Daniel B. Rodriguez

Harold Washington Professor


Daniel B. Rodriguez was appointed Dean and Harold Washington Professor at Northwestern Law School in January 2012. 

A nationally prominent law teacher and scholar, Rodriguez’s principal academic work is in the areas of administrative law, local government law, and constitutional law.  He also has a special interest in the law-business-technology interface and its impact on the future of legal education.  He is a leader in the application of political economy to the study of public law and has authored or co-authored a series of influential articles and book chapters in this vein.

Dean Rodriguez has served in various professional leadership roles. He recently completed his term as 2014 President of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and is currently serving as a council member of the American Law Institute and as a member of the newly created ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services.  Rodriguez also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Bar Foundation.

Prior to joining Northwestern Law, Rodriguez served as Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas-Austin; as a Research Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy; as Dean and Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law; and, as a Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall. In addition, he has been a visiting professor at Columbia University, University of Southern California, University of Illinois, and at the Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Rodriguez received his law degree from Harvard in 1987 and his undergraduate degree is from the California State University of Long Beach, where he is a recipient of that school’s distinguished alumnus award. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Areas of Expertise

  • Local Government
  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Property Law
  • Positive Political Theory


  • JD cum laude, Harvard Law School
  • BA, California State University-Long Beach

Prior Appointments

  • Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law, 2007-2011, University of Texas-Austin School of Law
  • Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, 2005-2007, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Dean and Professor of Law, 1998-2005, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Professor of Law, 1988-1998, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

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