Prof. Eugene Volokh

Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Eugene Volokh

Eugene Volokh teaches free speech law, tort law, religious freedom law, church-state relations law, and a First Amendment amicus brief clinic at UCLA School of Law, where he has also often taught copyright law, criminal law, and a seminar on firearms regulation policy. 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 is the author of the textbooks The First Amendment and Related Statutes (5th ed. 2013), The Religion Clauses and Related Statutes (2005), and Academic Legal Writing (4th ed. 2010), as well as over 75 law review articles and over 80 op-eds, listed below. He is a member of The American Law Institute, a member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel, and the founder and coauthor ofThe Volokh Conspiracy, a Weblog that gets about 35-40,000 pageviews per weekday. He is among the five most cited then-under-45 faculty members listed in the Top 25 Law Faculties in Scholarly Impact, 2005-2009 study, and among the forty most cited faculty members on that list without regard to age. These citation counts refer to citations in law review articles, but his works have also been cited by courts. Six of his law review articles have been cited by opinions of the Supreme Court Justices; twenty-nine of his works (mostly articles but also a textbook, an op-ed, and a blog post) have been cited by federal circuit courts; and several others have been cited by district courts or state courts.

Volokh is also an Academic Affiliate for the Mayer Brown LLP law firm; he generally consults on other lawyers' cases, but he has argued before the Seventh Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the Nebraska Supreme Court, and has also filed briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, in the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits, and state appellate courts in California, Michigan, New Mexico, and Texas.

Volokh worked for 12 years as a computer programmer. He graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in math-computer science at age 15, and has written many articles on computer software. Volokh was born in the USSR; his family emigrated to the U.S. when he was seven years old.

  • B.S. UCLA, 1983
  • J.D. UCLA, 1992

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Publications and Multimedia
A Nationwide Speech Code for Lawyers?
Short video featuring Eugene Volokh
May 02, 2017
ABA Model Rule 8.4 - Event Audio/Video
2017 National Student Symposium
March 15, 2017
ABA Rule 8.4 - Podcast
Professional Responsibility & Legal Education and Free Speech & Election Law Practice Groups Podcast
December 13, 2016
ROUNDTABLE: Areas of Constitutional Doctrine Transformed - Event Audio/Video
2016 National Lawyers Convention
November 24, 2016
Speech Code for Lawyers? - Podcast
Free Speech & Election Law, Litigation, and Professional Responsibilities & Legal Education Practice Groups Podcast
June 06, 2016
Texas RFRA and the Houston "HERO" LGBT Referendum - Podcast
Texas Chapters Podcast
October 05, 2015
The Court Speaks on Free Speech - Podcast
Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Podcast
June 24, 2015
Censoring Specialty License Plates - Podcast
Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Podcast
June 04, 2015
Non-Media Speech: Is it Free? - Podcast
Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Podcast
May 18, 2015
The “Hecklers’ Veto” - Podcast
Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Podcast
March 13, 2015
How First Amendment Procedures Protect First Amendment Substance - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2014
Amending the Bill of Rights - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
June 18, 2014
Public Interest Litigation Workshop - Event Audio/Video
16th Annual Faculty Conference
January 09, 2014
Criminal Law Enforcement versus the Free Press - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 22, 2013
Showcase Panel I: Textualism and the Bill of Rights - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013
Is Money Speech?
Short Video
September 09, 2013
Young Legal Scholars Paper Presentations - Event Audio/Video
15th Annual Faculty Conference
January 10, 2013
In Search of Jefferson’s Moose - Faculty Book Podcast
Faculty Division Podcast 10-19-12 featuring David Post and Eugene Volokh
October 19, 2012
Stolen Valor? United States v. Alvarez - Podcast
Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Podcast
August 29, 2012
United States v. Alvarez - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 07-09-12 featuring Eugene Volokh
July 09, 2012
Writing Law Review Articles - Event Audio/Video
2012 Annual Student Symposium
March 03, 2012
Young Legal Scholars Paper Presentations - Event Audio/Video
14th Annual Faculty Conference
January 06, 2012
Federal Initiatives on K-12 School Bullying Prevention - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 10, 2011
Seven-Minute Presentations of Works in Progress - Event Audio
13th Annual Faculty Conference
January 07, 2011
Christian Legal Society vs. Martínez - Event Audio/Video
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2010
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission - Podcast
Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group
April 28, 2010
Regulation of Judicial Conduct - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 22, 2008
Freedom of Speech vs. Anti-Discrimination Laws - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 21, 2008
Restricting Parental Speech - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 16, 2007
Online Debate
July 26, 2007
Is Criticizing Affirmative Action Illegal in Chicago?
Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 2, Summer 1999
October 01, 1999