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Alyson Craig Flournoy

Alumni Research Scholar


Mailing Address:
Box #117620 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0945


J.D., Harvard Law School (cum laude) A.B., Princeton University (cum laude)

Teaching and Scholarship

Environmental Law, Property, Administrative Law

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty in 1988 as Assistant Professor. Named Associate Professor (1991), Professor of Law (1994), and Director of Environmental & Land Use Law Program in 1998.
  • Private Practice: Associate Attorney for Covington & Burling (Washington, D.C.). Clerked for Chief Justice Robert Wilentz of New Jersey Supreme Court.
  • Organizations: Board Member and Member Scholar, Center for Progressive Reform; Executive Council Member, Environmental Law Section, Association of American Law Schools; Trustee and Past President, Florida Defenders of the Environment; American Bar Association

Property (4 credits) - LAW 5400

  • The acquisition and possession of real and personal property, estates in land, introduction to future interests, landlord and tenant, easements, licenses, constitutional takings, zoning, public access, and covenants and rights incident to land ownership.

Administrative Law (3 credits) - LAW 6520

  • Analysis of administrative process, with emphasis on activities of federal regulatory agencies. Topics include legislative delegations of authority to agencies, executive branch controls, rulemaking/adjudicatory procedures, due process rights, and scope of judicial review of administrative decision making.

Note: Complete detailed list in vita/resume.

Book Chapters

  • Incorporating Resilience and Innovation into Law and Policy: A case for preserving a natural resource legacy and promoting a sustainable future (with Tarsha Eason, Heriberto Cabezas and Michael Gonzalez) in SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL RESILIENCE AND LAW (Ahjond S. Garmestani and Craig R. Allen, eds.) (Columbia Univ. Press 2014)
  • The Case for a National Environmental Legacy Act, in BEYOND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: POLICY PROPOSALS FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURE, David M. Driesen & Alyson C. Flournoy eds. (Cambridge Univ. Press; forthcoming 2010)


  • Wetlands Regulation in an Era of Climate Change: Can Section 404 Meet the Challenge?, 4 G.W. J. of Energy & Envt’l L. 67 (2013)(co-authored with Allison Fischman)
  • Three Meta-Lessons Government and Industry Should Learn from the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster and Why They Won’t, 38 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 281-303 (2011)
  • Protecting a Natural Resource Legacy While Promoting Resilience: Can it Be Done?, 87 Neb. L. Rev. 1008-1035 (2009)


Co-authored Writings

  • Regulatory Blowout: How Regulatory Failures Made the BP Disaster Possible, and How the System Can Be Fixed to Avoid a Recurrence, Center for Progressive Reform White Paper #1007, available at: (co-edited with James Goodwin and co-authored with William Andreen, Rebecca Bratspies, Holly Doremus, Victor Flatt, Robert Glicksman, James Goodwin, Joel Mintz, Daniel Rohlf, Amy Sinden, Rena Steinzor, Joseph Tomain, and Sandra Zellmer)(September 2010)
  • The Future of Environmental Protection: The Case for a National Environmental Legacy Act, A Center for Progressive Reform White Paper, available at: (co-authored with Ryan Feinberg, Margaret Clune Giblin, Heather Halter, and Christina Storz) (January 2010)
  • Squandering Public Resources: A Center for Progressive Reform Report (with Margaret Clune Giblin and Matt Shudtz) (September 2007)
  • An Unnatural Disaster: The Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, (coordinated and edited work of 16 other member scholars of the Center for Progressive Reform) (September 2005).
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