Anna A. Mance

Full-time faculty

Assistant Professor of Law


Anna A. Mance joins SMU Dedman School of Law from Stanford Law School where she was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow and Lecturer in Law and she taught Global Federal Litigation and legal research and writing to first year law students.

Professor Mance’s teaching and scholarly interests are in the areas of environmental law, climate law, international law and development, transnational law, civil procedure, and public governance and accountability. Her recent work assesses the relationship between state capacity to address climate change and private enforcement of environmental law.

Before joining Stanford, Professor Mance was a litigator at the Miami offices of Aballí Milne Kalil, P.A., focusing on transnational disputes and fraud investigations, and served as Global Counsel for BitPesa, based in Nairobi.

Her scholarship is informed by her extensive experience in global environmental health and international development. As a first-year law student, she co-founded the Student Organization on Human Rights through which she conducted fieldwork and published her research on the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti’s (MINUSTAH) mandate to support local community groups amid political violence and social upheaval. From 2013 to 2016, Professor Mance served as the Vice Chair of Policy of the ABA International Environmental Law Committee where she drafted ABA reports and recommendations on various initiatives to ratify UNCLOS and to institute a global lead paint ban.

She has developed her work as a Visiting Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute, a Climate Fellow at NRDC, and a post-graduate researcher in Global Environmental Health at the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health. Professor Mance has also worked on novel approaches to address climate change and sea level rise through impact litigation. She brings this experience to her ongoing work with a team of interdisciplinary scholars on the WILDS Project, an effort to study innovative legal approaches to protecting wildlife and biodiversity.

Her work has been published in law reviews and interdisciplinary scholarly journals including the Stanford Law Review and The Lancet. She is a member of the bar in Florida and California.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Procedure
  • Climate Law
  • Environmental Law
  • International Law and Development
  • Public Governance and Accountability


B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., University of Miami School of Law
M.S., University of California-Berkeley


Civil Procedure
Environmental Enforcement
Environmental Law