Max M. Schanzenbach

Seigle Family Professor of Law


Biography

Max Schanzenbach is the Seigle Family Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his Ph.D. (economics) from Yale University. Schanzenbach joined Northwestern as an assistant professor of law in 2003 after finishing a clerkship on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals with Judge Alan E. Norris and was promoted to full professor in 2006. From 2010 to 2013, Schanzenbach was Director of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University. In 2015, he was named the Seigle Family Professor of Law at Northwestern University. From 2011 to 2016 Schanzenbach was the co-editor-in-chief of the American Law and Economics Review.

Schanzenbach’s research, which is in the law-and-economics tradition, uses economic theory and statistical methods to assess the real-world effects of law and legal institutions. His work has ranged across such fields as trusts and estates, employee compensation, criminal sentencing, judicial behavior, and tort reform. His work has appeared in leading law reviews such as the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, and University of Chicago Law Review, as well as economics journals such as American Economic Journal: Economic Policy; American Law and Economics Review, Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Health Economics, and Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization


Areas of Expertise

  • Business Associations
  • Criminal Justice
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Tort Reform


Selected Publications

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Education

  • BA, University of Oklahoma
  • JD, Yale University
  • PhD, Yale University

Prior Appointments

  • Professor of Business Law, Management & Strategy, Kellogg School of Management (Courtesy), Kellogg School of Management
  • Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Director of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Law Clerk, 2002-2003, Hon. Alan E. Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

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