Alex Kozinski

Hon. Alex Kozinski
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Address: The Richard H. Chambers Courthouse
125 South Grand Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone: (626) 229-7250
Fax: (626) 229-7462
Web site:

Position Bar Admissions Education
Published Works Affiliations
Current Employment Position(s):
Chief Judge, since 2007

Appointed 1985 by Ronald Reagan
Bar Admissions:
California, 1975
University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 1975
Law Review: University of California, Los Angeles Law Review, Managing Editor

University of California, Los Angeles, California, 1972

Published Works:
A Market Oriented Revision of the Patent System, 21 University of California Los Angeles Law Review 1042, 1974

Rules of the Supreme Court of the United States (with W.H. Allen), 94 Harvard Law Review 312, 1980

Book Review: A Tribute to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, 100 Harvard Law Review 975, 1987

It is a Constitution We Are Expounding: A Debate, 1987 Utah Law Review 977-985

Torts Are No Piece of Cake, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 6, 1988

Book Review of Peter W. Huber, Liability: The Legal Revolution and its Consequences

Hunt for Law's True Meaning Subverts Justice, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 31, 1989

If Pennzoil Won $11 Billion, Why Not Me? Wall Street Journal, April 20, 1989

Life is Not a Novel, Wall Street Journal, July 18, 1989

Book Review of Nathaniel Branden, Judgment Day: My Years with Ayn Rand: The Virtues of an Ordered Mind, Legal Times, Nov. 27, 1989

Book Review of Ruggero Aldisert, Logic of Lawyers: A Guide to Clear Legal Thinking

Freedom's Scents: A Romanian Remembers, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 28, 1989

Guide to Nintendo Shopping, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 31, 1990

Who's Afraid of Commercial Speech? (with Stuart Banner), 76 Virginia Law Review 627, 1990

Trouble in Santa Teresa, New York Times Book Review, May 27, 1990

Book Review of Sue Grafton, G is for Gumshoe

Through the Open Door: What is it Like to be an Immigrant in America? Wall Street Journal, at A8 Col. 3, July 3, 1990

Trouble in Super Marioland, Wall Street Journal, at A9 Col. 1, July 27, 1990

Death, Lies & Videotape: The Trial of Romania's Ceausecus, Forward, Aug. 24, 1990

My Pizza with Nino, 12 Cardozo Law Review 1587, 1991

Confessions of a Bad Apple, 100 Yale Law Journal 1701, 1991

The Dark Lessons of Utopia, 58 University of Chicago Law Review 575, 1991

A Drummer Tries to Remember Jim Morrison, Wall Street Journal, June 14, 1991

Book Review of John Densmore, Riders on the Storm

Romania's Big Bamboozle, New York Times Book Review, June 30, 1991

Book Review of Andrei Codrescu, The Hole in the Flag

The Bulwark Brennan Built, Columbia Journal Review 8, Nov./Dec., 1991

Book Review of Anthony Lewis, Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment

Locking Women Workers in Gilded Cages, Legal Times, May 25, 1992

The Wrong Stuff, 1992 Brigham Young University Law Review 325

Dances mit Forverts, Forward 1, July 10, 1992

Administrative Search (Update), Encyclopedia of the American Constitution 8 (Supp. 1), 1992

Color and Caution, Reviewing Andrew Kull, The Colorblind Constitution, The New Republic 72, February 1, 1993

The Anti-History and Pre-History of Commercial Speech (Co-Authored with Stuart Banner), 71 Texas Law Review 747, 1993

The View From the Bench, Reviewing Ruggero J. Aldisert, Winning on Appeal: Better Briefs and Oral Argument, American Bar Association Journal 114, May, 1993

The Nintendo Story, Reviewing David Sheff, Game Over: How Nintendo Zapped and American Industry, Captured Your Dollars, and Enslaved Your Children, Wall Street Journal A12, May 11, 1993

A Penumbra Too Far (Co-Authored with Eugene Volokh), 106 Harvard Law Review 1639, 1993

Sanhedrin II: The Case of Ivan Demjanjuk, The New Republic 209, Sept. 13, 1993

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Taught Appellate Advocacy, University of Southern California School of Law

Professional Associations and Memberships:
California Young Lawyers Association, 1977 - 1978
Board of Directors

Lawyers for Reagan, 1979 - 1980
Volunteer Attorney

Past Employment Positions:
U.S. Court of Claims, Washington, DC, Chief Judge, 1982 - 1985

Merit Systems Protection Board, Special Counsel, 1981 - 1982

Office of Counsel to the President, Assistant Counsel, 1981

Office of President-Elect Reagan, Deputy Legal Counsel, 1980 - 1981

Covington & Burling, Washington, District of Columbia, 1979 - 1981

Forry, Golbert, Singer & Gelles, Los Angeles, 1977 - 1979

Chief Justice Warren Burger, Supreme Court of the United States, Law Clerk, 1976 - 1977

Hon. Anthony Kennedy, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Law Clerk, 1975 - 1976

Los Angeles, California, Private Practice, 1977 - 1979

Washington, DC, Private Practice, 1979 - 1981

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Judge, 1985 - 2007

Birth Information:
1950, Bucharest, Romania

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