David Dana
David Dana

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Faculty and Research
Professor of Law, Northwestern School of Law
Professor of Strategy (Courtesy)

Print Overview

David Dana is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Faculty and Research at the Northwestern University Law School. He is a leading scholar in the fields of environmental, property, intellectual property, and professional responsibility law. Before becoming a professor, he was an environmental litigator in both the private (Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering) and public (U.S. Department of Justice) sectors.

Print Vita
B.A., 1985, Social Studies, Harvard University, summa cum laude
J.D., 1988, Law, Harvard University, magna cum laude
M.A., 1985, Social Studies, Harvard University, summa cum laude

Academic Positions
Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, Law, Northwestern University, 2004-present
Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, 2003-2003
Visiting Professor of Law, Tel-Aviv University, 1999-1999
Visiting Associate Professor of Law, School of Law, University of Viriginia, 1997-1997
Associate Professor of Law, then Professor of Law, School of Law, Boston University, 1993-1999

Other Professional Experience
Trial Attorney, U.S. Dept. of Justice, 1991-1993
Associate, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, 1989-1991
Judicial Law Clerk, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1988-1989

Print Research

Print Teaching
Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
Summer Research Internship (LAWSTUDY-699)
The Summer Research Internship will offer students an opportunity to do substantive work with a professor during the summer months, learn about the process of legal scholarship, maintain resume continuity, and earn two credits toward graduation. It also can fill the gap in research opportunities for students who do not yet qualify for the Senior Research program. The internship would be two credits, Pass/ No Credit and limited to the summer session - Interns would be required to meet with the faculty member once per week for one hour. - Meetings can be held on a distance basis. - The interns and faculty member would agree on the form of a "deliverable" work product due at the end of the summer session. - Regardless of the form of the work product, participation in the internship would not count toward the graduation writing requirement, nor will it be a vehicle for commencing work on an anticipated journal note or comment. - Paid research assistants do not qualify for this program. Students must elect paid RA status or this for-credit program. To enroll, complete a counter registration form, signed by the supervising professor to reflect approval. Enrollment will be manually accomplished in the Registration and Records Office.

Legal Issues In Real Estate (REAL-447-0)
This course presents an overview of the real estate development process, providing the necessary context for making sound decisions regarding the use of legal services and counseling. The class offers an introduction to a range of legal issues that may confront real estate managers and developers. Subjects covered include: land acquisition, ownership structures, real estate financing, environmental due diligence, zoning, development incentives, landlord-tenant issues, and condominium development. Guest speakers with specialized expertise will address a number of the topics.