David Hodges


Educational Choice Attorney

David Hodges is an attorney on IJ’s Educational Choice Team. David works to design educational choice programs in legislatures and defend educational choice programs in court.

Prior to joining IJ, David was a Director at CN Communications International, where he worked with the New Jersey Governor’s office, universities, and private companies to create the nonprofit Governor’s STEM Scholars. This leadership program gives promising high school and college students a comprehensive introduction to the state’s STEM economy through a series of conferences, field trips, internships, and research projects. Over David’s tenure, the program tripled in growth, graduated over 300 students, and enjoyed both statewide and national recognition as a “superlative” program that demonstrated a positive impact on the workforce.

David received both his undergraduate and legal degrees from American University. Prior to law school, he spent two years as the Research Assistant for the late Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer. Following law school, he worked at the law firm Winston & Strawn. David has been interviewed on PBS and NPR, quoted in the New York Times, and published in the Atlantic/National Journal, Commentary, StarLedger, Weekly Standard, and the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal.

Current Cases

Research and Reports

  • February 22, 2021    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Educational choice programs—defined broadly as programs that provide parents with financial aid to help their children opt out of the traditional public school system—are a hallmark of meaningful educational reform. Yet despite widespread news coverage of such programs, polls show most Americans are unfamiliar with how educational choice programs work. Opponents of educational choice routinely…

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