Spring Hartman Hotz Lecture to Explore 'Federalism During and After Trump'

Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez
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Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Daniel B. Rodriguez, dean and the Harold Washington Professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, will present "Federalism During and After Trump" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the law school's E.J. Ball Courtroom as part of the Hartman Hotz Lectures in Law and Liberal Arts.

Rodriguez's longstanding interest and expertise in the division of authority between national and state governments have given Rodriguez a unique perspective on issues where federal and state authority and responsibility overlap or collide. In his lecture, Rodriguez will explore topics such as immigration, medical care and medical insurance, marijuana policy and other areas that have caused friction between national, state and municipal governments during the first year of the Trump administration.

Rodriguez is a nationally prominent scholar in administrative law, local government law and state constitutional law. His academic interests also include statutory interpretation, federal and state constitutional law and the law-business-technology interface.

He teaches Contemporary Issues in Internet and Privacy Law II; Law, Legal Institutions and the New Political Economy; Legal and Regulatory Process; Legal Innovation; and State Constitutional Law and Contemporary Public Policy.

Prior to his appointment as law school dean in 2012, Rodriguez was the Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law; dean and the Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law; and a professor of law at University of California, Berkeley.

Rodriguez has been a visiting professor at Columbia, Virginia, USC and the Free University of Amsterdam and has given endowed lectures worldwide, including UC Berkeley (Jefferson Memorial Lecture), ITAM-Mexico City and Renmin Law School in Beijing, China. 

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from California State University of Long Beach where he was named outstanding graduate in the Department of Political Science and in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Rodriguez received a Juris Doctor, with honors, from Harvard Law School, where he served as Supreme Court editor for the Harvard Law Review, a research assistant and a legal methods instructor. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

In 2000, he was named Alumnus of the Year by California State University of Long Beach College of Liberal Arts. He served as the 2014 president of the Association of American Law Schools and is currently serving as a council member of the American Law Institute, on the advisory board of the American Bar Association Center on Innovation and as a member of the American Bar Foundation board of directors.

About the Hartman Hotz Lectures in Law and Liberal Arts: All lectures in the series are sponsored by the University of Arkansas School of Law, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and Hartman Hotz Trust Committee.  Dr. and Mrs. Palmer Hotz of Foster City, California, established the University of Arkansas Hartman Hotz Lectures in Law and the Liberal Arts to honor the memory of his brother, Hartman Hotz. Hartman Hotz was a graduate in history from Fulbright College. After graduating from Yale University Law School, he joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he made significant contributions to the study of law.

About University of Arkansas School of Law: The University of Arkansas School of Law prepares students for success through a challenging curriculum taught by nationally recognized faculty, unique service opportunities and a close-knit community that puts students first. With alumni in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, two territories and more than 20 countries, it has been ranked among the top 10 "Best Values in Legal Education" by the National Jurist magazine for five consecutive years and is among the top 42 public law schools, according to U.S. News and World Report.

About the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences: The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with 19 departments and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students and is named for J. William Fulbright, former university president and longtime U.S. senator.


Darinda Sharp, director of communications
School of Law
479-575-7417, dsharp@uark.edu


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