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About Randy J Kozel

Randy J. Kozel 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. His 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 has a forthcoming book, entitled Settled Versus Right: A Theory of Precedent, which makes the case for using precedent to bridge interpretive disagreements. 

Professor Kozel joined the Law School faculty in 2011. He currently serves as the Interim Director of the London Law Program and also directs the Notre Dame Program on Constitutional Structure. Prior to his academic career Professor Kozel served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and for Judge Alex Kozinski at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He has also practiced as a litigator with a large law firm and as Special Counsel to the General Counsel at the General Electric Company.


Present Associate Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School



Juris Doctor, Harvard University ‐ Harvard Law School

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Office: 2118 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574.631.2727


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