Richard Esenberg

Professor, Marquette University Law School

Rick Esenberg is the founder and President and General Counsel of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, a rapidly expanding law and policy organization headquartered in Milwaukee. He is a frequent columnist in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and commentator in both the local and national media. He writes the “Culture Con” column for WI Magazine and publishes a political blog “Shark and Shepherd” which is featured on the Journal Sentinel’s “Purple Wisconsin” page.

Esenberg is a frequent contributor to Right Wisconsin and his work has been featured in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, National Review Online and US News & World Report. Formerly on the faculty of Marquette University Law School, his scholarship has appeared in such publications as the Harvard Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Wake Forest Law Review and William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.

Rick holds a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a B.A. summa cum laude in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition to service on the Marquette Faculty, he was is formerly a litigation partner at Foley & Lardner and General Counsel of an international manufacturing firm headquartered in Wisconsin.