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Legal Aspects of Coastal Adaptation & Resilience in RI (Dec 2015)

Legal Aspects of Coastal Adaptation & Resilience in Rhode Island:
A workshop for municipal solicitors and staff

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Roger Williams University School of Law

This one-day event offered Rhode Island municipal solicitors and staff an opportunity to discuss emerging legal issues related to coastal hazards and land use.  The State of Rhode Island has policies in place that require municipalities to address natural hazards and changing climate conditions, and several initiatives underway to provide data and decision support tools to municipal governments and property owners.  As policy changes evolve from these efforts, municipal staff and solicitors will likely face emerging legal challegens.  This workshop allowed attendees to better understand the data, tools, and projects underway at the state level, and a change to discuss and exchange ideas related to how the legal community might address these topics as they evolve.

Final Agenda

Part 1 – Welcome and Opening Remarks
Part 2 – STORMTOOLS, RI Coastal Property Guide, Q&A
Part 3 -  Introduction, Potential Liability of Governments, Theories of Municipal Liability Defenses, Q&A
Part 4 – Discussion of Legal Needs, Next Steps

PowerPoints:

Brian A. Goldman
Legal Counsel, RI Coastal Resources Management Council
Theories of Municipal Liability and Defenses

Jennifer Klein
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Government Liability for Failure to Prepare for Climate Change

John Ryan-Henry
J.D./M.M.A. '16, RWU School of Law/University of Rhode Island
Beach SAMP/STORMTOOLS: Changes to the Landscape of Municipal Liability

Dennis Esposito
Director, Environmental and Land Use Clinical Externship Program and Adjunct Professor, RWU School of Law
Food for Thought

The workshop was sponsored by Roger Williams University School of Law Marine Affairs Institute,
Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Rhode Island CRMC Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan.

              

 

Please contact the Marine Affairs Institute at 401-254-5392 or marineaffairs@rwu.edu with any questions you may have.