Jodey Hinze, JD

College of Arts and Humanities
Philosophy, History, Law, and Society
  • Associate Professor of Legal Studies
  • Dean, College of Arts and Humanities


  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude, Law, University of Houston Law Center
  • Master of Arts, Theology, summa cum laude, Criswell College
  • Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Biblical Studies, Criswell College

Courses Taught

  • Business Law (Undergraduate and Graduate)
  • Legal Environment of Business (Undergraduate)
  • Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (Graduate)
  • Business Ethics
  • Special Topics: Tax Research
  • World of Business
  • Freshman Year Seminar


He was the Chief Notes and Comments Editor for the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal in 2006-2007. His law practice is currently in the area of business law including business formations and acquisitions, civil appellate, and advanced estate planning. His current academic interests are in corporate criminal liability, legal hermeneutics, meta-ethics, and applied ethics.

Teaching Focus

Dean Hinze’s law practice is in the area of business law, civil litigation and tax law with an emphasis in estate planning. His current academic interests are in legal hermeneutics, meta-ethics, and correlative doctrinal issues in law and theology.


  • J. Daryl Hinze, “How The ‘Obergefell’ Decision Affects Texas Same-Sex Couples and Everyone Who Practices Law,” Texas Lawyer, October 5, 2015.
  • J. Daryl Hinze, “The Tao of Emotional Intelligence: Lewis’s argument for objectively ‘just sentiments’ and its application to organizational ethics.” Presented at the HCU Philosophy Conference: “Looking Along the Beam: Philosophical and Theological Themes in the Inklings,” March 2013.
  • J. Daryl Hinze, “Good Dirt: An Aporetical Interpretation of ‘Corporate Moral Agency’.”
    Presented at the HCU Philosophy Conference: “Divine and Human Action: Agency and Action in Philosophy and Theology,” March 2012.
  • J. Daryl Hinze, “Watch your language: a short response to Dr. Ben Mitchell’s ‘Rights of Conscious and the Rape of the Soul.” Presented at the HCU Bioethics Conference: “Health Care in a Secular Culture,” April 2011.
  • Keith Fletcher and J. Daryl Hinze “Church and Religious Liability,” Presented at a State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education Seminar in October 2009.

Additional Information

He was a Sam Walton Fellow and advisor for SIFE at HCU and is currently the Pre-Law Advisor to the University. He also serves on the Bioethics Committee at Memorial Herman Southwest.

He was named the Advisor of the Year for 2010-2011 and was named Opal Goolsby Professor of the Year Award in 2011-2012. He was the School of Business Piper Professor Nominee in 2011-2012.

He enjoys shooting, backpacking, rock climbing, guitar, reading and writing. He is married to Patti, and they have three children and a dog: Harper, Hudson, Helena, and Sasha the Chihuahua.