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David S. Han, J.D.

Straus Research Professor

Associate Professor of Law

E-mail: david.han@pepperdine.edu

Pepperdine School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263

Faculty Support Services: (310) 506-4676

Professor Han's scholarship focuses on First Amendment law and tort law. His work has appeared in journals such as the New York University Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Emory Law Journal, William and Mary Law Review, Fordham Law Review, and Wisconsin Law Review. His 2017 article Middle-Value Speech was selected as a winner of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Call for Papers competition.

At Pepperdine, Professor Han teaches in the areas of First Amendment law, tort law, criminal procedure, and law and economics. Before joining the Pepperdine faculty, he was an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at New York University School of Law. He also practiced as a litigation associate with Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco, where he worked on a broad range of trial and appellate matters.

Professor Han received a B.A. with distinction, magna cum laude, in English Language and Literature from Yale University. Before entering law school, he worked as a strategic planning analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as the notes chair of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Michael Boudin on the First Circuit Court of Appeals and for the Honorable David H. Souter on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Areas of Expertise

  • First Amendment Law
  • Torts


  • J.D., Harvard University, 2005, magna cum laude
  • B.A., Yale University, 2000, magna cum laude

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