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Aaron Tang

Acting Professor of Law


J.D. Stanford Law School 2011

B.A. Political Science, Yale University 2005, summa cum laude


Aaron Tang’s teaching and research interests include constitutional law, education law, and federal courts. His recent articles have appeared in the Stanford Law ReviewColumbia Law Review, New York University Law ReviewUniversity of Pennsylvania Law Review, California Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review, among other journals. His article Rethinking Political Power in Judicial Review won the American Association of Law Schools 2018 Scholarly Paper Competition.  Tang also writes frequently about the Supreme Court for broader popular audiences.  His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Salon, The Hill, and elsewhere.

Tang graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. After graduation, he worked as a youth organizer and a middle school teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. He then earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School before working for the boutique Supreme Court litigation firm Goldstein & Russell, P.C., and clerking for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Supreme Court. Tang was an associate for Jones Day in Washington, D.C., immediately before joining the UC Davis law faculty.






Subject Areas

Constitutional Law, Education Law, Federal Courts, First Amendment (See Also Constitutional Law), Labor Law, Supreme Court, Appellate Advocacy

Selected Career Highlights

  • Associate at Jones Day, Washington, DC, 2014-2016
  • Law Clerk to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court, 2013-2014
  • Law Clerk to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2012-2013
  • Associate Fellow, Stanford Law School Constitutional Law Center, 2011-2012
  • Associate at Goldstein & Russell, P.C., Washington, DC, 2011-2012

Selected Publications

Life After Janus, 119 Colum. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2019)

School Vouchers, Special Education, and the Supreme Court, 167 Penn. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2019)

Rethinking Political Power in Judicial Review, 106. CAL. L. REV. ___ (forthcoming 2018)

Whose Money Is It Anyway: Have We Been Wrong About Agency Fees All Along?, 131 Harv. L. Rev. F. 154 (2018)

Reverse Political Process Theory, 70 VAND. L. REV. 1427 (2017)

Public Sector Unions, the First Amendment, and the Costs of Collective Bargaining, 91 N.Y.U. L. REV. (2016)

Double Immunity, 65 STAN. L. REV. 279 (2013)

The New Education Malpractice Litigation, 99 VA. L. REV. 419 (2013) (with Ethan Hutt)

The Ethics of Opposing Certiorari in the Supreme Court, 35 HARV. J.L. & PUB. POL’Y 933 (2012)

Privileges & Immunities, Public Education, & the Case for Public School Choice, 79 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 1103 (2011)

Broken Systems, Broken Duties: A New Theory for School Finance Litigation, 94 MARQ. L. REV. 1195 (2011)

Teacher Employment and Collective Bargaining Laws in California, Policy Analysis for California Education (February 2011) (with William S. Koski)