Marc L. Roark
Professor Roark joined the Southern University Law Center in 2019 as an Associate Professor and Senior Fellow in the Indian Law and Policy Institute. Professor Roark is an expert in property, urban law, and affordable housing law and policy, homelessness research, commercial law, is an editor for Hedgehogs and Foxes, a Law and Literature website of the American Bar Association, and is a board member for the Association of Law, Property and Society. Professor Roark has held previous appointments at The Savannah Law School, University of La Verne, University of Missouri, and University of Tulsa. Professor Roark is also a Fulbright Specialist in the areas of housing and homelessness. He has lectured to students at the University of Essex, National University of Ireland - Galway, University of Barcelona, University of Adelaide (Australia), and the University of Rovira I Virilli (Spain).
His current projects consider the role of the state in responding to squatters, the role of the property system in shaping housing norms, and the impact of model Article 9 legislation on tribal economic development.
Professor Roark practiced with the firms Phelps Dunbar in New Orleans and Smith Gambrell and Russell in Atlanta before moving to academia full time. He holds a J.D. degree from Loyola University New Orleans and an LL.M from Duke University Law School.
- Under-housed: How Property Regimes Impact the Poor (Forthcoming Cambridge University Press)
- Squatting and the State (with Lorna Fox O’Mahony) (Forthcoming Cambridge University Press).
- Color me Secured: Exploring Article 9 with Crayons (with Colin Marks) (2017).
ARTICLES (Citations to Article below entry)
- Law, Literature, and Identity, published at Hedgehogs and Foxes
- Under-Propertied Persons, 26 Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 1 (2017) (selected as lead article).
- Poetry and Property: Reflections on Marc R. Poirier (1952-2016), 3 Journal of Law Property and Society 13 (2016) (solicited tribute and reflection on scholarship of Marc Poirier).
- Place and Identity in Lee and Warren, solicited colloquium article dedicated to Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, forthcoming Cumberland Law Review (2016).
- Retelling the English Sovereign, 4 British J. Amer. Legal Studies 81 (2015) (Peer Review).
- Human Impact Statements, 54 Washburn L. J. 649 (2015) (solicited as part of Colloquium: Future of Housing).
- Slavery, Property and Marshall in the Positivist Legal Tradition, 2 Savannah L. Rev. 45 (2015) (solicited as part of Colloquium: Reintegrating Spaces).
- Homelessness at the Cathedral, 80 Missouri L. Rev. 53 (2015).
- Payment Systems, Consumer Tragedy, and Ineffective Remedies, forthcoming in 88 Johns L. Rev. 39 (2014).
- Disease, War, and Waste: A Consideration of External Factors on the Trade Fixtures Doctrine Between 1350-1803, 41 Cumberland L. Rev. 1 (2012) (selected as lead article for volume).
- The Contracts Course Survey, 61 Legal Ed. 435 (Feb. 2012).
- Limited Sales Warranties as an Alternative to Intellectual Property: An Empirical Analysis of the Deterrent impact on consumers of the I-Phone Warranties, Duke L & Tech. Rev. (Fall 2010).
- Groping Along Between Things Real and Things Personal: Defining Fixtures in law and Policy in the UCC, 78 Cincinnati L. Rev. 1437 (2010).
- The Real Property Interest in the UCC: Fixtures and Encumbrances, 42 UCC L. J. 197 (2010).
- Loneliness and the Law: Solitude Action and Power in Law and Literature, 55 L. Rev 45 (2009).
- Reading Mohammed in Charleston: Understanding U.S. Jurisprudential Approaches to Law, Language and Norms 14 Widener L. Rev. 205 (2007).
- The CONSTITUTION as IDEA: Defining – Describing – Deciding in Kelo, 43 West. L. Rev. 363 (2007).
- Opening the Barbarians’ Gate or Watching the Barbarians from the Coliseum: A Requiem on the Nomos of the Louisiana Civil Law, 67 L. Rev. 451 (2006).
- All in the Family: The Apocalyptic Legal Tradition as Crit Theory, 75 UMKC Rev. 482 (2006).
- Note, Warning! Road Block Ahead!: Louisiana creates Log Jam of Search and Seizure Analysis, 46 Loy. L. Rev. 1341 (2000).