Renowned Land Use Law Scholar and Dean of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, Blake Hudson, Completes Residency as Haub Visiting Scholar

September 22, 2022
Blake Hudson

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is pleased to announce that Blake Hudson, Dean of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, recently completed a residency at the Law School as a Haub Visiting Scholar. In their roles at Haub Law, Visiting Scholars collaborate with faculty, guest lecture classes, and work closely with students in Haub Law's Environmental Law Program and others. As previously announced, funding for the Haub Visiting Scholars was made possible by a generous gift from the Haub family in recognition of the essential role of environmental science, informatics and other technology and allied fields towards formulating environmental policy and law.

“The Elisabeth Haub School of Law is home to the #1 ranked environmental law program in the United States,” said Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law and Associate Dean of Environmental Law Programs and Strategic Initiatives Jason Czarnezki. “Collaboration with top academics, like Dean Blake Hudson, allows our school to remain at the forefront of developments in environmental law and policy and our students to continue to learn from scholars at the top of their fields. It was an honor to welcome Blake to our law school and continue to enhance our environmental law program.”

During his time at Haub Law, Dean Blake Hudson was a guest lecturer in a variety of environmental law courses, including Climate Change Law, Natural Resources Law, Land Use Law, and Environmental Skills. Further, Dean Hudson conducted a faculty workshop where he presented his paper, “The Righteous Divide in American Policymaking,” which will be published later this year. A renowned land use scholar, he was also able to spend time meeting with Haub Law’s Land Use Law Center staff and students. Throughout his time at Haub Law, Dean Hudson brought his own research and experience to the role of the Haub Visiting Scholar.

Haub Visiting Scholar
Haub Law Scholars Blake Hudson and James May at dinner in New York City with environmental law faculty, student scholars, alumni, LLM fellows, and visiting guest professor Dr. Melanie Murcott, University of Pretoria. 

Blake Hudson is the Dean of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. Previously he served as the Samuel T. Dell Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental Land Use and Real Estate Law Program at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. Prior to joining UF Law, Hudson held faculty roles at Stetson University College of Law, the Louisiana State University (LSU) Law Center and LSU’s College of the Coast & Environment, and the Houston Law Center. Before entering academia, he practiced at the law firm of Baker Botts in Houston. As a professor, Dean Hudson teaches courses related to property, environmental and natural resources law. His research focuses on the intersection of land use law, policy, and planning with natural resource management, as well as the complex role of private property rights and government institutions as solutions to common dilemmas.

About Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University offers JD and Masters of Law degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The school, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, NY, opened its doors in 1976 and has more than 9,000 alumni around the world. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory. Haub Law launched its Environmental Law Program in 1978, and it has long been ranked among the world’s leading university programs, with a current #1 ranking by U.S. News and World Report. Pace’s doctoral graduates teach environmental law at universities around the world. Pace’s JD alumni are prominent in environmental law firms, agencies and non-profit organizations across the U.S. and abroad. In 2016, the Law School received a transformational gift from the family of Elisabeth Haub, in recognition of its outstanding environmental law programs. For more information about Haub Law, visit

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