Elected Member

Professor Uma Outka

Lawrence, KS
University of Kansas School of Law
University of Virginia
University of Maine School of Law

Uma Outka of the University of Kansas School of Law works at the intersection of energy law and environmental law. Her scholarship explores the legal context for energy transition, with particular interests in energy and environmental justice, renewable energy, electricity regulation, and decarbonization of the electric grid.

Outka joined the KU Law faculty in 2011 and served as Associate Dean for Faculty from 2019-22. She is an Affiliate Faculty member of KU's Environmental Studies Program, Center for Environmental Policy, and Institute for Social and Policy Research. Her scholarship has appeared in book chapters and law journals, including Vanderbilt Law Review, Ecology Law Quarterly, Wake Forest University Law Review, and the Stanford Environmental Law Journal. In recognition of her scholarly record, she was named the William R. Scott Law Professor in 2019.

Outka teaches courses in environmental law, energy law, property, and environmental justice at KU Law, and she has also had the opportunity to teach in other settings. She has served as Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (2023), Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Hawaii's Summer Environmental Law Program (2019), and as Visiting Professor at the Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur, India (2018). She was recognized as a teacher by the KU Law student body with the Moreau Faculty Award (2013), by the law school with the Immel Award for Teaching Excellence (2019), and by the class of 2024 with the Martin Dickinson Award (2024).

Before coming to KU Law, Outka spent two years as a Visiting Scholar in Energy and Land Use Law at the Florida State University College of Law. Outka previously served as General Counsel for 1000 Friends of Florida, a non-profit advocacy organization focused on growth management, environmental conservation and affordable housing, and worked as a litigation attorney in private practice with a large northeast law firm, Verrill Dana, LLP in Portland, Maine. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, and holds a Masters in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service.

Professor Uma Outka Image
Areas of Expertise
Government Law
Land Use (Real Property)
Energy Law
Environmental Law
Natural Resources (Environmental Law)
Poverty Law