Alex Kozinski, who sits on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, will
speak at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the University Center Shiloh room.
The lecture, called "Tort Law: The Toyota Principle," will be the
Distinguished Lecture in Jurisprudence for the College of Law.
Bob Lloyd, UT Law School professor, said Kozinski is one of the most
libertarian judges on the federal bench, as well as one of the most
flamboyant. "We invited him to speak because he brings a fresh point of
view in contrast to some other speakers we have had," Lloyd said.
According to California Lawyer, Kozinski has many outside interests.
A part-time magician, he is a book critic and Nintendo game reviewer for
the Wall Street Journal.
He recruits his law clerks by playing gut poker with law students. Kozinski
works his law clerks hard, demanding 24-hour-a-day dedication - but he has
been known to treat his clerks to weekend trips to Las Vegas when they need
a break. His style and sense of humor have made his lectures in high
Kozinski's father worked as a manager in a state textile mill in Romania.
When Alex was 8, his parents applied to emigrate to the United States. His
father was fired due to the application and his parents suffered three and
a half years of unemployment before they were granted an exit visa. Even at
11, Kozinski noticed the contrast of freedom on his arrival.
"One taste of chocolate candy and bubble gum, and I was a capitalist," he
Kozinski graduated first in his law class at UCLA in 1975. He worked for
Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger as a law clerk, and went on to
private practice in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.
Ronald Reagan rewarded him for work on the 1980 presidential campaign with
a job on the White House legal staff. President Reagan appointed Kozinski
to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals at age 35- the youngest federal judge
"Judge Kozinski is committed to the idea that government should not
interfere in people's lives. Last week's election indicates the majority of
American people feel that way," Lloyd said.
Circuit court judge to speak on campus
Published: Wed Nov 16, 1994 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 12:47 p.m.