Sarah Schindler

Sarah Schindler

Professor of Law

Maxine Kurtz Faculty Research Scholar

Specialization(s)

Environmental Law, Property Law, sustainability

Professional Biography

Sarah Schindler is nationally recognized for her scholarship, which focuses on property, land use, local government, and sustainable development. Her articles have been widely praised as creative and insightful additions to these fields.

Four of her articles – “The ‘Publicization’ of Private Space” (Iowa Law Review), “Architectural Exclusion” (Yale Law Journal), “Banning Lawns” (George Washington Law Review), and “Of Backyard Chickens and Front-yard Gardens: The Conflict Between Local Governments and Locavores” (Tulane Law Review) – 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. “Architectural Exclusion” and “Banning Lawns” were also competitively selected for presentation at the Sabin Colloquium on Innovative Environmental Scholarship at Columbia Law School. Professor Schindler has presented these and other articles at a number of universities, including Princeton University, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and the University of Michigan Law School.

Professor Schindler was awarded a prestigious Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) Fellowship from Princeton University, where she spent the 2016-17 academic year. She was also named as Pace Environmental Law Center’s Distinguished Young Scholar of 2013.

At DU, Professor Schindler will teach property, land use, local government, real estate transactions, and animal law. For the first twelve years of her academic career, Professor Schindler taught at the University of Maine School of Law, where she was most recently the Edward S. Godfrey Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research. Professor Schindler received the Professor of the Year award in 2013. Prior to entering academia, Professor Schindler clerked for Judge Will Garwood of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas and practiced in the area of land use and environmental law at Morrison and Foerster in San Francisco. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law, and taught as a guest lecturer both at U.C. Berkeley School of Law and at U.C. Hastings College of Law. She also previously served as a White House intern. Professor Schindler graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law.

Professor Schindler is a musician, a vegan, a mountain climbing enthusiast, and an avid urban cyclist. She lives in Denver with her husband, son, and dog.

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Degree(s)

A.B., summa cum laude, University of Georgia
J.D., summa cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law

Research

Animal Law
Food Law
Land Use
Local Government
Property Law
Sustainable Development

Featured Publications

  • Pardoning Dogs, __ NEVADA L.J. __ (2020)
  • How the Law Fails Tenants (and Not Just During a Pandemic), 68 UCLA L. REV. DISCOURSE 146 (2020) (with Kellen Zale)
  • President Trump, The New Chicago School, and the Future of Environmental Law and Scholarship (with Jason J. Czarnezki) in PERSPECTIVES ON ENVIRONMENTAL LAW SCHOLARSHIP (Cambridge University Press) (2019)
  • The “Publicization” of Private Space, 103 IOWA L. REV. 1093 (2018)
    • reprinted in Land Use and Environment Law Review (2018-2019) (an annual, peer-selected compendium of the year’s ten best land use and environmental law articles) 
    • reprinted in 2019 Zoning and Planning Law Handbook (Thomson Reuters 2019)
  • Food Federalism: States, Local Governments, and the Fight for Food Sovereignty, 79 OHIO STATE L.J. 1 (2018)
    • invited symposium piece
  • Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation Through Physical Design of the Built Environment, 124 YALE L.J.1934 (2015)
    • reprinted in Land Use and Environment Law Review (2016-2017) (an annual, peer-selected compendium of the year’s ten best land use and environmental law articles) 
    • reprinted in 2016 Zoning and Planning Law Handbook (Thomson Reuters 2016)
    • competitively selected from a call for papers for presentation at the 2014 Sabin Colloquium on Innovative Environmental Scholarship at Columbia Law School
  • Regulating the Underground: Secret Supper Clubs, Pop-Up Restaurants, and the Role of Law, 82 U. CHICAGO L. REV. DIALOGUE 16 (2015)
    • invited symposium piece
  • Banning Lawns, 82 GEORGE WASHINGTON L. REV. 394 (2014) (lead article)
    • reprinted in Land Use and Environment Law Review (2015-2016) (an annual, peer-selected compendium of the year’s ten best land use and environmental law articles) •
    • competitively selected from a call for papers for presentation at the 2013 Sabin Colloquium on Innovative Environmental Scholarship at Columbia Law School
  • Unpermitted Urban Agriculture: Transgressive Actions, Changing Norms, and the Local Food Movement, 2014 WISCONSIN L. REV. 369 (2014)
    • invited symposium piece
  • Of Backyard Chickens and Front Yard Gardens: The Conflict Between Local Governments and Locavores, 87 TULANE L. REV. 231 (2012) (lead article)
    • reprinted in Land Use and Environment Law Review (2013-2014) (an annual, peer-selected compendium of the year’s ten best land use and environmental law articles)
    • recipient of Tulane Law Review’s John Minor Wisdom Award for Academic Excellence in Legal Scholarship (2012-2013) (awarded to the best lead article in the volume)
  • The Future of Abandoned Big Box Stores: Legal Solutions to the Legacies of Poor Planning Decisions, 83 U. COLORADO L. REV. 471 (2012)
    • reprinted in 2013 Zoning and Planning Law Handbook (Thomson Reuters 2013)
  • Following Industry's LEED: Municipal Adoption of Private Green Building Standards, 62 FLORIDA L. REV. 285 (2010) (lead article)
    • reprinted in 2011 Zoning and Planning Law Handbook (Thomson / West 2011)
    • reprinted in Legal Handbook For Architects, Engineers & Contractors (West 2010)

SHORTER PUBLICATIONS

  • Tear It All Down: Highways as Racist Monuments, JOTWELL (September 24, 2020) (reviewing Deborah N. Archer, “White Men’s Roads Through Black Men’s Homes”: Advancing Racial Equity Through Highway Reconstruction, 73 Vanderbilt L. Rev. 1259 (2020)), https://property.jotwell.com/tear-it-all-down-highways-as-racist-monuments/
  • Op-Ed, Expanded outdoor dining must make room for public in public spaces, Portland Press Herald, May 19, 2020, https://www.pressherald.com/2020/05/19/maine-voices-as-cities- move-to-expand-outdoor-dining/
  • Reconsidering the Strength of the Boundary Line, JOTWELL (October 21, 2019) (reviewing David A. Dana & Nadav Shoked, Property’s Edges, 60 B.C. L. REV. 753 (2019)), https://property.jotwell.com/reconsidering-the-strength-of-the-boundary-line/
  • The Governor’s Power to Pardon a Dog, Maine Law Faculty Blog, August 30, 2019, https://mainelaw.maine.edu/faculty/the-governors-power-to-pardon-a-dog/
  • Food Fight: Federalism, Localism, and Food Sovereignty in Maine and Beyond, Maine Law Faculty Blog, June 7, 2018, https://mainelaw.maine.edu/faculty/food-fight-federalism- localism-and-food-sovereignty-in-maine-and-beyond/
  • Equalizing Exactions: A JOTWELL Review of Gregory M. Stein, Reverse Exactions, 26 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. (2017) (December 4, 2017), https://property.jotwell.com/equalizing-exactions/
  • Architectural Exclusion: Race and Class in the City, Green European Journal, November 30, 2017, https://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/architectural-exclusion-race-and-class-in-the- city/
  • Op-Ed, Shrinking and altering national monuments: Experts assess Interior Secretary Zinke’s proposals, The Conversation, September 27, 2017 (with A. Moffa)
  • Op-Ed, Zinke has only one legal option for Katahdin Woods and Waters: retain its monument status, Bangor Daily News, August 15, 2017 (with A. Moffa)
  • The hybrid nature of Privately Owned Public Open Space (POPOS), Maine Law Faculty Blog, May 31, 2017, https://mainelaw.maine.edu/faculty/hybrid-nature-privately-owned-public- open-space/
  • Great Walls of America, THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW (Jan. 20, 2017), https://www.architectural-review.com/rethink/great-walls-of-america/10015877.article
  • Access, Exclusion, and Value: A JOTWELL Review of Jonathan Klick & Gideon Parchomovsky, The Value of the Right to Exclude: An Empirical Assessment, 165 U. PA. L. REV. (2016) (Nov. 25, 2016), http://property.jotwell.com/access-exclusion-and-value/
  • Comments on When God Isn’t Green, BOSTON UNIVERSITY L. REV. ANNEX (Aug. 2, 2016), http://www.bu.edu/bulawreview/schindler-when-god-isnt-green/
    •  invited symposium piece
  • Exploring Options for Urban Sustainability in an Era of Scarce Water Resources: A Possible Ban on Lawns, in HOW CITIES WILL SAVE THE WORLD: URBAN INNOVATION IN THE FACE OF POPULATION FLOWS, CLIMATE CHANGE AND ECONOMIC INEQUALITY (Raymond H. Brescia and John Travis Marshall eds.) (Farnham: Ashgate, 2016)
  • Café Creep, Maine Law Faculty Blog, August 19, 2016, http://mainelaw.maine.edu/faculty/cafe-creep/
  • Regulating the Underground: Secret Supper Clubs, Pop-Up Restaurants, and the Role of Law, The CLS Blue Sky Blog – Columbia Law School’s Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets, March 6, 2015
  • Op-Ed, Portland should be aggressive with developers; voters should reject parks referendum, Bangor Daily News, June 7, 2014
  • Encouraging Private Investment in Energy Efficiency, 2011 UNIV. OF CONN. SCH. OF L. CENTER FOR ENERGY & ENVTL. L. POL’Y PAPER 1
  • “Technology and Nonhumans” section in ANIMAL LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (3d ed.) (S. Waisman, P. Frasch, B. Wagman, eds., 2006)