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About Tracey M Roberts

Tracey Roberts focuses her scholarship and teaching in the areas of taxation, property and environmental law. In her scholarship, Professor Roberts uses historical research, economic analysis, and tax policy and public finance tools to examine tax structures, environmental and land use regulation, and private governance systems. Her articles have been published in the Northwestern University Law Review, the Washington and Lee Law Review, the University of California, Berkeley Ecology Law Quarterly, the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum. She has previously taught law at UC Hastings College of the Law, Seattle University, the University of Louisville, and the University of South Carolina. Before turning to academia, Professor Roberts practiced for ten years in the area of commercial real estate and affordable housing, specializing in mixed-use real estate development and sustainable land use planning in Atlanta, Georgia and Denver, Colorado. During this period, she represented a number of nonprofit organizations, including the U.S. Green Building Council - Colorado Chapter, the Center for ReSource Development and the Boulder Tool Library. She also worked for four years as a social entrepreneur with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and Georgia Legal Services Program, developing technology projects to expand access to legal services and legal information throughout Georgia. She received her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University, her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, and her A.B. from Harvard University.


2014 - Present Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California, Hastings College of Law
Present Visiting Professor, Samford University ‐ Cumberland School of Law

Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

Taxation, Property and Environmental Law

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Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Sabin Colloquium, Columbia Law School
  • 2015 Participant, George Mason University Economics Institute for Law Professors
  • 2012 Consultant, Conservation Leadership Partnership
  • 2010 – 2011 Consultant, Resources Legacy Fund
  • 2009 – 2010 Fellow, Searle-Kauffman Institute on Law, Innovation, and Growth, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Northwestern Law School
  • 2009 David F. Bradford Memorial Prize for Best Paper in the Field of Taxation


  • Taxation of Business Enterprises
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Partnership Taxation
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Tax Policy
  • Property
  • Environmental Law
  • Climate Change and the Law


2008 - 2009 LL.M. Taxation, New York University ‐ School of Law
1991 - 1994 J.D., Vanderbilt University ‐ School of Law
1984 - 1988 A.B., Harvard College

Contact Information

Tracey M. Roberts
Cumberland School of Law
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, Alabama
(303) 818-8589


Taxation (3)

Law and Economics (5)

Taxation-Federal Income (3)

Environmental Law (4)

Social Welfare (2)

Law and Society (3)

Politics (3)

Organizations (1)

International Trade (1)