Prof. Chris Odinet has been appointed as one of Louisiana’s four representatives to the National Conference of Commissioners for Uniform Laws (also called the Uniform Law Commission). State law provides that two commissioners are appointed by the president of the Louisiana State Senate and two are appointed by the speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives.
The Uniform Law Commission, first created in 1892, is dedicated to providing states with non-partisan, well-conceived, and well-drafted legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of state law. Commission members must be qualified to practice law, and are lawyers, judges, legislators, legislative staff, and law professors who have been appointed by state governments, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The commission and its various committees research, draft, and promote the enactment of uniform state laws in areas where uniformity is desirable and practical. Some of the commission’s major achievements include the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, and the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. Odinet was appointed to the commission by Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives Taylor Barras.
Prof. Odinet serves on the council of the Louisiana State Law Institute, which is the Louisiana State Legislature’s official law reform body. In addition to serving on many of the Institute’s committees, he was recently appointed as the reporter for the committee on common interest ownership regimes, where he is leading a legislative reform effort to incorporate more consumer protections into Louisiana’s common interest community laws.
Odinet is an assistant professor of law and the Horatio C. Thompson Endowed Professor at the Southern University Law Center. His scholarship is focused on consumer protection, commercial law, and real estate. He is a frequent speaker on issues related to mortgage finance, real estate, and consumer financial protection. He is a 2016-18 Louisiana Bar Foundation Scholar-in-Residence and recently was appointed as an inaugural real property scholar with the American College of Real Estate Lawyers/American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law. View his scholarship by clicking here.