Professor McLaughlin received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1990 and a B.S. honors degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1987, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar and elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
She is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as an Advisor to the Restatement of the Law, Charitable Nonprofit Organizations project. She is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and serves as co-chair of ACTEC's Legal Education Committee. She also is a member of the ABA’s Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Section and serves as co-chair of the section's Legislative and Regulatory Committee, co-chair of the section's Legal Education and Uniform Laws Group, member of the Conservation Easement Task Force, and professional editor of the section’s academic law journal.
~~~ Selected Articles ~~~
Conservation Easements and the Valuation Conundrum, forthcoming in 19 Florida Tax Review _ (2016)
Interpreting Conservation Easements, 29 Probate & Property 30 (2015)
An Introduction to Conservation Easements in the United States: A Simple Concept and a Complicated Mosaic of Law, 1 J. Law, Property, and Society 107 (2015) (with Federico Cheever)
Conservation Easement Enabling Statutes: Perspectives on Reform, 3 Utah L. Rev. 811 (2013) (with Jeff Pidot)
Perpetual Conservation Easements: What Have We Learned and Where Should We Go From Here? (University of Utah College of Law Symposium Videos and Articles)