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 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.

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 chairs 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 BroninRestatement (Fourth) of Property, with Henry E. Smith et al., (3d ed. 2020, 2d ed. 2016)

Sara C. BroninZoning for Families, Ind. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2019)

Sara C. BroninComprehensive Rezonings, BYU L. Rev. (forthcoming 2019) 

Sara C. Bronin and Dwight Merriam, Rathkopf's The Law of Zoning and Planning, 4th ed. (West 2019)

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 Ryan M. Rowberry, Historic Preservation Law in a Nutshell (2d ed. 2017, West Academic 2014) 

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

Recent Faculty Notes
Sara Bronin Speaks at Architects' Conference
Sep 13, 2019 -

Professor Sara Bronin gave a presentation entitled "Lessons from Hartford: Bold Zoning + Sustainability Planning in a Post-Industrial City" at the 2019 Connecticut Architecture Conference of the Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architects in Uncasville, Connecticut on September 12, 2019.

Sara Bronin Wins Liberal Arts Award
Jun 17, 2019 -

The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has awarded Professor Sara Bronin its 2019 Pro Bene Meritis Young Alumna Award. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the college and recognizes an individual who has a strong professional or philanthropic commitment to the liberal arts. Bronin graduated from the University of Texas in 2001. 

Sara Bronin to Deliver Keynote Address at Forestry Forum
Oct 17, 2018 -

Professor Sara Bronin will deliver the keynote address at the The 30th Annual Conference on Urban and Community Forestry and 14th Annual Forest Forum on October 31, 2018. The forum will be held in Plantsville, Connecticut, and will feature several experts on local and urban forestry. Bronin will discuss how local communities can plan for some of the anticipated impacts of climate change. The forum is hosted by the Connecticut Urban Forest Council.

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