Expertise: Commercial/Consumer Law, Property Law, Real Estate, Civil v. Common Law, Banking/Lending, Debtor and Creditor Rights
(Professor Odinet will be on leave for the fall 2017 semester while he is serving as a visiting professor at the University of Iowa College of Law)
Professor Odinet’s primary teaching and research interests focus on commercial law, consumer transactions, and property law. His recent publications have appeared in 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 foreclosure abuses by mortgage servicers in the aftermath of the housing crisis.
Professor Odinet is active in law reform efforts and was recently appointed as one of Louisiana’s commissioners to the National Conference of Commissioners for Uniform State Laws (the Uniform Law Commission). 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. Odinet is currently leading a Law Institute committee charged with incorporating more consumer protections into Louisiana’s homeowners and condo association laws. He is also the chair-elect of the Real Estate Section and is a member of the executive committee of the Commercial and Related Consumer Law Section 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.