Professor Klein is a nationally known water law scholar, with expertise in both the eastern and western doctrines. She began her career as a water rights litigator in the Colorado Office of the Attorney General. Her legal experience includes positions as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; as a law clerk for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Office of Staff Attorneys (San Francisco summer position); and as a clerk at Goodwin Proctor (formerly Shea & Gardner) in Washington, D.C.
Klein teaches and writes in the areas of water law, natural resources law, and property. Her work includes more than thirty academic articles, and has been cited in judicial and administrative opinions at both the federal and state levels. She is also the author of several books: Property Law: Cases, Problems, and Skills
(Wolters Kluwer Law & Business forthcoming 2016, sole author); Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases
(3rd edition, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2013, with Cheever & Birdsong); and Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster
(NYU Press 2014, with Zellmer).
Klein has served on two committees of the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, that studied sustainable water and environmental management, and she is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Levin College of Law faculty in 2003, she directed the environmental law program at Michigan State University.
Professor Klein’s scholarship can be found on:
LL.M., Columbia University School of Law (New York); J.D., University of Colorado; B.A., Middlebury College (magna cum laude
Teaching & Scholarship
- Natural Resources Law, Water Law, Property
- University of Florida: Joined College of Law in 2003 as Professor, Environmental & Land Use Law.
- Previous Academic Experience: Michigan State University, Associate Professor (1995-2000), named Professor 2000. Chair, Environmental Law Concentration Program. University of Denver College of Law, Visiting Associate Professor (1999); University of Colorado School of Law, Visiting Fellow, Natural Resources Law Center (1994-95).
- Legal Experience: State of Colorado Assistant Attorney General, Natural Resources Section (1989-93). Clerked for Judge Richard Matsch, U.S. District (Colorado) Court.