Sonja R. West is an associate professor at the University of Georgia School of Law, which she joined in 2006. She teaches courses on Constitutional Law, Media Law, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sonja earned a B.A. in journalism and communication studies from the University of Iowa. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a reporter in the Midwest and Washington, D.C. She received her J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law where she served as executive editor of the school’s Law Review.
Following law school, Sonja served as a judicial clerk for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, then for the U.S. Supreme Court under Justice John Paul Stevens. She later worked as an attorney for a Los Angeles law firm where she represented media clients on First Amendment and intellectual property issues. Prior to joining the Georgia law faculty, she taught as the Hugo Black Faculty Fellow at the University of Alabama School of Law.
Sonja’s work has been published in numerous law reviews, including the Harvard Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and the Michigan Law Review. She has contributed articles concerning legal issues to Slate and Huffington Post. She frequently appears as a commentator for news media outlets, including The New York Times, the National Law Journal, MSNBC, Bloomberg News, The Guardian, NPR, and The Boston Globe.