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Zachary A. Bray

H. Wendell Cherry Associate Professor of Law Zachary A. Bray

H. Wendell Cherry Associate Professor of Law

Room 227 College of Law

(859) 257-1783


Zachary Bray was appointed as an Associate Professor of Law in 2016. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor during the fall of 2015, when he taught Administrative Law and Real Estate Transactions at the College of Law. A Lexington native and a graduate of the Yale Law School, Bray has worked since 2010 at the University of Houston Law Center, where he has been recognized with a university-wide Provost's Teaching Excellence Award.

Bray's research on private land trusts, low-income housing, the Endangered Species Act, groundwater conflicts, and religious land use has been published in the Brigham Young University Law Review, the Maryland Law Review, the Utah Law Review, and the Harvard Environmental Law Review. He has taught classes on Property, Natural Resources, Real Estate Transactions, Water Law, Land Use, Administrative Law, Payment Systems, and related writing seminars. Prior to entering academia, Bray worked for the Honorable Jennifer B. Coffman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, for the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and as an attorney at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles, California.


  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Notre Dame (2001)
  • J.D., Yale Law School (2005)


  • Property
  • Natural Resource Law
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Water Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Payment Systems

Scholarly Articles

  • RLUIPA and the Limits of Religious Institutionalism, 2016 Utah L. Rev. 41 (2016), reprinted in Leslie Griffin, Law and Religion: Cases and Materials (4th ed. 2017); and Patricia E. Salkin, Zoning and Planning Law Handbook (2017).
  • Texas Groundwater and Tragically Stable Crossovers, 2014 BYU L. Rev. 1283 (2015).
  • The Hidden Rise of Efficient (De)Listing, 73 Md. L. Rev. 389 (2013-2014).
  • The New Progressive Property and the Low-Income Housing Conflict, 2012 BYU L. Rev. 1109 (2012).
  • Reconciling Development and Natural Beauty: The Promise and Dilemma of Conservation Easements, 34 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 119 (2010).