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Christine A. Klein

Chesterfield Smith Professor
University of Florida Research Foundation Professor
Director, LL.M. Program in Environmental & Land Use Law



Mailing Address:
Box #117629 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0964

(352) 392-1457

Professor Klein is a nationally known water law scholar, with expertise in both the eastern and western doctrines. She began her career as a water rights litigator in the Colorado Office of the Attorney General. Her legal experience includes positions as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; as a law clerk for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Office of Staff Attorneys (San Francisco summer position); and as a clerk at Goodwin Proctor (formerly Shea & Gardner) in Washington, D.C.

Klein teaches and writes in the areas of water law, natural resources law, and property. Her work includes more than thirty academic articles, and has been cited in judicial and administrative opinions at both the federal and state levels. She is also the author of several books: Property Law: Cases, Problems, and Skills (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business forthcoming 2016, sole author); Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases (3rd edition, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2013, with Cheever & Birdsong); and Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster (NYU Press 2014, with Zellmer).

Klein has served on two committees of the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, that studied sustainable water and environmental management, and she is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Levin College of Law faculty in 2003, she directed the environmental law program at Michigan State University.

Professor Klein’s scholarship can be found on:


LL.M., Columbia University School of Law (New York); J.D., University of Colorado; B.A., Middlebury College (magna cum laude)

Teaching & Scholarship

  • Natural Resources Law, Water Law, Property

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law in 2003 as Professor, Environmental & Land Use Law.
  • Previous Academic Experience: Michigan State University, Associate Professor (1995-2000), named Professor 2000. Chair, Environmental Law Concentration Program. University of Denver College of Law, Visiting Associate Professor (1999); University of Colorado School of Law, Visiting Fellow, Natural Resources Law Center (1994-95).
  • Legal Experience: State of Colorado Assistant Attorney General, Natural Resources Section (1989-93). Clerked for Judge Richard Matsch, U.S. District (Colorado) Court.
Natural Resources Law (3 credits) - LAW 6930
  • A survey of law and policy related to management of natural resources on public and private lands. Topics include federal public lands, forests, preservation lands, wilderness, the public trust doctrine, wildlife, water, wetlands and regulatory takings.
Environmental Capstone Colloquium (1 credit) - LAW 6930
Water Law (2 credits) - LAW 6930
Property (3 credits) - LAW 5400

LL.M. Courses:

Research Methods in Environmental & Land Use Law (1 credit)


  • Property: Cases, Problems, and Skills (Aspen Publishers, forthcoming 2016)
  • Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster (with Sandra B. Zellmer) (NYU Press, 2014) (describing floods and hurricanes on the Mississippi from its headwaters to its delta and exploring policy implications for areas including environmental justice, wetlands protection, agricultural policy, federal subsidies, flood control, flood insurance, and regulatory takings law)
  • Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases (3d ed.)(Aspen Publishers) (2013) li>

Book Chapters

  • “Survey of Florida Water Law” in Waters and Water Rights (Robert E. Beck, ed.) (Matthew Bender & Co., Inc.) (entry and annual updates, 2005-2011)


  • Climate Change and Water Transfers, (with Jesse Reiblich), 41 Pepperdine Law Review 405 (2014)
  • Compartmentalized Thinking and the Clean Water Act, 4 George Washington Journal of Energy & Environmental Law 38 (2013)
  • Water Bankruptcy, 97 Minnesota Law Review560 (2012)
  • The Dormant Commerce Clause and Water Export: Toward a New Analytical Paradigm, 35 Harvard Environmental Law Review 131 (2011)
  • The Environmental Deficit: Applying Lessons from the Economic Recession, 51 Arizona Law Review 651 (2009)
  • Modernizing Water Law: The Example of Florida (with Angelo & Hamann), 61 Florida Law Review 403 (2009)
  • Cultural Norms as a Source of Law: The Example of Bottled Water (with Ling-Yee Huang), 30 Cardozo Law Review 507 (2008)
  • Water Transfers: The Case Against Transbasin Diversions in the Eastern States, 25 UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 249 (2007)
  • The New Nuisance: An Antidote to Wetland Loss, Sprawl, and Global Warming, 48 Boston College Law Revie w1155 (2007)
  • Mississippi River Stories: Lessons from a Century of Unnatural Disasters (with Sandra B. Zellmer), 60 SMU Law Review 1471 (2007)
  • The Law of the Lakes: From Protectionism to Sustainability (symposium), 2006 Michigan State University Law Review 1259, reprinted in ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: PRINCIPLES AND GOVERNANCE (A..Usha, ed., Icfai University Press, India, 2007)
  • On Integrity: Some Considerations for Water Law, 56 Alabama Law Review 1009 (2005)
  • The Environmental Commerce Clause, 27 Harvard Environmental Law Review 1 (2003)


  • “Missouri River Floodplain Owners Seeking a ‘Double-Take’ from the Taxpayers,” (with Sandra Zellmer) in Center for Progressive Reform Blog (2014)
  • “Natural Floods, Unnatural Disasters,” (with Sandra Zellmer) in The Hill (2014)
  • “Christine A. Klein on Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, 133 S. Ct. 2120 (2013),” 2013 Emerging Isues. 7075 (2013)
  • “The Lesson of Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann: Water Conservation, not Water Commerce,” in Center for Progressive Reform Blog (2013)
  • Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta (co-author as member of National Research Council Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta) (2012)
  • A Review of the Use of Science and Adaptive Management in California’s Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (co-author as member of Panel to Review California’s Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan) (National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, 2011)