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Julia Wyman is the Director of the Marine Affairs Institute and the Director of the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program. Ms. Wyman has extensive state and national ocean and coastal law and policy experience, and most recently served as Ocean and Environmental Counsel for Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). Prior to that, she served as the staff attorney at the Marine Affairs Institute, and the policy analyst for the Coastal States Organization in Washington, D.C., an organization that represents the interests of the governors of the thirty-five coastal states, commonwealths, and territories.
Much of Ms. Wyman’s work has focused on coastal adaptation to climate change. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at RWU School of Law, where she teaches courses related to ocean and coastal law and policy, including Climate Change Law and Policy, Ocean Management Law and Policy, and Environmental Justice. She is the chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ Marine Resources Section, and is an active member of The Coastal Society.
Julia received her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law and her B.A. from Trinity College. She is also an alumna of the Williams-Mystic maritime studies program.