Professor Dickinson's teaching and scholarship focus on constitutional property, federalism, state and local government law, land use, and affordable housing law and policy. His scholarship has featured in numerous law reviews, and he writes and comments frequently in local and national media outlets, including several editorials in the Washington Post and The Hill. Professor Dickinson has also offered testimony to the U.S. Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee regarding land acquisition issues along the US-Mexico border.
Prior to joining the academy, Professor Dickinson practiced law at Reed Smith LLP (Pittsburgh), where he concentrated on all aspects of real estate development and litigation, and founded and coordinated the firm's Housing Rights Project, a pro bono initiative advocating on behalf of indigent tenants in eviction proceedings in Allegheny County in collaboration with the Neighborhood Legal Services Association.
He clerked for the Honorable Theodore A. McKee, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia. Professor Dickinson is also a former Fulbright Scholar to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he conducted a comprehensive project on urban development and housing at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies and the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law.
Executive Takings: The Trump Administration’s Problem of Fragmented Property Rights Along the US-Mexico Border
33 Md. J. Int'l L. __ (2018) (Symposium Invitation)
State Conformity and Divergence in Constitutional Property
90 Temp. L. Rev. __ (2018)
Landowners' FCC Dilemma: Rereading the Supreme Court's Armstrong Opinion After the Third Circuit's DePolo Ruling
11 N.Y.U. J.L. & Liberty 218 (2017)
Inclusionary Takings Legislation
62 Vill. L. Rev. 135 (2017). Available on SSRN.
Towards a New Eviction Jurisprudence
23 Geo. J. on Poverty L. & Pol'y 1 (2015)
Inclusionary Eminent Domain
45 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 845 (2014)
The Blue Moonlight Remedy: Formulating the Voucher Scheme into A New Emergency Housing Remedy in South Africa
130 S. African L.J. 554 (2013)
Stasis and Change in Environmental Law
24 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 1 (2013)
Blue Moonlight Rising: Evictions, Alternative Accommodation & A Comparative Perspective on Affordable Housing Solutions in Johannesburg
27 S. Afr. J. on Hum. Rts 466 (2011)
Affordable Housing in Pittsburgh: The importance of framing a legally sound inclusionary zoning proposal, Public Source, May 17, 2017.
The biggest problem for Trump’s border wall isn’t money. It’s getting the land, Washington Post, Mar. 3, 2017.
Forget the funding for the wall, Trump needs the land first, The Hill, Aug. 25, 2017.
Awards and Honors
- Neighborhood Allies - 2017 Board Member
- 2016 40 Under 40 Vanguard Urban Leader, Next City Magazine
- Teaming up to help Pittsburgh-area tenants in public housing eviction cases, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette