After 22 years of shaking things up on and off the bench, Judge Alex Kozinski is set to take the helm of the 9th Circuit as chief judge, the first conservative in a decade to lead what is widely viewed as the nation's most liberal federal appellate court. Will Kozinski -- a magician and snowboarder who cites Playboy fiction as inspiration for legal writing skills -- rein in his maverick instincts, or will he push to challenge entrenched notions of correct judicial behavior on a national stage?
Longtime Rebel Alex Kozinski Prepares to Lead the 9th Circuit
The National Law Journal
October 19, 2007