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Honorable Alex Kozinski, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, to Address Fair Use in Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property


Washington, DC (Sept. 14, 2006) – The Honorable Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, will address “Revisiting Fair Use” at the American University Washington College of Law’s Second Annual Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property Law on September 21.

Judge Kozinski, whose opinion provided the genesis for the nominative fair use doctrine, will address this active and turbulent area of law at the lecture, hosted by WCL’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property. A 5 p.m. reception will precede the 6 p.m. lecture at AU Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

Judge Kozinski was appointed to the Circuit Court in 1985 by President Ronald Reagan at the age of 35, making him the youngest US Appeals Court Judge in the country. He received his J.D. degree from UCLA in 1975, and went on to clerk for Circuit Judge Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice Warren Berger of the United States Supreme Court. Prior to his appointment to the appellate branch, he served as Chief Judge of the United States Claims Court. He has written extensively on a variety of intellectual property issues, and is also noted for his witty contributions to mainstream publications such as Slate, The New Yorker, The New Republic, and The National Review.

WCL’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) promotes public interest approaches in the law governing information protection and dissemination. PIJIP includes WCL’s internationally recognized intellectual property curriculum, which features a pioneering intellectual property legal clinic, two LLM certificates, full-time faculty with expertise in all areas of the field, internship and externship opportunities with intellectual property-related organizations, over 25 specialized courses, and multiple student activities including moot court competitions and an intellectual property society.

With 300 intellectual property lawyers, Finnegan Henderson is the largest IP law firm in the world. From offices in Washington, DC; Atlanta, Georgia; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Palo Alto, California; Reston, Virginia; Brussels, Belgium; Taipei, Taiwan; and Tokyo, Japan; the firm practices all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. It also represents clients on IP issues related to international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust, and unfair competition. For additional information on the firm, please visit

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