Professor of Law

Contact

  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 615-B
  • Phone: 617-573-8567
  • Fax: n/a
  • Email: vdodd@suffolk.edu

Degrees

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

    Teaching

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

Biography

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.

Professor Dodd is 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.


Publications

Books

PRACTICAL EDUCATION LAW FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (Carolina Academic press, 2d ed., 2010)

PRACTICAL EDUCATION LAW FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (2003)

Book Chapters

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

Articles

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)

OTHER   PUBLICATIONS


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)

MEDIA


Judge Sonia Sotomayor starts the final leg of her journey for the Supreme Court , 07/13/09. (NECN Sidebar Series)

Education Law , 09/16/10. (Podcast: requires iTunes software)