Uma Outka

Professor of Law
Primary office:
402 Green Hall

Professor Uma Outka works at the intersection between energy law and environmental law, with a focus on renewable energy and the transition to a low-carbon electricity sector. She has served on the University of Kansas School of Law faculty since 2011, and is an Affiliate Faculty member of the Environmental Studies Program, the Center for Environmental Policy, and the Institute for Social and Policy Research. Her scholarship has appeared in law journals including Vanderbilt Law Review, Ecology Law Quarterly, Colorado Law Review and the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, and her chapter on Legal Regimes for Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry is featured in the comparative law reference volume Research Handbook on Climate Change Mitigation Law (Edward Elgar Publ. 2015). Outka teaches courses in energy law, property, environmental law and climate change law and policy. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Moreau Faculty Award, an honor bestowed on a faculty member by the entire student body. In 2015, she received the campus-wide Sustainability Leadership Faculty Award.

Before coming to KU Law, Outka spent two years as a Visiting Scholar in Energy and Land Use Law at the Florida State University College of Law. As a faculty research partner with FSU’s Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability (IESES), Outka directed a Sustainable Energy Research Project aimed at understanding and advancing legal frameworks to support sustainable energy development. She taught Sustainable Development Law and organized a national symposium on energy and land use issues at FSU.

Outka previously served as General Counsel for 1000 Friends of Florida, a non-profit advocacy organization focused on growth management, environmental conservation and affordable housing, and worked as a litigation attorney in private practice with a large northeast law firm, Verrill Dana, LLP in Portland, Maine. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, and holds a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from the Muskie School of Public Service.

Courses Taught:
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Property


J.D., summa cum laude, University of Maine School of Law, 2005; M.A., Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, 2005; B.A., University of Virginia, 1995.


Property, Environmental Law, Energy Law & Policy, Climate Change & the Law


Maine, 2005; Florida, 2008

Career History

Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law, 2017- present; Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law, 2011-17; Visiting Scholar in Energy and Land Use Law, Florida State University College of Law, 2009-11; General Counsel, 1000 Friends of Florida, 2007-09; Associate, Verrill Dana LLP, 2005-07.


Energy Law; Environmental Law; Property; Environmental Justice; Climate Change Law; Land Use Law; Natural Resources Law

Selected Publications

Top 25 among public law schools — Business Insider
KU’s Project for Innocence: 2 wrongfully convicted citizens serving life sentences freed in 2015
7,700+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., 3 U.S. territories, and 20 foreign countries
91 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2015 – top 23.3 percent nationally
23rd in the nation for most-improved employment rates
One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
25th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation
21st: “Best Schools for Practical Training”
77 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
National Champions: 2016 National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition
#19 moot court program in the nation
#17 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
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