Seth Davis

Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law



Seth Davis's scholarship explores the design of public and private rights and public and private enforcement by focusing upon unacknowledged border crossings between federal administrative law and federal litigation on one side and property law and tort on the other.  He has written about administrative law, property law, torts, federalism, and federal Indian law, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, and the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. 

Seth received his B.A., magna cum laude, in Anthropology and English from Davidson College, his MSc, with distinction, in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he received the John Ordronaux Prize, as well as the Samuel I. Rosenman Prize for leadership and scholarship in public law. After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Following his clerkship, Seth served as a volunteer legal intern at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and then as a litigation associate at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where he specialized in appellate litigation and financial services regulatory law.  During his time at O’Melveny, Seth developed an active pro bono practice representing Indian Tribes and intertribal organizations in appellate litigation.

Representative Publications

Seth Davis, Implied Public Rights of Action, 114 Colum. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2014) (prepared for job talk)

Seth Davis, The False Promise of Fiduciary Government, 89 Notre Dame L. Rev. (forthcoming 2014)

Seth Davis, Presidential Government and the Law of Property, 2014 Wis. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2014) (prepared for job talk)

Seth Davis, Tribal Rights of Action, 45 Colum. Hum. Rights L. Rev. (forthcoming 2014)

Seth Davis, Conditional Preemption, Commandeering, and the Values of Cooperative Federalism, 108 Colum. L. Rev. 404 (2008)

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