Prof. Adam Winkler

Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Adam Winkler

Adam Winkler is a specialist in American constitutional law. His scholarship has been cited and quoted in landmark Supreme Court cases, including opinions on the Second Amendment and on corporate political speech rights. His writing has appeared in the New York TimesWall Street JournalWashington PostLos Angeles TimesNew RepublicThe AtlanticSlateScotusblog, and The Daily Beast. He is a frequent commentator about legal issues and has appeared on CNNNBC Nightly News, the NewshourABC NewsAll Things ConsideredMarketplace, and public radio stations across the country. He is the author of over two dozen scholarly articles; co-editor of the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (2d Edition); and has written over 100 opinion pieces on legal issues. In 2011, he publishedGunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America (W. W. Norton), which the Los Angeles Times called "intellectually satisfying, emotionally rewarding…an antidote to so much in the gun debate that is one-sided and dishonest."

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Professor Winkler went to the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University intending to join the CIA.  But after graduating in 1990 he took the more mundane path of going to law school.  He earned a law degree from New York University in 1993 and moved back to Los Angeles to practice law. In his first case out of law school, he represented the late Michael Jackson in a highly publicized child-molestation case.  He was also part of the defense team that initially represented O.J. Simpson in the football player’s infamous murder trial.  This was more than enough to convince him to return to academia.

He clerked for David Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then received a master’s degree in political science from UCLA under Professor Karen Orren. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty in 2002, he was the John M. Olin Fellow at the University of Southern California Law School’s Center in Law, Economics and Organization (2001-02).

He is currently writing a book on the constitutional rights of corporations. 

Professor Winkler teaches Constitutional Law IConstitutional TheoryGun Control, and Professional Responsibility.

  • B.S.F.S., Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
  • J.D., New York University School of Law
  • M.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

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Publications and Multimedia
Preserving Freedom: Federal vs. State Power - Event Audio/Video
2016 Annual Western Chapters Conference
February 17, 2016
Controlling Gun Control?: The Seventh Circuit Steps In - Podcast
Civil Rights Practice Group and Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
April 01, 2013
Firearms Law and the Second Amendment - Faculty Book Podcast
Faculty Division Podcast 08-07-12 featuring Nicholas Johnson, Michael O'Shea and Adam Winkler
August 07, 2012
Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America - Faculty Book Podcast
Faculty Division Podcast 07-30-12 featuring Adam Winkler and Nelson Lund
July 30, 2012
HHS Mandate and Conscience Regulations - Podcast
Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast
May 30, 2012
The Heller Case - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2008
District of Columbia v. Heller
Online Debate
June 26, 2008