Eugene Volokh

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Eugene Volokh
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Born (1968-02-29) February 29, 1968 (age 49)
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 (/ˈvɑːlək/ VOL-ik,[2][3] Ukrainian: Євге́н Володимирович Волох Yevhen Volodymyrovych Volokh,[4] 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.[5]

Early life, education, and teaching[edit]

Volokh was born in to a Jewish family residing in Kiev, Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union.[6][7] He immigrated with his family to the United States at the age of seven. Volokh exhibited extraordinary mathematical abilities from an early age, attending university level mathematics and calculus courses at the age of 9. [8] When only 10 years 1 month old, he earned a 780 out of a possible 800 on the math portion of what is now called the SAT-I. [9] At the age of 12, he began working as a computer programmer. He attended the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics.[10] 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.[11] During this period, his achievements were featured in an episode of OMNI: The New Frontier, a television series hosted by Peter Ustinov.[12]

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.[13] 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."[13]

Volokh supports legally recognizing same-sex marriages.[14]


Volokh's article about "The Commonplace Second Amendment",[15] was cited by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's majority opinion in the landmark Second Amendment case of District of Columbia v. Heller.[16] 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]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Pronouncing 'Volokh'". The Volokh Conspiracy. May 27, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ Sasha Volokh (July 20, 2016). "I'm finally attacked by name on the floor of the Senate". The Volokh Conspiracy. The Washington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2016. "[S]he pauses for a second or two in her notes, carefully considering how to pronounce my last name before settling on [ˈvoʊlɒk] (rhymes with 'bow lock') — I don't object to that pronunciation, even though we use [ˈvɑːlək] (rhymes with 'frolic') and the Russian pronunciation is [ˈvoləx] 
  4. ^ "UCLA Magazine". The Contrarian. Retrieved November 11, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Volokh, Eugene – People – Mayer Brown". 
  6. ^ Drezner, Daniel W. (March 9, 2005). "Yeah, I'm Jewish too". Foreign Policy. Foreign Policy. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ "About our Alumni". 
  10. ^ Nash, J. Madeleine; Frederic Golden; Philip Faflick (May 3, 1982). "Here Come the Microkids". Time. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Omni: The New Frontier (1989) trailer". Video Detective. Retrieved January 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Bazelon, Emily (November 26, 2007) On the advice of counsel,
  13. ^ "Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why We Must Have Both". 
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  15. ^ 128 S. Ct. 2783, 2789

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