Daniel B. Rodriguez

Rodriguez, Daniel B.

Harold Washington Professor

Phone: (312) 503-8460
E-mail: daniel.rodriguez@law.northwestern.edu

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Daniel B. Rodriguez is dean and Harold Washington Professor at Northwestern Law. He is also president-elect for the Association of American Law Schools; his term as AALS president will begin on January 1, 2014.

Prior to his appointment at Northwestern Law, Rodriguez served as Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas from 2007 to 2011. While at Texas, he was also a professor of government (by courtesy) and a Research Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Before joining the Texas faculty, Rodriguez served as Dean and Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law. He began his academic career at the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. In addition, he has been a visiting professor of law at Columbia University, University of Southern California, University of Illinois, and University of Virginia and also at the Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Rodriguez received his law degree from Harvard in 1987. His undergraduate degree is from the California State University of Long Beach, and 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.

Rodriguez is a nationally prominent law teacher and scholar, with his principal academic work in the areas of administrative law, local government law, statutory interpretation, and state constitutional law. 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. His professional contributions have been wide-ranging. He has consulted with federal, state, and local agencies and with individuals and institutions in litigation and statutory drafting contexts. Rodriguez has testified before legislative committees and working groups and has served in various professional leadership roles, including as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools and the Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

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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