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Roger Cossack

Roger Cossack, LL.B.

Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in Residence, Spring 2016

E-mail: roger.cossack@pepperdine.edu

Pepperdine School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263

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Professor Cossack was a prosecutor and a defense lawyer during his 22 years of practice, and in 1984 he argued U.S. v. Leon before the Supreme Court. Prior to beginning his private practice of law he served on the faculty of the UCLA Law School. In 1994 he joined CNN as the co-host of Burden of Proof and also was the CNN legal analyst. From 1994 to 2001 Professor Cossack covered all of the major U.S. legal events including breaking the Bush v. Gore decision, the impeachment of President Clinton, and the disputed election of 2000. Since 2002 he has served as the legal analyst for ESPN, reporting on how the law applies in various ways to sports.

Professor Cossack has taught Media and the Law.

Area of Expertise

  • Entertainment Law 


  • LL.B., University of California, Los Angeles, 1966
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1963