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Upcoming Events

marine law symposium


marine law symposium


The People's Fight for Water, Power & Light
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
One Empire Plaza, Providence, RI - Room 434
Professor Robert B. Kent '01H Law Library Student Lounge Dedication
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
RWU Law Library - Bristol Campus
Jeopardy! | RWU Law
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
School of Law | Appellate Courtroom 283
Marine Law Symposium
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
RWU School of Law, Bristol, RI
LSAT Free Practice Test
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
RWU Law Experiential Campus, 1 Empire Street, 4th Floor, Providence, RI 02903

Sea Grant Law Fellows


Summer 2016 Law Fellows

Zachary Bourdony
Audrey Elzerman
Clare Harmon
Jamison Jedziniak
Logan Pearce
Nicole Rohr


The Rhode Island Sea Grant Program sponsors law students as Sea Grant Law Fellows to research and write on ocean and coastal law issues including the resolution of marine resource management and conservation issues.


Sea Grant Law Fellow Shifts Career from Science to Policy
John Ryan-Henry '16


VIDEO - RI Sea Grant Law Fellow Program
Published Jan 15, 2013
This video describes the Marine Affairs Institute and the programs the Institute offers, including the Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellows, where RWU Law students provide organizations, agencies, and businesses with low-cost legal research supervised the Institute's staff attorney.  (Note: This program does not offer legal advice.) 


Scott Gunst is a 2012 graduate and worked as a Sea Grant Law Fellow in the spring of 2012.  For his research, Scott worked with Maine Sea Grant examining the legal barriers and opportunities for developing business partnerships between fisheries and tourism.  Maine Sea Grant held workshops in the fall of 2013 which encompassed his research and is discussed in the following article: 

Fishing for Tourists: an option for diversifying 
The Working Waterfront
December 13, 2013

Scott's legal research, video of the workshops held in December 2013 and related information are available at The video is a compilation of two of the three workshops held in December 2013.  Scott, who is now an attorney at Reeves McEwing, LLP, leads each of the discussions with the legal framework and liability issues associated with using your lobster boat for the two businesses.

Tourism: Business spin-off for sea farmers, lobstermen
Commercial Fisheries News, March 2014


Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program
Established in October 2003, the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program located at the Marine Affairs Institute at Roger Williams University School of Law is one of only four Sea Grant legal and policy efforts in the nation.  The Program assists Rhode Island Sea Grant in meeting its three core components of outreach services, education, and legal research by responding to research requests from state and regional agencies and other Sea Grant constituents on coastal zone management, fisheries, public access, aquaculture, ports and harbors and other areas of marine law.  The Program is prohibited from providing legal advice or becoming involved in litigation.

The information provided by the Program's students and attorneys is intended for informational purposes only. 

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Read Porter, Staff Attorney, Marine Affairs Institute at or by telephone at 401-254-5734.