Daniel B. Rodriguez

Harold Washington Professor of Law


Daniel B. Rodriguez, the Harold Washington Professor at the Law School, served as dean of the Law School from January 2012 through August 2018.

His 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.

Formerly, Professor 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 also served as a visiting professor at several top law schools, including Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, University of Southern California, and Virginia.

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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

  • Dean, 2012-2018, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • 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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