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Dr. James C. Kozlowski
PhD, University of Maryland
Associate Professor Emeritus of Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies
Recreation Management
Sport and Recreation Studies

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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Krug Hall
4400 University Dr.
MS 4D2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Dr. James C. Kozlowski is a licensed attorney and emeritus associate professor in the School of Sport, Recreation and Tourism Management (SRTM) at George Mason University.  He began his affiliation with George Mason University as an adjunct faculty member in the Parks and Recreation curriculum in 1983.

According to a September 2018 correspondence from the National Recreation and Park Association (NPRA), Dr. Kozlowski’s Law Review Column is the single most widely read article in Parks and Recreation Magazine, the official monthly publication of the NRPA. In NRPA member surveys, these monthly law related articles have consistently been.the highest rated feature in the magazine.  Moreover, NRPA web page analytics indicate Kozlowski's columns account for about 45% of all page views of the digital edition of the magazine.  In addition, each month, the print edition of the magazine is distributed to a readership of 30,000.

Dr. Kozlowski's Law Review Column in Parks and Recreation Magazine has appeared monthly since January 1982. In recognition of the significance of his work, Dr. Kozlowski has received a number of professional awards and honors. In 2011, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration selected Dr. Kozlowski as one of the “Legends in Parks and Recreation,” an honor recognizing “distinguished administrators and educators who have made outstanding contributions to the field of parks and recreation.”  Dr. Kozlowski has also received the 2007 Distinguished Professional Award from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) which is presented to “those in the parks and recreation field who, through inspiration, incentive, and demonstrated leadership, have made noteworthy contributions over time to the recreation, park, and conservation movement.”  In 1985, Kozlowski received the National Literary Award from NRPA which is presented to “a writer or publisher who has made a significant contribution to the understanding of new innovations or refined philosophic thoughts and tenets, trends, or research in parks, recreation, and conservation.”  

Dr. Kozlowski received his Ph.D. in Recreation Administration from the University of Maryland (1986) and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law (1980).  He also holds a Master of Science in Leisure Studies (Outdoor Recreation) from the University of Illinois (1976), as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching (English) degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Education (1973), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanistic Studies from The Johns Hopkins University (1972). Kozlowski has been admitted to the practice of law in the District of Columbia (1981), Virginia (1984), and Maryland (1985), as well as various federal courts.

Research Interests
  • Legal and Legislative Aspects of Recreation
  • Recreational Injury Liability
  • Park Resources Law
  • First Amendment Issues in Parks and Recreation
  • Disability Rights Law in Sport and Recreation
Recent Publications

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Other Courses Taught
  • Project (EFHP 798)
  • Practicum (PRLS 241)
  • Sport and Recreation Law (PRLS 460)
  • Independent Study (PRLS 499)
  • Introduction to Natural Resources Law (PRLS 501)
  • Administration and Disability Rights in Therapeutic Recreation (PRLS 503)
  • Special Topics (PRLS 598)
  • Legal Issues in Recreation Administration (PRLS 614)
  • Environmental Law (PRLS 670)