, July 28, 1991

Whatever the Next Step Is, the Scoundrels Win, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 8, 1991

Do We Own Our Bodies?, 1 Health Matrix Journal of Law-Medicine 501, 1991

Antidiscrimination and Constitutional Accountability (What the Bork- Brennan Debate Ignores) - Foreword, Supreme Court 1990 Term, 105 Harvard Law Review 80, 1991

Tom Emerson: The Scholar as Hero, 101 Yale Law Journal 315, 1991

Coals to Newcastle or Doggerel for a Poet: A Tribute to John Simon, 27 San Francisco Law Review 5, 1992

Remembering Yale's Years of Inequality, Op-ed Article, Yale Daily News, Wednesday, October 6, 1993

What Makes a Judge Great: To A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., 142 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 513, 1993

Scapegoats, 14 Quinnipiac College Law Review 83, 1994

Federal Judicial Law Clerk Hiring Problems and the Modest March 1 Solution (Co-Author with Edward R. Becker and Stephen G. Breyer), 104 Yale Law Journal 207, 1994

Pointlesness of Pareto: Carrying A Case Further, 100 Yale Law Journal 1211, 1991

Faith in Law, Faith in People; Remarks Delivered at the Dedication of a New Building at Brooklyn Law School, 61 Brooklyn Law Review, 1995

Altruism and Not for Profits: Ends as Well as Means, Le Organizzazioni Senza Fin di Lucro (non-profit organizations) (C.F. Beria, ed), Giuffre Editore, 1996

New Directions in Tort Law (with Jeffrey O. Cooper), 859 Valparaiso University Law Review 30, 1996

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Assistant Instructor, Department of Economics, Yale College, 1955 - 1956

Assistant Professor of Law, Yale University School of Law, 1959 - 1961

Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School, 1961 - 1962

Professor of Law, 1962 - 1970

John Thomas Smith Professor of Law, Yale University, 1970 - 1978

Sterling Professor of Law, Yale University, 1978 - 1995

Sterling Professor of Law Emeritus and Professorial Lecturer, Yale University, 1995 - Present

Visiting Professor, Harvard University Law School, 1969 - 1970

Visiting Professor, Kyoto American Studies Seminar, Kyoto-Doshisha Universities, Kyoto, Japan, Summer, 1972

Visiting Professor, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 1979

Arthur L. Goodhart Professor of Legal Science, Cambridge University, 1980 - 1981

Visiting Professor, University of Padua, May, 1993

John R. Cohen Lecture with R. Posner, University of Colorado Law School

Alpha Omega Alpha Lectures, Duke University Medical Center

Fels Lectures, University of Pennsylvania

Harris Lectures, University of Indiana Law School, Bloomington

C. A. Wright Lecture, University of Toronto Law School

Oliver Wendell Holmes Lectures, Harvard University

Willis G. Cunningam Lecture, Queen's University Law School, Kingston, Canada

Tom Sealy Lecture, University of Texas Law School

Hagood Lecture, University of South Carolina School of Law

Gordon R. Clapp Lecture, Lawrence Unversity

Pope John XXIII Lecture, Catholic University of America

Cleveland-Marshall Fund Lecture, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University

Thomas M. Cooley Lectures, University of Michigan Law School

Jessie and John Danz Lectures, University of Washington

Maccabean Lecture, British Academy

Blackstone Lecture, Oxford University

Abrams Lectures, Syracuse University

Ben J. Altheimer Lecture, University of Arkansas Law School, Little Rock

Murray Lecture, University of Iowa Law School

Rosenthal Lectures, Northwestern University

Edwin W. Smith Memorial Lecture, Westfield Academy

Randolph W. Thrower Lecture on Law and Public Policy, Emory Law School

John A. Sibley Lecture, University of Georgia School of Law

Centennial Lecture, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Meiklejohn Lecture, Brown University

Mirikitani Foundation Lecture, University of Hawaii

St. Thomas More Lecture, University of Detroit School of Law

Schroeder Lecture, Law Medicine Center of Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Olin Lecture, University of Virginia Law School

William B. Lockhart Lecture, University of Minnesota Law School

Constantine Tsatos - In memoriam Lecture, University of Athens Department of Law

Judge Solomon Liss Memorial Lecture, University of Baltimore School of Law

Margaret Linquist Sorensen Lecture, Yale Divinity School

Roy and Virginia Ray Lecture, University of Kentucky College of Law

Louis D. Brandeis Memorial Lecture, The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Jerusalem

The Monsanto Lectures on Tort Law Reform and Jurisprudence, Valparaiso University School of Law

The Cecil Sims Lecture, Vanderbilt University School of Law

John M. Olin Public Lecture in Law and Economics, Canadian Law and Economics Association, University of Toronto

Charles E. Steinberg Lecture in Psychiatry and the Law, Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center

E. Harolds Hallows Lecture, Marquette University

Cardozo Lecture, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Howard Kaplan Memorial Lecture, Hofstra University School of Law

Eugene O. Kuntz Distinguished Lecture, University of Oklahoma College of Law

William C. DeVane Lectures, Yale University

Dean, Yale Law School, 1985 - 1994

Honors and Awards:
Honorary M.A., Yale University, 1962

Honorary LL.D., Notre Dame University, 1979

Honorary Dott. Ius S.D., University of Torino, 1982

Honorary LL.D., Villanova University, 1984

Honorary LL.D., University of Toronto, 1985

Honorary LL.D., Boston College, 1986

Honorary LL.D., Catholic University of America, 1986

Honorary Dott. Jur., Universita di Pavia, 1987

Honorary LL.D., University of Chicago, 1988

Honorary LL.D., Connecticut College, 1988

Hon. D. Phil., University of Haifa, 1988

Honorary D. Hum. Litt., University of New Haven, 1989

Honorary LL.D., Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1989

Honorary D. Sci. Pol., Hon. University of Padova, 1990

Honorary Dott. Jur., University of Bologna, 1990

Honorary D. Hum. Litt., Williams College, 1991

Honorary LL.D., William Mitchell College, 1992

Honorary LL.D., Princeton University, 1992

Honorary D. Hum. Litt., Quinnipiac College, 1993

Honorary Dott. Jur., Stockholm University, 1993

Honorary LL.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 1994

Honorary LL.D., Seton Hall University, 1995

Honorary LL.D., Albertus Magnus College, 1995

Honorary LL.D., Lewis and Clark College (Northwestern School of Law), 1996 - Present

Fellow, Timothy Dwight College, Yale University, 1960 - Present

Fellow, St. John's College, Cambridge, 1980 - 1981

Certificate of Merit Award, American Bar Association, 1983

Silver Gavel Award, American Bar Association, 1986

Triennial Book Award, Order of the Coif, 1987

Distinguished Service Award, Italian America Historical Society of New Haven, 1990

Raymond E. Baldwin Public Service Award, 1994

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1983 - 1986

Corresponding Fellow, British Academy

Ten Outstanding Young Men in America, United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1962

Awarded Laetare Medal, University of Notre Dame, 1985

Named Commendatore (Honorary Knight Commander), Republic of Italy, 1994

Youngest Full Professor at Yale University

Honorary Trustee, Hopkins School, 1980 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Connecticut Bar Association, 1958 - Present

Town of Woodbridge, 1967 - 1969
Member, Board of Education

Town of Woodbridge, 1971 - 1975
Member Board of Selectman

Carolyn Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1975 - Present

Carolyn Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1979 - 1994
Vice Chair

Hopkins School, 1970 - 1980

Hopkins School, 1976 - 1980
Board President

St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale, 1968 - Present

Connecticut College, 1972 - 1981

Catholic University of America, 1977 - 1985

Russell Sage Foundation, 1975 - 1981

Rexmont Research Institute, 1990 - 1992

Dixwell Community House, 1962 - 1970

Center for Research on Institutions and Social Policy, 1979 - 1994

American International School of Florence, 1992 - 1994

Connecticut Bar Foundation, 1977 - 1985

Connecticut Bar Foundation, 1985 - 1994

Friends of Legal Services for South Central Connecticut, 1987 - 1994

Georgetown Law School, 1991 - Present
Member, Board of Advisors

Committee on Legal Issues in Medical Care, 1970 - 1976

National Research Council Evaluation Panels, 1970 - 1973
Member, Technical Analysis Division

Center for Consumer Safety, 1973 - 1975

Haifa University Law School, 1989 - 1994
Member, Academic Committee

Jefferson Center, 1983 - 1994
Member, Advisory Council

TISOM (Tel Aviv International School of Management), 1993 - 1994
Member, Academic Committee

National Italian American Foundation, 1993 - Present
Council Member

American Bar Foundation, 1986 - Present

Association of American Rhodes Scholars, 1995 - Present

Association of American Rhodes Scholars, 1970 - 1978
Secretary, Committee on Connecticut Selection

New England Final Selection Committee
Member, 1970, 1972-1981

Meiklejohn Institute for Legal Studies, 1994 - Present
Member, Advisory Board

National Institute for Social Science Information, 1994 - Present
Board Member

American Bar Association

American Law Institute

Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Association of American Law Schools, 1987 - 1989
Member, Executive Committee

Association of American Law Schools, 1991 - Present
Member, Committee on Challenges of Diversity

Association of American Law Schools, 1993 - 1994
Member, Program Committee

Connecticut Gender Bias Task Force, 1987 - 1991

Society of American Law Teachers

National Bar Association

National Association of Women Lawyers

Morys Association, 1950 - Present

Yale Club of New York city, 1966 - Present

Century Association, 1976 - Present

Elizabethan Club, Yale University, 1952 - Present

Elizabethan Club, Yale University, 1968 - 1970
Member, Board of Governors

The Benchers, 1966 - Present

The Dissenters, 1978 - Present

Oquossoc Angling Association, 1976 - Present

Oquossoc Angling Association, 1984 - Present

Italian American Historical Society of New Haven, 1990 - Present

Crosby Company, 1964 - 1986

Crosby Company, 1980 - 1986

First Bancorp (First Bank), New Haven, Connecticut, 1965 - 1984

Shawmut National Bank Corp., New Haven, 1984 - 1994
Member, Advisory Board

Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies

Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Foreign Member

Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences

Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Sciences), 1974 - 1976
Council Member

Centro Nazionale Prevenzione e Difesa Sociale, Milan, Italy, 1988 - Present
Member, Scientific Committee

American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1983 - 1986
Member of Council

Accademia delle Scienze di Torino
Foreign Member

Associazione Italiana di Diritto Comparato

Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei
Foreign Member

Order of the Coif

Past Employment Positions:
State of New York, Insurance Department, Automobile Insurance Report, Consultant, 1969 - 1970

Department of Transportation, Auto Insurance Study, Washington, District of Columbia, Consultant, 1968 - 1970

Yale Law School, Dean and Sterling Professor, 1959 - Present

United States Supreme Court, Hon. Justice Hugo Black, Law Clerk, 1958 - 1959

Simpson, Thacher & Barlett, New York City, Law Clerk, 1957

Phi Beta Kappa
Birth Information:
1932, Milan, Italy

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