Associate Professor of Law
J.D., Stanford Law School
B.A., University of California at Berkeley
Professor Kalyani Robbins completed her undergraduate work at the University of California at Berkeley before going on to receive her J.D. from Stanford Law School (where she was an Articles Editor for the Stanford Law Review), and her LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, cum laude, from Lewis & Clark Law School (the top program in the field). She has been admitted to the California and New York bars. Prior to joining the FIU Law faculty with tenure in 2014, Professor Robbins spent six years on the law faculty at the University of Akron. In her years before academia, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and was Legal Director for Sequoia ForestKeeper, an environmental nonprofit. She also clerked for The Honorable Norman H. Stahl of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and The Honorable Faith S. Hochberg of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Professor Robbins teaches Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Property, and seminars in Biodiversity and Climate Change. She founded and directs the law school’s certificate program in Environmental & Natural Resources Law. Her areas of expertise include Climate Change, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Management, Environmental Federalism, Environmental Law & Policy, Criminal Law, and Property. Her work has been published in the legal academic journals at Stanford, UCLA, University of Minnesota, University of Oregon, Lewis & Clark, SUNY Buffalo, McGeorge, Case Western Reserve, University of Akron, Fordham, and Pace University, as well as in periodicals not housed in universities. Professor Robbins travels frequently for speaking engagements, serves or has served in leadership roles within both the ABA and the AALS, and has begun the research for her fifth book.