Julia Wyman

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Julia WymanDirectorMarine Affairs Institute & RI Sea Grant Legal ProgramAdjunct Professor of Law

Contact Information

401-254-4613jwyman@rwu.eduOffice 284A

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.

Courses Taught

LSM.888Climate Change Law & Policy

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Marine Affairs Institute

Course Description

This course explores the impact that climatic changes are having, and will continue to have, on law and policy in the United States. Recent reports anticipate increased climate change impacts including water scarcity and decreased quality, ocean warming and acidification, sea level rise and coastal impacts, extreme weather events, risks to public health, increased forest wildfires, and national security risks. Coastal states on the forefront for these climate change impacts. Many coastal states are beginning to address adaptation through changes in law and policy. This course will examine the framework for federal and state policy and law changes to adapt to climate change, and the status of efforts throughout the United States. While the focus will be on efforts within the nation in coastal areas, the course will briefly discuss non-coastal and international climate change laws and policies. Students will be evaluated based on class participation and a paper that can fulfill their writing requirements.

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Seminar

Course Credits

2.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

Julia Wyman

LAW.806.A (4 Credits)Environmental & Land Use Clinical Externship

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Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education

Course Description

Through the Environmental and Land Use Law Clinical Externship, students train in legal offices or departments of government agencies and non-government organizations doing environmental and land use legal work in Rhode Island and southern New England. Externs are exposed to the various ways in which environmental and land use law is practiced by government agencies and non-government organizations through litigation, administrative rulemaking and adjudication, and engagement in the legislative process. The students also participate in a two-credit, graded seminar “Advanced Topics in Environmental and Land Use Law” that will be designed by the professor, after consultation with the field supervisors, to teach substantive law, regulation, and policy directly relevant to the students’ field work, as well as the ethics and legal skills required of an environmental attorney.
4 Credits- 180 hours (approx. 2 days/week for 14 weeks)

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Clinic/Externship

Course Credits

4.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

LAW.806.B (6 Credits)Environmental & Land Use Clinical Externship

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Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education

Course Description

Through the Environmental and Land Use Law Clinical Externship, students train in legal offices or departments of government agencies and non-government organizations doing environmental and land use legal work in Rhode Island and southern New England. Externs are exposed to the various ways in which environmental and land use law is practiced by government agencies and non-government organizations through litigation, administrative rulemaking and adjudication, and engagement in the legislative process. The students also participate in a two-credit, graded seminar “Advanced Topics in Environmental and Land Use Law” that will be designed by the professor, after consultation with the field supervisors, to teach substantive law, regulation, and policy directly relevant to the students’ field work, as well as the ethics and legal skills required of an environmental attorney.
6 Credits- 270 hours (approx. 3 days/week for 14 weeks)

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Clinic/Externship

Course Credits

6.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

LAW.806.C (8 Credits)Environmental & Land Use Clinical Externship

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SUMMER ONLY

Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education

Course Description

Through the Environmental and Land Use Law Clinical Externship, students train in legal offices or departments of government agencies and non-government organizations doing environmental and land use legal work in Rhode Island and southern New England. Externs are exposed to the various ways in which environmental and land use law is practiced by government agencies and non-government organizations through litigation, administrative rulemaking and adjudication, and engagement in the legislative process. The students also participate in a two-credit, graded seminar “Advanced Topics in Environmental and Land Use Law” that will be designed by the professor, after consultation with the field supervisors, to teach substantive law, regulation, and policy directly relevant to the students’ field work, as well as the ethics and legal skills required of an environmental attorney.
8 Credits- 360 hours(approx. 5 days/week for 10 weeks) SUMMER SEMESTER ONLY

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Clinic/Externship

Course Credits

8.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

LSM.856 (Honors Course)Environmental Justice

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HONORS COURSE

Course Description

This honors perspectives course will explore the distribution of environmental benefits and burdens throughout the world, with an emphasis on United States laws, regulations, and policies. This course will explore whether the U.S. environmental laws, policies, and regulations are truly equal in their treatment of people regardless of race, color, income, or nationality. Through a series of readings (books and supplementary materials), participants in this course will explore the history surrounding the environmental justice movement: whether historically there has been environmental justice in the United States, whether there is currently environmental justice in the United States, and what the future of environmental justice is.

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Seminar

Course Credits

1.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

Faculty Associated

Julia Wyman

LAW.674Ocean and Coastal Law & Policy

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Marine Affairs Institute

Course Description

The areas in which oceans and their branches and land masses meet are the source of many relationships largely peculiar to those areas. Sea level rise, global warming and effects on our oceans, coastal resilience and retreat options from mega storms like Sandy and Katrina, wetlands protection, environment and ecological issues, the position of the area in terms of industry and commerce including such international rules as those governing fisheries, whaling and other trapping and hunting, are a part of the special problems facing this zone and the areas of water and land nearby. The course examines the various legal regimes with a consideration of policy issues that are involved in the complex relationships generated in these areas.

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Elective

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law
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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.

Elective

After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.