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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


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)

Books and Chapters

  • Mississippi River Tragedies: Law and Unnatural Disasters (work in progress, with Zellmer): 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 (with Cheever & Birdsong) (3d ed. forthcoming Janauary 2013, Aspen Publishers)


  • Water Bankruptcy, 97 MINNESOTA L. REV. (forthcoming 2013).
  • Compartmentalized Thinking and the Clean Water Act, 4 GEORGE WASHINGTON J. ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL L. (forthcoming 2013).
  • The Dormant Commerce Clause and Water Export: Toward a New Analytical Paradigm, 35 HARVARD ENVTL. L. REV. 131 (2011).
  • The Environmental Deficit: Applying Lessons from the Economic Recession, 51 ARIZONA L.REV. 651 (2009).
  • Modernizing Water Law: The Example of Florida (with Angelo & Hamann), 61 FLORIDA L. REV. 403 (2009).
  • Cultural Norms as a Source of Law: The Example of Bottled Water (with Ling-Yee Huang), 30 CARDOZO L. REV. 507 (2008).
  • Water Transfers: The Case Against Transbasin Diversions in the Eastern States, 25 UCLA J.ENVTL. L. POL’Y 249 (2007).
  • The New Nuisance: An Antidote to Wetland Loss, Sprawl, and Global Warming, 48 BOSTON COLLEGE L. REV.1155 (2007).
  • Mississippi River Stories: Lessons from a Century of Unnatural Disasters (with Sandra B. Zellmer), 60 SMU L. REV.1471 (2007).
  • The Law of the Lakes: From Protectionism to Sustainability (symposium), 2006 MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY L.REV. 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 L. REV. 1009 (2005).
  • The Environmental Commerce Clause, 27 HARVARD ENVTL. L. REV. 1 (2003).