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UCLA School of Law 

Eugene Volokh
UCLA School of Law
405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 206-3926
volokh@law.ucla.edu


Eugene Volokh teaches free speech law, copyright law, the law of government and religion, and a seminar on firearms regulation policy at UCLA Law School.  Before coming to UCLA, he clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

              Volokh also worked for 12 years as a computer programmer, and is still partner in a small software company which sells HP 3000 software that he wrote.  He graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in math-computer science at age 15, and has written many articles on computer software.

Areas of research interest

              Cyberspace law -- free speech, privacy, intellectual property.

              Free speech.

              Sexual/religious/racial harassment.

              Information privacy.

              Affirmative action and the California Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI or Prop. 209).

              Religious freedom and separation of church and state.

              Copyright law.

              Constitutional law generally.

              Gun control.

              Criminal justice.

              Civil justice.

              Legal writing.

              Humor.

               

             

Cyberspace Law

              How May Cyberspace Change American Politics?, ___ Loyola (Los Angeles) Law Review ___ (forthcoming 2001).

              Freedom of Speech and Information Privacy: The Troubling Implications of a Right to Stop Others from Speaking About You, 52 Stanford Law Review 1049 (2000).

              Freedom of Speech, Cyberspace, Harassment Law, and the Clinton Administration, 63 Law and Contemporary Problems 299 (2000) (click here for PDF version).

              Freedom of Speech, Shielding Children, and Transcending Balancing, 1997 Supreme Court Rev. 141.

              Freedom of Speech in Cyberspace from the Listener's Perspective, 1996 U. Chicago Legal Forum 377.

              Cheap Speech and What It Will Do (revised version of Yale Law Journal article), 1 The Communications Review 261 (1996).

              A Reply to Brian Winston, Rob Kling, C. Edwin Baker, and Carolyn Marvin, 1 The Communications Review 337 (1996).

              Computer Media for the Legal Profession, 94 Michigan L. Rev. 2058 (1996).

              Technology and the Future of Law, 47 Stanford L. Rev. 1375 (1995) (book review of Ethan Katsh's Law in a Digital World).

              Cheap Speech and What It Will Do, 104 Yale L.J. 1805 (1995), reprinted in First Amendment Law Handbook, 1996-97, p. 53 (Swanson ed.).

              Personalization and Privacy, Communications of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), August 2000, vol. 43, issue 8, at 84, reprinted in Competitive Enterprise Institute, The Future of Financial Privacy ch. 10 (2000).

              Cyberspace Law for Non-Lawyers, an electronic e-mail seminar with over 17,000 subscribers (with Larry Lessig and David Post).

              Paper Books? They're So 20th Century, Wall Street Journal, May 30, 2000, p. A26.

              Facts Debunk Internet Myth, Lima (Ohio) News, Aug. 27, 1997.

              Speech and Spill-Over, Slate Magazine, July 18, 1996.

              Chilled Prodigy, Reason Magazine, Aug. 1995, p. 49.

               

             

Free Speech

              The First Amendment: Law, Cases, Problems, and Policy Arguments (textbook, forthcoming in 2001, published by Foundation Press).

              Five law review articles, several op-eds, one practitioner article, and one Web site on Free Speech and Workplace Harassment Law, mentioned below.

              Five law review articles, several op-eds, and an online seminar on Free Speech and Cyberspace, mentioned above.

              How the Justices Voted in Free Speech Cases, 1994-2000, 48 UCLA L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2001).

              Freedom of Speech and Speech About Political Candidates: The Unintended Consequences of Three Proposals, 24 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy ___ (forthcoming 2000).

              Freedom of Speech and Injunctions in Intellectual Property Cases, 48 Duke L.J. 147 (1998) (with Mark Lemley).

              Freedom of Speech and Independent Judgment Review in Copyright Cases, 107 Yale L.J. 2431 (1998) (with Brett McDonell).

              Freedom of Speech, Permissible Tailoring and Transcending Strict Scrutiny, 144 U. Pennsylvania L. Rev. 2417 (1996).

              Freedom of Speech and the Constitutional Tension Method, 3 U. Chicago Roundtable 223 (1996).

              A Penumbra Too Far, 106 Harvard L. Rev. 1639 (1993) (with Judge Alex Kozinski).

              When the Justices are Unpredictable, N.Y. Times, Oct. 30, 2000, p. A27.

              Taxation Isn't Censorship, Wall St. J., Mar. 23, 2000, p. A22.

              How Free Is Speech When the Government Pays?, Wall St. J., June 29, 1998, p. A18.

               

             

Sexual/Religious/Racial Harassment

              Freedom of Speech vs. Workplace Harassment Law, a comprehensive Web site for lawyers, academics, students, writers, and laypeople, containing updated and edited excerpts of various law review articles on free speech and workplace harassment law.

              What Speech Does "Hostile Work Environment" Harassment Law Restrict?, 85 Georgetown L.J. 627 (1997).

              Thinking Ahead About Freedom of Speech and "Hostile Work Environment" Harassment, 17 Berkeley J. Employment & Labor Law 305 (1996).

              Freedom of Speech and Appellate Review in Workplace Harassment Cases, 90 Northwestern U. L. Rev. 1009 (1996).

              How Harassment Law Restricts Free Speech, 47 Rutgers L.J. 561 (1995) (replying to Suzanne Sangree's response to my Freedom of Speech and Workplace Harassment).

              Freedom of Speech and Workplace Harassment, 39 UCLA L. Rev. 1791 (1992); excerpted in Mary Joe Frug, Women and Work pp. 33-45 (Supp. 1997).

              A Practitioner's Guide to the First Amendment Defense in Hostile Environment Harassment Cases, 12 California Labor & Employment Law Quarterly no. 3, p. 20 (1998) (with Ann Swarzburg Wexler).

              A Hostile Environment for Free Speech, printed under various titles in Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Albany Times Union, April 12, 2000, Las Vegas Review-Journal, April 13, 2000, Montgomery Advertiser, April 15, 2000, Charleston Gazette & Daily Mail, April 16, 2000, Washington Times, May 11, 2000, and eight other newspapers.

              Is Criticizing Affirmative Action Illegal in Chicago?, Jewish World Review, Aug. 30, 1999.

              Was Wright Wrong? Who Knows?, Wall Street J., April 3, 1998, p. A18.

              Dialogue -- Free Speech vs. Workplace Harassment, Slate Magazine, Sept. 17, 1997.

              A National Speech Code from the EEOC, Wash. Post, Aug. 22, 1997, p. A23; reprinted as Bureaucrats Trying to Halt Free Speech at Workplace Door, Rocky Mountain News (Denver), Aug. 31, 1997, p. 4B; and as A National Speech Code Courtesy of the EEOC, Chicago Tribune, Sept. 14, 1997, p. 21.

              Rights Trampled in Workplace, Montgomery Advertiser, July 4, 1997; adapted into editorial in Daily Oklahoman, Aug. 6, 1997, p. 4.

              Harassment Law Flirts With Speech Suppression, Wall Street J., June 28, 1995, p. A19.

              If Everything Is Harassment, Then Nothing Is, Baltimore Sun, Jan. 12, 1995, p. 19A, also printed in the L.A. Daily News and the Deseret News.

              The Dangerous Drift of "Harassment" in From Data to Public Policy: Affirmative Action, Sexual Harassment, Domestic Violence and Social Welfare, p. 43 (Rita J. Simon ed. 1996).

               

             

Information Privacy

              Freedom of Speech and Information Privacy: The Troubling Implications of a Right to Stop Others from Speaking About You, 52 Stanford Law Review 1049 (2000).

              Personalization and Privacy, Communications of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), August 2000, vol. 43, issue 8, at 84.

               

             

Affirmative Action and the California Civil Rights Initiative (Proposition 209)

              Legal Advisor, Yes on Proposition 209 campaign.

              Written Testimony Regarding the Constitutionality of Federal Transportation Contract Set-Asides, Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism, and Property Rights, Oct. 1, 1997.

              Oral Testimony Regarding A.B. 1700, proposed California law repealing various programs outlawed by Prop. 209, April 21, 1998.

              Racial Politics at the Supreme Court, Wall St. J., Oct. 12, 1998, p. A19, reprinted in L.A. Daily J., Oct. 28, 1998, and Harvard Law Record, Oct. 23, 1998.

              Making Hay With Shifty Labels, L.A. Times, April 9, 1998, p. B9, excerpted in Washington Times, April 10, 1998, p. A6.

              The California Civil Rights Initiative: An Interpretive Guide, 44 UCLA L. Rev. 1335 (1997).

              Diversity, Race as Proxy, and Religion as Proxy, 43 UCLA L. Rev. 2059 (1996).

              Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right, Jewish Journal (Los Angeles), Oct. 25-31, 1996, p. 12; also reprinted in the Jewish Voice (Sacramento), Nov. 1996, p. 9; and the Jewish Bulletin (San Francisco), Oct. 25, 1996, p. 23.

              Women Need Not Fear the Civil Rights Initiative, L.A. Times, Jan. 24, 1996, p. B9 (with Sally Pipes).

               

             

Religious Freedom and Separation of Church and State

              The First Amendment: Law, Cases, Problems, and Policy Arguments (textbook, forthcoming in 2001, published by Foundation Press).

              Intermediate Questions of Religious Exemptions -- A Research Agenda With Test Suites, 21 Cardozo Law Review 595 (2000).

              Equal Treatment Is Not Establishment, 13 Notre Dame J. of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 341 (1999).

              A Common-Law Model for Religious Exemptions, 46 UCLA L. Rev. 1465 (1999).

              Vouched For, The New Republic, July 6, 1998, p. 12; reprinted in the Sacramento Bee, July 5, 1998, p. F03 and in Marshall J. Breger & David M. Gordis (eds.), Vouchers for School Choice: Challenge or Opportunity?-An American Jewish Reappraisal 121-25 (1998).

              Vouchers Mean Equality, not Preference or Discrimination, N.J. Jewish News, Nov. 19, 1998.

              Diversity, Race as Proxy, and Religion as Proxy, 43 UCLA L. Rev. 2059 (1996).

              Equal Treatment: How Best to Separate Church and State, printed in the L.A. Daily News and the Fresno Bee, July 20, 1998; the Orange County Register, the Las Vegas Review Journal, the St. Petersburg Times, the Vancouver (Wash.) Columbian, and the Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette, July 19, 1998; and Intellectual Capital, April/May 1998, p. 8.

              Finally, Equality for Religious Schools, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, June 30, 1997, p. 9B.

              Founder and list operator of the religionlaw@grizzly.ucla.edu discussion list, an Internet electronic conference involving many of the top scholars on the law of government and religion.

               

             

Copyright Law

              Written Testimony Regarding the Constitutionality of the GATT Copyright Act of 1994, H.R. 4894 and S. 2368, House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property and Judicial Administration and Senate Subcommittee on Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks, Aug. 12, 1994.  [Available on LEXIS.]

              Freedom of Speech and Injunctions in Intellectual Property Cases, 48 Duke L.J. 147 (1998) (with Mark Lemley).

              Freedom of Speech and Independent Judgment Review in Copyright Cases, 107 Yale L.J. 2431 (1998) (with Brett McDonell).

              Sovereign Immunity and Intellectual Property, 73 So. Cal. L. Rev. 1161 (2000).

               

             

Constitutional Law Generally

              Many law review articles and op-eds on the freedom of speech, mentioned above.

              Two law review articles, some op-eds, and other work on equal protection, mentioned above.

              Three law review articles and other work on religious freedom and church-state questions, mentioned above.

              Sovereign Immunity and Intellectual Property, 73 So. Cal. L. Rev. 1161 (2000).

              A More Conservative Supreme Court May Overturn the 1982 Decision That Guarantees Education to Illegal Alien Children, L.A. Daily News, Nov. 20, 1994, viewpoint sec., p. 5.

              Founder and list operator of the conlawprof@listserv.ucla.edu discussion list, an Internet electronic conference for constitutional law scholars.

               

             

Gun Control

              Loaded Guns Can Be Good for Kids, Cato Commentary, June 1, 1999, reprinted in conservativenews.com, May 27, 1999 (with David Kopel).

              Testimony Regarding the Second Amendment before the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Sept. 25, 1998, reprinted as A Right of the People, California Political Review, Nov./Dec. 1998, p. 23.

              The Second Amendment as a Teaching Tool in Constitutional Law Classes, 48 J. Legal Educ. 591 (1998) (with Bob Cottrol, Sandy Levinson, Scot Powe, and Glenn Harlan Reynolds).

              The Commonplace Second Amendment, 73 NYU L. Rev. 793 (1998).

              The Amazing Vanishing Second Amendment, 73 NYU L. Rev. 831 (1998).

              Guns and the Constitution, Wall St. J., April 12, 1999, at A23, reprinted in Sacramento Bee, Apr. 28, 1999, at B7.

              Sources on the Second Amendment and State Constitutional Rights to Keep and Bear Arms, a Web site.

              Founder and list operator of the firearmsconlaw@listserv.ucla.edu discussion list, which focuses on the constitutional law of firearms regulation, and of the firearmsreg@listserv.ucla.edu discussion list, which focuses on criminological questions of firearms regulation.

               

             

Criminal Justice

              Duties to Rescue and the Anticooperative Effects of Law, 88 Georgetown L.J. 105 (1999).

              There Are Some Things We Just Need to Know, Topeka Capital-Journal, Dec. 21, 1997, p. 5A.

              Megan's Law: Society Is Entitled to Protect Itself from Predators, Lima (Ohio) News, July 19, 1997.

               

             

Civil Justice

              Suing the Wrong Party, Wall Street J., Jan. 16, 1998.

               

             

Legal Writing

              Writing a Student Article, 48 J. Legal Educ. 247 (1998), reprinted in part in Law School and Beyond: The IHS Guide to Careers in Legal Academia pp. 13-20, 30 (1999).

              Eschew, Evade, and/or Eradicate Legalese, a list of clunky words and phrases and some possible replacements.

               

             

Humor

              Lawsuit, Shmawsuit, 103 Yale L.J. 463 (1993), reprinted in Annals of Improbable Research, p. 6 (Sept./Oct. 1996) (with Judge Alex Kozinski).

              Hum a Few Bar Exam, 2 Green Bag 2d 125 (1998).

              See also n Guilty Men, a law review article by Eugene Volokh's brother Alexander Volokh, 146 U. Pennsylvania L. Rev. (1997).

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