David Fontana

David Fontana
Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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David Fontana is a Professor of Law 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 Era of the Swing Justice Is Over. Here's How Democrats May Adapt"

August 13, 2018

David Fontana is quoted in Time about the two kinds of swing vote.

"What It Means to Be From Brett Kavanaugh's Washington"

July 11, 2018

David Fontana writes in CityLab about Judge Kavanaugh's life in D.C.

"Legal Experts Say President Trump's Supreme Court Pick Reflects GOP Mainstream"

July 10, 2018

David Fontana is quoted in Time about President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as Justice Kennedy's replacement.

"Justice Sotomayor is Poised to Lead the Minority Wing of the Supreme Court"

July 06, 2018

David Fontana writes in Vox about Justice Sonia Sotomayor and how liberal justices should perform when they're in the minority.

"Donald Trump's Federal Judge Selections Have Been the Most Mainstream Thing He's Done, Experts Say"

June 29, 2018

David Fontana is quoted in Newsweek about President Trump's shortlist for the next judge to fill the Supreme Court seat.