Tuan Samahon teaches and writes in the areas of federal courts and constitutional law. His articles on federal structural constitutional law, which focus especially on the powers to appoint and remove, have been published in the Stanford Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Hastings Law Journal, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, the University of Chicago Legal Forum, the Nevada Law Journal, the Denver Law Review, and the Villanova Law Review, among others.
Beyond his scholarship, Tuan is engaged in interpreting and fashioning federal constitutional law. He has served as pro bono counsel in federal litigation against the CIA, DOJ, and FBI, among other agencies, and has filed amicus briefs challenging improper recess appointments and government mandates violating free exercise. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, subcommittee on the Constitution, on Appointments Clause issues in the context of executive branch policy czars.
Tuan received his B.A. from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Olin Law and Economics Research Fellow and was co-awarded the Olin Prize in Law and Economics. Prior to entering teaching, he clerked for U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson on the Eastern District of Virginia and for U.S. Circuit Judge Jay Bybee on the Ninth Circuit. He also practiced law in the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling. He was named Professor of the Year by his students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During the first half of 2017, he served as a Fulbright scholar with the law faculty at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. At Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, Tuan regularly teaches Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, and a Separation of Powers seminar.
- B.A., Brigham Young University
- J.D., Georgetown University
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