Social & Education Policy

Christopher Odinet

  • Senior Research Fellow, Social and Education Policy Research Program
  • Professor of Law and Michael and Brenda Sandler Fellow in Corporate Law, College of Law


  • Chris Odinet is a national expert on real estate law and financial regulation, particularly as they relate to consumer protection. In additional to over two dozen articles featured in leading law reviews and journals, he is a co-author on several widely-used casebooks on secured credit and real estate finance, and he is the author of Foreclosed: Mortgage Servicing and the Hidden Architecture of Homeownership in America (published in 2019 by Cambridge University Press). In addition to his faculty role, Chris has been active in numerous professional and public service organizations, including the Association of American Law Schools, the American Bar Association, the Uniform Law Commission, the European Law Institute, and the American Law Institute. Locally, he is a member of the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Commission, the Iowa State Bar Association, and the board of the Lavender Legal Center. Prior to coming to the University of Iowa, he served on the law faculties of the University of Oklahoma and the Southern University Law Center and as an attorney in the business and finance group at Phelps Dunbar LLP.

Research Interests

  • Property law
  • Commercial finance
  • Consumer finance law
  • Real estate transactions
  • Banking and financial regulation
  • Economic justice

Educational Background

  • JD, Louisiana State University, 2010
  • BA, Louisiana State University, 2007