Mechele Dickerson

  • Arthur L. Moller Chair in Bankruptcy Law and Practice; University Distinguished Teaching Professor


  • JD Harvard
  • BA Harvard

A. Mechele Dickerson is a nationally recognized bankruptcy law scholar and a global media expert on consumer debt. She is the author of Homeownership and America's Financial Underclass: Flawed Premises, Broken Promises, New Prescriptions (Cambridge 2014). Her current research focuses on income inequality, student loans and the financial challenges facing the middle class in the US.

Professor Dickerson joined the faculty in January 2006 and served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006-2011. She teaches Remedies and Federal Civil Procedure at the Law School and teaches a freshman seminar for the University (Good Debt, Bad Debt, Ugly Debt).

Professor Dickerson clerked for Hon. (ret.) Nathaniel R. Jones and practiced law in Washington, D.C. and Norfolk, Virginia before joining the law faculty at the College of William and Mary. Professor Dickerson is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Recent Publications

  • Sorting the Neighborhood, 93 Texas Law Review 179 (2014) (reviewing Saving the Neighborhood: Racially Restrictive Covenants, Law, and Social Norms, by Richard R. W. Brooks and Carol M. Rose). [Reprinted in 23 Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law 311 (2015)].
  • U.S. Housing Policies Should Reflect Millennials’ Postcrisis Reality, American Banker, March 12, 2015, at 1.
  • [Op-Ed] Middle-Class Renters Ignored, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, January 23, 2015, 9A.

Full list of publications…