Victoria J. Dodd

Professor of Law Emerita

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Graduate Student in Education, University of Southern California, 1971-72; Associate, Johnsen, Manfredi & Thorpe, L.A., 1978-79; Instructor, Loyola, L.A., 1979-80; Visiting Assistant Professor, Pepperdine, 1980-81; Assistant Professor, Suffolk University Law School, 1981-84; Associate Professor, 1984-87; Professor, since 1987; Visiting Professor, University of San Diego, 1995-96. SELECTED HONORS National Merit Letter of Commendation. Cum laude Graduate, Honors English, Harvard University, 1970. Graduate School in Education, University of Southern California, 1971-72: Outstanding Student Teacher Award. Order of the Coif, University of Southern California Law School, 1978. Honors Award in Written Advocacy & Semi-Finalist, Hale Moot Court Competition, University of Southern California Law School, 1978; American Jurisprudence Prize Award (top grade in class) in Constitutional Law I, Constitutional Law II, and Federal Courts.

Professor Dodd was recently profiled in USC Law Deliberations [PDF].

Victoria Dodd and James McCarthy Inaugural Chief Marshal of University
Professor Dodd was the inaugural Chief Marshal of Suffolk University.


Professional Activities

Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; Honorary Member, Phi Delta Phi; Member, Order of the Coif; Member, Judicial Administration Section Council, 1987-92; Member, Massachusetts Special Advisory Committee on Time Standards (Case Management Sub-Committee), 1987-88; Chair, Section on Law & Education, AALS, 1987-88, 1993-94, 2000-2001; 2000-2001 Executive Committee Member, 1986-present; Co-Chair, Court Accreditation Project, MA Bar Association, 1988-91; Trustee, MA Law Reform Institute, 1992-96; Life Member, Massachusetts Bar Foundation; Member, AALS Standing Committee on Sections and the Annual Meeting, 2002-2005. Professor Dodd is a member of the Advisory Board of the SSRN Education Law Journal and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Academic Perspectives. She is also the Massachusetts State Membership Chair for the Education Law Association.







Book Chapters

Chapter: School Finance Litigation: Beyond Equality, in OUR PROMISE: ACHIEVING EDUCATIONAL EQUITY FOR AMERICA'S CHILDREN (2008)


The 2007 Roberts Court Education Law Cases: Reaffirmation or Cut-Back of Student Rights?, 42 SUFFOLK U. L. REV. 61 (2008)

A Critique of the Bush Education Proposal, 53 ADMIN. L. REV. 851 (2001)

The Education Justice: The Honorable Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., 29 FORDHAM URB. L.J. 683 (2001)

Student Rights: Can We Create Violence-Free Schools That Are Still Free?, 34 NEW ENG. L. REV. 623 (2000)

American Public Education and Change: Not an Oxymoron, 17 ST. LOUIS U. PUB. L. REV. 109 (1999)

Becoming Gentlemen, 4 MASS. L. REV. 9 (1997)

Introduction to Symposium on Law and Education, 39 S.D. L. REV. 233 (1994)

Toward a National System of State Court Accreditation, 73 JUDICATURE 141 (1989)

The Non-Contractual Nature of the Student-University Contractual Relationship, 33 KAN L. REV. 701 (1985)


McDuffy v. Robertson: An (Adequate) Education for All, 24:1 ADVOCATE 20 ( 1993 ) (Suffolk University Law School)

Why Schools Belong in Offices, N.Y. Times, September 30 ( 1990 ) (Forum Page)

Louise E. Inglehart's Freedom for the College Student Press: Court Cases and Related Decisions Defining the Campus Fourth Estate Boundaries, 59: 1 J. HIGHER EDUC. 99 ( 1988 ) (book review)


  • BA, Radcliffe College
  • JD, University of Southern California

Professor of Law Emerita Victoria Dodd

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Courses Taught

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Education Law
  • Federal Courts