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Davida H. Isaacs


Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY


Dr. Isaacs teaches a variety of legal studies courses, including:

  • Constitutional Law
  • The Law and Politics of the Military
  • The Law and Politics of National Security
  • The Law and Politics of Sex
  • Civil Liberties
  • The Politics of the Courts



University of Maryland                                                               August 2009 to December 2009 

Associate Professor of Law (Visiting)                                                                        

Taught: Intellectual Property Survey; Patent Litigation Seminar

Northern Kentucky University                                                           August 2003 to August 2009 

Assistant/Associate Professor of Law                                               

Taught: Patent; Copyright; Intellectual Property Survey; Federal Civil Procedure


Venable LLP                                                                                         May 1999 to March 2003

Washington, DC                  

Litigation Associate

Counseled clients and developed strategies related to complex commercial disputes, primarily intellectual property disputes, before federal district, appellate and administrative courts:

Conducted fact investigation on medical, technical and financial issues, and conducting related legal research;

Drafted pleadings, discovery requests and responses, and taking and defending depositions, and related activities;

Drafted memoranda of law and supporting documents, as well as appellate briefs;

Argued at court hearings; and negotiated and drafting settlement agreements.

Clients included Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Agere Systems (Lucent), Unilever, Wal-mart, and International Data Group.

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP                                           March 1998 to March 1999

New York, NY

Litigation Associate

Engaged in activities regarding trade secret disputes, similar to that described above.  Clients included Smith Barney.

Kaye Scholer LLP                                                                        September 1995 to March 1998

New York, NY  

Litigation Associate

Engaged in activities regarding product liability, securities, and intellectual property disputes, similar to that described above.  Clients included Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Coach.

Selected Publications:
  • Privilege-Wise and Patent (and Trade Secret)-Foolish?:  How the Courts’ Misapplication of the Military and State Secrets Privilege Violates the Constitution and Endangers National Security, 24 BERKELEY TECH. L. J. 785 (2009)
  • Shifting Constitutional Sands:  Can and Should Patentholders Rely on the Due Process Clause to Thwart Government Action?, 35 FLA. ST. L. REV. 357 (2008)
  • Not All Property Is Created Equal:  Why Modern Courts Resist Applying the Takings Clause to Patents, and Why They Are Right to Do So, 15 GEO. MASON L. REV. 1 (2007)