Professor of Law
Northeastern University, JD 1994
Professor Dyal-Chand’s research and teaching focus on property law, poverty, economic development and consumer law. Her article, “Human Worth as Collateral,” won the 2006 Association of American Law Schools scholarly papers competition for new law teachers. Her work has appeared in journals including the Columbia Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, and Fordham Law Review. She has published two books with Cambridge University Press. Professor Dyal-Chand is also an editor of the law school's SSRN online publication, Human Rights and the Global Economy.
Prior to joining the law school faculty in 2002, Professor Dyal-Chand served as an associate general counsel of The Community Builders, Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing developer, where she provided legal representation on all aspects of complex real estate and housing development transactions. Following law school, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Warren J. Ferguson of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, was a Public Interest Fellow at the law firm of Hall & Associates in Los Angeles and practiced in the business department of the Boston law firm of Foley Hoag, where she specialized in transactions involving intellectual property licensing and transfer.
Fields of Expertise
- Community Development
- Consumer Protection
- Housing Law
- Poverty Law
- Legal Scholarship for the Urban Core: From the Ground Up (Cambridge University Press, 2019) (co-editor).
- Collaborative Capitalism in American Cities (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
- A Guide to Copyright Issues in Higher Education, Fourth Edition (National Association of College and University Attorneys, 1997) (co-editor).
- “Sharing the Climate,” 122 Columbia Law Review (forthcoming 2022).
- “Autocorrecting for Whiteness,” 101 Boston University Law Review 403 (2021).
- “Progressive Law, Activism, and Lawyering in an Age of Preemption,” Law and Social Inquiry (February 2021).
- “Regulating Sharing: The Sharing Economy as an Alternative Capitalist System,” 90 Tulane Law Review 241 (2015).
- “Housing As Holdout: Segregation in American Neighborhoods,” 50 Tulsa Law Review 329 (2015).
- “Pragmatism and Postcolonialism: Protecting Non-Owners in Property Law,” 63 American University Law Review 1683 (2014).
- “Sharing the Cathedral: The Extraordinary Potential of Outcomes in Property Law,” 46 Connecticut Law Review 647 (2013).
- “Developing Capabilities, Not Entrepreneurs: A New Theory for Community Economic Development,” 42 Hofstra Law Review 839 (2013) (co-author).
- “Useless Property,” 32 Cardozo Law Review 1369 (2011).
- “Property in Crisis,” 78 Fordham Law Review 1607 (2010) (co-author).
- “A Poor Relation? Reflections on a Panel Discussion Comparing Property Rights to Other Rights Enumerated in the Bill of Rights,” 16 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 849 (2008).
- “Exporting the Ownership Society: A Case Study on the Economic Impact of Property Rights,” 39 Rutgers Law Journal 59 (2007).
- “Human Worth as Collateral,” 38 Rutgers Law Journal 793 (2007).
- “From Status to Contract: Evolving Paradigms for Regulating Consumer Credit,” 73 Tennessee Law Review 303 (2006).
- “Reflection in a Distant Mirror: Why the West has Misperceived the Grameen Bank’s Vision of Microcredit,” 41 Stanford Journal of International Law 217 (2005).
- “Lessons from the Grameen Bank: Entrepreneurialism May Not Be a Universal Norm,” in Confronting Microfinance: Undermining Sustainable Development, ed. M. Bateman (Kumarian Press, 2011).
- “What Would de Soto Say about the Subprime Meltdown?” in Hernando de Soto in a Market Economy, ed. B. Barros (Routledge, 2010).
- “Home as Ownership, Dispossession as Foreclosure: the Impact of the Current Crisis on the American Model of 'Home,'” in The Idea of Home in Law: Displacement and Dispossession, ed. L. O'Mahony et al. (Routledge, 2010).
- “Crisis and the Public-Private Divide in Property,” in The Public Nature of Private Property, ed. M. Diamond (Routledge, 2011).
- “The Attorney’s Role in the Microlending Project,” in Progressive Lawyering, Globalization and Markets: Rethinking Ideology and Strategy, ed. C. Dalton (William S. Hein & Co., 2007).
- “How a New Approach to Capitalism Could Rescue America’s Inner Cities,” Northeastern News (July 10, 2019).
- “To Protect Affordable Housing, Boston And Nonprofits Try Taking Buildings Off The Market,” WBUR (February 22, 2019).
- “2014 Deferred Interest Study: The Retailers with the Sneakiest Financing Offers,” CardHub.com (November 21, 2014).