Areas of Expertise
- Civil Rights and Discrimination
- Environmental Law
- Interviewing and Client Counseling
- Public Interest Law
- Regulatory Compliance
Maria Savasta-Kennedy joined the Carolina Faculty in 1999 and serves as a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Externship Program. Her teaching and research interests include social and environmental justice, environmental law, regulatory and market responses to pollution control and climate change, and practical lawyering skills. In 2012, she was awarded a Fulbright to teach lawyering skills in Xi’an China. Professor Savasta-Kennedy is the author of the North Carolina Environmental Law Practice Guide, Lexis-Nexis (2022), now in it’s fourth edition.
After graduating from UCLA School of Law, Savasta-Kennedy litigated federal and state environmental, civil rights and commercial cases. She represented grass roots organizations in complex environmental cases at both the trial and appellate level while an associate attorney with Earth Justice. She taught at NYU School of Law’s Lawyering Program before coming to Carolina.
- B.A. (cum laude), University of California at Los Angeles
- J.D., University of California at Los Angeles
LEXIS/NEXIS PRACTICE GUIDE: NORTH CAROLINA ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (Matthew Bender, 2018).