• Full-Time Faculty
  • Julie P. Forrester

  • Associate Provost and Professor of Law

  • fulltime Faculty
  • Julie P. Forrester

  • Associate Provost and Professor of Law

Julie P. Forrester

Associate Provost and Professor of Law

  • Biography

    • 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.
  • Education

    • B.S.E.E., University of Texas
      J.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • Books

    • PROPERTY:  CASES, MATERIALS, AND QUESTIONS, (2nd ed. 2010) (with Teacher’s Manual) (with Edward E. Chase)
  • Articles

    • Forward:  Perspectives on Mortgage Lending Regulation, 69 SMU Law Review (forthcoming 2016)

      Promising to Be Prudent: A Private Law Approach to Mortgage Loan Regulation in Common-Interest Communities, 19 George Mason Law Review 739 (2012) (with Jerome M. Organ)

      Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Uniform Instruments: The Forgotten Benefit to Homeowners, 72 Missouri Law Review 1077 (2007)

      Still Crazy After All These Years: The Absolute Assignment of Rents in Mortgage Loan Transactions, 59 Florida Law Review 487 (2007)

      Still Mortgaging the American Dream: Predatory Lending, Preemption, and Federally-Supported Lenders, 74 University Cincinnati Law Review 1303 (2006)

      Home Equity Loans in Texas: Maintaining the Texas Tradition of Homestead Protection, 55 SMU Law Review 157 (2002)

      Bankruptcy Takings, 51 Florida Law Review 851 (1999)

      Constructing a New Theoretical Framework for Home Improvement Financing, 75 Oregon Law Review 1095 (1996)

      Mortgaging the American Dream: A Critical Evaluation of the Federal Government's Promotion of Home Equity Financing, 69 Tulane Law Review 373 (1994)

      A Uniform and More Rational Approach to Rents as Security for the Mortgage Loan, 46 Rutgers Law Review 349 (1993)
  • Other Publications

    • The Proposed Texas Assignment of Rents Act:  A Legislative Escape from the Common Law Morass, 48 Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Reporter, No. 4 at 32 (2011)
       
      The Subprime Lending Crisis: How Did We Get Here?, The Quad, SMU Dedman School of Law, Fall 2008, at 37
       
      Federal National Mortgage Association Charter Act, in MAJOR ACTS OF CONGRESS (Macmillon Reference USA 2003)
       
      Home Equity Financing: Is the Federal Government Mortgaging the American Dream, The Brief, SMU School of Law, Fall 1995, at 4
       
  • Presentations

    • Real Estate Law Basics
      Dallas City Attorney’s Office Community Prosecution Team
      (January 2013)

      Restrictive Covenants and Lending Issues
      Dallas Bar Association Real Property Section
      (December 2012)

      Professors' Corner: ABA Real Property Legal Education and Uniform Laws Group Call: Lien Priority and Recording Act Issues
      (April 2012) (inaugural session)

      Promising to Be Prudent: A Private Law Approach to Mortgage Loan Regulation in Common-Interest Communities
      Joint Meeting of the Sections on Property and Real Estate Transactions
      American Association of Law Schools, Annual Meeting
      (January 2012)

      The Texas Assignment of Rents Act
      Houston Bar Association Real Estate Section
      (October 2011)

      Texas Assignment of Rents Act
      Mortgage Lending Institute
      Austin, TX (September 2011)
      Dallas, TX ( October 2011)

      The Texas Assignment of Rents Act
      Dallas Area Real Estate Lawyer’s Discussion Group
      (May 2011)

      Proposed Texas Assignment of Rents Act
      Advanced Real Estate Law Course
      Texas Bar CLE
      San Antonio, TX (July 2010)

      Uniform Assignment of Rents Act
      Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course
      Texas Bar CLE
      Dallas, TX (March 2010)

      Panelist, Meltdown! Law and the Financial Crisis of 2008-2009
      2009 Summit for Appellate Judges, Lawyers and Staff Attorneys
      Appellate Judges Education Institute
      (November 2009)

      The Subprime Mortgage Mess
      Reunion Weekend CLE
      SMU Dedman School of Law
      (April 2009)

      Absolute Assignment of Rents
      Mortgage Lending Institute
      Austin and Dallas, TX (September 2008)

      Why Texas Should Adopt the Uniform Assignment of Rents Act
      Dallas Area Real Estate Lawyer’s Discussion Group
      (May 2008)

      Disclosure: Problems and Solutions, Emerging Issues in Subprime and Predatory Lending
      Panel Moderator, Research Conference
      Seton Hall University School of Law
      Center for Social Justice
      (May 2008)

      The Subprime and Predatory Lending Crises
      Society of International Business Fellows, Dallas Briefing
      SMU Dedman School of Law
      (May 2008)

      Subprime, Predatory Lending and the Foreclosure Crisis
      Panelist
      14th Annual Paul Robeson Conference
      The 40th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act: Continuing
      Housing Inequality and Ideas for Change
      Columbia Law School
      (April 2008)

      Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Uniform Mortgage Instruments: The Forgotten Benefit to Homeowners
      Festschrift in Honor of Dale A. Whitman
      University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
      (April 2007)

      Still Crazy After All These Years: The Absolute Assignment of Rents in Mortgage LoanTransactions
      Faculty Forum
      SMU Dedman School of Law
      (March 2006)

      Our Pedagogical Choices: Use of Technology in Teaching
      Panel Participant
      Section on Teaching Methods
      American Association of Law Schools, Annual Meeting
      (January 2006)

      The Uniform Assignment of Rents Act
      Dallas Area Real Estate Lawyer’s Discussion Group
      (October 2005)
      Thompson & Knight Real Estate Section
      (November 2005)

      Bankruptcy Takings
      Faculty Forum
      SMU School of Law
      (March 1999)

      Home Equity Lending Practices and Remedies
      Panel Participant
      National Association of Consumer Advocates Conference
      San Antonio, TX (February 1999)

      Attacking Foreclosure and Foreclosure Sales
      Panel Participant
      National Consumer Rights Litigation Conference
      San Diego, CA (October 1998)

      Home Equity Loans in Texas
      Amarillo Bar Association Spring Institute (May 1998)
      Dallas Area Real Estate Lawyer’s Discussion Group (December 1997)

      Assignments of Rents After the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994
      Dallas Area Real Estate Lawyer’s Discussion Group
      (February 1995)

      Mortgaging the American Dream: A Critical Evaluation of the Federal Government's Promotion of Home Equity Financing
      Faculty Forum, SMU School of Law
      (March 1994)

      Mechanic's and Materialman's Lien Update
      State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Law Course
      (Summer 1992)

      Speaker, Swearing-In Ceremony, State Bar of Texas, May 1986
  • Media

    • Interview on Channel 5 News about ownership of engagement ring, aired July 6, 2011

      Interview on Channel 11 News about adverse possession scheme, aired July 2, 2009

      Eminent Domain
      Panel Discussion with Richard Epstein, Gideon Kanner, Ken Wright
      The McCuistion Program, KERA, taped October 2003, aired nationally June 2004