Karen Consalo

, J.D.


Legal Studies



Boston University School of Law
Commence Summer 2018 – Graduation Anticipated Fall 2019
Latin Legum Magister (L.L.M.) in International Business Law – Concentration in Environmental and Energy Law
Named Boston University LLM Scholar and Recipient of Merit-Based Boston University LLM Scholarship

University of Florida Levin College of Law
August 1997-May 2000
Juris Doctorate (J.D.) with Honors
Certificate in Land Use and Environmental Law
Awarded three-year full-tuition Terrye Coggin Proctor Memorial Scholarship
Awarded Florida Bar Foundation Fellowship
Member and officer of Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Team
Tournament Champion at College of William & Mary National Moot Court Competition
Member and Student Works Editor of the Florida Journal of International Law
Member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor academic fraternity
Elected Student Body Representative to John Marshall Bar Association
Summer study of comparative international laws at University Montpellier in Montpellier, France

Rollins College
August 1993-May 1997
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Magna Cum Laude, in Environmental Studies
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Artium Baccalaureus Honoris
Awarded Artium Baccalaureus Honoris (Honors Program B.A.) for induction into and completion of specialized curriculum for the Honors Program (Honors Program is invitation-only and offered to only top 4% of student body)
Designated as the 1997 Outstanding Environmental Studies Major
Finalist for Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Awarded four year, full tuition scholarship through collaboration of the Honors Program and Environmental Studies Department
Member of the Student Hearing Board
Three-month field study in various areas of Costa Rica regarding environmental and economic sustainability practices
Summer study abroad for English literature at Kings College, Cambridge University, in Cambridge, England


Lecturer, University of Central Florida, Department of Legal Studies, Orlando, Florida

Adjunct Professor, Barry University School of Law

Adjunct Professor, Rollins College, Environmental Studies Department


The Consalo Law Firm, P.A., Managing Attorney

City of Orlando, Florida, Assistant City Attorney

Seminole County Government, Assistant County Attorney

Akerman Senterfitt, P.A., Litigation Associate Attorney

Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Bar Foundation Fellow

University of Florida, Center for Government Responsibility, Clinic Participant

University of Florida Levin College of Law, Teaching Assistant

Florida Supreme Court, Legal Intern


Certification by the Florida Bar in City, County, and Local Government Law (since 2010)

Admission to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (since 2010)

Admission to, and membership in, the Florida Bar Association (since 2000)

Certification by the University of Florida College of Law in Land Use and Environmental Law (2000)


Consalo, Karen. “Changing Historic Concepts of Water Rights and Water Ownership.” Exploring Property Rights in Contemporary Governance. Eds. Staci Zavattaro, Gregory Peterson & Anne Davis. State University of New York Press (publication anticipated Spring 2018)

Consalo, Karen, With the Best of Intentions: First Amendment Pitfalls for Government Regulation of Signage and Noise, Stetson Law Review (Spring 2017)

Consalo and Forgey, Best Practices for Local Government Land Use Decision-making: A Non-Legislative Approach, Florida Planning Magazine (Fall 2016) http://www.floridaplanning.org/best-practices-local-government-land-use-decision-making-non-legislative-approach/

Pyle and Bast, Foundations of Law: Cases, Commentary, and Ethics, 6th Ed., Ed. Karen Consalo “Ch. 14: Administrative Law.” Delmar Engage Learning (January 2016)

Consalo, Karen. Selling Florida’s Water Up the River, Florida State University Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law (Fall 2015)

Decision by Judge or Jury? Alternatives to Traditional Code Enforcement Boards, The Florida Bar Journal (November 2015)
Bombs and Babies: The Unfortunate Results of Conversion of a Military Defense Site to a Residential Neighborhood, Barry University School of Law Environmental and Earth Law Journal (Fall 2015)

City Beautiful: Establishing Community Redevelopment Areas in Florida, http://www.law.ufl.edu/_pdf/academics/centers-clinics/clinics/conservation/resources/ city_beautiful.pdf (1999)


Panelist, 2017 EnergyWaterFoodNexus (EWFN) International Summit, Developing EWFN Policy, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (October 20, 2017)

Presenter, 2017 Student Success Conference, The 3Ts of Teaching with Technology, Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities (March 24, 2017)

Presenter, 2017 Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference, The 3Ts of Teaching with Technology, Collaboration of Teaching Centers at the University of Central Florida and University of South Florida (February 15, 2017)

Presenter, Real Estate Issues in Family Law: The Do’s and Dont’s, Orange County Bar Association Family Law Committee (October 21, 2016)(will present advice to attorneys and paralegals regarding effect of various aspects of real property law on family law issues)

Presenter, 2015 Family Law Major Seminar, Orange County Bar Association Family Law Committee (October 16, 2015)(presented advice to attorneys and paralegals regarding effect of various aspects of real property law on divorce cases)

Panel Moderator, Climate Disruption Choosing Our Environmental Destiny, Barry University School of Law Environmental & Earth Law Summit (April 9, 2015)(coordinated speakers of various professional backgrounds in discussion of recent local government efforts in Florida to address and alleviate environmental threats)

Panelist, Jobs in the Environmental Sector, Barry University Environmental Law Society (November 17, 2014)(served on panel to advise law students on options for employment in the environmental, government, and not-for-profit sectors as well as advice on networking and interviewing skills)

Guest Lecturer, Barry University Environmental and Earth Law Clinic (Fall 2013, Spring & Fall 2014, Spring & Fall 2015, Spring 2016)(advised law students on variety of ongoing public interest and government cases)

Presenter, 2012 Legislative Update, American Planning Association, Florida Chapter (2012) (provided comprehensive summary of Florida’s planning legislation)

Guest Speaker, annual “Teach In” at Hillcrest Elementary School (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)(taught elementary school children about the science and policy of environmental concerns)

Guest Speaker, annual “Teach-In” at St. James Cathedral School (2012, 2013, 2014)(taught elementary school children about the science and policy of environmental concerns)

Presenter, Government’s Role in Development and Conservation, Barry University Center for Earth Jurisprudence (2010)(discussed how top-down government efforts can be used, often in conjunction with citizen initiatives, to address site-specific and large-scale environmental problems)

Presenter, Finding the Allusive Center, Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (2009)(provided summary of Florida’s survey laws as they affect real property)

Appointed as Seminole County’s representative to the Joint City/County Annexation Committee (2003)(served on a multi-government panel of cities and counties to draft a model bill for submission to the Florida Legislature regarding significant modification Florida’s annexation laws; subsequently adopted in part by the Florida Legislature)

Panelist, Dealing with Difficult People, Florida Association of County Attorneys annual conference (2003)(presentation regarding how to best deal with the typical difficult personalities encountered in government practice so as to avoid escalating conflict)


Advisory Board member for Fleet Farming, a program of Ideas for Us, Inc., which aids communities in development of farmlets (2018)

Member of UCF College of Health and Public Affairs (COHPA) Safety Council (2017-2018)

Assisted the University of Central Florida (UCF) Center for Community Partnerships in validation of multiple surveys for its Evans High

School Mentorship Program (October 2017)

Member of the UCF Undergraduate Course Review Committee (UCRC) tasked to review all proposed additions, deletions, and modifications to undergraduate course offerings (2017-2018)

Member of Parramore Community Land Trust Committee, Subcommittee, and Work Group tasked to develop a framework for the geographic boundaries, financing tools, and methods used to create a community land trust to supply safe and affordable housing opportunities and enhance quality of life in Orlando’s Parramore communities (2017-2018)

EnergyWaterFoodNexus International Summit planning committee member and Accelerated Innovation Track Chair tasked to plan the ecotours for the summit participants and assist the Accelerated Innovation moderators and panelists (2017)

Recipient of a Clarcona Improvement Association, Inc. grant which, in collaboration with the UCF Center for Non-Profit Management, used to successfully prevent inconsistent large-scale development intrusion into the Clarcona Rural Settlement (Summer 2017)

Member of UCF Legal Studies Curriculum Committee tasked to analyze and present the first substantial revision of department curriculum in over a decade and which secured an affirmative vote of the department to incorporate such revisions into the department curriculum (2016-2017)

Member of UCF Downtown Campus Curriculum Committee, a joint committee of UCF and Valencia Community College, tasked to analyze and address the opportunities and challenges poised by the pending relocation of several departments of both schools to the new downtown Orlando campus (2017)

Member of Reducing Incarceration in Orlando (RIO) Committee, a multi-agency group seeking to gather and analyze data and present policy recommendations to reduce levels of incarceration resultant from “minor” crimes committed in the Parramore neighborhoods (2016-2017)



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