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 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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November 25th, 2015
Check out the latest Independence Institute research on electricity rates in the state of Colorado: The cost of electricity for Colorado residents skyrocketed 63 percent between 2001 and 2014, far outpacing median income in the state at just 24 percent over the same time period, according to Independence Institute analysis of electricity rates provided by the [...]