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  • Faculty associated with the Environmental and Land Use Law Program include full-time faculty of the College of Law, affiliate faculty members, faculty drawn from the College’s Center of Governmental Responsibility, and adjunct faculty from the practicing bar. In addition, lawyers from private firms, corporations, government agencies and non-profit groups regularly share their expertise with students as guest lecturers and in informal settings.

    Tenure-Track Faculty | Skills Faculty | CGR Faculty | Adjunct Faculty

    Tenure-track Faculty

     

    Mary Jane Angelo

    Mary Jane Angelo

    Program Co-Director
    Samuel T. Dell Professor of Law
    Professor Angelo joined the faculty in 2004 after many years of environmental law practice, including serving as an assistant judicial officer and then as a senior attorney for the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, and serving as a senior attorney for the St. Johns River Water Management District in Florida. Professor Angelo’s substantial environmental law practice has included water law, wetlands law, endangered species law, pesticides law, biotechnology law, and hazardous and toxic substances law. Professor Angelo has been an adjunct Professor at the UF law school and has taught in the summer program at the Vermont Law School. She received her B.S. in biological sciences from Rutgers University, and both her M.S., in Entomology, and J.D. from the University of Florida where she was on the Law Review. Her teaching and scholarship interests include a wide variety of environmental law matters, environmental dispute resolution and professional responsibility.

    Alyson Craig Flournoy

    Alyson Craig Flournoy

    Professor of Law
    Flournoy is a widely respected scholar in the field of environmental law. Her scholarship focuses on decision-making processes under federal environmental and natural resources statutes, and environmental ethics. She has taught federal administrative law, environmental law, advanced
    environmental law and litigation, and property law. Flournoy is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, past chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and a past president of Florida Defenders of the Environment. Prior to joining the UF faculty in 1988, Professor Flournoy was an associate with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where her practice focused on environmental law. She received her A.B. from Princeton University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

    Christine Klein

    Christine Klein

    Cone, Wagner, Nugent, Hazouri & Roth Professor of Law
    Professor Klein specializes in natural resources law, water law, and property law. Prior to joining the Levin College of Law faculty in 2003, she directed the environmental law program at Michigan State University; served as a water rights litigator in the Colorado Office of the Attorney General; and clerked for Judge Richard Matsch, U.S. District Court (Colorado). Klein holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School; a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law; and a B.A. degree from Middlebury College (Vermont). She is the author a natural resources law casebook (with Cheever and Birdsong, Aspen Publishers), and her articles have appeared in numerous journals, including the Alabama Law Review, Arizona Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Harvard Environmental Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Virginia Environmental Law Review, and Washington & Lee Law Review. Klein has served a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta. She is also a Member Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform. She received an LL.M. degree from Columbia University; a J.D. degree from the University of Colorado; and a B.A. degree from Middlebury College (Vermont).

    Amy Stein

    Amy Stein

    University Term Associate Professor
    Professor Stein focuses her scholarship on clean energy law, electric grid governance, distributed energy resources and reliability, environmental law, and federalism. Her recent publications urge regulatory reforms to better harness the reliability benefits of privately-owned reliability resources for the public grid, Distributed Reliability, 87 U. COLO. L. REV. (forthcoming 2016), address the implications of the regulatory uncertainty surrounding energy storage, Reconsidering Regulatory Uncertainty: Making a Case for Energy Storage, 41 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 697 (2014); assess the federal government’s role in developing renewable energy, Renewable Energy Through Agency Action, 84 U. COLO. L. REV. 651 (2013); analyze the federalism implications of subnational control over siting of electricity generation, The Tipping Point of Federalism, 45 CONN. L. REV. 217 (2012); and highlight the deficiencies of climate change analysis in NEPA documents, Climate Change Under NEPA: Avoiding Cursory Consideration of Greenhouse Gases, 81 U. COLO. L. REV. 473 (2010), all of which can be accessed at http://ssrn.com/author=1216973.

    Michael Allan Wolf

    Michael Allan Wolf

    Ph. D., Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law.
    Wolf joined the faculty in Fall 2003 from the University of Richmond as the first occupant of the Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law. He has taught and written for more than 30 years in the areas of land-use planning, environmental law, property, local government, urban revitalization, and legal and constitutional history.

    Danaya C. Wright

    Danaya C. Wright

    Ph. D., Clarence J. TeSelle Endowed Professor of Law
    Wright has written numerous articles on the legal property issues of rail-trail conversions and is a consultant with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Washington, D.C. Her interest in parks, recreation, and conservation has spurred most of her research, and she has become a nationally recognized expert on linear parks and greenways.

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    Skills Faculty

     

    Thomas T. Ankersen

    Thomas T. Ankersen

    Director, Conservation Clinic and Costa Rica Program
    Legal Skills Professor
    Since joining CGR in 1993, Ankersen has rapidly expanded the College’s International Environmental Law Program. He is extensively involved in grant-funded projects in Central and South America as well as Africa and India. His work has included developing a legal framework for the ground-breaking international collaboration among governmental and non-governmental organizations in Central America and Mexico. He directs the Conservation Clinic as well as the Summer Environmental Study Abroad Program in San José, Costa Rica.

    Lisa Edgar

    Associate in Law

    Lisa Edgar has joined UF Law as an Associate in Law. She has had a long career as a government lawyer, serving the state of Florida in various ways.  She was a chief environmental policy analyst in the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget under Governors Chiles and Bush, and she was a senior cabinet aide in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  She also served three terms on the Florida Public Service Commission, where she was appointed by three different governors.  She served as Chair of the PSC for two years.  In November 2014, she was elected President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners for a one-year term. As NARUC President, she provided general oversight of the Association and served as NARUC’s primary voice before Congress, the courts, administrative agencies, and the general public.

    Sabrina Little

    Visiting Professor

    Sabrina Little joined the University of Florida Levin College of Law as a Visiting Legal Skills Professor in 2018. Professor Little has previously taught courses covering education governance, teacher education and instructional practices.
    Prior to returning to academia, she practiced law for ten years with Greenberg Traurig, P.A. where her practice focused on real estate and condominium law and included complex transactional work associated with high-end commercial and residential developments. She served as a mentor to new lawyers at the firm and as Chair of the Associate Committee. Professor Little also acted as a legal consultant for Checkers Drive-In Restaurant, Inc. and advised the corporation regarding its real estate and business affairs.
    Professor Little was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and has received three degrees from the University of Florida.

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    Center for Governmental Responsibility (CGR) Faculty

    Joan D. Flocks

    Joan D. Flocks

    Director, Social Policy Division, Center for Governmental Responsibility
    Associate in Law
    Flocks joined the College of Law in 2003 after working as an assistant professor in the UF College of Medicine on environmental health issues among low-income populations. Before that she practiced poverty law in various Florida legal services offices. She has an M.A. in Latin American Studies from UF and her teaching and scholarship areas include environmental and social justice, community-based participatory research, and poverty law.

    Tim McLendon

    Tim McLendon

    Staff Attorney
    Research interests include historic preservation, Florida constitutional law, Everglades restoration policies, local land use law, and sustainable development. Authored a handbook on Florida historic preservation law.

    Jon L. Mills

    Jon L. Mills

    Professor of Law & Director
    UF Center for Governmental Responsibility. Mills served in the Florida Legislature from 1978 to 1988, and was house speaker during the 1987-88 term. He was principal sponsor of Florida’s Growth Management Act, the Water Quality Assurance Act and the Wetlands Protection Act. He also served as Dean and Interim Dean for the Levin College of Law from 1999-2003. In his role as Director of CGR, Mills has been directly involved in the Center’s Brazil, Central American and eastern Europe initiatives. He teaches Florida Constitutional Law, and seminars in Legislation & Statutory interpretation. Privacy Law and the Rule of Law in the Americas.

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    Adjunct Faculty

    Courses and seminars taught by adjunct faculty enable students to learn from leading practitioners with years of experience in various facets of environmental and land use law practice. Recent adjunct faculty include:

     

    Michael T. Olexa

    Michael T. Olexa, Ph.D.

    Affiliate Professor
    Professor of Agricultural Law and Director, UF/IFAS Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Law. Olexa has served as a policy advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture, and he chaired both The Florida Bar’s Agricultural Law Committee and the General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section of the Florida Bar. He has worked extensively with agriculturalists nationwide on agricultural and environmental issues and teaches Agricultural Law & Policy.

    Cathy M. Sellers

    Administrative Law Judge, Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, Tallahassee, FL.
    Judge Sellers specializes in administrative, environmental, land use and governmental law and teaches Florida Administrative Law at the law school. Her practice includes handling regulatory matters before state and federal agencies and lobbying before the Florida Legislature. She serves on the Executive Council of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar.

    Roberto Virzo

    Visiting International Professor
    Roberto Virzo is Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Sannio (Benevento); Adjunct Professor of International Organizations at LUISS Guido Carli University (Rome) and, since 2011, Visiting International Professor of International Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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