Julie Patterson Forrester is currently serving the University as Associate Provost, overseeing the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center, the Center for Academic Support of Student Athletes, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, the President’s Scholars Program, the University’s Study Abroad Programs, and the Taos Campus. She joined the faculty of the SMU Dedman School of Law in 1990. Previously, she received her B.S.E.E. with highest honors in 1981 and her J.D. with high honors in 1985 from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of the Texas Law Review, Chancellors, and Order of the Coif. After graduation she was a real estate attorney with the Dallas law firm of Thompson & Knight.
In the law school, Professor Forrester taught in the areas of Property, Real Estate Transactions, and Land Use. She writes and speaks on real estate finance, the residential mortgage market, predatory lending, and real property law. She was one of the first legal scholars to write about the problem of predatory lending in the subprime mortgage market, and was awarded the John Minor Wisdom Award for Academic Excellence in 1995 for her first predatory lending article. She is co-author of a property law casebook.
Professor Forrester served as Dean ad interim of the law school from June 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, as faculty coordinator for the OE2C project during the 2014-15 academic year, and as associate dean for academic affairs from 1995-1996. She is a member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, and she is currently serving as chair of the American Association of Law Schools Real Estate Transactions Section. She is a member of the Texas State Bar Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section Council, and she served on the section’s committee that drafted the Texas Assignment of Rents Act, which became law in 2011.