Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, December 22, 2010


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Professor Choper Reappointed to Horse Racing Board


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday reappointed UC Berkeley law professor, and former dean, Jesse Choper to the California Horse Racing Board.

The reappointment of Choper, 75, who has been a lawyer and legal educator for more than 50 years and has been at what used to be called Boalt Hall since 1965, requires Senate confirmation. Choper, a prominent legal scholar and author, was the dean of the school for 10 years and taught at the University of Minnesota School of Law from 1961 to 1965.

He currently holds the title of Earl Warren professor of public law. He clerked for then-Chief Justice Warren after graduating from law school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960.

Choper’s major publications include the books Judicial Review and the National Political Process: A Functional Reconsideration of the Role of the Supreme Court and Securing Religious Liberty: Principles for Judicial Interpretation of the Religion Clauses.

He has also written widely-used casebooks on constitutional law and on corporations. He has held visiting professorships at Harvard and Fordham law schools, among others.

Choper, who was previously appointed to the board in April 2007. once described horse racing in a campus publication as “a full-time hobby and my only one.” He explained that he attends races throughout Northern California—“even county fairs when they’re the only race in town”—every weekend, having become hooked after a colleague took him to the track nearly 40 years ago.

He described the benefits of his pastime thusly:

“It certainly does take your mind off your other concerns of the day. The cost is very modest — sure, you lose a little bit over the course of time, but there’s no hobby that’s as reasonably priced.”

Members of the board are paid $100 per day when attending meetings.

Choper is registered decline-to-state.


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