Levin College of Law

Amy L. Stein

Professor of Law

Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone:
(352) 273-0953

About

Amy L. Stein is a Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, nationally recognized for her research on energy policy, particularly with respect to federalism, the regulatory process, and administrative law. Professor Stein’s recent scholarship focuses on the complex governance issues associated with regulation of an evolving electric grid composed of more diverse and distributed energy resources, including solar, energy storage, and electric vehicles. She also has explored impacts on the reliability of the electric grid and the intersection of energy and environmental law. She teaches in the areas of energy law, environmental law, climate change, and torts, and she has presented her energy work across the country and internationally, in both academic and policy forums.

Professor Stein began her academic career at George Washington University Law School and Tulane Law School. Prior to her academic appointments, she practiced as an environmental and litigation associate for Latham & Watkins LLP in the firm’s Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley offices. She is a member of the District of Columbia, Illinois, and California state bars and a graduate of the University of Chicago (AB) and the University of Chicago Law School (JD).

Education

J.D., University of Chicago
B.A., University of Chicago

Teaching and Scholarship

Clean Energy, Environmental, Climate Change, Federalism, Administrative Law

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law in 2014 as Associate Professor;
  • Previous Academic Experience: Association Professor of Law, Tulane Law School (2010-2014); Adjunct Professor in the Environmental Studies program at the George Washington University, and a Visiting Associate (2009); Professor of Legal Research and Writing, Acting Associate Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program, and Co-director of the Scholarly Writing Program at The George Washington University Law School (2008-2009).
  • Private Practice: Latham & Watkins, LLP (Washington, DC, 2000-2006, Silicon Valley, CA, 2006-2008)
  • Professional Associations: American Bar Association, Environmental, Energy Bar Association

Courses

Energy Law and Policy - LAW 6936
  • This introductory course lies at the crossroads of energy and environmental law. It covers legal and policy concepts important to understanding U.S. energy law, particularly electricity, and, to a lesser extent, transportation. It will expose students to important fundamentals of public utility law, cost of service, and restructured electricity markets.
Climate Change Law (Seminar) - LAW 6936
  • This seminar will focus on contemporary issues associated with climate change law, including international ramifications, domestic actions, litigation strategies, and the legal tools available to address the multiplicity of topics related to climate change. Students will be expected to complete background reading independently and then take turns leading the class in critical analyses of climate change scholarship.
Environmental Law - LAW 6470
  • Introduction to modern environmental regulation and its foundations, covering common law precursors to environmental law and a survey of major regulatory issues and techniques, focusing on the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, with examples drawn from other statutes such as the Clean Air Act.
Torts - LAW 5700
  • Civil liability for harm caused by wrongful acts that violate non-contractual duties imposed by law. The course covers negligence and other theories of liability as prescribed by the instructor.

Publications

Articles

  • Regulating Reliability, 54 HOUSTON L. REV. 1191 (2017) [SSRN]
  • Breaking Energy Path Dependencies, 82 BROOKLYN L. REV. 559 (2017) [SSRN]
  • Distributed Reliability, 87 U. Colo. L. Rev. __ (2016) [SSRN]
  • Reconsidering Regulatory Uncertainty: A Path Forward for Energy Storage, 41 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 697 (2014), [SSRN]
  • Renewable Energy Through Agency Action, 84 U. Colo. L. Rev. 651 (2013), [SSRN]
  • The Tipping Point of Federalism, 45 Conn. L. Rev. 217 (2012), [SSRN]
  • Climate Change Under NEPA: Avoiding Cursory Consideration of Greenhouse Gases, 81 U. Colo. L. Rev. 473 (2010), [SSRN]
  • State Fish Stocking Programs at Risk: Takings Under the Endangered Species Act, 20 Duke Envtl. L. & Pol’y F. 63 (2010)

Short Publications