Sara C. Bronin

Thomas F. Gallivan Chair in Real Property Law and Faculty Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law
Sara Bronin
Office: Hosmer 223
  • 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, including four books and treatises and over a dozen scholarly articles, examines property, land use, historic preservation, green building, and renewable energy law. She takes seriously her charge as Gallivan Chair to bridge the gap between academia, practicing professionals, and the general public, and to that end organizes a popular conference series and gives at least 25 invited talks per year, including at international venues. She has been honored for her contributions to the legal profession by being elected to membership to the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization working to improve the law. Through the ALI, she is coordinating the land use (and other portions) of the forthcoming Fourth Restatement of Property. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she currently serves as faculty director for the Law School’s Center for Energy and Environmental Law. She 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 most recent Academic Plan Committee).  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 in economic and social history from the University of Oxford – which she attended 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.

Outside the classroom, Professor Bronin has served 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, Connecticut. She chairs the City of Hartford's Planning & Zoning Commission and has drafted and overseen award-winning changes to the zoning, subdivision, and inland wetlands regulations. Professor Bronin also chairs the City's Climate Stewardship Council, which advances business, philanthropic, institutional, and community interests in addressing climate change through local action, and sits on the City's Energy Improvement District Board. She also chairs the Connecticut Urban Legal Initiative, which provides legal services to organizations engaging in community and economic development in the Hartford region.  Professor Bronin serves in the leadership of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, the Connecticut Trust Revolving Loan Fund, and the Connecticut Fund for the Environment.  She is a past president of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association and a current James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. 

Professor Bronin recently received the AIA's Alice Washburn Award, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation Award of Merit, and a Hartford Preservation Alliance Preservation Award for her design and rehabilitation of her Civil War-era brownstone in downtown Hartford. In 2016, she was a finalist for the CT Law Tribune Attorney of the Year Award and the Law School's nominee for the University-wide Teaching Innovation Award.

Sara BroninRestatement (Fourth) of Property, with Henry E. Smith et al., in progress

Stewart Sterk, Eduardo Peñalver, & Sara C. Bronin, Land Use Law (2016)

Sara C. BroninEnergy in the Ecopolis, 45 Envtl. L. Rep. 10514 (2015)

Sara C. Bronin and Dwight Merriam, Rathkopf's The Law of Zoning and Planning, 4th ed. (West 2014)

Sara C. Bronin and Ryan M. Rowberry, Historic Preservation Law in a Nutshell (West Academic, 2014) 

Sara C. Bronin and J. Peter Byrne, Historic Preservation Law (Foundation Press, 2012)

Sara C. Bronin and Hannah Wiseman, "Community-Scale Renewable Energy," 4 San Diego J. of Climate Change & Energy L.165 (2013)

Sara C. Bronin, Building-Related Renewable Energy and the Case of 360 State Street, 65 Vand. L. Rev. 1875 (2012)

Sara C. Bronin, Curbing Energy Sprawl with Microgrids, 43 Conn. L. Rev. 547 (2010)

Sara C. BroninSolar Rights, 89 B.U. L. Rev. 1217 (2009) (reprinted in the 2010 Planning and Zoning Handbook (Patricia Salkin, ed., 2010) and Renewable Energy Reader (K.K. DuVivier, ed., 2011))