Randy J. Kozel
Associate Professor of Law
Randy J. Kozel joined the Law School faculty in 2011 and served as a Visiting Professor at the London Law Centre in 2013. He teaches and researches in fields including constitutional law, federal courts, and contract law, with a particular focus on the role of precedent in legal decisionmaking. He has presented his work at conferences nationally and internationally. He also serves as an advisor to Yale Law School's China Law Center in connection with its project on precedent and judicial reasoning.
Professor Kozel's recent article, "Settled Versus Right: Constitutional Method and the Path of Precedent," was published in the Texas Law Review, selected for presentation at the Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop, and recognized as a co-winner of the Federalist Society's Young Legal Scholars Paper Competition. It will be republished as abridged in a forthcoming book on the role of precedent at the U.S. Supreme Court. His other work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including the Michigan Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, the UCLA Law Review, the William and Mary Law Review, the Washington and Lee Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and the Michigan Law Review First Impressions.
Professor Kozel received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was the Articles Committee Chair of the Harvard Law Review. He served as a law clerk for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the U.S. Supreme Court, and for Judge Alex Kozinski at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also practiced as a litigator with a large law firm and as special counsel in a corporate legal department.
Freedom of Speech
Legal Change Seminar
The Scope of Precedent, 113 Michigan Law Review (forthcoming)
Institutional Autonomy and Constitutional Structure, 112 Michigan Law Review (forthcoming 2014)
Settled Versus Right: Constitutional Method and the Path of Precedent, 91 Texas Law Review 1843 (2013). Republished as abridged in Precedent on the U.S. Supreme Court: Theory and Practice (Christopher J. Peters, ed.) (forthcoming 2014)
The Rule of Law and the Perils of Precedent, 111 Michigan Law Review First Impressions 37 (2013)
Precedent and Reliance, 62 Emory Law Journal 1459 (2013)
Free Speech and Parity: A Theory of Public Employee Rights, 53 William & Mary Law Review 1985 (2012). Republished as abridged at The Legal Workshop
Administrative Change, 59 UCLA Law Review 112 (2011) (with Jeff Pojanowski)
Stare Decisis as Judicial Doctrine, 67 Washington & Lee Law Review 411 (2010)
Reconceptualizing Public Employee Speech, 99 Northwestern University Law Review 1007 (2005)
Solving the Nuisance-Value Settlement Problem: Mandatory Summary Judgment, 90 Virginia Law Review 1849 (2004) (with David Rosenberg)
Note, Locating Investment Asymmetries and Optimal Deterrence in the Mass Tort Class Action, 117 Harvard Law Review 2665 (2004)
Areas of Expertise
- Constitutional Law
- Constitutional Theory
- Federal Courts
- Free Speech & Expressive Association
- Judicial Process
- Precedent & Legal Change
- Stare Decisis
- Supreme Court of the United States
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