Sarah Schindler

Sarah Schindler is quickly earning a national reputation for her scholarship, which focuses on the intersection of sustainable development and land use law. Two of her recent articles, “Architectural Exclusion” (Yale Law Journal) and “Banning Lawns” (George Washington Law Review) were competitively selected for presentation at the Sabin Colloquium on Innovative Environmental Scholarship at Columbia Law School. Another, “Of Backyard Chickens and Front-yard Gardens: The Conflict Between Local Governments and Locavores” (Tulane Law Review), was 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. She was also named as Pace Environmental Law Center’s Distinguished Young Scholar of 2013. Her articles are widely praised as creative and insightful additions to the fields of local government and land use law.

At Maine Law, Professor Schindler teaches property, land use, local government, real estate transactions, and animal law. She received the Professor of the Year award in 2013. Prior to joining the Maine Law faculty in 2009, 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 (Boalt Hall) 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 skilled at playing multiple instruments, a vegan, and an avid urban cyclist.

Selected Publications

Architectural Exclusion,124 YALE L.J. 1934 (2015) [SSRN] [YALE]

Regulating the Underground: Secret Supper Clubs, Pop-Up Restaurants, and the Role of Law, 82 U. CHICAGO L. REV. DIALOGUE  16 (2015) [SSRN]

Unpermitted Urban Agriculture: Transgressive Actions, Changing Norms, and the Local Food Movement, 2014 WIS. L. REV. 369. [SSRN]

Banning Lawns, 82 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 394 (2014). [SSRN]

Of Backyard Chickens and Front Yard Gardens: The Conflict Between Local Governments and Locavores, 87 TUL. L. REV. 231 (2012). [SSRN]

The Future of Abandoned Big Box Stores: Legal Solutions to the Legacies of Poor Planning Decisions, 83 U. COLO. L. REV. 471 (2012). [SSRN]

Encouraging Private Investment in Energy Efficiency (Univ. of Conn. Sch. of L., Center for Energy & Envtl. L., 2011) (Policy Paper). [SSRN]

Following Industry’s LEED®: Municipal Adoption of Private Green Building Standards, 62 FLA. L. REV. 285 (2010). [SSRN]