Mechele Dickerson

Mechele Dickerson

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

Faculty Profile: Mechele Dickerson

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Biography

A. Mechele Dickerson joined the faculty in January 2006 and served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006-2011. She also has a courtesy appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and at the Liberal Arts Honors Program in the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts.

Professor Dickerson is a nationally recognized scholar and a global media expert on financial vulnerability, consumer debt and housing affordability. She is the author of Homeownership and America's Financial Underclass: Flawed Premises, Broken Promises, New Prescriptions and she currently is completing a manuscript on the Neglected Middle Class.

Dickerson's current research focuses on the effect COVID-19 has had on financially vulnerable Americans and she has designed and taught COVID-19 classes for graduate and undergraduate students. She regularly teaches Remedies and Federal Civil Procedure at the School of Law and also teaches courses involving financially vulnerable Americans for the Liberal Arts Honors Program.

After clerking for Hon. Nathaniel R. Jones, Dickerson 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 and an elected fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Dickerson has participated in congressional briefings and has testified before a congressional subcommittee on housing unaffordability.

Courses for Fall 2021

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Professional Activities

2019

March 11, 2019

Keynote Address

Austin Community Foundation

A Conversation on Economic Mobility and the Racial Wealth Gap

2017

October 17, 2017

Congressional Briefing

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 208

Invited to present at SmartTaxReform: The Republican Tax Plan and the Mortgage Interest Deduction

2016

March 22, 2016

Congressional Testimony

Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance (Committee on Financial Services)

Invited to present paper, The Future of Housing in America: Government Regulations and the High Cost of Housing and answer the committee's questions.  https://financialservices.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=400463