Sara C. Bronin

Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law
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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 licensed architect and licensed attorney whose scholarly research examines property, land use, historic preservation, green building, and renewable energy law. Overarching all of her work is a focus on the way the law can facilitate economically and environmentally sustainable American cities. Professor Bronin has become one of the foremost scholars in two rapidly evolving areas of law: historic preservation and renewable energy (including microgrids). In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she currently serves as faculty director for the Law School’s Center for Energy and Environmental Law. 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.

Outside the classroom, Professor Bronin has served as an expert witness and as a consultant to cities, state agencies, and private firms interested in creating or facilitating places of value. 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 is a board member of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, the State of Connecticut School Building Projects Advisory Council, the Connecticut Urban Legal Initiative, and the Bushnell Park Foundation. She chairs the City of Hartford's Planning & Zoning Commission and serves on the City Zoning Advisory Group, both of which are helping guide the comprehensive overhaul of the local zoning ordinance.  She is a past president of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association. 

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. 

Sara C. Bronin, Book in Progress: Regenerative Cities and The Law

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)) 

Sara C. Bronin, "The Quiet Revolution Revived: Sustainable Design, Land Use Regulation, and the States," 93 Minn. L. Rev. 231 (2008) (reprinted in Land Use & Envtl. L. Rev. (2011); Issues in Construction and Technology (Dib, ed. 2010); and Environmental Law & Policy Annual Review, 40 Envtl. L. Rep. 10733 (2010))