Eugene Volokh

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Eugene Volokh
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Born (1968-02-29) February 29, 1968 (age 47)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles (B.S., J.D)
Occupation Law professor, legal commentator
Known for The Volokh Conspiracy
Spouse(s) Leslie Pereira[1]

Eugene Volokh (Ukrainian: Євге́н Володимирович Волох Yevhen Volodymyrovych Volokh,[2] Russian: Евге́ний Влади́мирович Во́лох Yevgeniy Vladimirovich Volokh; born February 29, 1968) is an American law professor, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. He publishes the blog "The Volokh Conspiracy". He is an academic affiliate of the law firm Mayer Brown.[3]

Early life, education, and teaching[edit]

Volokh was born in to a Jewish family residing in Kiev, Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union.[4][5] He immigrated with his family to the United States at the age of seven. At the age of 12, he began working as a computer programmer. He attended the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics.[6] At the age of 15, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Computer Science from UCLA. As a junior at UCLA, he earned $480 a week as a programmer for 20th Century Fox.[7] During this period, his achievements were featured in an episode of OMNI: The New Frontier, a television series hosted by Peter Ustinov.[8]

In 1992, Volokh received a Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law. He was a law clerk for Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and later for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. Since finishing his clerkships, he has been on the faculty for the UCLA School of Law where he is the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law.


Volokh supported former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson in the 2008 presidential election, saying Thompson had good instincts on legal issues and that he preferred Thompson's positions on the First Amendment and political speech to McCain's sponsorship of campaign finance reform. Volokh also liked Thompson's position in favor of individual gun ownership.[9] Volokh also noted that Thompson "takes federalism seriously, and he seems to have a fairly deep-seated sense that there is a real difference between state and federal power."[9]


Volokh's article about "The Commonplace Second Amendment",[10] was cited by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's majority opinion in the landmark Second Amendment case of District of Columbia v. Heller.[11] Volokh advocates campus speech rights, religious freedom, and other First Amendment issues. He opposes affirmative action, having worked as a legal advisor to California's Proposition 209 campaign. Volokh is a critic of what he sees as the overly broad operation of American workplace harassment laws, including those relating to sexual harassment.[citation needed]

On his weblog, Volokh addresses a wide variety of issues, with a focus on politics and law.

Volokh's non-academic work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Slate, and other publications. Since May 2005 he has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.


  • Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, and Seminar Papers. New York: Foundation Press. 2003. ISBN 1-58778-477-7. 
  • The First Amendment: Problems, Cases and Policy Arguments. New York: Foundation Press. 2001. ISBN 1-58778-144-1. 

Articles (partial list)[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "UCLA Magazine". The Contrarian. Retrieved November 11, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Volokh, Eugene – People – Mayer Brown".  line feed character in |title= at position 27 (help)
  4. ^ Drezner, Daniel W. (March 9, 2005). "Yeah, I'm Jewish too". Foreign Policy (Foreign Policy). Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "About our Alumni". 
  6. ^ Nash, J. Madeleine; Frederic Golden; Philip Faflick (May 3, 1982). "Here Come the Microkids". Time. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Omni: The New Frontier (1989) trailer". Video Detective. Retrieved January 23, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Bazelon, Emily (November 26, 2007) On the advice of counsel,
  9. ^
  10. ^ 128 S. Ct. 2783, 2789

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