- Renewable Energy
- Historic Preservation
- Sustainable Development
- Architecture and Built Environment
- Property and Land Use
- Planning and Zoning
Sara C. Bronin (formerly Galvan) is a Mexican-American architect and attorney whose scholarly research focuses on property, land use, historic preservation, green building, and renewable energy law. As Gallivan Chair, she organizes annual public conferences and speaks frequently in the United States and internationally. She has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute, and she is the lead author of the land use volume of the forthcoming Fourth Restatement of Property. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she serves as faculty director for the Law School’s Center for Energy & Environmental Law. At UConn, she is an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Public Policy, the Sustainable Global Cities Initiative (where she serves on the Advisory Committee), and the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and she serves on the grant-funded Transportation, Technology, and Society Research Group.
Professor Bronin is a past chair of the State & Local Government Section of the American Association of Law Schools, and she has chaired several Law School committees (including the Facilities Committee and the Academic Plan Committee). While at UConn, she has also been selected to be a Distinguished Energy Law Scholar at Vermont Law School, a Visiting Professor at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University 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 recently chaired the city's Energy Improvement District Board and chairs Preservation Connecticut (formerly 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.
Sara Bronin, Restatement (Fourth) of Property, with Henry E. Smith et al.
Sara C. Bronin, Comprehensive Rezonings, 3 BYU L. Rev. 101 (2020)
Sara C. Bronin, Zoning for Families, 95 Indiana L. J. 1 (2019)
Sara C. Bronin, Historic Preservation Law in a Nutshell (2d ed. 2017, 1st ed.) (with Ryan M. Rowberry)
Sara C. Bronin, Land Use Regulation (3d ed. 2020, 2d ed. 2016) (with Stewart Sterk, Eduardo Peñalver)
Sara C. Bronin, Rathkopf's the Law of Zoning & Planning (2014-present) (with Dwight H. Merriam)
Professor Sara Bronin has been named to the first Power 50 list published by the Hartford Business Journal, identifying business and civic leaders whose influence has a significant impact on the Greater Hartford economy and community. Bronin, who chairs the Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission, shared the tenth spot on the list with her husband, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.
Professor Sara Bronin has been appointed to the Connecticut Bar Association's 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic Task Force. The task force—composed of lawyers, judges, and other professionals—is charged with responding to legal issues and needs in Connecticut arising from the pandemic. Read more.
Professor Sara Bronin will speak at the Property Law and State & Local Government Law Joint Program at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Schools in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 4, 2020. She will participate in a panel discussion about efforts around the United States to overcome barriers to zoning reform.