Sara C. Bronin

Affiliated Faculty, Thomas F. Gallivan Endowed Chair in Real Property Law

UConn School of Law


B.Arch., University of Texas at Austin, Architecture, 2001
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program, 2001
M.Sc., University of Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), Economic and Social History, 2003
J.D., Yale Law School, 2006

Teaching & Research Interests

Law and public policy
Land use
Historic preservation
Renewable energy
Urban planning

Professor Sara C. Bronin

Sara C. Bronin is a Mexican-American architect and attorney whose scholarly research focuses on property, land use, historic preservation, and climate change. As the Thomas F. Gallivan Chair in Real Property Law, 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 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. She has served as a Visiting Professor at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University Law School, a Visiting Professor of Renewable Energy Law at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), and a Distinguished Energy Law Scholar at Vermont Law School. While in law school, she clerked for then-Judge Sonia Sotomayor on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professor Bronin consults with cities, state agencies, and private firms. Among other projects, she served as one of the lead attorneys and development strategists for the first LEED-ND Platinum project in the country.

Professor Bronin serves as an advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Sustainable Development Code, and she sits on the board of Latinos in Heritage Conservation. As chair of the City of Hartford’s Planning and Zoning Commission, she oversaw award-winning changes to the zoning, subdivision, and inland wetlands regulations; and she spearheaded the city’s first Climate Action Plan and the City Plan. Previously, she led Preservation Connecticut, Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, Connecticut Urban Legal Initiative, and City of Hartford Energy Improvement District.

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
Contact Information
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