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

Dr. Sara C. Bronin

Sara C. Bronin is a Mexican-American architect and attorney whose scholarly research focuses on property, land use, historic preservation, green building, and renewable energy law. As the Thomas F. Gallivan Chair in Real Property Law, 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. 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. While at UConn, she has 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). 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 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, past chair of the City of Hartford Energy Improvement District, 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
Contact Information
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Curriculum Vitae Sara Bronin