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David Louk

Associate in Law

David Louk

Associate in Law
David Louk’s research agenda explores how non-judicial actors interpret and understand the law and the Constitution in the fields of legislation and statutory interpretation, administrative law, federalism and federal courts, constitutional law, and torts. Drawing on quantitative, historical, theoretical and doctrinal sources, his current projects examine (1) the importance of non-judicial interpretive methods in judicial statutory interpretation; (2) empirical support for, and popular opinion about, the importance of American federalism and the vertical separation of powers; and (3) the Supreme Court’s Republican Guarantee Clause jurisprudence in light of the particular remedies sought by citizens in historical cases.  
David’s prior publications have examined legislative budgetary and fiscal policymaking dynamics surrounding government shutdowns; how original archival research shed light on the historical evolution of the Burger Court’s federalism jurisprudence; the interaction between First Amendment rights and public employee union participation; and applications of the Alien Tort Statute.
David is Ph.D. Candidate in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated with honors and distinction from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science and also holds an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where he was a Clarendon Scholar. He is a 2015 graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as the Executive and Managing Editor of the Global Constitutionalism Seminar, as an Articles Editor on the Yale Law Journal, as a Policy Fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and as a Coker Fellow teaching torts and legal research and writing to first-year law students.
Prior to his position at Columbia, David served as a law clerk to the honorable Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and as a law clerk to the honorable Judge James E. Boasberg on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He has previously assisted in public interest impact litigation with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office and at Public Citizen, and he has represented clients seeking asylum through the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (LSO) at Yale Law School and served as a Presiding Arbitrator for the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

Ph.D. Candidate, Jurisprudence & Social Policy, UC Berkeley

J.D., Yale Law School (2015)

M.Phil. International Relations, Balliol College, University of Oxford (2009)

B.A. Political Science, Stanford University (2006)


David Scott Louk, Repairing the Irreparable: Revisiting the Federalism Decisions of the Burger Court, 125 Yale L.J. 682 (2016).
Daniel Hemel & David Louk, Is Abood Irrelevant?, 82 U. Chi. L. Rev. Dialogue 227 (2015).
David Scott Louk & David Gamage, Preventing Government Shutdowns: Designing Default Rules for Budgets, 86 U. Colo. L. Rev. 181 (2015).

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