ALEX KOZINSKI

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

Judge Alex Kozinski serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Appointed by former President Ronald Reagan on November 7, 1985, Judge Kozinski has won support from various political groups with his common-sense decisions, libertarian instinct and humorous writing style.

Born in Romania, Judge Kozinski emigrated to California with his parents when he was twelve years old. He received his undergraduate degree from UCLA. After graduating from the UCLA School of Law, he clerked for Judge Anthony Kennedy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then for Chief Justice Warren Berger of the United States Supreme Court. He spent a few years in private practice before joining the White House Counsel's Office during former President Ronald Reagan's term.

Judge Kozinski began his judicial career as the Chief Judge of the then newly-formed Court of Federal Claims. At age 35, he was appointed to the Ninth Circuit by former President Ronald Reagan, making Judge Kozinski the youngest U.S. Appeals Court judge in the country. One of Judge Kozinski's highest profile cases has been Mattel, Inc. v. MCA Records, Inc., in which the Ninth Circuit dismissed a lawsuit by Mattel against Danish pop group Aqua for dilution of the Barbie trademark in a song that lampooned Barbie. In that case, Judge Kozinski concluded his opinion with the words "[t]he parties are advised to chill".

Judge Kozinski is a renown essayist, and has won admirers across the political spectrum with his clear and witty writing. His writings have been featured in such publications as Slate, The New Yorker, The New Republic and The National Review.