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September 4, 2007

Public law expert Daniel B. Rodriguez joins Law School faculty

The University of Texas School of Law announced today that Daniel B. Rodriguez, a former law school dean at the University of San Diego and a leading scholar in the area of law and public policy, has joined the full-time faculty as the Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law.

Professor Rodriguez came to UT Law from the University of San Diego law school faculty. He served as dean of USD’s law school from 1998 to 2005. During his tenure, USD rose in stature regionally and nationally, securing its reputation as one of the leading private law schools in California and the western United States. After serving as dean of the law school, he returned to the faculty in 2005 as the Warren Distinguished Professor of Law.

Previously, Rodriguez was a professor of law at the University of California-Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. At USD and UC-Berkeley, he taught a wide variety of courses in the public law area, including administrative law, state and local government law, legislation, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation.

“Few things could possibly give me, as the Dean of the UT School of Law, more pleasure than announcing the appointment of Dan Rodriguez to our faculty,” said Dean Lawrence Sager. “Dan is a star, and he will bring many gifts with him. To the faculty he will bring his formidable capacity as an imaginative, wide-ranging, interdisciplinary scholar; to the students he will bring his equally formidable capacity as a classroom teacher and the example of his already enormously distinguished career; to the State of Texas he will bring his hands-on interest in politics and governance. We are all very fortunate.”

Rodriguez, commenting on his decision to join the UT Law faculty, said, “I am delighted to join this terrific law school. As a teacher and scholar of law and the political process, I embrace the public service mission of our law school and, in particular, the responsibility of our faculty to serve the objectives of good governance in Texas and, thereby, the needs of our citizens and communities.” Rodriguez added, “I hope my academic and professional work will help not only the reputation of our fine law school, but also the citizens of this great state.”

Since 2005, Rodriguez has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of California, San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. He’s also taught as a visitor at several universities in the United States and abroad, including Illinois, Texas, UC-San Diego, USC, the Free University of Amsterdam, and Paris I. In 1993, he served as the John Olin Fellow in Law & Economics at the University of Virginia and, for the past two years, he has been affiliated, as a distinguished visiting fellow, with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and as a faculty fellow of the USC-Caltech Center on the Study of Law & Politics.

Rodriguez is one of the leading scholars in the area of law and regulation, having written over fifty articles and book chapters on subjects at the intersection of law, political science, and public policy. Alone and with co-authors, he has written many articles on law and “positive political theory,” which is the application of rational choice theory to the study of political decision making. His recent articles in this area have been published in the Northwestern and University of Pennsylvania law reviews and in the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues.

Rodriguez is the author of a forthcoming casebook on State Constitutional Law, to be published by Aspen Press, and the co-author of a volume on disaster mitigation policy, recently published by the Environmental Law Institute Press.

He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation and has received numerous honors and awards during his career. Rodriguez received a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School in 1987 and a B.A. from California State University-Long Beach in 1984.

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