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Davida Finger

Associate Dean of Students and Rene August and Mary Jane Pastorek Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law


J.D., Seattle University, 2002

M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1998


  • College of Law
  • Law


  • Education Law


Davida Finger, Clinic Professor, teaches the Community Justice section of the Law Clinic.  She and her clinic students represent on cases such as: landlord-tenant, post-disaster housing, housing discrimination, and on other civil rights matters.  Following the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes, Professor Finger worked extensively on post-disaster issues for low-income people.  In addition to litigating cases, Professor Finger strives to provide support and collaboration on community advocacy for anti-poverty and justice initiatives.  She is the founding director of the College of Law’s Incubator Program for solo practitioners working for social justice.  Prior to joining the clinical faculty at Loyola, she practiced law in Seattle.  

Professor Finger is honored to serve as the incoming Co-President of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), a national organization that works to expand the power of law to under-served communities.  She is currently a Bellow Scholar, an award made every other year by the Association of American Law Schools Section (AALS) on Clinical Legal Education’s Committee on Lawyering in the Public Interest for her empirical research on housing justice.  Professor Finger served as the 2011-12 chair of the AALS Poverty Law section. 

While in law school, Professor Finger was the founding Editor in Chief of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice and an Associate Editor on the Seattle University Law Review.  At graduation, she received the Faculty Scholar Award for excellence in high academic achievement and substantial service to the law school community. In 2007, Seattle University Law School named her an inspiring alum. 

Professor Finger’s scholarship interests include poverty law, clinical education, community lawyering, access to justice, delivery of legal services, housing, and post-disaster government accountability.