Sara Bronin is the Thomas F. Gallivan Endowed Chair of Real Property Law and faculty director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Law at University of Connecticut School of Law. Her work - including 3 books, a leading land use law treatise, and over a dozen scholarly articles - focuses on property, land use, historic preservation, and renewable energy law.
She serves as an Associate Reporter on American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law Fourth, Property project.
Professor Bronin is a licensed architect and chairs the City of Hartford’s Planning & Zoning Commission, where she has overseen sweeping, award-winning changes to the zoning, subdivision, and inland wetlands regulations.
Professor Bronin is a past chair of the State & Local Government Section of the American Association of Law Schools. While at UConn, she has also been selected to be a Distinguished Energy Law Scholar at Vermont Law School and a Visiting Professor of Renewable Energy Law at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).
Professor Bronin received bachelor degrees in architecture and Plan II liberal arts honors from the University of Texas, a master’s degree from the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and a law degree from Yale Law School. While in law school, she clerked for then-Judge Sonia Sotomayor on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Professor Bronin serves as an expert witness and as a consultant to cities, state agencies, and private firms. Among other projects, she served as one of the lead attorneys and development strategists for the 360 State Street project, a mixed-use, transit-oriented, LEED Platinum project in New Haven. As chair of the City of Hartford's Planning & Zoning Commission, she oversaw award-winning changes to the zoning, subdivision, and inland wetlands regulations. As chair of the Hartford Climate Stewardship Council, she led a collaborative effort to draft and adopt the city’s first Climate Action Plan. Professor Bronin also chairs the city's Energy Improvement District Board and chairs the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. She is a past president of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, past chair of the Connecticut Urban Legal Initiative, and past board member of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. She is a current James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.
Professor Bronin received the AIA’s Alice Washburn Award and two preservation awards for her design and rehabilitation of her Civil War-era brownstone in downtown Hartford.