- 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 Louk’s research agenda examines the role of audience in legal interpretation. His dissertation, Law’s Audiences, explores how non-judicial actors interpret and understand statutes and the Constitution, and how courts understand non-judicial interpretations of law. His research focuses on the fields of legislation and statutory interpretation, administrative law, criminal law and procedure, and constitutional law, among others.
His in-progress legal scholarship includes an examination the role of audience in statutory interpretation methodology; 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 political branch interpretations of the Republican Guarantee Clause.
In addition, David is interested in legal and statutory drafting and in the relationship between the judicial and legislative solutions to contemporary legal problems. 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 legislative approaches to resolving tensions between First Amendment rights and public employee union participation.
David is a proud graduate of Central Oregon Community College, from which he earned an Associate of Arts degree before transferring and completing his undergraduate education at Stanford University.
- Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
- Administrative Law
- Federalism and Federal Courts
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Jurisprudence and the Philosophy of Law
- The Audiences of Statutes: Statutory Interpretation from the Outside, 104 Cornell Law Review (forthcoming 2019)
- 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) (Cited and discussed in The Economist, The Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal)
- 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