J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Amherst College
Read Porter is senior staff attorney with the Marine Affairs Institute at Roger Williams University School of Law and the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program. Read directs the Sea Grant Law Fellow Program, an experiential education program in which RWU law students conduct legal research on behalf of outside organizations.
Mr. Porter has worked in and published widely on topics in environmental and natural resources topics, including international and domestic fisheries and aquaculture, compliance and enforcement, and marine protected area governance. From 2006-2016, he was a Senior Attorney and Director of the Invasive Species Program at the Environmental Law Institute, a non-partisan research and education organization based in Washington, DC. He previously served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Read earned a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and a B.A. in Geology, summa cum laude, from Amherst College.
LAW.816Sea Grant Law Fellow ProgramClick to Open
Students enrolled in this program work under the professor’s supervision on a legal research project on behalf of an outside organization. Projects are assigned by the professor and will focus on a specific research question related to ocean and coastal law or maritime law. Law Fellows have the opportunity to work with stakeholders on important issues, to gain in-depth substantive knowledge on the applicable law and its real-world application, and to draft a high-quality written product, and may have the opportunity to present their work in a professional setting. Certain projects can satisfy the Graduation Writing Requirement. Law Fellows must dedicate a minimum of 10 hours per week during the semester, but hours are flexible. The professor’s permission is required to register.
Course DegreeJuris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law
Faculty AssociatedRead Porter
LSM.889Water LawClick to Open
Water is our most valuable resource, and as the 21st Century continues, struggles regarding its management and use will become even more prominent as the climate changes and populations grow. This course explores legal schemes for securing, allocating, and managing water rights for public and private uses, and will address both fresh surface and ground water resources. Over the course of the semester, we will examine the riparian and prior appropriation doctrines; common law, state and federal statutory schemes and regulations for managing water use; and mechanisms for transboundary and interstate allocation of water. We will also consider social policy, history, and the value (economic, social cultural, etc.) of water, as well as the science of hydrology and hydrogeology, as a basis for water law and for understanding overall water resources management and regulations