Dave Rapallo

Associate Professor and Director of the Federal Legislation Clinic, Georgetown University Law Center, Georgetown University
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About Dave

Rapallo is a former longtime Capitol Hill staffer who previously worked for Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings. He now runs Georgetown Law's Federal Legislation Clinic, which represents nonprofit organizations on Capitol Hill and teaches "legislative lawyering" at the intersection of law and politics. Rapallo's research interests include constitutional law, separation of powers issues, and congressional investigations.

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Guest on PBS NewsHour, April 17, 2023.
Quoted by Michael Macagnone in "Coordinated Focus Let House Jan. 6 Panel Grab the Public’s Attention," Roll Call, March 20, 2023.
Quoted by Rebecca Beitsch & Rafael Bernal in "How a Bush-Era Law Requiring Border ‘Perfection’ Stands at Center of GOP Impeachment Case," The Hill, February 14, 2023.
Quoted by Mark Maske, Liz Clarke & Nicki Jhabvala in "Daniel Snyder’s Lawyer Responds to House Oversight Committee," The Washington Post, July 7, 2022.


"House Rules: Congress and the Attorney-Client Privilege" Washington University Law Review 100 (2022): 455-515.

Examines Chief Justice John Roberts' assertion in the Trump v. Mazars decision that recipients of congressional subpoenas retain not only constitutional privileges but also common law privileges, such as the attorney-client privilege. Offers an alternative way to understand the Chief Justice's claim, stating that recipients of congressional subpoenas retain their right to assert the privilege in separate proceedings, and complying with Congress' demands does not necessarily constitute a general waiver in other settings.