David Hodges

Educational Choice Attorney


American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 2010
American University, B.A., 2005


United States Supreme Court
DC Bar
AEI Leadership Network

David Hodges is an attorney on IJ’s Educational Choice Team. David defends educational choice programs in court and heads IJ’s efforts to enact educational choice laws. He was also a member of the IJ team that successfully argued the landmark educational choice case Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue before the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to joining IJ, David cofounded the Governor’s STEM Scholars, an educational nonprofit program, and worked for 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 National JournalCommentaryStarLedgerWeekly Standard, and the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal. He frequently speaks about educational issues at conferences and law schools.

David's Cases

Educational Choice | Publicly Funded Scholarships

Alaska School Choice

As a sparsely populated state, Alaska faces unique challenges in ensuring that all children can receive an education. To address this concern, the state created “correspondence programs,” in which a student’s public school used the…

Educational Choice | Publicly Funded Scholarships

New Hampshire School Choice

New Hampshire families are poised to defend the state’s Education Freedom Accounts (EFA) from a legal challenge.

Educational Choice

Ohio School Choice

Two of Ohio’s most popular educational choice programs are under attack. This IJ suit seeks to defend these programs, which tens of thousands of Ohio students depend on.

Educational Choice | Publicly Funded Scholarships

Tennessee Parents Intervene in Court to Defend ESA Program

In 2019, Tennessee enacted an Education Savings Account that helped thousands of low-and-middle-income students receive a quality education. A year later, the mayor of Nashville announced a lawsuit attacking the program. A group of Tennessee…

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David's Research & Reports

Educational Choice

12 Myths and Realities About Private Educational Choice Programs

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…

David's Amicus Briefs

David's News, Articles & Publications

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