Eugene Volokh

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The Rabbinical Council of America issued a pro-gun-control statement, based on a 90-62 vote, with over 850 members not voting. A dissenting group of 12 Orthodox rabbis has now issued a contrary pro-gun-rights statement.

  • Sep 16, 2014

The answer, I’ve argued before, is “yes” -- all military personnel have the statutory right to “affirm” (i.e., to make a solemn commitment without invoking God) as well as to “swear.“

  • Sep 16, 2014

“People all over the globe are coming to expect emotional and intellectual comfort as though it were a right. This is precisely what you would expect when you train a generation to believe that they have a right not to be offended. Eventually, they stop demanding freedom of speech and start demanding freedom from speech.“

  • Sep 15, 2014

A divorce dispute about who gets the dog, from the Vermont Supreme Court.

  • Sep 15, 2014

“Jetsam is where goods are cast into the sea, and there sink and remain under water,” and “flotsam is where they continue swimming on the surface of the waves.” But what’s the third item in this triplet?

  • Sep 15, 2014

The Act “prohibits Army and Air Force military personnel from participating in civilian law enforcement activities,” and similar rules govern the Navy. Yet a Naval Criminal Investigation Service agent was apparently running a massive investigation into civilian crime unconnected to the military.

  • Sep 12, 2014

Will the proposed “zero tolerance” policy for the NFL, in the wake of the Ray Rice matter, be counterproductive?

  • Sep 12, 2014

Or to sue customers for libel, even when the customers’ claims are false? The statute is billed as an attempt to block enforcement of “no-criticism” contracts, but it seems to go a good deal further.

  • Sep 12, 2014

If the 14-year-old in the Pennsylvania Jesus statute “desecration” case is found guilty, would he be barred from owning guns as an adult?

  • Sep 12, 2014

A 14-year-old is charged with posing with statue of Jesus, simulating a sexual act. Is it a crime? Is it constitutionally protected?

  • Sep 12, 2014
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Eugene Volokh teaches free speech law, religious freedom law, church-state relations law, a First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic, and tort law, at UCLA School of Law, where he has also often taught copyright law, criminal law, and a seminar on firearms regulation policy. Before coming to UCLA, he clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Volokh is the author of the textbooks The First Amendment and Related Statutes (4th ed. 2011), The Religion Clauses and Related Statutes (2005), and Academic Legal Writing (4th ed. 2010), as well as over 70 law review articles. Volokh is also an Academic Affiliate for the Mayer Brown LLP law firm.
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