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Annual Phelps Lecture: 'Mechanisms of the Slippery Slope in Constitutional Discourse,' March 3, 2005, 1:00 pm., Room 257

February 13, 2005

Eugene Volokh is a professor of constitutional law at UCLA and a nationally recognized expert on the First Amendment, cyberspace law, harassment law, and gun control. On Thursday, March 3rd at 1:00 p.m., he will deliver the annual Phelps Lecture at Tulane University Law School. Professor Volokh will speak on “Mechanisms of the Slippery Slope in Constitutional Discourse.”

Professor Volokh has authored over 40 law review articles, more than half of them on freedom of speech and is the author of a textbook on the First Amendment (Foundation Press 2001) and a textbook on academic legal writing (Foundation Press 2003).  He is  the founder and coauthor of The Volokh Conspiracy, http://volokh.com , a weblog with approximately 10,000 unique visitors per weekday.

At age seven, Professor Volokh emigrated with his family from Kiev in the former Soviet Union. At fifteen, he graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in math-computer science. He then worked for twelve years as a computer programmer and remains a partner in a small software company which sells the HP 3000 software that he wrote.  Professor Volokh earned his law degree from UCLA and served as a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The Phelps Lecture Series was established in 1992 to honor Ashton Phelps, Sr., a distinguished graduate of Tulane Law School who practiced law at Phelps Dunbar, served as Publisher of The Times-Picayune and was Vice Chairman of Tulane’s Board of Administrators.  The Phelps Lecture Series operates under the direction of the Ashton Phelps Chair of Constitutional Law, held by Professor M. David Gelfand. 

The lecture is free and open to the public.


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