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Professor Sarah Schindler

Professor Sarah Schindler Joins the Sturm College of Law

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law welcomes new faculty member Sarah Schindler. Joining the law school for the spring 2021 semester, Professor Schindler is a nationally recognized legal scholar focusing on property, land use, local government and sustainable development.

Schindler also serves as Maxine Kurtz Faculty Research Scholar at the law school. Established in 2020, the position is designed to support initiatives aimed at maximizing the long-term strength and leadership of the Sturm College of Law within the educational, professional, and larger communities, and strives to enhance the long-term excellence and professional reputation of Denver Law faculty.

Schindler graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law. After receiving her JD, she clerked for Judge Will Garwood of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas, and then moved to San Francisco to practice at Morrison and Foerster, where she pursued what would become primary legal interests in the areas of land use and environmental law. In 2009, Schindler joined the Maine Law Faculty, teaching property, land use, local government, real estate transactions, and animal law. Her talents earned her the Professor of the Year award in 2013. Her many legal accolades include being recognized as Pace Environmental Law Center’s Distinguished Young Scholar of 2013 and she was awarded a prestigious Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) Fellowship from Princeton University, where she spent the 2016-17 academic year.

Schindler has contributed to legal education across the United States, serving as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Georgia School of Law and as a guest lecturer at both UC Berkeley School of Law and UC Hastings College of Law.

Her widespread impact on legal education extends beyond the classroom experience. Schindler has published extensively, and her scholarship has been lauded for creative and insightful additions to these fields that she studies. Four of her articles were selected to be reprinted in the Land Use and Environmental Law Review, an annual, peer-selected compendium of the ten best land use and environmental law articles of the year:

Her articles “Architectural Exclusion” and “Banning Lawns” were featured at the Sabin Colloquium on Innovative Environmental Scholarship at Columbia Law School.

Schindler embodies the unique mastery and breadth of expertise that benefits all of the students at the Sturm College of Law.  Welcome, Professor Schindler.