Kozinski becomes chief judge of the 9th Circuit
And Carl Tobias has a commentary.
"Still, the "conservative" label does not quite capture Kozinski's jurisprudential views. He has said that a conservative president appointed him and that he tends "to have conservative instincts" but also believes strongly "in important principles of freedom" -- freedom of speech, religion and personal privacy. He once famously explained the 9th Circuit's judicial independence by remarking that its judges were three time zones away from the Supreme Court and the nation's capital.
Stories abound. Kozinski often writes 50 drafts of opinions, working 80-hour weeks alongside his clerks, whom he sends 3 a.m. e-mails. Forty of his clerks have gone on to become Supreme Court clerks."