Professor Dickinson's teaching and scholarship focus on constitutional property, state and local government law, land use, affordable housing law and policy and urban development.
Professor Dickinson practiced with the Real Estate Group at Reed Smith LLP (Pittsburgh), where he concentrated on all aspects of real estate development and litigation, specifically focusing on land use, zoning, economic development, landlord-tenant and eminent domain. While at the firm, he founded and coordinated the Reed Smith 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.
Professor Dickinson clerked for the Honorable Theodore A. McKee, 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. __ (Spring 2018) (Symposium Invitation)
State Conformity and Divergence in Constitutional Property
90 Temp. L. Rev. __ (2017) (forthcoming)
Landowners' FCC Dilemma: Rereading the Supreme Court's Armstrong Opinion After the Third Circuit's DePolo Ruling
11 N.Y.U. J.L. & Liberty __ (2017) (forthcoming)
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)
Awards and Honors
- Affordable Housing in Pittsburgh: The importance of framing a legally sound inclusionary zoning proposal, Public Source, May 17, 2017.
- Editorial, The biggest problem for Trump’s border wall isn’t money. It’s getting the land, Washington Post, Mar. 3, 2017.
- 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