B.A., UCLA; J.D., U.C. Hastings; LL.M., Georgetown; LL.M., Georgetown
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Dave Rapallo joined the faculty as Clinic Director after spending 23 years in high-level positions in Congress and the White House. For the past decade, Dave served as Staff Director of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform under then-Chairman Elijah E. Cummings and Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney. He supervised a team of more than 70 attorneys, investigators, legislative experts, and communications staff, as well as the Committee’s five subcommittees, and oversaw a broad range of legislative efforts. During President Barack Obama’s first term, Dave served as Senior Director and Counsel for Legislative Oversight at the National Security Council, working directly with the offices of the Chief of Staff, White House Counsel, and Legislative Affairs. Dave previously served as General Counsel on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and as Chief Investigative Counsel on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform under then-Chairman Henry A. Waxman. Dave has served on or advised several special committees, including those investigating the events of Hurricane Katrina, the attacks in Benghazi, and the coronavirus pandemic, and he served on the House of Representatives’ team during the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Dave also served as one of the Clinic’s first Teaching Fellows in the 1990s under the Clinic’s founder, Chai Feldblum.
"How a Bush-era law requiring border ‘perfection’ stands at center of GOP impeachment case," coverage in The Hill, February 14, 2023, featuring Associate Professor Dave Rapallo.
"Meet the little-known lawyer behind Democrats’ years-long battle with Trump," coverage on CNN, December 29, 2022, featuring Associate Professor Dave Rapallo.
"POLITICO Playbook PM: The 2024 matchup we can’t avoid," coverage in Politico, December 15, 2022, featuring Associate Professor David Rapallo.
"2022 Oversight Research Award Winner Announced," coverage in Levin Center, December 14, 2022, featuring Associate Professor David Rapallo.