Associate Professor of Law
Areas of Teaching and Research
- Constitutional law
- Information law and policy
- International and foreign affairs law
- National security law
- Nonprofit organizations
- Yale Law School, J.D., 2007
- Oxford University, M.Sc., Comparative Social Policy (distinction), 2003
- Yale College, B.A., Economics (summa cum laude), 2002
David Pozen joined the faculty in July 2012 as associate professor of law, with research interests in several areas of public law and in nonprofit organizations.
From 2010 to 2012, Pozen served as special advisor to the U.S. Department of State’s Legal Adviser, Harold Hongju Koh. Previously, Pozen clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court (2009-2010) and for Judge Merrick B. Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (2008-2009). From 2007 to 2008, Pozen served as special assistant to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
While at Yale Law School, Pozen was a book reviews editor of the Yale Law Journal and an Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Public Policy. He was awarded the Scharps Prize for best paper by a third-year student (2007), the Townsend Prize for best paper by a second-year student (2006), the Cohen Prize for best paper on a subject related to literature and the law (2007), and the Gherini Prize for best paper on international law or conflict of laws (2006). Pozen is a member of the District of Columbia and Massachusetts bars.
In 2013, the Columbia Society of International Law recognized Professor Pozen with its Faculty Honors Award.
- The Leaky Leviathan: Why the Government Condemns and Condones Unlawful Disclosures of Information, 127 Harv. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2013)
- Deep Secrecy, 62 Stan. L. Rev. 257 (2010)
- Judicial Elections as Popular Constitutionalism, 110 Colum. L. Rev. 2047 (2010)
- Building Criminal Capital Behind Bars: Peer Effects in Juvenile Corrections, 124 Q.J. Econ. 105 (2009) (with Patrick Bayer and Randi Hjalmarsson)
- The Irony of Judicial Elections, 108 Colum. L. Rev. 265 (2008)
- We Are All Entrepreneurs Now, 43 Wake Forest L. Rev. 283 (2008)
- Hidden Foreign Aid, 8 Fla. Tax Rev. 641 (2007)
- Remapping the Charitable Deduction, 39 Conn. L. Rev. 531 (2006)
- The Effectiveness of Juvenile Correctional Facilities: Public Versus Private Management, 48 J.L. & Econ. 549 (2005) (with Patrick Bayer)
- Note, The Mosaic Theory, National Security, and the Freedom of Information Act, 115 Yale L.J. 628 (2005)
Selected Shorter Works
- Are Judicial Elections Democracy-Enhancing?, in What’s Law Got to Do with It? What Judges Do, Why They Do It, and What’s at Stake 248 (Charles Gardner Geyh ed., 2011)
- Justice Stevens and the Obligations of Judgment, 44 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 851 (2011)
- What Happened in Iowa?, 111 Colum. L. Rev. Sidebar 90 (2011), http://www.columbialawreview.org/assets/sidebar/volume/111/90_Pozen.pdf
- The Best Defense: Why Elected Courts Should Lead Recusal Reform, 46 Washburn L.J. 503 (2007) (with Deborah Goldberg and James Sample)
- The Regulation of Labor and the Relevance of Legal Origin, 28 Comp. Lab. L. & Pol’y J. 43 (2007)
- Comment, Tax Expenditures as Foreign Aid, 116 Yale L.J. 869 (2007)
- Managing a Correctional Marketplace: Prison Privatization in the United States and the United Kingdom, 19 J.L. & Pol. 253 (2003)