David S Louk

Academic Fellow

David S Louk

Academic Fellow

David's research studies the jurisprudential dynamics of relationships between courts and other actors involved in making and interpreting the law, including legislatures, administrative agencies, law enforcement officers, civil society groups, legal professionals, and the public at large. He writes primarily in the fields of legislation and administrative law, constitutional law, criminal law, and civil and criminal procedure. His Ph.D. dissertation, Law’s Audiences, explores the concept of legal audience in the interpretation of statutes and the Constitution, and examines the conversational, confrontational, and cooperative dynamics between courts and other legal audiences involved in making claims about the meaning of law.

David's teaching interests include not only how courts interpret the law, but also how laws may be better drafted and implemented. To this end, he is the co-author of a forthcoming casebook, Legal Methods: Case Analysis, Statutory Interpretation, and Statutory Drafting (Foundation Press 5th ed. 2020), which integrates original materials and teaching exercises in statutory drafting so that students can experience firsthand the distinct challenges in each stage of drafting, implementing, and interpreting the law.

He is also interested in the relationship between 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. His prior scholarship has been cited and discussed in The Economist, Slate, Take Care, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among other publications. 

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.

  • Ph.D., Jurisprudence & Social Policy, UC Berkeley (2019)
  • 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
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil and Criminal Procedure
  • Federalism and Federal Courts
  • Jurisprudence and the Philosophy of Law
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
Legal Methods II: Methods of Statutory Drafting and Interpretation
Legal Practice Workshop I