Contact Information:
Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone: (206) 398-4011
E-Mail: davidskover@comcast.net
Website: Skover Online

 
Education:
  • A.B., Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School)
  • J.D., Yale University School of Law (Editor, Yale Law Journal)
 
Clerkships:
  • Law Clerk to Judge Jon O. Newman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Law Clerk to Judge Jon O. Newman of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
 
Teaching:
  • Seattle University School of Law
    Seattle, Washington
    Fredric C. Tausend Professor of Law
    Full Professor with Tenure     8/94 - Present
         Subjects Taught:
              Mass Media Theory & Free Speech Jurisprudence
              The First Amendment & the Internet
              Federal Constitutional Law
              Federal Courts Law
              Conflict of Laws
  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
    Tacoma, Washington
    Full Professor                        9/90 -8/94
    Associate Professor               9/85 - 9/90 (Tenured 9/87)
    Assistant Professor                9/82 - 9/85
         Subjects Taught:
              Mass Media Theory & Free Speech Jurisprudence
              Federal & State Constitutional Law
              Federal Courts Law
              Federal & State Election Campaign Regulation
              Civil Procedure & Conflict of Laws
  • Indiana University School of Law
    Bloomington, Indiana
    Visiting Professor                  9/88 - 5/89
         Subjects Taught:
              Federal Constitutional Law
              Civil Procedure
 
Editorship of Professional Journals and Scholarly Book Series:

Co-Editor, Books-on-Law (1998 - 2001) (with Ronald Collins)

  • A non-profit electronic journal reviewing law-related trade and university press books, once sponsored by Jurist.

Co-Editor, Free Expression in America Series, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2007 - 2009) (with Ronald Collins)

  • The series focuses on scholarly books written by prominent First Amendment scholars and practitioners on pressing contemporary free-speech issues. 
  • The first publication in the series was Geoffrey Stone, Top Secret: When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark (2007)
  • As series editors, Collins & Skover work with an Advisory Board that includes academics (among them, Charles Fried, Kathleen Sullivan, Geoffrey Stone, and Laurence Tribe), practitioners (among them, Floyd Abrams of Cahill Gordon), and members of the press (among them, former NYT reporter Anthony Lewis)

Co-Editor, SCOTUS Books-in Brief Series, Top Five Books (2013 - present) (with Ronald Collins)

  • The series focuses on scholarly e-books written by prominent Constitutional Law scholars and practitioners on current and controversial Supreme Court decisions.  
  • The first publication in the series is Ronald Collins & David Skover, When Money Speaks: The McCutcheon Case, Campaign Financing Laws, and The First Amendment (2013)
  • As series editors, Collins & Skover work with an Advisory Board that includes academics (among them, Randy Barnett, Erwin Chemerinsky, David O'Brien, Stephen Vladeck, Kathryn Watts, Geoffrey Stone, Nadine Strossen, and Adam Winkler) and practitioners (among them, Robert Corn-Revere of Davis Wright, Tremaine)

Co-Founder, First Amendment Salon (2014 - present) (with Ronald Collins and Lee Levine)

  • The Salon sponsors a series of programs that aim to emulate the spirit of our Madisonian guarantee by opening a dialogue, at once robust and diverse, about free expression in America. The Salon engages members of the First Amendment community -- lawyers, academics, journalists, and activists -- in ongoing discussion on some of the key First Amendment issues of our day..  
  • The events, attended by 30 invitees at each site, are hosted by Levin Sullivan Koch & Schulz in Washington, DC and New York City.
  • The first Salon was held on April 28, 2014, and featured an exchange between Floyd Abrams and Steven Shapiro concerning protests at abortion clinics. Nadine Strossen moderated the discussion.
  • The second Salon was held on July 9, 2014. David Skover presented and moderated a debate between Erin Murphy and Paul Smith on campaign finance regulation and the Supreme Court's recent decision in McCutcheon v. FEC.
 
Professional Officerships and Consultantships:
  • Secretary, Section on Law and Interpretation, American Association of Law Schools (1999-2000)
  • Secretary, Section on Federal Jurisdiction, American Association of Law Schools (1988-89)
  • Consultant, Advisory Commission on Inter-Governmental Relations, Washington, D.C. (1988-90)
  • Consultant and Presenter, "The Inquiring Mind" Program, Washington Commission for the Humanities (1990-91)
  • Consultant and Presenter, "Political Philosophy in Teaching" Seminar, Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington State (1991, 1993)