SPEAKING

Conferences, rallies, and civic engagement events.

Sara Bronin speaks about how to create vibrant, equitable, and sustainable places.  

On the academic side, she has lectured at architecture and planning programs at Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Penn, RPI, MIT, and Tufts, among others.  She has also spoken at events at many law schools, including Yale, Harvard, NYU, Cornell, Georgetown, University of Virginia, University of Michigan, American, Fordham, and Vanderbilt.  

On the professional side, she has been featured at the annual conferences of the International Downtowns Association, U.S. Green Building Council, National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Planning Association, American Institute of Architects, Environmental Law Institute, American Solar Energy Society, and American Council of Renewable Energy.  She also has spoken at events for legal professionals, including International Association for Planning & Urban Law, International Municipal Lawyers’ Association, American Bar Association, and American Law Institute conferences.  

Sara has enjoyed speaking at large-scale public rallies, such as the March for Science, cultural celebrations, such as Mexican Independence Day, and civic engagement events. 

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SARA'S EXPERTISE INCLUDES:

  • Property:  eminent domain, takings, adverse possession, landlord-tenant rights, easements, covenants, title (ownership) disputes. 
  • Land Use:  planning and zoning.
  • Historic Preservation:  landmarks, historic districts, the National Register, tax credits, preservation/conservation easements.
  • Energy:  renewable energy, shared solar, special districts, solar zoning, solar rights.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT LIST

  • Lecture, “Local Climate Change Action,” University of Pennsylvania Seminar on Climate Change, March 2, 2021
  • Chair, “Green Efforts in Hartford,” Hartford Garden Club Conference, March 2, 2021
  • Lecture, “Can Land Use Laws Be Fixed?,” AIA National Housing and Community Development Knowledge Community Series, March 1, 2021
  • Panelist, “Zoning the Post-Industrial City,” Reshaping Rochester Series, February 24, 2021
  • Panelist (Selected), “Law’s Disaster: Heritage at Risk,” State and Local Government Laws and Environmental Sustainability Panel, American Association of Law Schools State and Local Government Law and Environmental Law Joint Program, January 6, 2021
  • Panelist, “Climate Action at the Local Level,” Sustainable Development Code and Environmental Law Institute, December 10, 2020
  • Lecture, “Land Use and Climate Justice,” Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Climate and Health Seminar, December 9, 2020
  • Chair, “Housing: Affordable Housing/Choice,” Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Conference, December 2, 2020
  • Panelist, “Climate Adaptation Policy and Implementation,” Resilient CT Summit, Connecticut Institute for Climate Resilience and Adaptation, November 20, 2020
  • Lecture, “The Desegregate Connecticut Agenda,” Capitol Region Council of Governments, November 19, 2020
  • Panelist, “Separate & Unequal: The Interactive Effects of Housing and Education Policies on School Segregation in Connecticut,” Partnership for Strong Communities 2020 Tipping Point Summit, November 17, 2020
  • Lecture, “Access to Spatial Justice,” UConn Law Professors Darcy Kirk & Anne Rajotte Access to Justice Course, November 12, 2020
  • Panelist, “Reforming State Zoning for Affordability, Integration, and Growth,” NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy Policy Breakfast, November 9, 2020
  • Panelist, “The Failed Federalism of Street and Vehicle Design Standards ,” The Future of Law and Transportation Symposium, University of Iowa College of Law, November 6, 2020
  • Panelist, “The Deregulatory Agenda and Historic Preservation Law,” National Trust for Historic Preservation National Conference, October 29, 2020
  • Panelist, “Connecticut Land Use System Forum,” Northeast Connecticut Council of Governments, October 29, 2020
  • Lecture, “Land Use Volume of the Fourth Restatement of Property Law [Second Half For Approval],” American Law Institute Council, New York, NY, October 23, 2020
  • Keynote, “The Potential of Desegregation Through Zoning Reform,” Fireside Chat about Social Impact Investing, Social Capital Markets 2020 Conference, October 21, 2020
  • Juror, American Institute of Architects Connecticut Women in Architecture Award, October 21, 2020
  • Panelist, “Equity through Zoning Reform in Connecticut,” Connecticut Bar Association Constance Baker Motley Speaker Series on Racial Inequality, October 16, 2020
  • Keynote, “Latina Leadership,” The Hartford National Hispanic Leadership Network, October 14, 2020
  • Keynote, “Tomorrow’s Preservation Movement,” Preservation Pennsylvania Annual Conference, Easton, PA, October 13, 2020
  • Panelist, “Latinx Contributions to the U.S. in Politics and Social Justice,” Pratt & Whitney Hispanic Leadership Forum, October 7, 2020
  • Lecture, “Law’s Disaster: Heritage at Risk,” State and Local Government Law Works in Progress Symposium, September 24, 2020
  • Chair, “Towards Clean Energy Equity: Overcoming Racial Disparities,” University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, September 24, 2020
  • Lecture, “The Link Between Land Use Law, Health, and Equity,” Yale School of Public Health, Health Policy Leadership Seminar, September 21, 2020
  • Lecture, “Housing and Segregation,” Connecticut Citizens’ Action Group Forum, September 10, 2020
  • Lecture, “Zoning For Community Resiliency,” Sustainable and Resilient Communities Forum, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Long Island Sound Program Science and Technical Advisory Committee, September 10, 2020
  • Panelist, “Health and Housing Roundtable,” Data Haven and DesegregateCT Forum, September 3, 2020
  • Panelist, “Land Use Segregation in Housing: What Can Be Done?,” Connecticut Bar Association Planning & Zoning Section, September 3, 2020
  • Panelist, “Housing and the Pandemic,” U.S. Housing and Community Development and Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, August 31, 2020
  • Panelist, “Are Laws Our Monuments?,” Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity, and Opportunity Forum, August 18, 2020
  • Panelist, “Adaptive Zoning: Climate, COVID, & Racial Justice,” Association of American Law School Webinar, August 10, 2020
  • Panelist, “Housing, Equity & Opportunity in Fairfield County: A Tale of Two Cities,” Fairfield County Center for Housing Opportunity, August 6, 2020
  • Panelist (Selected), “Housing for Diversity: Ending Segregation Through Zoning,” American Planning Association National Conference, July 30, 2020
  • Lecture, “Desegregate CT Briefing,” Connecticut Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, July 17, 2020
  • Panelist, “Look to the States: Climate & Equity During the Pandemic,” Yale Center for Business and Environment, July 16, 2020
  • Panelist, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” AIA Connecticut, July 15, 2020
  • Panelist, “Funding Priorities for Municipal Resilience Projects,” Connecticut Governor’s Council on Climate Change, July 2, 2020
  • Panelist, “Flattening the Curve: COVID-19 and Climate Change,” American Bar Association Economic Justice & Environmental Justice Committee and American Bar Association International Human Rights Committee Panel, June 30, 2020
  • Panelist, “Driehaus Award Zoning Code Winners,” Smart Growth America and the Form-Based Codes Institute, June 23, 2020
  • Panelist, “Scene and Heard: Building Our Block,” Hartford Stage Webinar Series, June 10, 2020
  • Lecture, “Land Use Reforms in the Post-COVID Era,” Connecticut General Assembly Main Street Working Group, June 8, 2020
  • Lecture, “Seinfeld’s Property Law,” Yada Yada Law School, June 3, 2020
  • Panelist, “Climate-Change Impacts on Local Law,” Stanford University, Stanford Law Review Lawyering in the Age of Climate Change Symposium, Palo Alto, CA, May 20 2020
  • Panelist, “Virtual Public Meetings: Legal Issues,” National Trust for Historic Preservation and National Alliance of Preservation Commissions COVID-19 Series, May 19, 2020
  • Lecture, “Zoning for Outdoor Living During COVID-19,” UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research Webinar, May 15, 2020
  • Lecture, “A Clean Energy Future,” EarthWeek Hartford Webinar, April 23, 2020
  • Panelist, “COVID-19 Law Roundtable: Climate Law,” UConn Law School Faculty Workshop, Webinar April 22, 2020
  • Juror, University of Massachusetts Professor Stephen Schreiber Master of Architecture Candidate Senior Thesis Presentation, April 17, 2020
  • Lecture, “Emergency Changes to the Land Use Process in the COVID-19 Era,” UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research Webinar, March 26, 2020
  • Panelist, “Emergency Orders Impacting CT Land Use Statutes in Response to COVID-19,” Connecticut Bar Association Land Use Section Webinar, March 24, 2020
  • Juror, University of Hartford Professor Michael Crosbie Advanced Design Studio, March 6, 2020
  • Panelist, “Parking Reforms for Placemaking,” Smart Growth America, February 25, 2020
  • Chair, “Planned Development for Downtown Hartford,” Commercial Real Estate Women Breakfast, February 25, 2020
  • Juror, University of Hartford Professor Michael Crosbie Advanced Design Studio, February 17, 2020
  • Lecture, “Issues in Historic Preservation,” Decoding Adaptive Reuse Summit, American Institute of Architects Connecticut, February 11, 2020
  • Panelist, “Preservation and Sustainability in the Law,” Toward Sustainability and Equity: Envisioning Preservation Policy Reform Symposium, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, New York, NY, February 6-7, 2020
  • Lecture, “Rendering Hartford,” University of Hartford Professor Michael Crosbie Advanced Design Studio, January 29, 2020
  • Plenary Remarks, 23rd UConn Law School Gallivan Conference: Historic and Green: A New Climate Agenda, co-sponsored by the State of Connecticut Historic Preservation Office and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation January 24, 2020
  • Chair, ELLEvate: Career Successes of UConn Women, UConn Women and Philanthropy Network, January 16, 2020
  • Panelist (Selected), “Land Use Reform and the Housing Crisis: Is 100 Years of Exclusionary Zoning Enough?”, American Association of Law Schools Property Law and State and Local Government Law Joint Program, Washington, DC, January 4, 2020
  • 9 Discussions/Presentations with Desegregate Connecticut (June 9, June 16, June 23, July 7, July 21, August 4, September 15, September 29, October 13, October 27)
  • 13 Community Discussions/Presentations on City Plan Process: Complete Streets Working Group (January 14); Capitol Region Education Council (January 22); City Officials (March 17); Final Adoption (May 12); Green400/ Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association (March 2); Grow400 (March 23); Live400 (March 17); Hartford Public Schools Administration (February 12); Mayor’s Office Staff (February 12); Move 400 (March 18); Play400 (March 9); State Officials (February 6); Youth Service Corps (January 30)
  • Plenary Remarks, Celebration of Wawa Gatheru as UConn’s first Rhodes Scholar, Storrs, CT, December 11, 2019
  • Lecture, “Eminent Domain and its Implications,” Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University Law School, Paris, France, November 27, 2019
  • Lecture, “Zoning in the United States,” Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University Law School, Paris, France, November 26, 2019
  • Panelist, “Evaluating Recent Zoning Reform Efforts,” Suffolk University Zoning Reform Roundtable Symposium, Boston, MA, November 15, 2019
  • Keynote, “Innovations in Land Use Regulations,” Lincoln Institute for Land Policy Consortium for Scenario Planning Conference, November 6, 2019
  • Lecture, “Public Policy and Land Use in Hartford,” UConn Public Policy Professors Douglas Spencer & Deneen Hatmaker Introduction to Public Policy Course (PP 5340), October 30, 2019
  • Panelist, “Solar Rights,” 2019 Summit for New York City: The Fight for Light, Municipal Art Society, New York, NY, October 25, 2019
  • Panelist, “Climate Change and Historic Preservation,” National Trust for Historic Preservation National Conference, Denver, CO, October 10, 2019
  • Panelist (Interactive Presentation), “Applied Learning at the Law School,” President Thomas Katsouleas, UConn Forward, October 7, 2019
  • Lecture, “Land Use Volume of the Fourth Restatement of Property Law [For Approval],” American Law Institute Council, New York, NY, October 17, 2019
  • Lecture, “Borders,” Twilight Club, October 1, 2019
  • Panelist, “Comprehensive Rezonings,” University of Virginia State and Local Government Law Works in Progress Symposium, Charlottesville, VA, September 21, 2019
  • Chair, “Cities, Takings, and Zoning for Public Land,” University of Virginia State and Local Government Law Works in Progress Symposium, Charlottesville, VA, September 20, 2019
  • Plenary Remarks, Mexican Independence Day Ceremony and State Capitol Building Mexican Flag-Raising, September 16, 2019
  • Lecture, “Lessons from Hartford: Bold Zoning + Sustainability Planning in a Post-Industrial City,” American Institute of Architects Connecticut Annual Conference, Uncasville, CT, September 12, 2019
  • Press Conference Remarks, Announcement of Hartford “Cities to Watch” Ranking from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, July 29, 2019
  • Panelist, Climate Change and Historic Preservation, National Preservation Law Conference, Georgetown Law Center, Washington, DC, June 25, 2019
  • Panelist, “Zoning and Solar Access,” Municipal Art Society and New Yorkers for Parks Roundtable, New York, NY, June 18, 2019
  • Panelist, “The Future of Preservation,” State of Connecticut Historic Preservation Office Annual Conference, New Haven, CT, May 17, 2019
  • Plenary Remarks, State of Connecticut Historic Preservation Office Annual Conference, New Haven, CT, May 17, 2019
  • Plenary Remarks, Latinas in Power Symposium, May 16, 2019
  • Panelist, “Economic Growth through Zoning Reform,” American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust, and Estate Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, May 9, 2019
  • Plenary Remarks, UConn Landscape Architecture Professor Sungmin Jin Senior Design Studio Course Final Presentations, May 3, 2019
  • Panelist, “Changing Our Minds on Parking,” Central Connecticut State University Sustainability Symposium, New Britain, CT, April 11, 2019
  • Plenary Remarks, “Putting Humans in the Autonomous Vehicles Driver’s Seat: People, Policy, and Law,” UConn Transportation and Technology Research Group Conference, co-sponsored by the Travelers Institute, Storrs, CT, April 1, 2019
  • Keynote, “Historic Hartford: Sustainability Zoning + Planning,” University of Kentucky School of Architecture Preservation Symposium, Lexington, KY, March 29, 2019
  • Lecture, “Zoning for Families,” University of Kentucky School of Law Colloquium, Lexington, KY, March 28, 2019
  • Lecture, “Draft Land Use Volume of the Fourth Restatement of Property Law,” American Law Institute Advisers Teleconference, March 19, 2019
  • Panelist, “LAWtina: Her Story,” UConn Law School Latino Law Students Association Professional Panel, March 4, 2019
  • Panelist, “The Parking Conundrum: Smart Parking for Planning and Economic Development,” Connecticut Economic Development Association Webinar, March 1, 2019
  • Panelist, “Hidden in Plain Site: Turning Old Buildings into Productive New Uses,” CT Main Street Center Conference, February 28, 2019
  • Panelist, “Municipal Action Success Stories,” Sustainable CT, February 8, 2019
  • Keynote, “Land Use and the Fourth Property Restatement,” Hawaii State Bar Association Land Use Section Biannual Conference, Honolulu, HI, January 24, 2019
  • 39 Community Discussions/Presentations with 995 people on City Plan Process:  Advisory Commission on the Environment (June 4), City Commission Chairs (November 18), Eco Expo (October 2), Energy Improvement District (October 25), Food Policy Advisory Commission (November 13), Grow400 Working Group (November 4, November 18, December 2, December 16, December 30), Hartford Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs (October 28), Historic Properties Commission (November 20), Hartford Youth Scholars (December 14), Live400 Working Group (November 7, November 21, December 5, December 19), Mayoral Town Hall (October 26), Move400 Working Group (October 31, November 14, December 12), North End Senior Center (November 12), Obama Fellows (December 9), Play400 Working Group (November 4, November 18, December 2, December 16), South End Senior Center (November 7), Tree Commission (November 6), Transport Hartford Youth Interns (November 19, December 19), West End Civic Association (December 6), West Indian Social Club (November 14) 
  • Lecture, “Zoning for Families,” UConn Law School Faculty Mini-Workshop, December 7, 2018
  • Plenary Remarks, Hartford Public Library Annual Gala Event, December 7, 2018
  • Lecture, “Presentation on Campus Master Plan,” UConn Law School Alumni Association, November 28, 2018
  • Panelist (Selected), “Transportation Investments Grow Strong Communities,” Center for Latino Progress Multi-Modal and Transportation Summit, November 19, 2018
  • Panelist, “New Urbanism and Historic Preservation,” Historic Preservation in the Twenty-First Century Symposium, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, November 2, 2018
  • Keynote, “Local Climate Planning – for Trees and Beyond,” Connecticut Urban Forest Council Conference, Plantsville, CT, October 31, 2018
  • Chair, “Climate Change,” UConn Law School Regulating for the Seventh Generation: Tribal Nations and Environmental Law Symposium, October 26, 2018
  • Panelist, “Zoning and Regulations for Retail Vitality,” International Downtowns Association Annual Retropolitan Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 25, 2018
  • Plenary Remarks, Southern New England American Planning Association, October 18, 2018
  • Panelist, “Hartford Development Plans in and Around the Bushnell Theater,” Commercial Real Estate Women Breakfast, October 4, 2018
  • Lecture, “Historic Preservation and Economic Development,” CoreNet Real Estate, October 2, 2018
  • Keynote, “Curating Cities: How Law Changes What We See,” UConn Foundation Event for Fine Arts, Business, and Law Alumni, New York, NY, September 25, 2018
  • Lecture, “Zoning for Families,” State and Local Government Works in Progress, Fordham Law School, New York, NY, September 25, 2018
  • Panelist, “Food Policy at the Local Level,” Farm Aid Concert Annual Conference, September 21, 2018
  • Lecture, “Public Policy and Land Use in Hartford,” UConn Public Policy Professor Mohamad Alkadry Introduction to Public Policy Course (PP 5340), September 18, 2018
  • Keynote, “Looking Back Towards Our Future,” 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Friends of Keney Park, September 15, 2018
  • Plenary Remarks, Mexican Independence Day Ceremony and State Capitol Building Mexican Flag-Raising, September 13, 2018
  • Lecture, “Hartford’s Experiment: Sustainable Zoning in a Post-Industrial City,” American Bar Association Real Property and Trusts and Estates Section Webinar, September 11, 2018
  • Press Conference Remarks, Announcement of National Award for Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation-Supported Site (the Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses), Bridgeport, CT, July 27, 2018
  • Lecture, “Solar Zoning,” International Municipal Lawyers’ Association Webinar, July 10, 2018
  • Plenary Remarks, UConn Law School Graduates of the Last Decade Gathering, May 31, 2018
  • Plenary Remarks, State of Connecticut Historic Preservation Office Annual Conference, Rocky Hill, CT, May 16, 2018
  • Keynote, “Sustainability Planning – Hartford,” League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford Annual Meeting, West May 12, 2018
  • Chair, “Revitalizing Hartford for Everyone,” UConn Urban and Community Studies Public Symposium, April 26, 2018
  • Lecture, “Connecting Law and Public Health in Hartford,” UConn Health Department of Community Medicine, April 25, 2018
  • Plenary Remarks, March for Science Rally, April 14, 2018
  • Lecture, “Public Sector Sustainability at the City Level,” UConn MBA Professor John Mandyck Sustainability in a Global Business Environment Course (BADM 5190), April 13, 2018
  • Lecture, “Comprehensive Rezonings,” University of Houston Law Center Faculty Workshop, Houston, TX, April 9, 2018
  • Keynote, “Lessons from Hartford: Bold Zoning + Sustainability Planning in a Post-Industrial City,” Congress for New Urbanism New England Chapter, Boston, MA, March 30, 2018
  • Lecture, “Hartford Zoning,” UConn Law Professor Bethany Berger Property Course (LAW 7525-02), March 26, 2018
  • Keynote, “Voices on Sustainability: A Conversation with Sara Bronin on Local Initiatives,” Connecticut Women’s Council, Metro Hartford Alliance, March 22, 2018
  • Panelist, “Climate Planning in Low-Income Communities,” Toward a Just Transition Conference, Queen Mary’s University et al., Edinburgh, Scotland, March 1, 2018
  • Keynote (Kornblut Lecture), “Building Relationships, Building Cities,” Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture, February 22, 2018
  • Lecture, “Planning and Zoning for Resiliency: the Hartford Example,” Cornell University Department of City and Regional Planning, Ithaca, NY, February 16, 2018
  • Plenary Remarks, Preservation Law Students Lunch, Cornell University Department of City and Regional Planning, Ithaca, NY, February 16, 2018
  • Keynote, “Nature and the City,” Annual Meeting of the Hartford Garden Club, February 6, 2018
  • Keynote, “Preservation in the Trump Era,” Annual Meeting of the Providence Preservation Society, Providence, RI, January 31, 2018
  • Press Conference Remarks, Announcement of City of Hartford Climate Action Plan Adoption, January 30, 2018
  • Panelist, “Energy and Climate,” Connecticut League of Conservation Voters Annual Environmental Summit, January 25, 2018
  • Panelist, “The Crowning Year,” Montessori School of Greater Hartford Parent Information Night, January 25, 2018
  • Plenary Remarks, Launch of Sustainable CT Initiative, January 16, 2018
  • Plenary Remarks, Hartford Public Library Baby Grand Jazz Series, January 3, 2018 
  • Lecture, “Local Environmentalism,” Connecticut Green Bank Peer to Peer Network, New Haven, CT, December 15, 2017
  • Panelist, “Historic Preservation, Zoning, Public Health,” Sharpening our Preservation Tools: Enhancing the Positive Health Aspects of Historic Preservation Panel, National Trust for Historic Preservation National Conference, Chicago, IL, November 16, 2017
  • Lecture, “Zoning in Hartford,” Pioneer Valley Development Council, Springfield, MA, November 9, 2017
  • Keynote, “Local Climate Action Planning Efforts,” UConn Department of Geography Methodologies and Engagement for State Level Climate Assessment Workshop, Storrs, CT, November 6, 2017
  • Chair, Fighting Blight in Connecticut Cities: On-the-Ground Perspectives, November 6, 2017
  • Lecture, “Climate Change and Zoning,” University of Hartford Professor Jamie Brätt Advanced Urban Studies Course, University of Hartford, October 26, 2017
  • Panelist, “Filling in Parking Craters,” UConn Department of Geography and UConn School of Business Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies Reinvigorating Cities, Redeveloping Parking Craters Symposium, October 20, 2017
  • Panelist, “Hartford: Past, Present, Future,” 10th Anniversary Conference for the Center for Urban and Global Studies, Trinity College, October 19, 2017
  • Panelist, “Food in Hartford’s Climate Action Plan,” Hartford Food Policy Advisory Commission Annual Breakfast, October 16, 2017
  • Panelist, “Zoning for the Post-Industrial City: Hartford’s New Sustainable Form-Based Code,” International Municipal Lawyers Association Conference, Niagara Falls, Canada, October 15, 2017
  • Lecture, “Draft Land Use Volume of the Fourth Restatement of Property Law,” American Law Institute, Philadelphia, PA, October 13, 2017
  • Panelist, “CTtransit Goes East to UConn,” Center for Latino Progress Public Workshop, September 27, 2017
  • Keynote, “Hartford’s Climate Action Plan,” City of Hartford Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission Friends of Parks Celebration, September 26, 2017
  • Lecture, “National Report on U.S. Heritage Law,” Architectural Heritage, Sites and Landscapes Seized by Urban Law Symposium, International Association for Planning Urban Law, Universidad Autonomous Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, September 22, 2017
  • Lecture, “On Land Use Law in the U.S. Restatement (Fourth) of Property,” Universitat Pompeu Fabra Law Faculty Seminar, Barcelona, Spain, September 21, 2017
  • Panelist, “Standing Up for the Word: Sustainability and Climate Change,” 40 Years of Rhodes Women Conference, University of Oxford, Oxford, England, September 15, 2017
  • Lecture, “Solar Planning 101: Opportunities and Obstacles,” American Planning Association Planning and Law Division Webinar, September 11, 2017
  • Lecture, “Hartford’s Climate Action Plan,” Governor’s Council on Climate Change Policy Webinar, September 6, 2017
  • Panelist, “Hartford’s Zoning: Promoting Urban Agriculture,” American Community Gardening Conference, July 27, 2017
  • Lecture, “A Model Zoning Code Advancing Energy and Environment: The Hartford Example,” Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT, June 22, 2017
  • Inaugural Reader, “Potter on the Plaza,” Riverfront Recapture, June 14, 2017
  • Panelist, “Form-Based Codes as Historic Preservation Tool,” National Historic Preservation Law Conference, Georgetown Law School, Washington, DC, June 13, 2017
  • Panelist, “Cultural Authenticity: Talkback after Fade,” Theaterworks, June 6, 2017
  • Keynote, “The Power of Philanthropy,” Aurora Women and Girls Foundation, West June 6, 2017
  • Lecture, “Public Sector Sustainability at the City Level,” UConn MBA Professor John Mandyck Sustainability in a Global Business Environment Course (BADM 5190), May 14, 2017
  • Panelist, “Climate Action Planning in Hartford: A Case Study,” Third Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, May 12, 2017
  • Panelist, “On Citizen Jane: The Battle for the City,” Real Artways Movie Talkback, May 9, 2017
  • Panelist, “Transit Oriented Development in Connecticut: the Hartford Example,” American Planning Association Annual National Conference, New York, NY, May 9, 2017
  • Plenary Remarks, March for Science Rally, April 22, 2017
  • Chair, “Mass v. EPA: The Legacy,” UConn Center for Energy and Environmental Law Climate, Carbon, and Cars:  From Mass v. EPA to our Electric Future Conference, co-sponsored by the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal, April 21, 2017
  • Keynote, “Frontiers in Zoning and Real Estate Development: Hartford,” Connecticut Bar Association Real Estate Section, Wallingford, CT, April 20, 2017
  • Lecture, “Hartford Zoning,” UConn Law Professor Bethany Berger Property Course (LAW 7525-02), March 27, 2017
  • Lecture, “Zoning for the Post-Industrial City: Hartford’s New Sustainable Form-Based Code,” Tufts University Planning Department Faculty Speaker Series, Boston, MA, March 15, 2017
  • Panelist, “Public Engagement in Zoning,” Civics 101 Workshop of Bridgeport Generation Now, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, March 11, 2017
  • Plenary Remarks, 22nd UConn Law School Gallivan Conference: Municipal Climate Policy: Local Solutions for a Global Problem, co-sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, Connecticut Sea Grant, and Entergy Corporation, March 3, 2017
  • Chair, “Workshop on Hartford Climate Action Plan,” 22nd UConn Law School Gallivan Conference: Municipal Climate Policy: Local Solutions for a Global Problem, co-sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, Connecticut Sea Grant, and Entergy Corporation, March 3, 2017
  • Lecture, “Professional Directions in Law and Architecture,” Trinity College Master Class for Leadership Freshmen, February 16, 2017
  • Lecture, “New Zoning for Hartford,” Trinity College Professor Xiangming Chen From Hartford to World Cities Course, February 13, 2017
  • Lecture, “Hartford Zoning,” UConn Law Professor Bethany Berger Property Course (LAW 7525-02), January 25, 2017
  • 16 Community Discussions/Presentations with over 375 people on Climate Action Plan Draft, including Climate Stewardship Council meetings (January 10, February 14, April 4, May 23, July 11, September 5, October 17, December 5) 
  • Juror, UConn Undergraduate Senior Landscape Architecture Studio, December 15, 2016
  • Lecture, “Hartford: Zoning [Not for Cars],” UConn Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Seminar, Storrs, CT, December 5, 2016
  • Lecture, “Climate Resiliency at the Local Level,” Sino-US Insurance and Environmental Laws Symposium: The Role of Insurance in Environmental Protection, Renmin University Law School, Beijing, China, October 29, 2016
  • Lecture, “Zoning and the Functional Family,” Yale Law School Alumni Workshop, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, October 21, 2016
  • Panelist, “Climate Change: A Perspective from an Inland City,” Connecticut Bar Association Environmental Law Section, October 19, 2016
  • Keynote, “Protecting Hartford’s Built Past,” Friends of the Mark Twain House Annual Meeting, October 18, 2016
  • Keynote, “Lawyers and Architects,” Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Joint Meeting, New Haven, CT, October 11, 2016
  • Lecture, “Draft Land Use Volume of the Fourth Restatement of Property Law,” American Law Institute, Philadelphia, PA, September 30, 2016
  • Plenary Remarks, Anniversary Celebration of Bushnell Park Carousel, National Carousel Association, September 17, 2016
  • Panelist, “The Importance of Investing in Transportation,” Fifth Annual Transportation Funding Forum co-sponsored by Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Capitol Region Council of Governments, and Transit for Connecticut, September 15, 2016
  • Panelist, “Hartford’s New Zoning Code,” Constructing a Future for Connecticut from the State and Local Perspective Symposium, Commercial Real Estate Women Real Estate Exchange, September 7, 2016
  • Lecture, “New Form-Based and Sustainability Frontiers in Hartford’s Zoning Code,” Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association Hot Topics Symposium, June 3, 2016
  • Panelist, “Form-Based Codes as Preservation Tools: New Zoning for Hartford,” New Frontiers in Preservation Law Panel, Association of Law, Property, and Society, Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, May 21, 2016
  • Lecture, “Hartford’s New Zoning Code,” Georgetown University Law Center Professor J. Peter Byrne Historic Preservation Law Course, Washington, DC, April 21, 2016
  • Panelist, “Rethinking Energy in Cities,” University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Green Infrastructure, Resilient Cities: New Challenges, New Solutions Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, March 31, 2016
  • Juror, Professor James Fuller Undergraduate Architecture Studio, University of Hartford, March 30, 2016
  • Panelist, “Hartford’s New Zoning Code,” Connecticut Bar Association Land Use Law Section, UConn Law School, March 21, 2016
  • Panelist, “Urban Space,” University of Michigan Law School, Return of the American City: Redeeming the American Dream Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, March 11, 2016
  • Panelist, “Zoning in College Towns,” Land Use Regulations and Economic Development Conference, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY, February 26, 2016
  • Panelist, “Local/ Municipal Green Development Standards,” Fordham Law School Global Challenges and Local Solutions: The Role of Municipalities in the Fight Against Climate Change Conference, New York, NY, February 5, 2016
  • Lecture, “Local Sustainability,” Trinity College Professor Joseph Chambers Environmental Law and Policy Course, January 28, 2016
  • 14 Community Discussions/Presentations with over 300 people on Climate Action Plan, including Climate Stewardship Council meetings (April 25, May 24, June 28, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, and December 6)
  • Panelist, “On Historic Preservation Law in a Nutshell,” New Books in Law Webinar, November 8, 2015
  • Plenary Remarks, Urban League Annual Equal Opportunity Dinner, November 13, 2015
  • Lecture, “Building Your Future,” Hartford Youth Scholars Speaker Series, October 31, 2015
  • Lecture, “The State of Renewables in Connecticut,” Connecticut Society of Governmental Accountants 67th Annual Conference, Farmington, CT, October 29, 2015
  • Panelist, “Hot Topics in Local Historic Preservation Law,” International Municipal Lawyers’ Association Webinar, Washington, DC, October 19, 2015
  • Panelist, “Whose Job is it? Legal and Policy Frameworks for the Next Generation of Preservationists,” UConn Law School Old Roots/ New Routes Conference, co-sponsored by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, October 16, 2015
  • Plenary Remarks, “Developing the Land Use Volume of the Fourth Restatement of Property Law,” American Law Institute, Philadelphia, PA, October 1, 2015
  • Panelist, “Using Agriculture to Grow Southern New England,” Southern New England American Planning Association Planning Conference, September 25, 2015
  • Panelist, “Local Government Sustainability Efforts,” Competing Visions for a Sustainable Future Symposium, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI, April 17, 2015
  • Moderator, “A Conversation with Commissioner Robert Klee: Natural Gas Policy and Connecticut,” UConn Law School Fracking and the Law: The Frontlines, The Future, and Connecticut Conference, April 10, 2015
  • Panelist, “A Better, Brighter Grid: The Future of Solar and Distributed Generation,” UConn Center for Energy and Environmental Law, co-sponsored by Connecticut Fund for the Environment and the Connecticut General Assembly Energy and Technology Committee, March 27, 2015
  • Chair, “Post-Kelo Legal Changes,” 20th UConn Law School Gallivan Conference: Kelo:  A Decade Later, March 20, 2015
  • Panelist, “Metabolic Urban Spaces: Zero Waste Water and Food,” MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism Future of Suburbia Conference, Cambridge, MA, March 13, 2015
  • Panelist “Assessing the Critical Legal Issues and Constraints for Microgrid Operators,” Microgrid Development for Public and Private Sectors Conference, Weehawken, NJ, March 5, 2015
  • Panelist, “New Frontiers in Preservation and Renewable Energy,” Georgetown Law Center and National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Preservation Law Conference, Washington, DC, February 25, 2015
  • Panelist, “Historic Preservation Law,” Georgetown Law Center and National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Preservation Law Pre-Conference Webinar, Washington, DC, February 20, 2015
  • Lecture, “Planning for the Future of Hartford,” Robinson and Cole LLP Smart Luncheon Series, February 17, 2015
  • Panelist (Selected), “Regenerative Cities and the Law: A Focus on Neighborhood Microgrids,” Seismic Shifts in Energy: The Repercussions of Local Solar and Distributed Generation Panel, American Association of Law Schools Natural Resources and Energy Law Program, Washington, DC, January 3, 2015
  • 30+ Community Discussions/Presentations with over 1,000 people on Zoning Code Draft:  Complete Streets Working Group, Court of Common Council, Department of Public Works, Food Policy Advisory Commission, Historic Properties Commission, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, Hartford Parking Authority, Police Department, Redevelopment Agency, Tree Commission, Upper Albany Main Street Merchants Association, all of the neighborhood groups mentioned in 2014 list, and many other entities and organizations   
  • Panelist, “Rising to the Challenge: Preparing for Sea Level Rise in Southern New England,” Southern New England American Planning Association Annual Conference, Providence, RI, October 24, 2014
  • Panelist, “Exploring the New Challenge of Climate Change for Community Development and Land Use,” Conference Celebrating 40th Anniversary of The Use of Land, Harvard Law School, co-sponsored by Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Cambridge, MA, October 16-17, 2014
  • Exhibition Text Drafter, for Ernest Lawson’s Low Tide (1898) in “Land Grant Landscapes: Pre-1950 American Landscapes from the Benton Collection,” Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT, October 23–December 14, 2014
  • Special Guest, “Keep Calm and Hartford On: Planning and Zoning,” Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs, CT, September 10, 2014
  • Panelist, “Creating/Modifying Local Historic Preservation Ordinances,” International Municipal Lawyers’ Association Webinar, Washington, DC, June 2, 2014
  • Panelist, “Microgrids: Critical Legal Issues,” Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Professor Lawrence Reilly Electric Utilities:  An Industry in Transition Course, New Haven, CT, April 15, 2014
  • Panelist, “Infrastructure, Power, and Response,” 19th UConn Law School Gallivan Conference: Climate Resilience – Envisioning A New Way Forward, April 11, 2014
  • Panelist, “Municipal-Supported Microgrid Seminar: Process and Legal Issues,” State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Workshop, April 4, 2014
  • Lecture, “State Regulation of Microgrids,” Maryland Resiliency Through Microgrids Task Force, Annapolis, MD, March 10, 2014
  • Panel, “Energy and Infrastructure in the Regenerative Cities of the Future,” Fordham Law School Smart Law for Smart Cities Conference, New York, NY, February 27, 2014
  • Chair, “Becoming a Judge in Connecticut: The Judicial Selection Process,” February 20, 2014
  • Panelist, “Accommodating Renewable Energy on Historic Sites,” American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Professors’ Corner Webinar, February 12, 2014
  • Lecture, “Law Professors and the Legislative Process,” State of Connecticut Legislative Commissioner’s Office Seminar, January 16, 2014
  • 15 Community Discussions/Presentations with over 500 people on Zoning Code Draft:  Southwest/Behind the Rocks NRZ (June 10), Northeast Revitalization Association (June 16), Upper Albany NRZ (June 18), Northeast Revitalization Association (July 8), Maple Avenue Revitalization Group (July 10), Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association (August 4), West End Civic Association Committee Meeting (August 28), South End NRZ (September 4), Asylum Hill (September 8), Parkville Community Association (September 17), Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association Streetscape Subcommittee (September 24), Coalition to Save the Sheldon/Charter Oak Neighborhood (October 6), Maple Avenue Revitalization Group (October 9), South Downtown NRZ (October 15), Blue Hills Civic Association (October 21) 
  • Panelist, “The Microgrid Next Door,” American Bar Association and American Council on Renewable Energy Webinar, December 18, 2013
  • Panelist, “Building-Related Renewable Energy and 360 State Street,” U.S. Green Building Council Greenbuild Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 20, 2013
  • Panelist, “How Not to Fall on the Sword of Procedural Due Process in Land Use Regulation,” International Municipal Lawyers’ Association Webinar, Washington, DC, October 21, 2013
  • Lecture, “The Future of Community Energy,” Yale Law Women Faculty Workshop, New Haven, CT, September 24, 2013
  • Respondent, Moot Camp for Future Academics, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, September 7, 2013
  • Lecture, “Community Solar,” Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center Workshop, Muskegon, MI, July 9, 2013
  • Panelist, “Following in the Path of the Storm: Legal and Legislative Challenges in Addressing Rising Sea Levels on the Connecticut Coastline,” Connecticut Bar Association Environmental Law Section Panel, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 17, 2013
  • Panelist, “A Panel Discussion on Climate Change,” Connecticut Environmental Forum, Wethersfield, CT, June 5, 2013
  • Panelist, “Legal Issues for Solar Zoning,” National Conference of the American Solar Energy Society, Baltimore, MD, April 18, 2013
  • Panelist (Selected), “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples:  The Intersection of Environmental Law, Natural Resources Development, Water Law, Energy Law, International Law, and Indigenous Law,” American Association of Law Schools Conference Cross-Cutting Program, New Orleans, LA, January 6, 2013 
  • Panelist, “Neighborhood Microgrids as Urban Infill,” University of San Diego School of Law Law in a Distributed Energy Future Symposium, San Diego, CA, November 9, 2012
  • Panelist, Microgrids/Community Energy Planning in New England Workshop, co-sponsored by Pace Law School Energy and Climate Center, State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and UConn Center on Energy and Environmental Law, October 10, 2012
  • Panelist, “Microgrids and Demand Response,” AGRION Roundtable, New York, NY, August 29, 2012
  • Lecture, “Land Use and the Law,” Environmental Law Institute Summer School Series, Washington, DC, July 19, 2012
  • Untitled Energy Law Project, Property Works in Progress Conference, Fordham Law School, New York, NY, May 31-June 2, 2012
  • Panelist, “A Case Study in Urban Sustainable Design: Connecting Architecture, Law, and Public Policy at the LEED-Platinum Designed 360 State Street Project,” American Institute of Architects National Conference, Washington, DC, May 17, 2012
  • Lecture, “Section 106 for Tribal Lands and Archaeological Sites,” Georgetown University Law Center Professor J. Peter Byrne Historic Preservation Law Course, Washington, DC, April 17, 2012
  • Lecture, “Anatomy of an Urban Green Project,” Association of Law, Property, and Society, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, March 2-3, 2012
  • Panelist, “Conservation or Renewable Energy? Conflicting Interests in the Land Use Arena,” Yale Law School Environmental Law Conference:  New Directions in Environmental Law – Reclaiming Accountability, Yale, New Haven, CT, February 25, 2012
  • Panelist, “A Renewable Energy Case Study: 360 State Street,” Vanderbilt Law School Supply and Demand: Barriers to a New Energy Future Symposium, Nashville, TN, February 24, 2012
  • Chair, “Takings Law and Climate Adaptation Strategies,” Legal Solutions to Coastal Climate Change Adaptation in Connecticut Conference, co-sponsored by the UConn Center for Energy and Environmental Law, National Sea Grant Law Center, Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal, and the Nature Conservancy, February 10, 2012 
  • Panelist, “Architecture: Before the Fall and After,” Yale School of Architecture Catastrophe and Consequence: The Campaign for Safe Buildings Symposium, New Haven, CT, November 4, 2011
  • Chair, “Economic Value of Green Facilities,” Green Gov Symposium, Washington, DC, October 31, 2011
  • Panelist, “Interjurisdictional Issues in Siting Energy Infrastructure: The Quiet Revolution and Renewables,” 12th John Marshall Law School Kratovil Conference on Real Estate Law and Practice: 40th Anniversary of the Quiet Revolution in Zoning and Land Use Regulation, Chicago, IL, September 20, 2011
  • Lecture, “The Quiet Revolution and Renewables,” Florida State University College of Law Faculty Workshop, Tallahassee, FL, September 19, 2011
  • Lecture, “Land Use and the Law,” Environmental Law Institute Summer School Series, Washington, DC, July 6, 2011
  • Panelist, “Supporting Microgrids With Federal and State Policy,” University of Pennsylvania Institute for Urban Research America’s Sustainable Future: How U.S. Cities Are Making Energy Work Conference, Philadelphia, PA, June 15, 2011
  • Panelist, “Urban Smart Grid and Energy Innovation,” University of Pennsylvania Institute for Urban Research America’s Sustainable Future: How U.S. Cities Are Making Energy Work Conference, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, June 14, 2011
  • Lecture (Selected), “Tribal Energy and Energy Sprawl,” Association of Law, Property, and Society, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, March 4-5, 2011
  • Panelist, “Energy Sprawl on Tribal Lands,” American University School of Law Conference on Tribes, Land, and the Environment, Washington, DC, February 25, 2011 
2010

  • Panelist, “Pursuing a Career in Legal Academia,” National Latino/a Law Student Association Conference, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, October 1, 2010
  • Press Conference Remarks, Public Information Campaign Instructing Puerto Rican Natives How to Apply for New Birth Certificates, September 2010
  • Lecture, “The Quiet Revolution Revived: Sustainable Design, Land Use Regulation, and the States,” Mini-Conference (on my Article), co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville, TN, April 1, 2010
  • Plenary Remarks, 17th UConn Law School Gallivan Conference: How Can Connecticut Encourage Real Estate Developers to Choose Renewable Energy?, March 25, 2010
  • Panelist, “Fighting Energy Sprawl with Microgrids,” Association for Law, Property, and Society Conference, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, March 5-6, 2010
  • Panelist “Fighting Energy Sprawl with Microgrids,” Florida State University States as Facilitators or Obstructionists of Local Governments Conference, Tallahassee, FL, February 25-27, 2010

2009

  • Lecture, “Solar Rights and Modern Lights,” Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Center for the Study of Law, Science, and Technology Public Lecture, November 9, 2009
  • Lecture, “Solar Rights and Modern Lights,” Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Faculty Workshop, Phoenix, AZ, November 10, 2009
  • Lecture, “Solar Rights and Modern Lights,” Georgetown University Law Center Land Use Workshop, Washington, DC, September 24, 2009
  • Lecture, “Solar Rights,” UConn Law School Faculty Workshop, September 16, 2009
  • Lecture, “Economic Development in New Haven,” Yale Law School Community and Economic Development Clinic, New Haven, CT, March 9, 2009
  • Panelist, “Regulating for Sustainability: Strategies in Policy and Regulation,” University of Colorado School of Law Climate Change and the New Frontiers of Urban Development Symposium, Boulder, CO, February 27, 2009
  • Lecture, “Modern Lights,” University of Denver School of Law Faculty Workshop, Denver, CO, February 25, 2009
  • Panelist, 16th UConn Law School Gallivan Conference: Can Rail Save Connecticut Cities?, February 20, 2009

2008

  • Panelist, “Just Juniors and the Path to Tenure,” Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, September 12, 2008
  • Lecture, “Legal Barriers to Green Building,” Hilb Rogal and Hobbs Green Building Webinar, June 11, 2008
  • Panelist, “Hispanic Attorneys in Action,” Hartford Law and Government Academy, May 1, 2008
  • Lecture, “The Development Climate in New Haven,” Yale Law School Community and Economic Development Clinic, New Haven, CT, April 10, 2008
  • Chair, “The Economics of Green Building,” 15th UConn Law School Gallivan Conference: Is it Easy Being Green?  Sustainable Development and the Law, February 29, 2008
  • Lecture, “The States’ Role in Green Building Regulation,” Mid-Atlantic Scholars of Color Conference, University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD, January 26, 2008

2005-2007

  • Lecture, “Local Legal Barriers to Green Building,” UConn Law School Faculty Workshop, December 11, 2007
  • Lecture, “Private Economic Development in New Haven,” Yale Law School Community and Economic Development Clinic, New Haven, CT, November 29, 2007
  • Chair, “Property Rights Post Kelo,” UConn Law School Federalist Society Debate, Hartford CT, September 6, 2007
  • Lecture, Report on Local Government Auditing Powers, Town of Trumbull Board of Finance, Trumbull, CT, June 14, 2007
  • Keynote, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart Commencement, May 2007
  • Lecture, “Sprawl and the Special District: A Texas Case Study,” Yale Law School Latino Law Students’ Association Speaker Series, New Haven, CT, April 11, 2007
  • Lecture, “The Truth About MUDs,” UConn Law School Faculty Workshop, January 23, 2007
  • Chair, “Age Restricted Communities: What Works, What Doesn’t,” 14th UConn Law School Gallivan Conference:  When We’re 64:  How Should Property Law Respond to Living Arrangements for the Golden Years?, March 2, 2007
  • Panelist, “Givings and Takings: Property Rights and the Future of the Commons,” PlaceMatters06 Conference, Boulder, CO, October 19, 2006
  • Panelist, “Rebuilding the Gulf Coast,” Symposium of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, World Bank, and RTKL, National Press Club, Washington, DC, November 8, 2005