Chief Judge Edwards was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in February 1980 and became Chief Judge on September 15, 1994. He graduated from Cornell University in 1962 and the University of Michigan Law School in 1965. Judge Edwards practiced law in Chicago from 1965 to 1970. He was then a tenured member of the faculties at the University of Michigan Law School, where he taught from 1970 to 1975 and 1977 to 1980, and at Harvard Law School, where he taught from 1975 to 1977. He also taught at the Harvard Institute for Educational Management between 1976 and 1982. He served as a member and then Chairman of the Board of Directors of AMTRAK from 1979 to 1980, and also served as a neutral labor arbitrator under a number of major collective bargaining agreements during the 1970s. Chief Judge Edwards has co-authored four books and published scores of law review articles on labor law, higher education law, federal courts, legal education, professionalism, and judicial administration. Since joining the Court, he has taught law at Harvard, Michigan, Duke, Pennsylvania, Georgetown, and, most recently, NYU Law School.