Faculty at University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • Mary Jane Angelo, Samuel T. Dell Professor of Law; Co-Director, Environmental, Land Use and Real Estate Law Program
  • Thomas T. Ankersen, Legal Skills Professor; Director, Conservation Clinic 
  • Annie Brett, Assistant Professor of Law
  • Lisa Polk Edgar, Associate in Law
  • Joan D. Flocks, Associate in Law; Director, Social Policy Division of the Center for Governmental Responsibility; Affiliate Faculty, Center for Latin American Studies
  • Blake Hudson, Samuel T. Dell Professor of Law; Co-Director, Environmental, Land Use and Real Estate Law Program
  • Christine A. Klein, Cone, Wagner, Nugent, Hazouri & Roth Professor of Law
  • Sabrina Little, Legal Skills Professor, Director of Legal Writing and Drafting 
  • Timothy McLendon, Legal Skills Professor
  • Amy L. Stein, Professor of Law; Associate Dean for Curriculum 
  • Michael Allan Wolf, Richard E. Nelson Eminent Scholar Chair in Local Government; Professor of Law
  • Danaya C. Wright, T. Terrell Sessums and Gerald Sohn Professor of Constitutional Law; Professor of Law
Florida’s sensitive, varied, and beautiful natural environment makes the University of Florida a natural choice for students who want to focus on national and global legal and policy issues related to the environment. Florida provides a perfect setting to study first-hand the efforts to reconcile growth and conservation. UF Law’s Environmental, Land Use, and Real Estate Law Program (ELURE) educates future lawyers through an innovative approach that combines the study of land use and real estate law with environmental law. Many environmental problems result from externalities caused by land use. Protecting private property interests while combatting air and water pollution, toxic and hazardous waste, species habitat destruction, and harms to public health are challenges that face every community. ELURE offers a wide range of classes related to Environmental, Land Use, and Real Estate Law taught by top academic professors in the field.
Each year ELURE offers several field-based courses where students learn about environmental and land use law issues in a real-world setting. Field courses include Marine and Coastal Law, in which students spend time in locations throughout Florida to study the impacts of sea level rise, coastal erosion, sea turtle conservation, and legal issues related to public access to beaches. This past year the Marine and Coastal field course moved to the Florida Keys to focus on the science, law, and policy of marine habitat restoration. Taking advantage of UF Law’s compressed course format, students from the Colleges of Law and Engineering and from the School of Natural Resources and the Environment teamed up with agents and specialists from Florida Sea Grant for a unique 3.5 day “mash-up” of law and policy-relevant science.

Another regularly-offered field course is Wetlands and Watershed Law, Policy, and Science, in which students have an opportunity to get on the water (and sometimes in the water) to experience firsthand how to delineate wetlands using state and federal methodologies, how to use the Florida Uniform Mitigation Assessment Methodology to analyze wetland mitigation proposals, and how to conduct an Ordinary High Water Line Determination.

In all field courses, experts from other academic disciplines, government agencies, and environmental organizations participate and challenge students to go outside of their comfort zones, both in terms of learning and in experiencing the natural environment.
The ELURE program maintains a certificate program comprised of two tracks: an Environmental and Land Use Track and a Real Estate and Land Use Track.

To complete this program, students must successfully complete:
  • The 5 required core courses for the relevant track
  • 5 credit hours in approved electives, including a seminar or course which satisfies the advanced writing requirement for the relevant track
  • Experiential Learning Requirement:
    • an internship, clerkship, or externship in environmental, land use, or real estate law; the Conservation Clinic; or
    • 3 credits of other skills courses with approval of the Co-Directors
Students also must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the core and elective environmental, land use, or real estate courses and complete the one-credit ELURE Capstone Colloquium.
ELURE’s Capstone Colloquium is a one-credit, pass-fail course that is required for the ELURE certificate. The course is open only to second- and third-year students. The course features approximately two-hour meetings with leading legal academics and practitioners.

The 2020 colloquium addressed how the Covid-19 pandemic affected environmental law and policy. Students were able to sharpen their skills of critical analysis and engage in dialogue with leading energy scholars from across the nation, including:
  • Dr. Sadie Ryan, Associate Professor, Medical Geography, University of Florida - Pandemics and the Environment 101
  • Dr. Sacoby Wilson, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Maryland; Director, Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health - Pandemics and Environmental Justice
  • Prof. Rob Verchick, Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; Senior Fellow at Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy - Pandemics and Natural Disasters
  • Prof. Jay Shimshack, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Virginia Frank Batten School - COVID and Environmental Enforcement
  • Prof. Amy Stein, University Term Professor, Professor of Law, University of Florida - COVID, Climate, and the Environment and COVID and Energy
The Conservation Clinic offers students the opportunity to learn and gain valuable experience while working on compelling conservation challenges. Law and graduate students work in teams for clients such as not-for-profit organizations, community organizations, state and local governments, and even international organizations. Students learn to work within interdisciplinary teams to achieve results that require a collaborative effort. Issue-oriented field trips are a staple of the clinic semester.
This past year, the UF Conservation Clinic launched a more intentional approach to interdisciplinary collaboration and focused its energies on Florida’s troubled coast. The Clinic has partnered with the UF Wertheim College of Engineering to establish the “Coastal Policy Lab” as a year-long project of the Colleges of Law and Engineering through the newly formed Center for Coastal Solutions. Clinic Director Tom Ankersen serves on the leadership team of the new Center, focused on addressing increasingly persistent water quality hazards such as harmful algal blooms and nature based solutions to adapt to rising seas. The Coastal Policy Lab includes six JD Clinic students and six engineering PhD students and is co-taught by Ankersen and Center Director and Environmental Engineering professor Christine Angelini. The Lab is focusing its initial work in Charlotte Harbor on Florida’s Gulf Coast, an epicenter of the red tide outbreak in Florida. Teams of law and PhD students are working at the science/policy interface with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) as their client, under a Memorandum of Understanding between the new Center and SCCF. In addition, support from the Florida Sea Grant Legal Program, which Ankersen oversees, has enabled the Center to hire a coastal policy fellow, Matt DePaolis, to work with faculty and students in the Lab. DePaolis has a Joint J.D. and Masters Degree in Marine Biology from the University of Oregon. For more information on the clinic, click here.
ELURE awards a variety of fellowships each year to students pursuing a career in environmental or land use law. These fellowships provide financial assistance to support summer or semester in practice opportunities. Fellowships include:
  • Summer fellowships for students enrolled in the Conservation Clinic;
  • Diversity Fellowships awarded to students from racial and ethnic minorities who have demonstrated an interest in environmental or land use law or to any law student who has demonstrated interest in the impact of environmental or land use law on racial or ethnic minority groups or historically disadvantaged populations, and;
  • The Thom Rumberger Fellowship, offered in conjunction with the Center for Governmental Responsibility, for students who have demonstrated an interest in environmental issues, public policy, and a commitment to public service.
The 27th Annual Public Interest Environment Conference (PIEC), Equitable Transitions: Visions for a Sustainable & Just Future, took place February 12-13, 2021. The program explored environmental justice issues in a variety of environmental policy contexts, including energy, agriculture, water, and property law. PIEC 27 featured over 20 distinguished panelists representing a diverse array of law schools, activist organizations, and government agencies. The program was virtual and free of charge, capturing an audience of 400+ unique attendees from 37 states and 6 countries. The annual, student-run PIEC began in 1993. The 28th PIEC will take place both in person and virtually this year. For more information, click here.
Mary Jane Angelo
Samuel T. Dell Professor; Professor of Law; Co-Director, Environmental, Land Use, and Real Estate Law Program

  • The Insect Apocalypse: Legal Solutions for Protecting Life on Earth, 49 Ecology L. Q. (forthcoming 2022) (with Megan Lancaster).
  • Integrated Estuary Governance, 45 Wm. & Mary Envt'l L. & Pol'y Rev. 455 (2021) (with J.W. Glass).
  • The Law of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes (Foundation Press Treatise 2020) (with John S. Applegate, Jan G. Laitos & Jeffrey M. Gaba).
  • Discordant Environmental Laws: Using Statutory Flexibility and Multi-Objective Optimization to Reconcile Conflicting Laws, 38 Stan. Envtl. L.J. 165 (2019).
Thomas Ankersen
Legal Skills Professor; Director, Conservation Clinic

  • Recreational Rights to the Dry Sand Beach in Florida: Property, Custom and Controversy, 25 Ocean & Coastal L.J. 1 (2020) (with Alyson Flournoy and Sasha Alvarenga).
  • Conservation Easements and Coastal Armoring: Protecting Sea Turtle Nesting Habitat through Property Ownership, 182 Ocean & Coastal Mgmt. 104944 (2019) (with Melissa Hill, Martha Monroe, Raymond Carthy, & Tom Kay).
  • Coastal Armoring and Sea Turtles: Beachfront Homeowners’ Opinions and Intent, 47 Coastal Mgmt. 594 (2019) (with Melissa Hill, Martha Monroe, Raymond Carthy & Tom Kay).
Annie Brett
Assistant Professor of Law

  • Information as Power: Democratizing Environmental Data, 2021 Ut. L. Rev. (forthcoming).
  • Transboundary Waters, 44 Harv. Envt'l. L. Rev. 473 (2020). 
  • Ocean Data Need a Sea Change, 582 Nature 181 (8 June, 2020) (with Jim Leape and Mark Abbott).
  • Secrets of the Deep: Defining Privacy Underwater, 84 Mo. L. Rev. 47 (2019).
  • The Litigation of Exploration, 63 Villa. L. Rev. 241 (2018).
Joan Flocks
Associate in Law; Director, Social Policy Division Center for Governmental Responsibility; Affiliate Faculty, Center for Latin American Studies

  • Historical and Current Insights on Environmental Health and Agricultural Guestworkers 48 Ecology L. Q. (forthcoming 2021) (with M Espinoza).
  • Inflammation-Related Factors Identified as Biomarkers of Dehydration and Subsequent Acute Kidney Injury in Agricultural Workers, 23 Biological Res. Nursing 676 (2021) (with M. Houser, V. Mac, D. Smith, R. Chicas, N. Xiuhtecutli, L. Elon, M. Gamez Tansey, J. Sands, L. McCauley, V. Hertzberg).
  • An Outbreak of COVID-19 Among H-2A Temporary Agricultural Workers, 111 Am. J. Pub. Health 571 (2021) (with M. Lauzardo, N. Kovacevich, A. Dennis, P. Myers, and J. Morris).
  • Cooling Interventions Among Agricultural Workers: Qualitative Field-Based Study, 19 Hisp. Health Care Int'l. 174 (2021) (with R. Chicas, N. Xiuhtecutli, N. Dickman, M. Scammell, K. Steenland, V. Hertzberg, and L. McCauley).
  • Risk Factors for Reaching Core Body Temperature Thresholds in Florida Agricultural Workers, 63 J. Occupational and Envt'l. Med. 395 (2021) (with V. Mac, L. Elon, J. Mix, T. Tovar-Aguilar, E. Economos, V. Hertzberg, and L. McCauley).
  • A Modified Physiological Strain Index for Workplace-based Assessment of Heat Strain Experienced by Agricultural Workers, 64 Am. J. Indus. Med. 258 (with V. Mac, L. Elon, D. Smith, T. Tovar-Aguilar, E. Economos, V. Hertzberg, and L. McCauley) (2021).
  • The Potential Impact of COVID-19 on H-2A Agricultural Workers, 25 J. Agromedicine 367 (2020).
  • Physical Activity and Work Activities in Florida Agricultural Workers, 62 Am. J. Indus. Med. 1058 (2019) (with Jacqueline M. Mix, Lisa Elon, Valerie Vi Thein Mac, Eugenia Economos, Jose Antonio Tovar-Aguilar, Vicki S. Hertzberg, & Linda A. McCauley). 
Blake Hudson
Samuel T. Dell Professor; Professor of Law; Co-Director, Environmental, Land Use, and Real Estate Law Program

  • Take the Power Back: Raging Against the Local Land Use Machine, in Environmental Law. Disrupted (Jessica Owley et al., eds., forthcoming 2021)
  • Time and Tragedy: The Problem of Temporal Commons, in The Cambridge Handbook of Commons Research Innovations (Sheila Foster and Christie Swiney, eds., 2021)
  • Woody Biomass and Electricity in the United States: A Case Study in Scientific and Policy Uncertainty, in Energy Law, Climate Change & the Environment (Martha Roggenkamp et al., eds., 2021)
  • Routledge Handbook of the Study of the Commons, (Co-ed., 2019) (with Jonathan Rosenbloom & Dan Cole).
  • Land Development: A Super-Wicked Environmental Problem, 51 Ariz. St. L.J. 1123 (2019).
  • Doctrinal Environmental Constitutionalism: Moral Limitations on Property Rights in the United States as Human Rights, in Human Rights & the Environment (James R. May & Erin Daly, eds., 2019).
Christine Klein
Cone, Wagner, Nugent, Hazouri & Roth Professor; Professor of Law

  • Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases (5th ed., Aspen Publishers forthcoming 2022) (with Birdsong, Klass, Biber, Singel & Owen).
  • Groundwater Exceptionalism: The Disconnect Between Law and Science, 71 Emory L.J. (forthcoming 2021). 
  • Property: Cases, Problems, and Skills (2d ed., Wolters Kluwer 2020). 
  • The National Flood Insurance Program at Fifty: How the Fifth Amendment Takings Doctrine Skews Federal Flood Policy, 31 Geo. Envtl. L. Rev. 285 (2019).
Amy Stein
Professor of Law; Associate Dean for Curriculum 

  • Assuming the Risks of Artificial Intelligence, B.U. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022). 
  • Energy Emergencies, 115 Nw. Univ. L. Rev. 799 (2020). 
  • Artificial Intelligence and Climate Change, 37 Yale J. Reg. 101 (2020). 
  • Decarbonizing Light-Duty Vehicles, 48 Envtl. L. Rep, News & Analysis 10596 (2018) (with Joshua Fershée).
Michael Allan Wolf
Richard E. Nelson Eminent Scholar Chair in Local Government; Professor of Law

  • Zoning Reformed, 70 U. Kan. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2021).
  • There’s Something Happening Here: Affordable Housing as a Nonstarter in the U.S. Supreme Courtin Racial Justice in American Land Use (Craig Anthony Arnold, et al. eds., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021).
  • A Reign of Error: Property Rights and Stare Decisis, 99 Wash. U. L. Rev. 339 (2021).
  • A Call for Action: Renewing the Federal Government’s Commitment to the Construction of New Affordable Housing, 36 J. Affordable Housing & Community Dev. L. 117 (2021) (with Peter Buchsbuam, Daniel Mandelker, and Frank Schnidman).
  • Check State: Avoiding Preemption by Using Incentives, 26 J. Land Use & Envtl. L. (2020).
  • Between Jacob(s) and Moses: Ed Logue, Urban Redevelopment Lawyer (Book Review), 29 J. Affordable Housing & Community Dev. L.381 (2021).
  • An American Law of Zoning: If You Zone It, They Will Judge, Planning, May, 2020, at 13.
  • A Common Law of Zoning, 61 Ariz. L. Rev. 771 (2019).
Danaya C. Wright
T. Terrell Sessums and Gerald Sohn Professor in Constitutional Law; Professor of Law

  • Weaponizing Private Property and The Chilling Effect of Regulatory Takings Jurisprudence in Combatting Global Warningin Disaster Law Handbook (John Travis Marshall, Ryan Max Rowberry, Susan Kuo eds., forthcoming 2022). 
  • Drone Airspace in Railroad Corridors: Repurposing Nineteenth-Century Property Law for the Twenty-First Century, forthcoming 107 Ia. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022) (with Ethan Moore).
  • Beneficiary Deeds for Real Estate: Transfer on Death, Enhanced Life Estate, and Ladybird Deeds, Chapter 25 Powell on Real Property (Michael Allan Wolf ed., 2021). 
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates: An Integrated Approach, (Foundation Press, 2021) (with Michael Higdon and Bridget Crawford).
  • What Happened to Grandma’s House: The Real Property Implications of Dying Intestate, 53 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 2603 (2020).
  • A Requiem for Regulatory Takings: Reclaiming Eminent Domain for Constitutional Property Claims, 49 Envtl. L. 307 (2019). 
  • Tearing Down the Wall: How Transfer-on-Death Real Estate Deeds Challenge the Inter Vivos/Testamentary Divide, 79 Md. L. Rev. 511 (2019) (with Stephanie Emrick).
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