Douglas H. Ginsburg is one of the most prominent scholars of law and economics currently on the bench. He has been a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since his appointment in November 1986. He served as Chief Judge from July 16, 2001 until February 10, 2008. Judge Ginsburg graduated from Cornell University and from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was the Articles Editor of the Law Review.
After law school, he was law clerk to Hon. Carl G. McGowan on the D.C. Circuit and to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. He then joined the Harvard Law School faculty from 1975 until 1983, before serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Regulatory Affairs, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, from 1983 to 1984; Administrator, Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, from 1984 to 1985; and Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, from 1985 to 1986.