The University of Houston Law Center Faculty

David  Fagundes


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J.D., Harvard Law School
A.B., Harvard College

Dave Fagundes joined the University of Houston Law Center faculty in fall 2016. Professor Fagundes began his teaching career at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California, where he was a professor from 2007 through 2016. Prior to entering academia, Professor Fagundes worked as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block, LLP, and a clerk to Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Professor Fagundes' scholarship focuses on tangible and intangible property. His most recent work investigates the moral psychology of property transgression; the emergence and operation of norm-based schemes for governing informal property such as roller derby nicknames and places in queues; and the effect of property acquisition on owners' subjective well-being.

His articles have appeared, or are forthcoming, in the Minnesota Law Review (twice), Law & Social Inquiry, the William & Mary Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the Texas Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, and the Northwestern University Law Review, among others.

Selected Publications

Buying Happiness: Property, Acquisition, & Subjective Well-Being, 58 WM. & MARY L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2017)

The Social Norms of Waiting in Line, 41 L. & SOC. INQUIRY __ (forthcoming 2016)

The Moral Psychology of Copyright Infringement, 100 MINN. L. REV. 2433 (2016) (with Christopher Buccafusco)

Talk Derby to Me: Emergent Intellectual Property Norms Governing Roller Derby Pseudonyms, 90 TEX. L. REV. 1093 (2012)