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

Volokh was born into 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 nine.[8] When only ten years and one 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.[11] As a junior at UCLA, he earned $480 a week as a programmer for 20th Century Fox.[12] During this period, his achievements were featured in an episode of OMNI: The New Frontier, a television series hosted by Peter Ustinov.[13]

In 1992, Volokh received a Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law.[11] 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 from 1993 to 1994.[14] 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 is commonly described as politically conservative or libertarian.[15][16] In 2012, one commentator described Volokh's politics as "soft libertarian," and Volokh as an "unpredictable libertarian-leaning" writer.[17]

In the 2008 presidential election, Volokh supported former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson, 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.[18] 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."[18]

Volokh supports legally recognizing same-sex marriages.[19]


Volokh's article about "The Commonplace Second Amendment",[20] was cited by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's majority opinion in the landmark Second Amendment case of District of Columbia v. Heller,[21] and he has been quoted in the media on gun laws.[22][23] Volokh advocates campus speech rights, religious freedom, and other First Amendment issues, and has been widely quoted as an expert.[24][25][26][27][28] 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.[29][30][31]

On his weblog, Volokh addresses a wide variety of issues, with a focus on politics and law.[32][33][34]

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)

  • "Symbolic Expression and the Original Meaning of the First Amendment" (PDF). Georgetown Law Journal. 97 (4): 1057–1084. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-03-08. 
  • "Medical Self-Defense, Prohibited Experimental Therapies, and Payment for Organs" (PDF). Harvard Law Review. 120: 1813. 2007. 
  • "Freedom of Expressive Association and Government Subsidies" (PDF). Stanford Law Review. 58 (6): 1919–1968. 2006. 
  • "Parent-Child Speech and Child Custody Speech Restrictions" (PDF). NYU Law Review. 81 (2): 631. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-03. 
  • "Crime-Facilitating Speech" (PDF). Stanford Law Review. 57 (4): 1095–1222. 2005. 
  • Volokh, Eugene (2003). "The Mechanisms of the Slippery Slope" (PDF). Harvard Law Review. Harvard Law Review, Vol. 116, No. 4. 116 (4): 1026–1137. doi:10.2307/1342743. JSTOR 1342743. 
  • "Test Suites: A Tool for Improving Student Articles" (PDF). Journal of Legal Education. 52: 440. 2002. 
  • "How the Justices Voted in Free Speech Cases, 1994–2000". UCLA Law Review. 48: 1191. 2001. 
  • Volokh, Eugene (2000). "Freedom of Speech and Information Privacy: The Troubling Implications of a Right to Stop Others from Speaking About You" (PDF). Stanford Law Review. Stanford Law Review, Vol. 52, No. 5. 52 (5): 1049–1124. doi:10.2307/1229510. JSTOR 1229510. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-09. 
  • "A Common-Law Model for Religious Exemptions". UCLA Law Review. 46: 1465. 1999. 
  • Volokh, Eugene; McDonell, Brett (1998). "Freedom of Speech and Independent Judgment Review in Copyright Cases". Yale Law Journal. The Yale Law Journal, Vol. 107, No. 8. 107 (8): 2431–2471. doi:10.2307/797347. JSTOR 797347. 
  • "The Commonplace Second Amendment". NYU Law Review. 73: 793. 1998. 
  • Volokh, Eugene (1995). "Cheap Speech and What It Will Do". Yale Law Journal. The Yale Law Journal, Vol. 104, No. 7. 104 (7): 1805–1850. doi:10.2307/797032. JSTOR 797032. 
  • Kozinski, Alex; Kozinski, Alex (1993). "Lawsuit, Shmawsuit". Yale Law Journal. The Yale Law Journal, Vol. 103, No. 2. 103 (2): 463–467. doi:10.2307/797101. JSTOR 797101. 

See also


  1. ^ Logan, Christina (January 24, 2012). "First-Ever 'Pali Bee' Takes the Stage". Pacific Palisades Patch. Retrieved September 20, 2017. 
  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. ^ Nancy Graham, "Professor's Gift Is Nurturing Gifted, Steering Them to UCLA", Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct 1986.
  8. ^ Julian C. Stanley and Camilla P. Benbow, "Smpy's First Decade: Ten Years of Posing Problems and Solving Them", The Journal of Special Education, Vol 17 Iss 1 1983. (Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY))
  9. ^ "About our Alumni". 
  10. ^ a b Kirby, Fiona (January 28, 2014). "UCLA alum goes from programmer to law professor". Daily Bruin. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  11. ^ Nash, J. Madeleine; Frederic Golden; Philip Faflick (May 3, 1982). "Here Come the Microkids". Time. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Omni: The New Frontier (1989) trailer". Video Detective. Retrieved January 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Threats to the First Amendment – Hon. Alex Kozinski and Prof. Eugene Volokh". Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. November 11, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  14. ^ Beckett, Lois (October 15, 2016). "Milwaukee sheriff says it's 'pitchforks and torches time' and stands by Trump". The Guardian. Retrieved September 18, 2017. Eugene Volokh, a Libertarian second amendment scholar 
  15. ^ Berrier, Justin (January 22, 2014). "The Volokh Conspiracy And Washington Post's Move To The Right". Media Matters for America blog. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  16. ^ Brooks, David (November 20, 2012). "Election loss focuses attention on new conservative views". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b Bazelon, Emily (November 26, 2007) On the advice of counsel,
  18. ^ "Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why We Must Have Both". 
  19. ^
  20. ^ 128 S. Ct. 2783, 2789.
  21. ^ "NRA Leader Pledges 'To Go On Offense' During Trump Years". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. December 4, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  22. ^ Ha, Tu Thanh (December 17, 2012). "Legal hurdles get in the way of U.S. gun-control advocates". Toronto Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  23. ^ Egelko, Bob (February 2, 2017). "Milo Yiannopoulos' speech unwelcome in Berkeley, but protected by Constitution". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  24. ^ Saunders, Debra J. (March 13, 2015). "I Pledge Allegiance to the First Amendment". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  25. ^ Thanawala, Sudhin (May 5, 2017). "California students suspended for 'liking' racist posts launch lawsuit". Toronto Globe and Mail. Associated Press. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  26. ^ Schoenberg, Tom (September 18, 2013). "Facebook 'Like' of Campaign Page Ruled Free Speech". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  27. ^ Rosenhall, Laurel (January 22, 2017). "Legislature Runs Afoul of First Amendment Advocates". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  28. ^ Schabner, Dean (August 15, 2017). "Was Racial Slur Anger or Hate Crime?". ABC News. Retrieved September 21, 2017. Eugene Volokh, a specialist in the First Amendment who was one of the legal advisors on California's Proposition 209 anti-race-preference ballot measure 
  29. ^ Volokh, Eugene (1992). "Freedom of Speech and Workplace Harassment". UCLA L. Rev. 39: 1791. Retrieved September 21, 2017. 
  30. ^ Volokh, Eugene (1997). "What Speech Does 'Hostile Work Environment' Harassment Law Restrict?". Geo. L.J. 85: 627. Retrieved September 21, 2017. 
  31. ^ Egelko, Bob (January 17, 2014). "Court Ruling Helps Bloggers in Libel Cases". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 18, 2017. Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor who is also a prolific blogger 
  32. ^ Saunders, Debra J. (March 3, 2014). "Heckler's veto is not cultural appreciation". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  33. ^ Volokh, Eugene (September 18, 2017). "Opinion: The Volokh Conspiracy: Short Circuit: A roundup of recent federal court decisions". Washington Post. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 

External links

  • The Volokh Conspiracy website
  • Volokh's Webpage at UCLA
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
  • Video discussions and debates involving Volokh on
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