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GAIL MIGDAL TITLE’S HOME
236 LORING AVENUE
(HOLMBY HILLS NEAR UCLA)
LOS ANGELES COPYRIGHT SOCIETY
2017 ANNUAL MEMBERS-ONLY MEETING
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
Monday, June 12, 2017
It was reported by state media in China that on January 14, 2017, Zhou Qiang, president of the Supreme People’s Court, delivered a speech calling on his colleagues to resist Western ideologies that threaten the leadership of the Communist Party, including constitutional democracy, separation of powers, and judicial independence. He called judicial independence a Western “trap,” and said Chinese courts must “dare to pull out the sword” to combat the erroneous Western notion and other false ideas that could undermine China’s judiciary system.
Alexander Hamilton, without breaking into rap cadence, wrote in The Federalist No. 78 in 1788:
“The complete independence of the courts of justice is peculiarly essential in a limited Constitution. By a limited Constitution, I understand one which contains certain specified exceptions to the legislative authority; such, for instance, as that it shall pass no bills of attainder, no ex post facto laws, and the like. Limitations of this kind can be preserved in practice no other way than through the medium of courts of justice, whose duty it must be to declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the Constitution void. Without this, all the reservations of particular rights or privileges would amount to nothing. . . . . Nor does this conclusion by any means suppose a superiority of the judicial to the legislative power. It only supposes that the power of the people is superior to both; and that where the will of the legislature, declared in its statutes, stands in opposition to that of the people, declared in the Constitution, the judges ought to be governed by the latter rather than the former. They ought to regulate their decisions by the fundamental laws, rather than by those which are not fundamental.”
Judge Alex Kozinski will engage in a conversation with Society President Gary Bostwick on judicial independence today in the federal court system, how it is maintained by law, how tradition affects its exercise in everyday operation, the efforts federal judges individually must exert to maintain their independence and what challenges judicial independence faces in coming years. To the extent appropriate, the conversation may cover Judge Kozinski joining the dissent in Washington v. Trump, on whether the Court should reconsider the panel’s decision en banc.
The conversation will also delve into Judge Kozinski’s views on topics of interest to the Society’s members in other areas such as net neutrality, applying state anti-SLAPP laws in federal court, how a young man’s thinking was shaped by life under Soviet domination and the elusive craft of writing impactfully and to be understood.
Judge Kozinski was appointed United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit on November 7, 1985, and served as Chief Judge from 2007 to 2014. He graduated from UCLA, receiving an A.B. degree in 1972, and from UCLA Law School, receiving a J.D. degree in 1975.
Prior to his appointment to the appellate bench, Judge Kozinski served as Chief Judge of the United States Claims Court, 1982-85; Special Counsel, Merit Systems Protection Board, 1981-82; Assistant Counsel, Office of Counsel to the President, 1981; Deputy Legal Counsel, Office of President-Elect Reagan, 1980-81; Attorney, Covington & Burling, 1979-81; Attorney, Forry Golbert Singer & Gelles, 1977-79; Law Clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, 1976-77; and Law Clerk to Circuit Judge Anthony M. Kennedy, 1975-76.
Judge Kozinski is married to Marcy Jane Tiffany and has three children: Yale, Wyatt and Clayton, and three grandchildren: Quinn, Owen and Anna.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Gail Migdal Title’s Home
236 Loring Avenue (Holmby Hills)
Los Angeles, California 90024
Check-In: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Action and Program: 8:00 PM
The price for the dinner will be $85.00 for members.