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

"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.

"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.