Professors at the University of Florida Levin College of Law focus their research and teaching on a range of energy, environmental, and land use law topics, including the climate crisis, natural resources, oceans, affordable housing, zoning, and water allocation. Popular Science recently named Professor Amy Stein one of 50 visionaries for the next 150 years in recognition of her work on artificial intelligence and energy. Professor Annie Brett won the Ian S. Kerr Robotnik Award for an Emerging Scholar at the annual WeRobot conference for her article “Regulating the Autonomous Ocean.” Explore more of our scholarship and teaching below.
Selected Scholarship 2021-2023
  • Mary Jane Angelo, The Insect Apocalypse: Legal Solutions for Protecting Life on Earth, 49 Ecology L.Q. 1 (2022) (with Megan Lancaster).
  • Gardner, R.C., Ankersen, T., Finlayson, C.M., Okuno, E., & Pritchard, D., Ramsar at the National Level: Application and Incorporation into Domestic Law, in Ramsar Wetlands: Values, Assessment, Management (Peter Gell, Max Finlayson, & Nick Davidson eds., forthcoming 2022).
  • Thomas Ankersen, Florida’s Water Resources Act: Consistent with the Public Interest?, 41 Envt & Land Use L. Section Rep. 1 (June/July 2021) (with Courtney Meyer & Philip Sliger).
  • Annie Brett, Leveraging Innovation for Ocean Conservation, in The Ocean and Us (Farah Obaidullah ed., forthcoming 2023). 
  • Annie Brett, US Perspectives on Autonomy, in Autonomous Vessels in Maritime Affairs (Tafsir Matin Johansson et al. eds., forthcoming 2022). 
  • Annie Brett, Regulating the Autonomous Ocean, 88 Brook. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022).  
  • Annie Brett, Environmental Silver Bullets, 49 Ecology L. Q. (forthcoming 2022). 
  • Annie Brett, Information as Power: Democratizing Environmental Data, 2022 Utah L. Rev. 127.
  • Melissa Garren, Forrest Lewis, Laura Sanchez, Daniella Spinab, & Annie Brett, How Performance Standards Could Support Innovation and Technology Compatible Fisheries Management Frameworks in the U.S., 131 Marine Pol’y 104631 (2021).
  • Charles Collier, The Climate of Opinion: Legal and Economic Theories for an Uninhabitable Earth, 14 Wash U. Juris. Rev. 69 (2021) (with Judah Cohen).
  • Andrew Hammond, On Fire, Floods, and Federalism, 111 Cal. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2023).
  • Christine Klein, Groundwater Exceptionalism: The Disconnect Between Law and Science, 71 Emory L.J. 487 (2022).
  • Christine A. Klein, Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases (5th ed. 2022) (with Bret C. Birdsong, Alexandra B. Klass, Eric Biber, & Dave Owen).
  • Lynn LoPucki, Corporate Greenhouse Gas Disclosures, 56 UC Davis L. Rev. 405 (forthcoming 2022).
  • Amy Stein, Domestic Energy Pretexts, 98 Ind. L.J. (forthcoming 2022).
  • Amy Stein, Algorithms vs. The Climate Crisis, Popular Science (May 17, 2022).
  • Michael Allan Wolf, Superfluous Judicial Activism: The Takings Gloss, 91 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2023).  
  • Michael Wolf, There’s Something Happening Here: Affordable Housing as a Nonstarter in the U.S. Supreme Court, in Racial Justice in American Land Use (Craig Anthony Arnold et al. eds., forthcoming 2023).
  • Michael Allan Wolf, A Respectful Rejoinder to Two Zoning Legends, 71 U. Kan. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022).
  • Michael Wolf, A Reign of Error: Property Rights and Stare Decisis, 99 Wash. U. L. Rev. 339 (2021).
  • Michael Wolf, Zoning Reformed, 70 U. Kan. L. Rev. 171 (2021).
  • Michael Wolf, Check State: Avoiding Preemption by Using Incentives, 36 J. Land Use & Env’t. L. 121 (2021).
  • Michael Wolf, A Call for Action: Renewing the Federal Government’s Commitment to the Construction of New Affordable Housing, 30 J. Affordable Hous. & Cmty. Dev. L. 117 (2021) (with Peter Buchsbaum, Daniel Mandelker, & Frank Schnidman).
  • Danaya Wright, Weaponizing Private Property and The Chilling Effect of Regulatory Takings Jurisprudence in Combatting Global Warning, in Cambridge Handbook of Disaster Law and Policy (John Travis Marshall, Ryan Max Rowberry, & Susan Kuo eds., 2022)
  • Danaya Wright, DARC Matters: Repurposing Nineteenth-Century Property Law for the Twenty-First Century, 107 Iowa L. Rev. 2247 (2022) (with Ethan Moore).
20 Environmental Course Offerings 2022-2023
Fall 2022
  • Environmental Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Capstone: Climate Change
  • Condo and Community Development Law
  • Florida Administrative Law
  • Social Justice Lawyering
  • State and Local Government
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Appellate Law and Policy
  • Transactional Conservation Law: Real Estate, Finance, and Taxation 
Spring 2023
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Oceans and Coastal Law
  • Florida Constitutional Law
  • Florida Civil Procedure
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Real Estate Drafting
  • Corporate Social Governance
  • Environmental Justice

Other Environmental Highlights at Florida Law
Environmental, Land Use, and Real Estate Law: The Environmental, Land Use and Real Estate Law Program educates future lawyers through an innovative approach that combines the study of real estate and land use law with environmental law. Students have the option of pursuing either the Environmental and Land Use Track or the Real Estate and Land Use Track.

(Solar) Powering Florida Law: The Levin College of Law currently has 73 solar panels, producing 12 percent of the electricity in one of our three-story buildings. We track our solar usage

Public Interest Environmental Conference: The 2022 conference explored landmark federal environmental statutes and agencies created in the 1970s. The 2023 conference will take a more Florida-centric perspective by exploring the legacy of Florida's environmental policies and sustainability practices. Facing Florida’s Future: Promoting Environmental Sustainability in Florida will take place on February 2-3, 2023 with panels focused on the Florida Water Resources Act and many of Florida’s emerging environmental challenges. Learn more and register here:

The Environmental Moot Court Team: UF Law competed in the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, February 23-25, 2022. Emily Jaczko (3L) was named Best Oralist.

Capstone Course: Our Environmental Capstone speaker series welcomed climate change experts from around the country to engage with over 65 registered students. Sessions included:
  • Climate Change 101, Modeling, International Dimension, Equity, and Mitigation Strategies with David Zierdan, State Climatologist and Associate in Research, Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, Florida State University 
  • Electricity, Resources, and Regulation with Professor Amy Stein, Cone, Wagner, Nugent, Hazouri & Roth Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Curriculum, University of Florida
  • Climate Change, Nuclear Power, and Industry with Jeff Navin, Director of External Affairs, TerraPower
  • Ocean Acidification, Sea Level Rise, and Aquaculture, with Professor Robin Kundis Craig, Robert C. Packard Trustee Chair in Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • Electric Vehicles, Urban Planning, and Smart Cities with Professor Karen C. Seto, Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science, Yale School of the Environment
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Carbon Sequestration, and Market Mechanisms with Professor Damian Adams, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida
  • Climate Change, Private Governance, IRA, Technology, and AI with Professor Amy Stein, Cone, Wagner, Nugent, Hazouri & Roth Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Curriculum, University of Florida
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