Updated at 3:32 p.m.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg will be joining the faculty at New York University School of Law starting in January, the school announced today.
Ginsburg, who was appointed to the court in 1986 and served as chief judge from 2001 to 2008, will stay on the bench as a senior judge with a reduced caseload starting mid-October. He submitted his request for senior status to the White House this week.
Ginsburg was not immediately available this afternoon to discuss his new position.
In a statement, Ginsburg said, “Becoming part of NYU Law’s community of scholars is an exciting prospect for me.”
“I know many of the professors and have had a number of NYU law clerks; I could not be more pleased about returning to the legal academy,” he said.
According to the announcement, Ginsburg will be teaching Administrative and Regulatory State, a required course in the first-year curriculum, and is also expected to lead seminars in corporate governance and jurisprudence.
“The Law School is enormously fortunate that a jurist of Judge Ginsburg’s experience and stature is joining the faculty,” NYU Law Dean Richard Revesz said in a statement. “Prior to his long and distinguished tenure on the bench, Judge Ginsburg held senior federal government positions involved with antitrust and regulatory law, so we will benefit from his perspective in the executive branch, as well.”
Ginsburg will join fellow D.C. Circuit Judge Harry Edwards, who also teaches at NYU Law.
In 1987, Ginsburg was former President Ronald Reagan's second nominee after Robert Bork to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat vacated by former Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. Ginsburg famously asked Reagan to withdraw his nomination after facing criticism for admitting that he had smoked marijuana, among other things. The seat was eventually filled by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Ginsburg earned his J.D. in 1973 from Chicago Law School. He taught at Harvard Law School from 1975 to 1983 and served with the U.S. Department of Justice before being appointed by Reagan to the D.C. Circuit.
National Law Journal photo by Diego M. Radzinschi.