David B. Kopel is Research Director of the Independence Institute, a state-level think tank in Denver. He is also an Adjunct Scholar with the Cato Institute, in Washington; an Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law; a Senior Fellow at the University of Wyoming College of Law’s Firearm Research Center; a member of the Colorado State Advisory Committee for the U.S Commission on Civil Rights; and Vice-Presiding Trustee of the Anne S.K. Brown military history collection at the Brown University libraries.
He is the author of 20 books, including the law school textbooks Colorado Constitutional Law and History and Firearms Law and the Second Amendment, now in its third edition.
His scholarship and legal briefs have been cited in 7 U.S. Supreme Court opinions, by Justices Alito, Breyer, Kagan, Stevens, and Thomas—most recently in Justice Thomas’s opinion for the Court in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. He has also been cited in 28 cases by the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, 9 cases by U.S. District Courts, and in 28 state and territorial appellate court decisions.
Kopel is the author of over 100 scholarly articles. His articles have been published in journals from Harvard, Yale, Penn, Brown, Michigan, NYU, Texas, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Virginia, and Georgetown, among others.
Since 2003, he has been a columnist for the Volokh Conspiracy, a law professor weblog, currently hosted by Reason magazine. From 2001 to 2009, he wrote a media analysis column for the Rocky Mountain News.
He received his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, and a B.A. in History with honors from Brown University. Websites: davekopel.org, davekopel.tw (Chinese). Twitter: @davekopel.
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