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Saul Levmore, law educator, former dean. Bar: Virginia 1983. Recipient Alumni Association Teaching Award, University Virginia, 1984, Traynor Award, 1997. Member of American Law Deans Association (president), American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Levmore, Saul was born in 1953.


Bachelor, Columbia College, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia College, 1978. Juris Doctor, Yale University, 1980.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent Law School, 1995.


He joined the faculty of the law school in 1998 and became Dean in 2001. 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 and announced Dean Michael Schill of UCLA as his successor on September 8, 2009.

Levmore's tenure as Dean ended on December 31, 2009. Levmore had turned down the Deanship in 1994, citing the time it would take away from his family. Levmore is married to Professor Julie Roin, who also teaches at the Law School.

His current research interests include information markets, public choice, commercial and corporate law, contracts, and torts. 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 Literature," which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2014.

Levmore contributed an article on informants and whistle-blowers in literature. Under his leadership as Dean, the law school embarked on several initiatives designed to address social policy issues, notably the Chicago Judges Project, which studies judicial behavior on the Federal courts, and the Foster Care Project, which looks at legal reforms that will help foster children as they age out of the system. 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.

Prior to coming to Chicago, Levmore was the Brokaw Professor at the University of Virginia, and has also been 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.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Superstrategies for Puzzles and Games, 1981.


Member of American Law Deans Association (president), American Academy of Arts and Sciences.