Dalié Jiménez

UC Irvine School of Law

Dalié Jiménez is a Professor of Law at the UC Irvine School of Law where she teaches bankruptcy, secured transactions, contracts, and consumer financial protection courses. She co-directs the Student Loan Law Initiative at UCI Law. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of ABI’s Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy, and one of ABI’s “40 under 40” honorees.

Professor Jiménez’s has published articles in the areas of bankruptcy, student debt, and the intersection of the two, access to justice, and debt buying, among other topics. She is one of three principal investigators in the Financial Distress Research Project, a large-scale, longitudinal, randomized control trial evaluating the effectiveness of legal and counseling interventions to help individuals in financial distress. Notably, the study will evaluate the effectiveness of the required pre-discharge financial counseling course. The project has received generous financial support from the National Science Foundation, ABI, NCBJ, and the Arnold Foundation, among others.

Jiménez spent a year as part of the founding staff of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau working on debt collection, debt relief, credit reporting, and student loan issues. Prior to her academic career, she clerked for the Honorable Juan R. Torruella of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, was a litigation associate at Ropes & Gray in Boston, and worked on consumer protection issues for a Massachusetts state senator.

A cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Professor Jiménez also holds dual B.S. degrees in electrical engineering/computer science and political science from MIT.

Born in Cuba, Professor Jiménez emigrated to the US as a teenager, an experience which informs her research. She lives in Irvine with her husband, toddler, and three cats. She tweets about all of these topics at @daliejimenez.