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.

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BA, University of Virginia; JD, Yale University

In the News

"The Trump Administration Has Figured out How to Get Rid of Federal Workers Without Firing Them"

October 07, 2019

David Fontana is quoted by Mother Jones on how decentralizing the federal government could hurt more than help.

"'Impressive and a Little Scary': How Amazon and Jeff Bezos Made Washington a Second Home"

September 06, 2019

David Fontana is quoted by NBC News on how Amazon deployed lobbying efforts to bring the business side of their operation to Washington.

“Trump Administration Drains the Swamp the Wrong Way"

June 24, 2019

David Fontana writes for CNN on how the Trump administration's decentralization efforts are hurting the federal government.

“The Small-Donor Model That Helped Ocasio-Cortez Win Is Aiding Another Progressive"

June 23, 2019

David Fontana is quoted by The New York Times on the rise of small-dollar donations from outside of a candidate's own district.

"Amazon's D.C. Move Threatens the Founders' Vision for America"

April 13, 2019

David Fontana writes in Politico about how Amazon's move to the Washington, DC area threatens to undermine American democracy.