Sarah Schindler

Sarah Schindler

Professor of Law & Maxine Kurtz Faculty Research Scholar

Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program


Environmental Law, Property Law, Sustainable Development Law

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


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

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