Faculty & Leadership

The program features a faculty with recognized national expertise in a wide range of areas, including climate change, international environmental law, pollution control regulation, land use regulation, and ocean and coastal law.


Jessica Owley

Professor of Law
Faculty Director for the Environmental Law Program


(305) 284-5284
Jessica Owley specializes in Environmental Law and Property Law, with a focus on Climate Change Law and Policy and oversees the Environmental Law Program. She is a leading expert on private land conservation and conservation easements. Her interdisciplinary work explores ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change as well as furthering other...

Core Program Faculty

Abigail L Fleming

Lecturer in Law
Associate Director, Environmental Justice Clinic; Faculty, Environmental Law Program


(305) 284-3198
Abigail Fleming is the Associate Director at the University of Miami School of Law Environmental Justice Clinic (“EJC”). The EJC advocates for and seeks to empower vulnerable communities who disproportionately bear the environmental, economic, and health burdens of the development, implementation, and...

Bernard H. Oxman

Professor of Law
Richard A. Hausler Professor of Law


(305) 284-2293
Before joining the Law School in 1977, Professor Oxman served on active duty in the International Law Division of the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, and thereafter as Assistant Legal Adviser for Oceans, Environment, and Scientific Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. At the University of Miami, he has regularly taught...

Ileana M. Porras

Senior Lecturer


(305) 284-4551
Ileana Porras joined the University of Miami School of Law as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2010, and served in that capacity until 2017. She now holds an appointment as Senior Lecturer and teaches Public International Law, Climate Change Law & Policy, and Property Law. Prior to joining the Law School Professor Porras was Visiting...

Douglas Ruley

Associate Professor of Clinical Education and School of Law Environmental Justice Clinic Director


(305) 284-1757
Doug Ruley is the Director of the Environmental Justice Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. He has litigated environmental cases for many years, including as a staff attorney with Earthjustice in Alaska, as managing attorney for the Asheville office of the Southern Environmental Law Center, and as Chief Counsel of ClientEarth. His...

Daniel O Suman



(305) 742-8762
My work focuses on management of coastal areas, including mechanisms to increase institutional cooperation, capacity building, development of management plans, and reduction of conflicts between various resource users. Marine and coastal protected areas and adaptation to climate change are additional areas of my work. I dedicate much of my...

Adjunct Faculty

Brian Adler teaches Planning and Zoning

Joni Coffey teaches Real Property and Government

Bill Dwyer teaches Protection of Living Marine Resources

Susan Hankin teaches Companion Animals and the Law

Michael Karcher teaches Admiralty

Kerry McGrath teaches Wetlands Regulation and Permitting

Howard Nelson teaches Environmental Regulation of Real Property

Distinguished Visitors

Keith Hirokawa teaches Natural Resources Law

Daniel Magraw teaches Climate Change and Human Rights

Melissa Powers teaches Energy Law