Judge Edwards received a B.S. degree from Cornell University in 1962 and a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1965. He was a Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and Harvard Law Schools from 1970 until 1980. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by President Carter in 1980, serving as Chief Judge from September 15, 1994 until July 16, 2001. Judge Edwards is currently a Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law, where he has taught since 1990. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the American Law Institute; and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has served as a member of the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law at the National Academy of Sciences and also as Co-Chair of the Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community. Judge Edwards is a noted author and scholar of legal education, judicial decision-making, and on racial equality and inequality in America.