Daniel B. Rodriguez

Harold Washington Professor


Daniel B. Rodriguez was appointed Dean and Harold Washington Professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in January 2012. Before joining Northwestern, 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 School of Law. He has been a visiting professor at Columbia, Virginia, USC, and the Free University of Amsterdam, and has given endowed lectures worldwide, including most recently at the University of Arkansas (Hartman Hotz Lecture), UC Berkeley (Jefferson Memorial Lecture), ITAM-Mexico City, and Renmin Law School in Beijing, China. Rodriguez received his law degree, with honors, from Harvard Law and his undergraduate degree from California State University of Long Beach.

Dean Rodriguez’s principal academic work is in the areas of administrative law, local government law, statutory interpretation, federal and state constitutional law and the law-business-technology interface. Rodriguez was the 2014 President of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and is currently serving as a council member of the American Law Institute, on the governing council of the American Bar Association Center on Innovation, on the Board of Directors of the American Bar Foundation, and as an advisor to ROSS Intelligence, Inc.

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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

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