Monday, April 15, 2002

Eugene Volokh's weblog

Professor Eugene Volokh is one of my favorite lawyers on the net. I originally met him while I was a subscriber to Cyberia-L, a list started by William & Mary law school professor Trotter Hardy. Through e-mails, Prof. Volokh is frighteningly smart, and has a wicked sense of humor. After I graduated, I needed to be in L.A. on business, and on a lark called him up. He graciously agreed to meet me, and we had a great lunch at the UCLA faculty cafe. I’ve lost touch with him, but hear/see him periodically on NPR, MSNBC, The New York Times, etc.

In person, he’s just as smart, he’s funnier, and he talks so fast it’s hard to keep up. He graduated from UCLA with a dual degree in math and computer science at 15 (yes, fifteen), and got his law degree a few years later. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and then for Judge Alex Kozinski (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals). There’s that computer company he started with his dad when he was twelve, or the fact that he’s a law professor at a major law school and he’s just 33 years old. Unreal. (More unreal? He’s been teaching there since at least 1995.)

Well, he has a weblog (with his younger brother, a law student at Harvard ). Judging by the first week’s postings, it promises to be just as eclectic as the man himself. Cool. (Thanks to Donny Broome’s list of weblogs for the pointer.)

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