David Lapp

Director of Policy Research




J.D. from Beasley School of Law: Temple University
B.A. in History: Goshen College


David Lapp, Esq. recently joined RFA as Director of Policy Research where he oversees a range of projects at the nexus of education research and policy. He comes to RFA after seven years as a staff attorney at the Education Law Center – PA, where he litigated cases and conducted policy research on a wide variety of legal issues related to public education, including school funding, race and disability discrimination, student discipline, and charter school law. At ELC, David also worked to help districts and charter schools revise their Student Codes of Conduct in order to minimize reliance on exclusionary discipline. He also helped create, train, and advise a law student collaborative that provides pro bono assistance to students in Philadelphia public schools who are facing expulsion and disciplinary transfers. David recently taught education law at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. He received his JD from Temple Law School, which awarded him the post-graduate Conwell Community Corps Fellowship.  Prior to practicing law, David taught high school social studies for a total of nine years in two different Philadelphia charter schools.