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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.
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.
Ph. D., Professor of Law
Fenster joined the College of Law faculty in fall 2001 from private practice with the public-interest law firm of Shute Mihaly & Weinberger in San Francisco, where he focused on land use and environmental law. Fenster graduated from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and holds a Ph.D. in Communications and Cultural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduation he was a law clerk for Judge Carlos Lucero of the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. He teaches Administrative Law, Statutory Interpretation, and related courses.
Professor & Alumni Research Scholar; Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
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.
LL.M Program Director
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).
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.
Ph. D., 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.
Lena Hinson, Lenny Kennedy
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.
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.
UF Center for Governmental Responsibility
Associate in Law
Hamann is a recognized expert on Florida water law and wetlands regulation. In addition to extensive research on these topics, he has taught a broad variety of environmental law courses and seminars with an interdisciplinary emphasis achieved through guest lectures and field trips, including Environmental Law : Water Wetlands & Wildlife and a Water Law seminar.
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.
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.
Senior Lecturer and Director, International Trade Law Program
Former chief counsel for import administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, and regional counsel for national oceanic and atmospheric administration. Powell has written extensively about his research interests, which include trade and environment, regional trade agreements, trade and human rights, international environmental law, agricultural law, US trade remedies law, and trade and investment dispute settlement. Serves as dispute settlement panelist for World Trade Organization, North American Free Trade Agreement, and other trade and investment agreements. http://works.bepress.com/stephen_powell/
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:
Thomas Hawkins is Gainesville City Commissioner. He is Chair of the City Commission’s Community Development Committee and is a member of the Audit, Finance & Legislative Committee and the Regional Utilities Committee. Hawkins is also a member of the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency, the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, the Clearinghouse Committee of the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, the Gainesville/Alachua County Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization, the Library Governing Board and the Florida Department of Transportation Bicycle and Pedestrian Partnership Council. Commissioner Hawkins holds a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a juris doctorate from the Emory University School of Law, and a Master of Science in Real Estate from the Warrington College of Business.
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
Partner, Broad and Cassel, Attorneys at Law, Tallahassee, FL.
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.
“The professor I’m working for was blown away by how much I knew about the Clean Water Act, NPDES, TMDLs, LID, and the ol’ 24-hour design storm. And during the interview, I was able to talk all about the visits and interviews we did in Treasure Island, and she was particularly impressed with that sort of hands-on experience.“ – TJ McCourt (J.D. 2007)
TJ was a law student in the clinic who “worked under Heidi.” He is now in the graduate school of design at Harvard.
“My law school experience would not have been nearly as rewarding if it weren’t for the dedication and commitment of the ELULP faculty. In one way or another, the members of the ELULP faculty have each served as a mentor, sharing their knowledge and experience to give career and academic guidance. The ELULP students and faculty are a close knit group with common passions, interests, and goals. The study of environmental law lends itself well to regular kayaking, hiking, camping, and biking group trips with the ELULP faculty. From study abroad programs and clinic projects to conference planning and moot court practice, the ELULP faculty engage with their students at every opportunity.”– Christina Storz (J.D. 2008)
“I have always had an interest in environmental policy. I grew up in a coastal community in North Carolina and believe that a community can successfully grow economically while preserving its natural resources…As the most established university in Florida, I knew that UF would provide me with the educational and leadership opportunities I needed to accomplish my professional goals…I loved Florida so much that I never left…Professor Angelo was a member of my master degree committee and greatly influenced the direction of my law career. Her passion for environmental law and her efforts in assisting me with my dual degree program were invaluable.” – Ilan Kaufer (JD 2008)
Kaufer is a principal regulatory affairs analyst for Florida Power and Light (FPL). Kaufer was also recently elected to the Jupiter Town Council and will be serving a three-year term in April.
“My work with the Conservation Clinic in Costa Rica gave me great experience in working with international students and lawyers and in learning different legal systems,” Melanie said, noting that her UF experiences prepared her for her challenging job.” Melanie King’s (JD 2008)
Diverse experiences at UF law prepared her for her job as Foreign Affairs Specialist in the Office of International Affairs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS). Specifically, today she works as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries.
“I owe all of you a debt of gratitude for the education I received and experiences I had at UF Law. Without CGR, the Conservation Clinic, the ELUL program, and the professors and staff that work hard to make these programs valuable to students, I wouldn’t have had the internship opportunities I had as a law student and I never would have been hired into my current position. Two key reason I was hired at BSEE are my ELUL certificate and my internships with the federal government (EPA and CFPB), which were only possible because of the efforts of UF faculty.” Allison Fischman (JD 2012)
In the fall 2012 she was hired by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) as a presidential management fellow. BSEE is one half of the former Minerals Management Service (and then briefly BOEMRE), with the other half being the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. I’m working in DC on a variety of enforcement and policy-related projects.