DAWINDER "DAVE" S. SIDHU

Lawyer, professor, mediator, and former public official, whose work has been cited by a Supreme Court Justice, the Solicitor General of the United States, and federal and state courts. He is an elected member in the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of Gucci's Changemakers Council. He volunteers with his local fire department and with the Sikh temple that his father helped found. 
Dave has taught constitutional law, criminal law, criminal sentencing, national security, and civil rights courses at Georgetown, Maryland, Baltimore, and New Mexico.  He received tenure at 37, becoming the first Sikh to receive tenure at a U.S. law school.  He also has held research posts at Harvard, Stanford, Georgetown, and Oxford.  Dave is an elected member in the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dave served as a Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, as Special Assistant to the Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, as a law clerk at a U.S. District Court, as a staff attorney at the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, and as a legal intern at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  He also served on the New Mexico Sentencing Commission.

 
Dave has taught constitutional law, criminal law, criminal sentencing, national security, and civil rights courses at Georgetown, Maryland, Baltimore, and New Mexico.  He received tenure at 37, becoming the first Sikh to receive tenure at a U.S. law school.  He also has held research posts at Harvard, Stanford, Georgetown, and Oxford.  Dave is an elected member in the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dave served as a Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, as Special Assistant to the Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, as a law clerk at a U.S. District Court, as a staff attorney at the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, and as a legal intern at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  He also served on the New Mexico Sentencing Commission.

 
In 2016, Dave became the first Sikh to receive tenure at a U.S. law school.

In 2014, Dave received a Distinguished Service Award for his work at the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Professor     Public Servant      Pro Bono Lawyer     Community Leader

Teaching &
Research
Dave has taught constitutional law, criminal law, criminal sentencing, national security, and civil rights courses at Georgetown, Maryland, Baltimore, and New Mexico.  He received tenure at 37, becoming the first Sikh to ever receive tenure at a U.S. law school.  He also has held research posts at Harvard, Stanford, Georgetown, and Oxford.  Dave is an elected member in the Council on Foreign Relations.
Public
Service
Dave served as a Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, as Special Assistant to the Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, as a law clerk at a U.S. District Court, as a staff attorney at the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, and as a legal intern at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  He also served on the New Mexico Sentencing Commission.
 
Honors & Awards
Dave received a Distinguished Service Award for his work at the U.S. Sentencing Commission
Dave is a member of the Order of Coif
He was selected for and graduated from the Maryland State Bar Association's Leadership Academy
He was recognized in a "Top 40 Under 40" issue of Albuquerque Business First

Discussing working at the Supreme Court, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia 

Pro Bono
Legal Work
Community
Leadership
Dave volunteers as pro bono counsel with the Office of the Maryland Attorney General, and works on the legal team challenging the President's compliance with the Emoluments Clauses of the U.S. Constitution.  He represents, on a pro bono basis, incarcerated individuals in appellate matters before federal and state courts.  He has mediated disputes for the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights.  Following 9/11, he was a legal observer of the military commissions at Guantanamo.
 

 
He sits on Gucci's Changemakers Council.  Dave founded a boutique outpatient addiction facility in his hometown.  He volunteers with the Montgomery County Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council (AODAAC), the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department, and the Guru Nanak Foundation of America (GNFA), a Sikh place of worship in Silver Spring, Maryland that his late father helped establish.  Dave also is a member of the C&O Canal Trust's William O. Douglas Society and the Aspen Institute's Society of Fellows. 
 
Degrees & Certificates
B.A. (honors) University of Pennsylvania 

M.A. Johns Hopkins University

J.D. George Washington University

Certificate in Mediation, Northwestern University 
 
Certificate of Leadership Development, U.S. Army War College

Receiving an award in the Supreme Court chamber for volunteer work with the Supreme Court Historical Society
Writings
Dave's essays and articles have appeared in various popular and academic publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, SCOTUSblog, and the Journal of Supreme Court History.  His academic work has been cited by a Supreme Court Justice and the Solicitor General of the United States, among others.   
"Dave Sidhu is a star. He has written an excellent article on evidence-based sentencing. You don't need to do a Moneyball risk assessment to know that Dave will be a leader in the legal profession."
Personal
Dave was born and raised in Maryland, attended public schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, and continues to call Maryland home.  He enjoys hockey and visiting the C&O National Park. 
- U.S. District Judge Patti Saris (former Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission)
Profiled by the Maryland State Bar Association for the Maryland Bar Journal
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(c) Dawinder S. Sidhu