David Louk

Associate in Law

David Louk

David
Louk
Associate in Law

David Louk’s research explores what he calls 'everyday legality': how non-judicial actors interpret and understand statutes and the Constitution, in the fields of legislation and statutory interpretation, administrative law, federalism and federal courts, constitutional law, and criminal law and procedure. His current projects include an examination of the concept of statutory audience; the empirical basis for the Supreme Court's "Our Federalism" jurisprudence; an inquiry into what constitutes a "reasonable mistake of law" for both citizens and law enforcement officers; and the history of citizen enfranchisement claims made under the Republican Guarantee Clause of Article IV, Section 4. His prior publications include an examination of the legislative, budgetary, and fiscal policymaking dynamics surrounding government shutdowns; the historical evolution of the Burger Court’s federalism jurisprudence; and the interaction between First Amendment rights and public employee union participation.

Education
  • 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)
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
Publications
Professional Experience
  • 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
Courses
Legal Methods II: Methods of Statutory Drafting and Interpretation
Legal Practice Workshop I