Legal Strategies for Climate Adaptation in Coastal New England
Friday, November 16, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Roger Williams University School of Law
This symposium focused on how state and local governments in coastal New England can overcome legal barriers to climate adaptation. Speakers discussed the opportunities for state and municipal governments to proactively include adaptation into their planning, such as by incorporating climate risks into local laws, ordinances, regulations, and policies.
Speakers also addressed some of the potential legal conflicts related to climate adaptation, including constitutional conflicts, state and federal law conflicts, and potential liability for acting or failing to act on climate risks.
A portion of the day included small workshops where attendees shared their concerns and questions related to barriers to climate change adaptation. The day concluded with discussion of adaptation planning opportunities for state and local governments.
The Rhode Island M.C.L.E. Commission granted this program 6.5 Rhode Island C.L.E. credits including zero legal ethics credit.
The Association of State Floodplain Managers pre-approved this program for 5.5 CECs for CFMs.
Part of the 2018-2019 Roger Williams University Theme, Ocean State/State of the Ocean: The challenge of sea level rise over the coming century
Links to watch the symposium
Government Action in the Age of Climate Change: Climate Adaptation and Evolving Liability by Elena Mihaly and Deanna Moran
Opportunities for Enhancing Community Resilience by Jessica Grannis and Katie Spidalieri
- Dena Adler, J.D., M.E.M., Climate Law Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
- Melissa Chalek, Esq., Policy Analyst, Marine Affairs Institute, Roger Williams University School of Law/ Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program
- Jessica Grannis, Esq., Adaptation Program Director, Georgetown Climate Center, Georgetown Law School
- Elena Mihaly, Esq., Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation
- Deanna Moran, MPP, MCRP, Director of Environmental Planning, Conservation Law Foundation
- Shaun O'Rourke, Director, Stormwater and Resiliency, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank and Chief Resilience Officer, State of Rhode Island
- Read Porter, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney, Marine Affairs Institute, Roger Williams University School of Law/ Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program
- Thomas Ruppert, Esq., Coastal Planning Specialist, Florida Sea Grant
- Katie Spidalieri, Esq., Institute Associate, Georgetown Climate Center
- Julia Wyman, Esq., Director, Marine Affairs Institute, Roger Williams University School of Law/ Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program
This symposium was co-sponsored by the Marine Affairs Institute at Roger Williams University School of Law, Rhode Island Sea Grant, and the Georgetown Climate Center.
Please contact the Marine Affairs Institute at 401-254-5392 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.