- Associate Professor of Law
- Affiliate Faculty in Entrepreneurship
B.A., Louisiana State University A&M College, 2007
J.D., Graduate Diploma in Civil Law, Magna Cum Laude, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, 2010
- Consumer Finance
- Real Estate Transactions
- Property Law
- Residential Mortgage Lending and Servicing
- Financial Technology (Fintech) and the Law
- Commercial Law
- Banking and Financial Institutions
Chris Odinet is an associate professor of law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and is an affiliate faculty member with the Tom E. Love Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business.
Professor Odinet’s primary teaching and research interests focus on commercial law, consumer transactions, and property law. His current work centers on the intersection of law, credit, and technology, with a specific emphasis on financial technology (fintech) innovations in lending. His recent publications have appeared or are forthcoming in the Southern California Law Review, the Arizona State Law Journal, the Alabama Law Review, the Wake Forest Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, and the Washington and Lee Law Review. His book titled Foreclosed: Mortgage Servicing and the Hidden Architecture of Homeownership in America was recently published by Cambridge University Press.
He is also active in professional and academic organizations. For his work in consumer rights and mortgage finance, he has been appointed a fellow with the Cambridge University Centre for Property Law. As part of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Professor Odinet has served as chair of both the Commercial and Consumer Law Section and the Real Estate Transactions Section, as well as a member of the executive committee of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services Section. He was also appointed as an inaugural real property scholar with the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) and the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law (RPTE). Lastly, Odinet is co-editor of the Annual Survey of Consumer Finance Law, which appears in the American Bar Association's The Business Lawyer publication.
Professor Odinet is involved in a number of law reform efforts. He is a commissioner with the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and is a member of the Joint Editorial Board on Uniform Real Property Acts. He was recently appointed to a committee of the European Law Institute charged with studying the law of digital asset transactions.
Prior to coming to OU, he was an assistant professor at the Southern University Law Center where he held the Horatio C. Thompson endowed professorship in law. During the fall 2017 semester, Odinet was a visiting professor at the University of Iowa College of Law teaching Payment Law and Property. Before joining the academy, Professor Odinet was an associate in the business group of the law firm of Phelps Dunbar, L.L.P. At Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, he served as editor-in-chief of the Louisiana Law Review, was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and was the recipient of the W. Lee Hargrave Award.
Foreclosed: Mortgage Servicing and the Hidden Architecture of Homeownership in America (Cambridge University Press 2019 ).
Law Review Articles
The New Data of Student Debt, 92 Southern California Law Review 1617 (2019) [SSRN].
Consumer BitCredit and Fintech Lending, 69 Alabama Law Review 781 (2018) [SSRN].
BitProperty and Commercial Credit, 94 Washington University Law Review 649 (2017). [SSRN]
Of Progressive Property and Public Debt, 51 Wake Forest Law Review 1101 (2016). [SSRN]
The Unfinished Business of Dodd-Frank: Reforming the Mortgage Contract, 68 SMU Law Review 653 (2016) [SSRN].
Super-Liens to the Rescue? A Case Against Special Districts in Real Estate Finance, 72 Washington & Lee Law Review 707 (2015). [SSRN]
Banks, Break-Ins, and Bad Actors in Mortgage Foreclosure, 83 University of Cincinnati Law Review 1155 (2015). [SSRN]
Testing the Reach of UCC Article 9: The Question of Tax Credit Collateral in Secured Transactions, 64 South Carolina Law Rev. 143 (2012). [SSRN]
Casebooks and Related Works
Cases and Materials on American Property Law (with Sheldon E. Kurtz, Herbert Hovenkamp, and Carol Necole Brown) (7th ed. West Academic 2019).
Sale, Lease, and Advanced Obligations: Cases and Readings (with Melissa T. Lonegrass and Sandi S. Varnado) (Carolina Academic Press 2019).
Secured Credit: Louisiana and American Perspectives (with John Randall Trahan, Dian Tooley-Knoblett, and L. David Cromwell) (Wolters Kluwer 2017).
Louisiana Secured Transactions: Statutory Supplement, Commentary, and Selected Forms—A Deskbook (West Academic 2016).
Essays, Book Chapters, and Select Shorter Works
Data and the Social Obligation Norm of Property: An Essay in Honor of Professor Gregory S. Alexander, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy (forthcoming 2020).
The Social Function of Property, Credit, and Capital in the United States,in Léon Duguit and the Social Obligation Norm of Property: A Translation and Global Exploration, Paul Babie & Jessica Viven-Wilksch eds. (2018 with Springer).
How Will Trump’s Tax Reform Affect Real Estate Investments and Capital Markets?, American College of Real Estate Lawyers—ACREL Notes (December 2017). [SSRN]
Regulating Debt Collection, 36 Review of Banking & Financial Law 869 (2017) (with Roederick White, Sr.). [SSRN]
Gay Marriage and the Problem of Property, 93 Washington University Law Review 847 (2016) (with Andrea B. Carroll). [SSRN]
Community Collateral: Security Rights in Common Interest Community Declarations, Probate & Property (July/August 2016) (with Randy P. Roussel). [SSRN]
Payday Lenders, Vehicle Title Loans, and Small-Value Financing: The CFPB’s Proposal to Regulate the Fringe Economy, 133 Banking Law Journal263 (June 2015) (lead article). [SSRN]
Honors or Awards
Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Property Law (summer 2018–present)
Real Property Scholar, American College of Real Estate Lawyers/ American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law (2016–2017)
Scholar-in-Residence, Louisiana Bar Foundation (2016–2018) (with Melissa T. Lonegrass—LSU)
Fellow, American Bar Association Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate (July 2014–July 2016)
SULC Rising Star Researcher, Southern University System (2013–2014)
- Consumer Finance Law
- Payment Systems 5740
- Real Estate Transactions 6570
- Secured Transactions 5750
- International Finance: Banking and Structured Finance
Professional Associations and Affiliations
American Association of Law Schools (AALS)
- Chair, Commercial & Consumer Law Section (January 2019-January 2020)
- Executive Committee, Commercial & Consumer Law Section (January 2017-present)
- Chair, Real Estate Transactions Section (January 2018–January 2019)
- Executive Committee, Commercial & Consumer Law Section (January 2017–present)
- Executive Committee, Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services Section (January 2018–present)
American Bar Association (ABA)
- Consumer Fellow, Consumer Financial Services Committee, Business Law Section (February 2018–present)
- Member, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law (August 2016–August 2018)
- Chair, Committee on Uniform Laws (Real Property), Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law (May 2016–May 2019)
- Liaison to the LGBT Bar Association, Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law (August 2014–present)
Joint Editorial Board on Uniform Real Property Acts (Uniform Law Commission)
- Member (December 2017-July 20019)
Uniform Law Commission
- Oklahoma Commissioner (July 2019-June 2023)
- Louisiana Commissioner (October 2017-July 2019)
American Bankruptcy Law Journal
- Peer Reviewer (August 2015-present) (focused on real estate matters)
Cambridge University Press
- Peer Reviewer (October 2016-present) (focused on real estate/housing matters)
Annual Survey of Consumer Finance Law (The Business Lawyer)
- Co-Editor (November 2017-present)
Central State Law Schools Assocation (CSLSA)
- Secretary and Member, Board of Directors (December 2017-present)