Expertise: Commercial/Consumer Law, Property Law, Real Estate, Civil v. Common Law, Banking/Lending, Debtor and Creditor Rights
Professor Odinet’s primary teaching and research interests focus on commercial law, consumer transactions, and property law. His current work centers on the intersection of law, credit, and technology, with a specific emphasis on financial technology (fintech) innovations in lending. His recent publications have appeared or are forthcoming in the Alabama Law Review, the Wake Forest Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the SMU Law Review, the Washington and Lee Law Review, and the Review of Banking and Financial Law. He is currently completing a book project with Cambridge University Press on mortgage servicers and the role they played in the 2008 housing crisis. During the fall 2017 semester, Odinet was a visiting professor at the University of Iowa College of Law teaching Payment Law and Property.
Professor Odinet is active in law reform efforts, serving as one of Louisiana’s four commissioners to the National Conference of Commissioners for Uniform State Laws (the Uniform Law Commission) and is a member of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Real Property Acts. He is also a member of the council of the Louisiana State Law Institute and several of its committees, active with the state and local bar associations, and is a member of the board of the East Baton Rouge Housing Authority.
In the legal academy, Odinet is the chair of the Real Estate Transactions Section and is a member of the executive committee of the Commercial and Related Consumer Law Section and the Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Protection Section, all of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS). He is currently serving as the Louisiana Bar Foundation co-scholar-in-residence and as an inaugural real property scholar with the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) and the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law (RPTE).
Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Odinet was an associate in the business group of the law firm of Phelps Dunbar, L.L.P. His practice involved real estate transactions, commercial lending, and public-private tax-incentive financing. At Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Professor Odinet served as editor-in-chief of the Louisiana Law Review, was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and was the recipient of the W. Lee Hargrave Award.
Professor Odinet can often be found at the Property Law Prof Blog where he blogs about issues related to consumer rights in the mortgage credit and broader housing market.