Julie Forrester Rogers

Julie P. Forrester

Full-time faculty

Professor of Law


Julie Patterson Forrester Rogers joined the faculty of the SMU Dedman School of Law in 1990 after working as a real estate attorney with the Dallas law firm of Thompson & Knight. 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.

Professor Rogers teaches 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 other topics in real property law. She was one of the first legal scholars to write about the problem of predatory lending in the subprime mortgage market, she 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, Property Law: Cases, Materials and Questions, with Edward E. Chase.

Professor Rogers served the University as Associate Provost for Student Academic Services from 2015 through 2018, 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 Hunt Scholars Program, the University’s Study Abroad Programs, the SMU-in-Taos campus, and SMU’s Plano campus. Professor Forrester served as Dean ad interim of the law school from June 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, as faculty coordinator for the University’s OE2C project from 2014 through 2015, and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the law school from 1995 to 1996.

Professor Rogers is a member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. She served on the executive committee of the American Association of Law Schools Real Estate Transactions Section from 2010 through 2016, chairing the section in 2015. 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.

Areas of Expertise

  • Real Estate Law
  • Property Law


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



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


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
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


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