Blake   Hudson
Dean and Professor of Law
Cumberland School of Law
 Robinson Hall

Blake Hudson comes to Cumberland School of Law after serving as the Samuel T. Dell professor of law and director of the Environmental Land Use and Real Estate Law Program at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. 

As a professor, Hudson teaches courses related to property, environmental and natural resources law. His research focuses on the intersection of land use law, policy, and planning with natural resource management, with particular emphasis on the role of forest management in combating climate change and the implications of land development for sustainable natural resource management.

His research has also centered on the complex role of private property rights and government institutions as solutions to common dilemmas and how federalism and constitutional structure have the potential to both complicate and resolve land use and natural resource management issues at the state, federal and international levels. He has published over 30 articles in legal and peer reviewed academic journals, 10 book chapters and three books.

Hudson grew up in Grove Hill, Alabama. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology and history, with minors in prelaw and political science, from the University of Montevallo. He graduated with high honors from Duke University School of Law and received a Master of Environmental Science and Policy from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Prior to joining UF Law, Hudson held faculty roles at Stetson University College of Law, the Louisiana State University (LSU) Law Center and LSU’s College of the Coast & Environment, and the Houston Law Center. Before entering academia, he practiced at the law firm of Baker Botts in Houston.

He is married to Eliza Rhoads Hudson, a 2003 Samford alumna, and they have two sons, Campbell and Ridley.

Professional Appointments

University of Florida Levin College of Law

  • Samuel T. Dell Professor of Law
  • Director, Environmental, Land Use, and Real Estate Law Program (ELURE)

Houston Law Center

  • A.L. O’Quinn Chair in Environmental Studies
  • Co-director, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Center (EENR)

Louisiana State University (LSU) Law Center/LSU College of the Coast & Environment

  • Burlington Resources Professor of Law
  • Director, John P. Laborde Energy Law Center

Stetson University College of Law

  • Assistant Professor of Law

Baker Botts Law Firm (Houston, Texas)

  • Associate Attorney


  • JD, Duke University School of Law (High Honors)
  • MA, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment
  • BA, University of Montevallo (Magna Cum Laude)