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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 joined the UC Davis faculty in 2016.  His teaching and research interests include constitutional law, education law, federal courts, labor law, and the intersections among civil litigation, the political process, and public policy more broadly.  His articles have appeared in law journals such as the Stanford Law Review, New York University Law Review, Virginia Law Review, George Washington Law Review, and Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy

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

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

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)

Reading the School Finance Litigation Tea Leaves: What Lies Ahead for Plaintiff School Children?, 4 HARV. L. & POL’Y REV. (Online) (January 28, 2011) (essay)

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

Why Voting Should Matter to Young People, in DECLARE YOURSELF 237-44 (Harper Collins 2008) (book chapter)