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Dave Kopel is Research Director of the Independence Institute; an Associate Policy Analyst with the Cato Institute, in Washington; and adjunct Professor of Advanced Constitutional Law at the Universtiy of Denver's  Sturm College of Law. His website is www.davekopel.org. He is a regular panelist on Colorado Public Television’s "Colorado Inside Out", and a blogger on the Volokh Conspiracy (the world's leading law eblog).

Kopel writes on constitutional law, criminal justice, civil rights, firearms policy, international affairs, technology, politics, environmental policy, and the media. He is the author of 14 books, hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and over 80 scholarly journal articles. His newspaper articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Among his journal publications are articles in journals from Yale, NYU, the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins School, Notre Dame, and the University of Pennsylvania. His briefs have been cited by U.S. Supreme Court Justices Alito, Breyer, and Stevens, and his research has been cited by state Supreme Courts, federal courts, and in over 600 law review articles.

Kopel's book The Samurai, the Mountie, and the Cowboy: Should America Adopt the Gun Controls of Other Democracies? was named book of the year by the American Society of Criminology, Division of International Criminology. Before joining the Independence Institute, Kopel served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado, dealing with enforcement of hazardous waste, Superfund, and other environmental laws. In 1998-99, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University. He holds a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, and a B.A. in History with honors from Brown University.

 

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October 31st, 2014
Republican Congressman Mike Coffman and his Democratic opponent Andrew Romanoff held a public debate yesterday—all in Spanish. It was billed as the first non-English candidate debate in state history. Well, maybe not. Hispanics settled Colorado long before Anglos did. When I was practicing law in Denver in the 1970s and 1980s (before embarking on my academic [...]