Seth Davis

Assistant Professor of Law

University of California, Irvine, School of Law

Prof. Seth Davis researches and writes on federal litigation, administrative law, federal Indian law, and property law.  His work has appeared or is forthcoming in leading law reviews, including the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, and the Wisconsin Law Review, as well as in leading specialty law journals, including the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Prof. Davis is also a co-author on the forthcoming 2017 supplement to Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law

After graduating from Columbia Law School, Professor Davis clerked for the Honorable Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Following his clerkship, Prof. Davis 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 and also developed a pro bono practice working with Indian Nations and intertribal organizations.

Prof. Davis also actively participates in federal litigation.  Most recently, he co-authored an amicus brief in Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc. v. Nevils, and was on amicus briefs in Nebraska v. Parker and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Ass’n.  His media appearances include The Washington Post and National Public Radio.  


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It’s Long Past Time to Take a Harder Look: The Latest in the DAPL Litigation

6/19/17  //  Quick Reactions

An important ruling against the Trump Administration's position on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Seth Davis

U.C. Irvine School of Law

Standing in for the Executive: The Latest in House v. Price

5/26/17  //  Commentary

States standing to defend a federal law against Congress and the President when “lives are at stake”? Just the latest, fascinating turn that federalism has taken in the Age of Trump, however brief that age may be.

Seth Davis

U.C. Irvine School of Law

Pipelines, Presidents, and Policing Plenary Power

3/30/17  //  Commentary

The Trump Administration's recent reversal on the Dakota Access Pipeline can (and must) be carefully examined in court.

Seth Davis

U.C. Irvine School of Law