Roger Cossack

Legal Analyst

Roger Cossack joined ESPN in July, 2003 as a legal analyst, providing insight and opinion into legal issues surrounding the sports world. Cossack has been the network’s main resource in its coverage Congressional and court appearances by the likes of Roger Clenens, Jerry  Sandusky, Kobe Bryant, Roger Clemens, O.J. Simpson and Michael Vick.

Cossack is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law.  The March 2011 edition of National Jurist magazine named Cossack’s “Media and the Law” course one of the top 22 law classes taught in American law schools.

 He is familiar to television viewers as host of Open Court on Court TV, which he joined in 2002.  Widely considered one of America’s foremost legal experts, Vanity Fair magazine named Cossack “one of the movers and shakers of Washington,” in June 1999. Prior to his work at Court TV, Cossack spent seven years as on-air legal commentator for CNN, and hosted Burden of Proof, one of the network’s most successful shows.

Prior to working at CNN, Cossack was a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office where he tried local and federal cases in more than 20 states. He has also argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in United States vs. Leon, a landmark Fourth Amendment decision in 1984.

Cossack has written for legal publications including the John Marshall Law Review, California Lawyer and the New York State Bar Criminal Journal.

Cossack is a graduate of UCLA and the UCLA School of Law.

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