Gerald S. Dickinson
Professor Dickinson's teaching and scholarship focus on property, constitutional law, state and local government law, and affordable housing law and policy. His scholarship has featured in numerous law reviews, and he writes and comments frequently in local and national media outlets, including several editorials in the Washington Post and The Hill. Professor Dickinson has also offered testimony to the U.S. Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee regarding land acquisition issues along the US-Mexico border.
Prior to joining the academy, Professor Dickinson practiced law at Reed Smith LLP (Pittsburgh), where he concentrated on all aspects of real estate development and litigation, and founded and coordinated the firm's Housing Rights Project, a pro bono initiative advocating on behalf of indigent tenants in eviction proceedings in Allegheny County in collaboration with the Neighborhood Legal Services Association.
He clerked for the Honorable Theodore A. McKee, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia. Professor Dickinson is also a former Fulbright Scholar to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he conducted a comprehensive project on urban development and housing at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies and the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law.
- Property Law
- Constitutional Law
- Federalism and Government
- State and Local Government Law
- Affordable Housing Law and Policy
- Urban Development
The Puzzle of the Constitutional Home, 80 Ohio St. L.J. __ (2019).
State Constitutional General Welfare Doctrine, 40 Cardozo L. Rev. 2943 (2019).
Federalism, Convergence and Divergence in Constitutional Property, 73 U. Miami L. Rev. 139 (2018).
Cooperative Federalism & Federal Takings After the Trump Administration's Border Wall Executive Order, 70 Rutgers U. L. Rev. 647 (2018).
Property Musings at the US-Mexico Border, 33 Md. J. Int'l L. 162 (2018) (Symposium Invitation).
Written Testimony of Gerald S. Dickinson for the Senate Hearing on Fencing Along the Southwest Border, (Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, April 4, 2017).
Landowners' FCC Dilemma: Rereading the Supreme Court's Armstrong Opinion After the Third Circuit's DePolo Ruling, 11 N.Y.U. J.L. & Liberty 218 (2017).
Inclusionary Takings Legislation, 62 Vill. L. Rev. 135 (2017).
Towards a New Eviction Jurisprudence, 23 Geo. J. on Poverty L. & Pol'y 1 (2015).
Inclusionary Eminent Domain
45 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 845 (2014)
The Blue Moonlight Remedy: Formulating the Voucher Scheme into A New Emergency Housing Remedy in South Africa 130 S. African L.J. 554 (2013).
Stasis and Change in Environmental Law, 24 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 1 (2013).
Blue Moonlight Rising: Evictions, Alternative Accommodation & A Comparative Perspective on Affordable Housing Solutions in Johannesburg, 27 S. Afr. J. on Hum. Rts 466 (2011).
The National Emergencies Act was never meant for something like Trump’s wall, The Washington Post, Jan. 31, 2019.
What Trump Can and Can’t Do to Get His Border Wall, The Atlantic, Jan. 8, 2019.
Trump's militarized land seizure for border wall is more complicated than 'I can do it if I want', The Hill, Jan. 7, 2019.
The Founders would have opposed seizing land for Trump’s border wall, Washington Post, Nov. 29, 2017
Affordable Housing in Pittsburgh: The importance of framing a legally sound inclusionary zoning proposal, Public Source, May 17, 2017.
The biggest problem for Trump’s border wall isn’t money. It’s getting the land, Washington Post, Mar. 3, 2017.
Forget the funding for the wall, Trump needs the land first, The Hill, Aug. 25, 2017.
Awards and Honors
- Neighborhood Allies - 2017 Board Member
- 2016 40 Under 40 Vanguard Urban Leader, Next City Magazine
- Teaming up to help Pittsburgh-area tenants in public housing eviction cases, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette