David Fontana

David Fontana
Associate Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

David Fontana is an Associate 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 FBI Wants to Send 2,300 Employees Out of the D.C. Region. Why This Might Be a Sign of Things to Come."

February 14, 2018

David Fontana is quoted in the Washington Business Journal about the federalism argument and what it means to place people outside of D.C.

"Spread the Swamp? Trump Administration Wants to Move Government Offices out of Washington"

December 07, 2017
David Fontana is quoted in the Los Angeles Times about the Trump administration's plan to decentralize power away from the nation's capital.

"It's Time to Move Some Federal Agencies Out of D.C."

November 30, 2017

David Fontana is mentioned in CityLab about his study on federal decentralization.

"At Menendez Trial, Legal Wrestling Over Definition of 'Constituent'"

September 20, 2017

David Fontana is quoted in The New York Times about preserving the autonomy and the uniqueness of state political communities.

"This Lawsuit in Alaska Could Upend the Campaign Finance Landscape"

August 11, 2017

David Fontana is quoted in Slate about the Thompson v. Hebdon case which concerns the state's campaign finance laws.