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Karen Consalo, J.D.


Legal Studies

Office: DPAC 430B

Phone: 407-823-2459


Professional Summary

Karen Z. Consalo has been a lecturer in the Legal Studies Department at UCF since 2016. Prior to joining UCF, Dr. Consalo spent over fifteen years as a practicing attorney in Florida with a focus on government, environmental, and land use law. Dr. Consalo teaches face-to-face, mixed mode, and fully on-line courses at UCF. She is also enrolled in a legum magister (L.L.M.) program at Boston University School of Law with a joint focus on international business and environmental and energy law.


University of Florida Levin College of Law
Juris Doctorate (J.D.) with Honors
Certificate in Land Use and Environmental Law

Areas of Expertise

  • Government Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Land Use Law

Research Interests

  • Environmental Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Cyber Law

Recent Honors and Awards

  • Named Boston University Scholar and recipient of Boston University scholarship (2018)
  • Earned Florida Bar Certification in City, County, and Local Government Law (2010)

Recent Publications

Consalo, Karen (anticipated Feb, 2019) Changing Historic Concepts of Water Rights and Wa-ter Ownership, Exploring Property Rights in Contemporary Governance, SUNY Press.

Consalo, Karen (2017) With the Best of Intentions: First Amendment Pitfalls for Govern-ment Regulation of Signage and Noise, 46 Stetson Law Review 533.

Consalo, K. & Forgey, M. (2016) Best Practices for Local Government Land Use Decision-making: A Non-Legislative Approach, American Planning Association Florida Chapter Mag-azine retrieved from

Consalo, Karen (2015) Selling Florida’s Water Up the River, 31 Journal of Land Use and En-vironmental Law 69, Florida State University.

Consalo, Karen (2015) Decision by Judge or Jury? Alternatives to Traditional Code En-forcement Boards, 89 The Florida Bar Journal 64.

Funded Projects

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 (2017)

Professional Organizations

  • Ideas for Us Advisory Board (since 2017)
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (since 2010)
  • Florida Bar (since 2000)