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UCLA Law Experts Available to Discuss the Importance of the U.S. Constitution and Constitution Day


ATTENTION EDITORS AND REPORTERS:
In celebration of Constitution Day, which is held on September 17, the following UCLA School of Law faculty members are available to discuss the U.S. Constitution and its importance in the lives of Americans today.

Jonathan D. Varat
Professor of Law
Jonathan Varat is a constitutional law and federal courts expert and co-author of a major constitutional law casebook, Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials (with Cohen & Amar, 2005).   At UCLA School of Law, Professor Varat teaches Constitutional Law I and II, Federal Courts and Separation of Powers.  His scholarship focuses particularly on constitutional federalism. Professor Varat clerked for Judge Walter Mansfield of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Byron White of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Eugene Volokh
Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law
Eugene Volokh is a nationally recognized constitutional law expert.  His scholarship focuses on the First Amendment, cyberspace law, harassment law and gun control.  He teaches Constitutional Law II (Free Speech), Copyright, Firearms Regulation and the law of government and religion.  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.

Adam Winkler
Professor of Law
Adam Winkler is a specialist in American constitutional law. He teaches Constitutional Law, Election Law and Professional Responsibility. His wide-ranging scholarship has touched upon a diverse array of topics such as the right to bear arms, the right to vote, freedom of speech, affirmative action, judicial independence, constitutional interpretation, corporate social responsibility, international economic sanctions, and campaign finance law. Along with Professor Ken Karst of the law school and the late Pulitzer Prize-winning legal historian Leonard Levy, Professor Winkler edited the six-volume Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (2nd edition). His scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court (District of Columbia v. Heller). Professor Winkler clerked for the Honorable David R. Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Stephen Gardbaum
MacArthur Foundation Professor of International Justice and Human Rights
Stephen Gardbaum teaches Constitutional Law I, Comparative Constitutional Law, European Union Law, Comparative Law and International Human Rights. His scholarship focuses on comparative constitutional law, federalism, and the foundations of liberal legal and political theory. His current research is on the comparative structure of constitutional rights.

Robert D. Goldstein
Professor of Law
Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel
Robert Goldstein currently teaches Constitutional Law I and II and Child Abuse and Neglect as part of a campus-wide interdisciplinary program he directs on abuse and neglect. Professor Goldstein has published Mother-Love and Abortion (1988) and Child Abuse and Neglect: Cases and Materials (1999), and has written in the area of civil rights and free speech.

Cheryl Harris
Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Cheryl Harris teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Critical Race Theory.  She is the author of leading works in Critical Race Theory, including the highly influential "Whiteness as Property" (Harv. L. Rev.).  Professor Harris' work has also taken up the relationship among race, gender and property and most recently has focused on race, equality and the Constitution through the re-examination of Plessy v. Ferguson and Grutter v. Bollinger.  Professor Harris was a key organizer of several major conferences both in South Africa and the United States that helped establish a dialogue between U.S. legal scholars and South African lawyers during the development of South Africa's first democratic constitution in 1994.


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