Liz Butler grew up in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. She graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in International Affairs.  Later, she studied Sustainable Urban Development in Southeastern Brazil and Metropolitan Governance at the University of Amsterdam before receiving a Master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Florida State University.  Before attending Chicago-Kent, Liz worked as a City Planner in Dallas for three years and became certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

During her first summer and throughout her second year at Chicago-Kent, Liz worked as a Law Clerk for the City of Chicago’s Law Department in the Zoning Division.  Liz is currently a Baum Fellow in the Chicago Environmental Law Clinic and a Law Clerk at Klein, Thorpe, and Jenkins, a law firm that focuses on land use and municipal law.  In addition to serving as the Managing Editor of the Chicago-Kent Journal of Environmental & Energy Law, Liz has served as a Staff Member for the Chicago-Kent Law Review and as the Vice President of the Land Use and Real Estate Law Society.  In her spare time, Liz enjoys traveling, volunteering with a literacy advocacy organization, and exploring Chicago’s culinary offerings.