Kim Diana Connolly

Professor; Director of Clinical Legal Education; Director of the Advocacy Institute; Vice Dean for Advocacy and Experiential Education

Research Focus: Administrative Law, Clinical Legal Education, Environmental Law, International Law, Law and Science, Law and Social Science, Legal Education, Legislation, Natural Resources Law

Links: SSRN

Contact Information

519 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
Phone: 716-645-2092

Faculty Assistant: Sandy Conti

Kim Diana Connolly’s areas of scholarly interest include natural resources and environmental law, particularly wetlands law and policy and other Clean Water Act matters. Her scholarly works have appeared in Environmental Law Reporter, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, Catholic University Law Review, Wyoming Law Journal, Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and Southeastern Environmental Law Journal. Connolly co-edited the book ABA Wetlands Law and Policy: Understanding Section 404 (American Bar Association, 2005) and has had chapters about wetlands law in other books. She is currently editing a book on wetlands law entitled Beyond Jurisdiction: Essential Wetlands Law and Policy Questions for Our Time and co-editing a book entitled The Big Thaw: Policy, Governance and Climate Change in the Circumpolar North.

Connolly also is committed to clinical legal education. She served as president of the national Clinical Legal Education Association in 2009 and served on CLEA’s Executive Committee. Professor Connolly runs the national environmental clinicians listserv. She has published short articles in this area, and has been directing the School of Law’s Clinical Legal Education Program since 2010. She also directs the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic. In addition, Professor Connolly recently founded and directs the Animal Law Pro Bono Project.

Before joining the law faculty at School of Law, Connolly taught at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she was associated faculty at the School of the Environment. Prior to her teaching career, she practiced law with a number of Washington, D.C., law firms, most recently Hunton and Williams. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and her LL.M. with highest honors from George Washington University Law School. Connolly did her undergraduate work in chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as a VISTA volunteer working on water access and waste disposal in low-income communities between college and law school.