- 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 and servitudes volumes 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 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 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 serves in the leadership of 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., in progress
Stewart Sterk, Eduardo Peñalver, & Sara C. Bronin, Land Use Law (2016)
Sara C. Bronin, Energy 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. Bronin, Solar 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))
Professor Sara Bronin has been elected chair of the board of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. The trust is a non-profit orginization dedicated to protecting the buildings, land and sites that contribute to the heritage of Connecticut communities.
Professor Sara Bronin will moderate a panel discussion on the topic of "Revitalizing Hartford for Everyone" from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on April 26, 2018, at the Spotlight Theatres, 39 Front Street in Hartford. The event is sponsored by the Urban and Community Studies program at UConn.
Professor Sara Bronin will speak at the International Municipal Lawyers’ Association Webinar in Washington, DC, July 10, 2018. Her talk, entitled “Solar Zoning,” will discuss ways to involve solar energy in local planning, zoning and historic preservation processes.