Prof. Christopher Odinet was recently named the 2016-2018 Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) Scholar-in-Residence. Odinet will share the title with Prof. Melissa Lonegrass of the LSU Law Center in connection with their project to publish a treatise on the Louisiana public records doctrine.
The Louisiana Bar Foundation created the Scholar-in-Residence program in 1991 in an effort to integrate an academic and scholarly dimension to the organization’s work. Every two years a committee of the foundation reviews applications and makes a recommendation to the board. The Scholar-in-Residence program is for a two-year term and includes a $7,500 grant to support the recipient’s scholarly project. SULC Profs. Michelle Ghetti and Evelyn Wilson have each served as Scholars-in-Residence in previous years.
“I am absolutely thrilled that Prof. Lonegrass and I were selected. We have often talked about how important it is for faculty at the Louisiana law schools to continue to promote our civil law tradition,” stated Odinet. “We thank the Bar Foundation for giving us a vehicle in which to make a serious contribution to the bench and bar of Louisiana.”
The treatise that Odinet and Lonegrass will write over the course of the next two years will give in-depth and comprehensive treatment to the laws of registry (often called the “public records doctrine”), which serves as the backbone to land transactions throughout Louisiana. Prof. Odinet notes that they have already created a draft table of contents and a prospectus and that their next step is to secure a contract with a publisher.
Odinet is an assistant professor at the Southern University Law Center. His research focuses on the role that debt and credit play in property-related transactions. He teaches courses in Commercial Paper, Property Law, Security Devices, and Sale & Lease.
His recent articles have appeared in the Washington University Law Review, the SMU Law Review, and the Washington and Lee Law Review. He also recently published a desk book, Louisiana Secured Transactions, with West Academic Publishing Company.