- 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)
Associate in Law
Associate in Law
David Louk’s research explores what he calls 'everyday legality': 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, criminal law and procedure, and torts. Drawing on quantitative, historical, theoretical and doctrinal sources, his current projects examine (1) the problem of audience in statutory interpretation; (2) the empirical basis for the Supreme Court's "Our Federalism" jurisprudence; (3) judicial "reasonable mistake of law" doctrines and what constitutes a mistake of interpretation that is "reasonable"; and (4) 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 of 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.
Areas of Expertise
- Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
- Administrative Law
- Federalism and Federal Courts
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Jurisprudence and the Philosophy of Law
- Repairing the Irreparable: Revisiting the Federalism Decisions of the Burger Court, 125 Yale Law Journal 682 (2016)
- Is Abood Irrelevant?, 82 University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue 227 (2015) (with Daniel Hemel)
- Preventing Government Shutdowns: Designing Default Rules for Budgets, 86 University of Colorado Law Review 181 (2015) (with David Gamage)
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge James E. Boasberg, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
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