Professor Uma Outka works at the intersection between energy law and environmental law, with a focus on renewable energy and the transition to a low-carbon electricity sector. She has served on the University of Kansas School of Law faculty since 2011, and is an Affiliate Faculty member of the Environmental Studies Program, the Center for Environmental Policy, and the Institute for Social and Policy Research. Her scholarship has appeared in law journals including Vanderbilt Law Review, Ecology Law Quarterly, Colorado Law Review and the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, and her chapter on Legal Regimes for Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry is featured in the comparative law reference volume Research Handbook on Climate Change Mitigation Law (Edward Elgar Publ. 2015). Outka teaches courses in energy law, property, environmental law and climate change law and policy. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Moreau Faculty Award, an honor bestowed on a faculty member by the entire student body. In 2015, she received the campus-wide Sustainability Leadership Faculty Award.
Before coming to KU Law, Outka spent two years as a Visiting Scholar in Energy and Land Use Law at the Florida State University College of Law. As a faculty research partner with FSU’s Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability (IESES), Outka directed a Sustainable Energy Research Project aimed at understanding and advancing legal frameworks to support sustainable energy development. She taught Sustainable Development Law and organized a national symposium on energy and land use issues at FSU.
Outka previously served as General Counsel for 1000 Friends of Florida, a non-profit advocacy organization focused on growth management, environmental conservation and affordable housing, and worked as a litigation attorney in private practice with a large northeast law firm, Verrill Dana, LLP in Portland, Maine. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, and holds a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from the Muskie School of Public Service.
- Energy Law
- Environmental Law
J.D., summa cum laude, University of Maine School of Law, 2005; M.A., Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, 2005; B.A., University of Virginia, 1995.
Property, Environmental Law, Energy Law & Policy, Climate Change & the Law
Maine, 2005; Florida, 2008
Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law, 2017- present; Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law, 2011-17; Visiting Scholar in Energy and Land Use Law, Florida State University College of Law, 2009-11; General Counsel, 1000 Friends of Florida, 2007-09; Associate, Verrill Dana LLP, 2005-07.
Energy Law; Environmental Law; Property; Environmental Justice; Climate Change Law; Land Use Law; Natural Resources Law
- Fairness in the Low-Carbon Shift: Learning from Environmental Justice, 82 BROOKLYN LAW REVIEW 789-824 (2017) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2989256
- State Lands in Modern Public Land Law, 36 STANFORD ENVIRONMENTAL LAW JOURNAL 147-217 (2017) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3028901
- Cities and the Low-Carbon Grid, 46 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 101-54 (2016) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2765125
- The Obama Administration’s Clean Air Act Legacy and the UNFCCC, 48 CASE WESTERN RESERVE JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 1-17 (2016) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2740678
- Prospects for Public Power and Distributed Renewable Energy, 45 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REPORTER 10537-42 (2015)
- Intrastate Preemption in the Shifting Energy Sector , 86 COLORADO LAW REVIEW 927-90 (2015) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2493957
- Legal Regimes for Land Use, Land Use Change, and Forestry in the United States, Book Chapter in G. VAN CALSTER & W. VANDENBERGHE, EDS., RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION LAW 321-343 (Edward Elgar 2015)
- Environmental Law and Fossil Fuels: Barriers to Renewable Energy, 65 VANDERBILT LAW REVIEW 1679-1721 (2012) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2130289
- Environmental Justice in the Renewable Energy Transition, 19 JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY LAW 60-122 (2012) (Inaugural Issue) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2153118
- The Energy-Land Use Nexus, 27 JOURNAL OF LAND USE & ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 245-57 (2012) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1975007
- Local Promise for Climate Mitigation: An Empirical Assessment (with Richard Feiock), 36 WILLIAM & MARY ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY REVIEW 635-70 (2012) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1924985
- The Renewable Energy Footprint, 30 STANFORD ENVIRONMENTAL LAW JOURNAL 241-309 (2011) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1711891
- Siting Renewable Energy: Land Use and Regulatory Context, 37 ECOLOGY LAW QUARTERLY 1041-1105 (2010) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1567077
- NEPA and Environmental Justice: Integration, Implementation, and Judicial Review, 33 BOSTON COLLEGE ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS LAW REVIEW 601-25 (2006) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1559183