Sarah Fox

Title: Associate Professor of Law
Office Location: Swen Parson 198B
Office Phone: 815-753-0285
Education: B.A., University of Oklahoma
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
L.L.M., Georgetown University Law Center

Sarah Fox joined the NIU Law faculty in 2017. Her primary research and teaching interests are at the intersections of environmental law, property and land use. Before coming to NIU, she worked as a clinical teaching fellow in the environmental law clinic at Georgetown University Law Center, where she represented numerous non-profit organizational clients and supervised student work on cases addressing environmental issues in state and federal court. She was also a litigation associate in the New York offices of Jones Day and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, and clerked for the Honorable Claire V. Eagan of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Professor Fox is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, from which she was also awarded an L.L.M. in Advocacy, with honors. She holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma in International and Area Studies.  



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  • Localizing Environmental Federalism, 54 UC Davis L. Rev. 133 (2020). (Available in SSRN)
  • Principles of Home Rule for the Twenty-First Century, National League of Cities; Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2020-16; Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 3539617 (February 12, 2020) (with Richard Briffault et al.). (Available in SSRN)
  • Environmental Gentrification, 90 U. Colo. L. Rev. 803 (2019). (Available in SSRN)
  • Home Rule in an Era of Local Environmental Innovation, 44 Ecology L. Q. 575 (2017). (Available in SSRN)
  • Planning for Density in a Driverless World, 9 Ne. U. L. R. 151 (2017). (Available in SSRN)
  • This is Adaptation: Elimination of Subsidies under the National Flood Insurance Program, 39 Colum. J. Envtl. L. 205 (2014). (Available in SSRN)
  • CERCLA, Institutional Controls, and the Legacy of Urban Industrial Use, 42 Envtl. L. 1211 (2012). (Available in  SSRN)
  • A Climate of Change: Shifting Environmental Concerns and Property Law Norms through the Lens of LEED Building Standards, 28 Va. Envtl. L.J. 299 (2010).