Judith E. Koons
Professor of Law

Judith E. Koons


(321) 206-5650


JD, University of Florida
MTS, Harvard Divinity School
BA, University of Florida

Classes Taught

Earth Jurisprudence
Florida Constitutional Law
Introduction to Environmental Law, Jurisprudence, and Justice
Professional Responsibility


Professor Judith Koons came to Barry University School of Law after receiving the Master of Theological Studies Degree from Harvard Divinity School. While at Harvard, Professor Koons studied philosophy, ethics, and theology and explored the intersection of faith and social justice. At Harvard, Professor Koons also served as a teaching fellow in the sociology department, focusing on social stratification by gender, race, and class.

Professor Koons practiced law primarily in the fields of poverty and civil rights. She taught at the University of Mississippi School of Law and served with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Florida, the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, and Central Florida Legal Services.

At Barry, Professor Koons is the coordinator of the Honors Certificate Program in Environmental and Earth Law. She also serves as a faculty advisor for the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, which invites a re-thinking of law and governance from an earth-centered perspective.

Professor Koons has published and spoken nationally and internationally in the aligned fields of Feminist Jurisprudence and Earth Jurisprudence.


Earth at the Tipping Point: Defining an Earth Jurisprudence for Social and Ecological Justice, 58 LOY. L. REV. 349 (2012).

Earth Jurisprudence and the Story of Oil: Intergenerational Justice for the Post-Petroleum Period, 46 U.S.F. L. REV. 93 (2011).

What is Earth Jurisprudence?: Key Principles to Transform Law for the Health of the Planet, 18 PENN STATE ENVTL. L. REV. 47 (2009), excerpts reprinted in EXPLORING WILD LAW: THE PHILOSOPHY OF EARTH JURISPRUDENCE (Peter Burdon ed., 2011).

Engaging the Odd Couple: Same-Sex Marriage and Evangelicalism in the Public Square, 30 WOMEN'S RIGHTS L. REP. 255 (2009).

Earth Jurisprudence: The Moral Value of Nature, 25ACE ENT’L L. REV. 263-339 (2008).

Locational Justice: Race, Class, and the Grassroots Protest of Property Takings, 46 SANTA CLARA L. REV. 811-40 (2006).

Gunsmoke and Legal Mirrors: Women Surviving Intimate Battery and Deadly Legal Doctrines, 14 J.L. & POL’Y 617-93 (2006).

“Just” Married?: Same-Sex Marriage and a History of Family Plurality, 12 MICH. J. GENDER & L. 1-85 (2005).

Motherhood, Marriage, and Morality: The Pro-Marriage Moral Discourse of American Welfare Policy, 19 WIS. WOMEN’S L.J. 1-45 (2004) (lead article), excerpts reprinted in KATHARINE T. BARTLETT & DEBORAH L. RHODE, GENDER AND LAW (4th ed. 2006).

Making Peace with Difference: A Hermeneutic of Inclusive Conversation, 11 TEX. J. WOMEN & L. 1-66 (2002).

Fair Housing and Community Empowerment: Where the Roof Meets Redemption, 4 GEO. J. FIGHTING POVERTY 75-161 (1996), excerpts reprinted in SOCIAL JUSTICE: PROFESSIONALS, COMMUNITIES, AND LAW (Martha R. Mahoney et al. eds., 2003).

Professor Koons' publications can be found on the Social Science Research Network.