This fall Iowa Law is proud to welcome three new faculty to the Boyd Law Building this fall.
Professor Diane Lourdes Dick joins Iowa Law from Seattle University School of Law where she was the William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence. Professor Alicia Solow-Niederman comes to Iowa Law from Harvard Law School, where she was a Climenko Fellow and lecturer. Professor Andrew Jordan joins Iowa Law from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as a faculty fellow.
“I am grateful for our incredibly hard-working Faculty Appointments Committee and the leadership of Professor Pettys. With wide-ranging experience in business and tax law, constitutional adjudication, and algorithmic accountability, Professors Diane Lourdes Dick, Andrew Jordan, and Alicia Solow-Niederman will enhance our offerings at Iowa Law and enrich our community,” said Dean Kevin Washburn.
Todd Pettys, the H. Blair and Joan V. White Chair in Civil Litigation and chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, shared “Whenever we set out to hire new faculty, we hope to find people who will be both superb teachers and influential scholars, while also bringing expertise in areas where we have curricular gaps that need to be filled. A lot of candidates might check one of those boxes but then fall short on the others. Those of us on the hiring committee were so proud and excited to bring these three outstanding candidates to the faculty for approval. Each of them comes to us with an exceptionally compelling package of strengths.”
Read more about their teaching, scholarship and service.
Professor Diane Lourdes Dick's teaching and scholarship focuses on business and tax law with an emphasis on commercial finance, business bankruptcy and out-of-court restructuring, and business entity taxation. She is a prolific writer and author, publishing in law reviews, peer-reviewed journals, practitioner-oriented publications, and on prominent commercial law blogs. Her work has been selected via blind review for highly competitive conferences and her scholarship has been featured in The New York Times and Reuters Breaking Views, as well as cited and discussed in courts and by litigants.
Professor Dick recently served as Chair of the Business Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association and has been a longstanding member of the Washington State Citizen Commission for the Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences. She has co-authored reports in Washington and Florida providing guidance for lawyers involved in business and commercial finance transactions and serves as Reporter for the Dodd-Frank Study Group of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. She is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal and a contributing author to the Bankruptcy Law Letter.
She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she was articles editor of the Florida Law Review. Additionally, she earned an LLM in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Professor Andrew Jordan focuses on legal and moral philosophy, constitutional theory, and contract law with a specific concern on normative issues related to constitutional adjudication, and the normative justification of contract law. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed philosophy journals as well as in top law reviews.
Professor Jordan joins Iowa Law from the University of Michigan Law School where he served as a faculty fellow from 2020-2022. Prior to joining Michigan, he clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Ronald Gould and on the Ohio Supreme Court for Justice Pat DeWine.
He received a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Washington and taught in the Department of Philosophy at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. He earned his JD from Michigan Law and is also a member of the Ohio Bar.
Professor Alicia Solow-Niederman’s research evaluates how digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence, both challenge and offer opportunities to improve existing legal institutions and regulatory approaches. Using institutional design, social science, and technical literatures, her scholarship explores how to regulate technologies in a way that grapples with social, economic, and political power. Her current project examines how machine learning strains contemporary information privacy protections and is forthcoming in the Northwestern University Law Review.
Professor Solow-Niederman comes to Iowa from Harvard Law School, and prior to that, she served as the inaugural fellow in artificial intelligence, law, and policy for UCLA Law’s Program on Understanding Law, Science, and Evidence (PULSE). She clerked for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
She is also a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was Forum Editor for the Harvard Law Review and she earned a BA with Distinction in communication and political science from Stanford University.