Mechele Dickerson

Mechele Dickerson

  • Distinguished Teaching Professor
  • Arthur L. Moller Chair in Bankruptcy Law and Practice
  • Wales H. Madden, Jr. Centennial Research Professorship in Law
  • Governor Allan Shivers Endowed Faculty Development Fund
  • Professor

Faculty Profile: Mechele Dickerson

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A. Mechele Dickerson joined the faculty in January 2006 and served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006-2011. She has a courtesy appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and is the Faculty Athletics Representative for the University of Texas.

Professor Dickerson is a nationally recognized scholar on financial vulnerability, consumer debt, housing affordability, and racial and economic disparities. She regularly teaches Remedies and Federal Civil Procedure at the School of Law, has taught a class on civil procedural disputes involving the Trump Presidency, and has taught numerous cross-listed interdisciplinary graduate-level courses on the American middle-class and the COVID pandemic. Dickerson is the author of Homeownership and America's Financial Underclass: Flawed Premises, Broken Promises, New Prescriptions.

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.

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Professional Activities


January 6, 2024

Invited Commentator

AALS Annual Meeting

AALS Remedies Works In Progress Session


October 6, 2023

Keynote Speaker

Austin Community College

Kickoff speaker for Gaining Momentum wealth building program for ACC students




March 11, 2019

Keynote Address

Austin Community Foundation

A Conversation on Economic Mobility and the Racial Wealth Gap


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


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.