Professor Odinet’s research specializes in commercial/consumer finance and real estate, with an emphasis on mortgage lending and financial regulation. His book titled Foreclosed: Mortgage Servicing and the Hidden Architecture of Homeownership in America was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019 and was featured on NPR’s Planet Money podcast. His work has also appeared in the North Carolina Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, the Arizona State Law Journal, the Alabama Law Review, the Wake Forest Law Review, and the Washington University Law Review, among other venues. His courses include Property Law; Secured Transactions; Real Estate Law and Finance; Bankruptcy; Payments Systems; and Consumer Finance Law.
In addition to his faculty role, Professor Odinet has been active in numerous professional and academic organizations. He has chaired both the Commercial and Consumer Law Section and the Real Estate Transactions Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He was also appointed as an inaugural real property scholar with the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law. Professor Odinet currently serves as co-editor of the Annual Survey of Consumer Finance Law, which appears in the American Bar Association's The Business Lawyer publication.
In law reform circles, Professor Odinet has served as a two-time commissioner with the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, as an advisor to a number of that organization’s study and drafting committees, and as a member of a European Law Institute committee studying digital asset transactions.
Prior to joining the Iowa Law faculty in fall 2020, Professor Odinet taught at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and at the Southern University Law Center, where he remains an affiliate faculty member. Before joining the academy, he practiced law in the business and finance group at Phelps Dunbar LLP.