Nancy Assaf McLaughlin portrait
  • Robert W. Swenson Professor of Law, College Of Law
  • Professor, College Of Law

Research Summary

Professor McLaughlin's research focuses on conservation easement, tax, and nonprofit governance issues and she writes and lectures extensively on these issues.


  • J.D., Law, University of Virginia School of Law


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 is serving as Associate Reporter for the Restatement of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations project. She is serving as Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission's Uniform Conservation Easement Act Study Committee. She is a fellow and member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. 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, as a member of the section’s Conservation Easement Task Force, and as a professional editor of the section’s academic law journal.

Her research focuses on conservation easement, tax incentive, and nonprofit governance issues and she writes and lectures extensively on these issues. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Utah Open Lands (a state-wide land trust), a member of the Habitat Protection Advisory Committee of the Wildlife Land Trust, and a member of the Lands Protection Committee of Vital Ground, a land trust that works to protect grizzly bear habitat. She consults with land trusts, landowners, government entities, federal and state regulators, and others regarding conservation easements and nonprofit governance issues, and she blogs about conservation easement current developments on the Law Professors Nonprofit Law Blog.

Professor McLaughlin teaches Trusts & Estates, Estate Planning, Federal Income Tax, Gift & Estate Tax, Private Land Conservation, and a course on Conservation Easements.

Selected Publications

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Conservation Easements and the Valuation Conundrum, 19 Florida Tax Review 225 (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)

Conservation Easements and The Doctrine of Merger, 74 Duke J. L. & Contemp. Probs 279 (2011)
Keep the Perpetual in Perpetual Conservation Easements, Vermont Digger (Feb. 10. 2104) (with John Echeverria and Janet Milne)
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