J.D., Stetson University College of Law
B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology
Erin Okuno graduated summa cum laude from Stetson University College of Law and summa cum laude from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In law school, she was the Editor in Chief and Managing Editor of Stetson Law Review and a student editor for the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy. She also competed as a member of Stetson’s Moot Court Board. Upon graduating from law school, she received the Edward D. Foreman Most Distinguished Student Award.
Professor Okuno previously taught law students and undergraduate students as a visiting or adjunct professor at four different universities. Before joining Miami Law, she served as the Assistant Director of Stetson’s Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, where she worked on environmental research and writing tasks and coordinated environmental conferences, events, and educational opportunities for students, attorneys, and other professionals. Professor Okuno also served on the Competition Committee for the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition. She began her legal career at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. in Tampa, Florida.
Professor Okuno’s research and scholarship focus on environmental law, particularly wetlands, biodiversity, endangered species, de-extinction, and international environmental law. She has authored and co-authored articles in Ecology Law Quarterly; Environmental Law Reporter; Administrative & Regulatory Law News; Marine & Freshwater Research; Wetlands; and Wetland Science & Practice. She was a contributing author on the “Global Wetland Outlook: State of the World’s Wetlands and their Services to People” (the flagship publication of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance), and she is on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy. For several years, Professor Okuno has worked with a small team of attorneys to prepare amici curiae briefs on behalf of scientists and scientific organizations in cases related to the Clean Water Act. They have filed briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and five U.S. District Courts.