David Fontana

David Fontana
Samuel Tyler Research Professor
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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David Fontana is the Samuel Tyler Research Professor at George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Before coming to GW Law, he clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, went to law school at Yale, and attended graduate school at Oxford. He is the author or co-author of papers on constitutional or comparative constitutional law that have been or will be published by leading scholarly journals in law, including the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Texas Law ReviewUCLA Law Review and the Southern California Law Review, among others. Professor Fontana also writes about constitutional issues for a number of general interest publications, including, most frequently, Slate and The New Republic.  He regularly consults with Congress, presidential campaigns, and foreign constitution-drafters on issues of constitutional law.

Curriculum Vitae     Publications


BA, University of Virginia; JD, Yale University

In the News

"America’s Hidden Crisis of Power and Place"

August 02, 2021
David Fontana writes in the Washington Post about wealthy Americans retreating into pockets of the country, eroding public trust in our democracy.

"Trump Picked the Youngest Judges to Sit on the Federal Bench. Your Move, Biden."

February 16, 2021
David Fontana co-writes in The Washington Post that President Biden should consider the age factor in reshaping the judiciary.

"What Stefanik's Win May Say About Her Next Steps and the North Country's Political Identity"

November 04, 2020

David Fontana discussed on North Country Public Radio (New York) the win for incumbent Rep. Elise Stefanik and what it means for her district.

"Can the Supreme Court Learn to Speak Up for Itself?"

February 26, 2020

David Fontana co-authored an article for The Washington Post Magazine on how SCOTUS can defend the rule of law in the court of public opinion.

"Is the Supreme Court’s Fate in Elena Kagan’s Hands?"

November 18, 2019

David Fontana is quoted by the New Yorker on how some decisions Justice Kagan has made legitimate a conservative perspective.