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

"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. 

“It’s Time to ‘Unsex’ Pregnancy’’

April 03, 2019
David Fontana and Naomi Schoenbaum are quoted by The Washington Post about their article, "Unsexing Pregnancy."

“The Least Politically Prejudiced Place in America”

March 04, 2019
David Fontana is quoted by The Atlantic about the political climate and tolerance levels in the North Country region of upstate New York.

"Out-of-State Donors Are Pouring Cash Into Local Campaigns of Democrats Across the Country"

October 10, 2018

David Fontana is quoted in USA Today about whether an Alaska case limiting out-of-state contributions could reach the Supreme Court.

"Kavanaugh Confirmation Produces a Court that Mirrors the Divisions and Fury of American Society"

October 07, 2018

David Fontana is quoted in the Globe and Mail about how Brett Kavanaugh's votes will be closely examined.