Eugene Volokh

- UCLA School of Law

Eugene Volokh teaches Constitutional Law II (Free Speech, Religious Freedom, and Church-State Relations), Criminal Law, and Tort Law. He is a nationally recognized expert on the First Amendment, cyberspace law, harassment law, and gun control. He is also a member of the American Law Institute, and of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel, as well as an academic affiliate with the Mayer Brown LLP law firm.

Professor Volokh clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. He graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in math-computer science. He then worked for twelve years as a computer programmer and is still a partner in a small software company which sells HP 3000 software that he wrote.

Professor Volokh has written over 60 law review articles and over 80 op-eds on constitutional law, cyberspace law, and other topics. He is also the author of the casebook The First Amendment: Problems, Cases, and Policy Arguments (3d ed. 2007); the textbook Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review (4th ed. 2010); and the Volokh Conspiracy Web log,, which gets about 25,000 unique visitors per weekday. A 2002 survey by University of Texas law professor Brian Leiter listed him as the third most cited law professor among those who entered teaching after 1992.

His most recent major articles are Nonlethal Self-Defense, (Almost Entirely) Nonlethal Weapons, and the Rights To Keep and Bear Arms and Defend Life, 62 Stanford L. Rev. 199 (2010); Implementing the Right To Keep and Bear Arms for Self-Defense: An Analytical Framework and a Research Agenda, 56 UCLA L. Rev. 1443 (2009); Symbolic Expression and the Original Meaning of the First Amendment, 97 Georgetown L.J. 1057 (2009); and Medical Self-Defense, Prohibited Experimental Therapies, and Payment for Organs, 120 Harvard L. Rev. 1813 (2007).  Three of his law review articles were cited in the Supreme Court’s 2008 Second Amendment decision, D.C. v. Heller.