Introducing Tuan Samahon

I’m happy to introduce Co-Op’s newest guest blogger, Professor Tuan Samahon.  In addition to his exploits as a law professor, I know Tuan from when he was one of a handful of upperclassman who lived in my freshman dorm in college.  Suffice it to say, that Tuan set the standard for brilliance and coolness in my eyes.  Tuan joined the Villanova Law School faculty after commencing teaching at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research focuses on separation of powers issues relating to the appointment and removal of federal officers. For the last several years Tuan has been engaged in a legal historical reconsideration of the resignation of Associate Justice Abe Fortas, which has at times required methods more typical of investigative journalism than legal history. Recently he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on appointments clause issues relating to executive branch “czars” and participated in a January 2010 AALS panel discussion on the same subject with Erwin Chemerinsky, Peter Strauss, Michael Gerhardt, and Richard Albert.

Prior to entering teaching, he clerked for Raymond Jackson, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (2000-01) and for Jay Bybee, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2003-04) and practiced law in the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling.

He is a proud father of three — Benjamin and Caleb (twins age 6) and Eve (4 months).

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