Melissa O’Connor, an attorney at the full-service law firm Kelley Kronenberg, was named an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences. Starting in January 2013, Ms. O’Connor will lead an upper level undergraduate course, entitled “Environmental Law & Policy.” The course will discuss the history of environmental law, seminal cases, and touch on the practical interface of environmental law and science.
Ms. O’Connor serves as the head of Kelley Kronenberg’s Environmental Law section, focusing primarily on environmental law and compliance. She recently became a certified LEED Green Associate, which will provide her with more insight into the current environmental regulations that are taking precedence within today’s society. She is also a member of the 2012 South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals (SFAEP) Board of Directors.
Ms. O’Connor is an experienced regulator who has also worked as an independent environmental consultant. Her unique background provides her with in-depth knowledge of the issues facing the regulated community, particularly solid and hazardous wastes, leaking underground storage tanks, drinking water, wastewater and water quality standards as they relate to permitting.
She received a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science Affairs from the University of Miami, and earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from The Johns Hopkins University, before earning her law degree. She has published two law review articles on water quality standards and environmental justice, and frequently speaks on topics within her legal specialty.