Annual Browning Lecture at UM to Feature Longtime Ninth Circuit Judge

March 09, 2016

MISSOULA – The Montana Law Review will hold its 76th Annual Browning Distinguished Lecture in Law at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in Room 101 of the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana. A reception will follow in the Law School Atrium.

The 2016 lecture will feature Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Kozinski will deliver a talk titled “In the Court Where I Live.” The event is free and open to the public and offers one ethics continuing legal education credit.

Kozinski has served on the Ninth Circuit since 1985, and was Chief Judge from 2007 to 2014.

Each spring since 2002, the Browning Lecture has brought distinguished lawyers, scholars and judges from across the country to the School of Law. As its name indicates, the lecture honors the Honorable James Browning, who passed away in May 2012. Judge Browning was born in Belt and graduated from the UM School of Law in 1941. He served as a member of the inaugural editorial board for the Montana Law Review and in later years served as its editor-in-chief. Eventually he clerked on the United States Supreme Court.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy appointed Judge Browning to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He served for more than 50 years on the Ninth Circuit and as Chief Judge from 1976 to 1988, where he became known for his leadership and modernization of the Ninth Circuit.

For more information call Montana Law Review Editor-in-Chief Lars Philips at 406-243-2023 or email

Contact: Lars Phillips, Montana Law Review editor-in-chief, 406-243-2023,