Bradley Prize winner to discuss the ‘entitlement state’

Richard A. Epstein

Richard A. Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and winner of the 2011 Bradley Prize, will examine “Can Innovation and Growth Survive the Entitlement State?” at the Bradley Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, May 8. The luncheon event is 12-1:30 p.m. at the University Club, 924 E. Wells St., downtown Milwaukee.

The Bradley series is sponsored by the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. The Bradley prizes formally recognize individuals of extraordinary talent and dedication who have made contributions of excellence in areas consistent with the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation’s mission.

As societies face choices on whether to make the social pie bigger or its slices more equal, says Epstein, the great challenge is to find the right balance between these two. In the United States and the European Union, the balance seems to have gone out of kilter, as low rates of growth and high levels of unemployment seem to have become the new normal.

In this lecture, Epstein will examine the changes in legal arrangements and social theory that have driven this imbalance, with special attention to some of the major issues facing the United States, including government regulation, taxation, employment, health care and intellectual property.

In addition to his position at the University of Chicago Law School, Epstein is the inaugural Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University Law School and the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1985.

The registration fee for the event is $40.  For more information or to register, contact Debbie Roy at UWM’s Lubar School of Business, 414-229-3824 or