Professor Dyal-Chand’s research and teaching focus on property law, poverty, economic development and consumer law. Her recent projects have examined the role of property remedies in achieving more equal distribution. 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 Cardozo Law Review, Fordham Law Review and Stanford Journal of International Law. 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
  • Property

Selected Works


Selected Chapters

  • “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).