Christine A. Klein is the Cone, Wagner, Nugent, Hazouri & Roth Professor, University Term Professor, and Director, LL.M. Program in Environmental & Land Use Law at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Gainesville.
Professor Klein has taught Environmental Law, Land Use Law, Natural Resources Law, Property, Water Law, and Wetlands Law. In addition, she is the coordinator of the Environmental Capstone Colloquium, a course required of all students in the Environmental and Land Use Law Certificate Program.
During her early years of legal practice, Professor Klein worked as legal counsel for Colorado’s instream flow program. She has continued to write on the topic of water law and stream protection, and her work has been cited in support of the legality of instream flows by the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Montana. Her subsequent moves to Michigan and Florida have allowed her to develop a national perspective on state water law regimes. She lectures widely on the topic, providing public education and professional training for organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service, the American Water Works Association, the Conference of Appellate Staff Attorneys, the Askew Institute (Florida), Women for Wise Growth (Florida), the Institute for Trade in the Americas (Michigan State University), the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (Michigan State University), the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the Michigan Environmental Health Association.
Professor Klein began her legal career as a law clerk to Judge Richard P. Matsch, District of Colorado. She then worked in the Office of the Colorado Attorney General, Natural Resources Section, where she specialized in water rights litigation and instream flow protection. After obtaining her LL.M. degree in law from Columbia University, she taught for eight years at Michigan State University College of Law, where she served as chair of the law college’s program in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. She has also worked as a visiting professor at the University of Denver College of Law and as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Colorado School of Law (Natural Resources Law Center). She joined the faculty of the University of Florida in 2003.
Professor Klein’s scholarship focuses on topics at the intersection of natural resources law and other legal disciplines including constitutional law, property law, and land use law. She also writes broadly in the area of water law.