B.A., The University of Michigan; J.D., The George Washington University; LL.M., Georgetown University
Professor Gavoor is an advocate and scholar who specializes in administrative law and constitutional issues. He has led or participated in dozens of appellate and trial matters involving high profile challenges to federal statutes, regulations, and agency policies.
He has personally or jointly handled the defense in multiple class action matters involving civil rights and constitutional violations to federal law enforcement and immigration federal programs. He has first-chair torts experience in multi-plaintiff litigation under the Federal Tort Claims Act, and claims of constitutionally tortious conduct by federal officials in their individual capacities under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.
From 2006-2014, he served as a trial attorney at the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In that capacity, he led or participated in approximately 60 appeals and presented over a dozen oral arguments before a majority of the U.S. Courts of Appeals. An avid trial advocate, he has handled matters in over 30 of the 94 U.S. District Courts. He helped design and implement the Civil Division’s policy on e-discovery. In 2013, he taught an evidence course at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.
In 2014, he joined Cause of Action, a nonpartisan nonprofit government accountability organization, as Senior Counsel. There, he leads litigation in defense of economic liberties against government overreach, fraud, waste, and cronyism.
Professor Gavoor has been a member of the law school’s adjunct faculty since 2008. He has published in The Federal Lawyer (book reviews) and the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy (forthcoming 2015). He currently teaches Administrative Law (6400-30) and Government Lawyering (6671-12), among other courses.