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Eugene Volokh is a computer programmer turned University of California, Los Angeles law professor and First Amendment expert. Eugene founded and writes for The Volokh Conspiracy, which has been described as “one of the Internet’s most-read legal blogs” and is now hosted by The Washington Post.

Born in Kiev when it was still under Soviet control, Eugene emigrated to the United States as a child. Impressively, Eugene graduated with a bachelor’s degree in math and computer science from UCLA at age 15. After attending law school, he clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

The Volokh Conspiracy was co-founded in 2002 with Eugene’s brother Sasha, who teaches law at Emory University. Today, in addition to Eugene and Sasha, The Volokh Conspiracy relies on a number of co-bloggers to write about their expertise. Eugene’s posts focus mainly on First Amendment law—specifically free speech and religious liberty.

Eugene says that when it comes to protecting the First Amendment, “it’s important to stay worried, it’s important to stay concerned, and it’s important not to get complacent.”

For more from Eugene on the elements that are necessary for healthy debate, misconceptions about the First Amendment, and current threats to free speech, check out FIRE’s interview with him above.

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