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David Falk has been an adjunct lecturer at the School of Public Policy and at the Department of Architecture, Planning and Preservation for over 25 years, teaching policymaking in American government, real estate development and finance, national housing policy, and the rule of law. Falk graduated from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and from the Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) and was a law clerk for Chief Judge Simon Sobeloff of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Falk spent 17 years in private law practice in Washington, DC, specializing in administrative law, real estate and federal assisted housing, and government policy and advocacy. He spent seven years in the federal government with USAID, including over two years stationed in Lima, Peru, and with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington. Falk also spent almost six years in the Maryland state government as senior policy advisor to the Governor and later as interim
director of the state housing finance agency. Falk joined the School of Public Policy shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union to direct three, month-long, State Department-funded programs on housing and land use regulation for senior planning and development professionals from Russia, Armenia and

Areas of Interest
  • Policymaking process in American government, national housing policy, real estate finance & development, rule of law & public policy
3 Credit(s)

"Fake news" and freedom of the press, money in electoral politics, voter photo ID laws and political gerrymandering, continued racial segregation in public schools, privacy on the street and in school, holding public officials accountable for egregious constitutional violations, and unequal justice for the poor are all thorny issues of public policy that have found their way into American courts. This course examines these and other current issues presented to the courts in a format where students evaluate and opine on the competing legal and policy arguments in class and in papers as if they were the empowered judicial authority. The course also provides a broad overview of the ways American courts function as well as an opportunity to visit with a federal judge, hear the experiences of former jurors, and possibly visit a landlord-tenant court in action.
Schedule of Classes

Faculty: David Falk