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Tuan Samahon

Professor of Law


Biography

Tuan Samahon teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, administrative law and transparency as well as the federal courts. His articles have been published in the Stanford Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, the Hastings Law Journal, the University of Chicago Legal Forum, the Richmond Law Review, and Intelligence and National Security, among others.

Beyond his scholarship, Tuan is engaged in interpreting and fashioning constitutional and transparency law. He has served as counsel in matters relating to separation of powers, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law. These cases have involved, among other issues, the scope of presidential recess appointment power, presidential removal power, executive privilege, free exercise of religion, and claims of confidentiality and national security asserted by agencies against the public’s demands for disclosure.

Currently, Tuan serves on the National Archives and Records Administration’s FOIA Advisory Committee and the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. He also serves as a hearing committee member for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Prior to teaching, he clerked for federal trial and appellate judges. He also practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling. He is now affiliated with Goldstein Law Partners, LLC, and is an active member of the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia bars.

During spring 2017, Tuan served as a Fulbright scholar with the law faculty at the University of Zagreb, Croatia.

Tuan received his B.A. cum laude with University Honors from Brigham Young University and his J.D. cum laude from Georgetown Law, where he was an Olin Law and Economics Research Fellow and was co-awarded the Olin Prize in Law and Economics.

Practice Experience

  • Judicial Clerk, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson on the Eastern District of Virginia 
  • Judicial Clerk, U.S. Circuit Judge Jay Bybee on the Ninth Circuit
  • Associate, Covington & Burling (Washington, DC)
  • Of Counsel, Goldstein Law Partners, LLC (Hatfield, PA)
Professor Tuan Samahon

Office: Rm 327, Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-7088
Email

Publications

Courses and Seminars

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Federal Courts
  • Separation of Powers Seminar

 

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, JD

Brigham Young University, BA