Christopher A. D'Ovidio
Christopher A. D'Ovidio is the principal of D'Ovidio Law. His practice focuses on land use, zoning, environmental, municipal affairs, property law, general practice and civil litigation.
He currently serves as legal counsel for the Pawtuxet River Authority and previously served as assistant solicitor for the Town of New Shoreham, attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation, and as an environmental scientist and engineering technician for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
Mr. D’Ovidio has been an invited lecturer in various forums, including the 2010 through 2017 Rhode Island Bar Annual Meetings where he has presented on recent developments in environmental and land use law. He served on various state and local boards, committees, and commissions, addressing renewable energy, water allocation, affordable housing, water quality, land use and zoning matters.
LSM.856Environmental Moot CourtClick to Open
This is a 6 week course
This course is geared toward those interested in competing in the Pace Environmental Moot Court Completion. The competition should be of interest to anyone interested in the moot court experience, but will be of special interest to those interested in pursuing careers in administrative law, in general, and in environmental law, in particular. The course is meant to prepare students for both the brief writing and oral argument required by the Pace competition. In order to enroll in the course a student must be currently taking either Environmental Law or Administrative Law or have already taken either one of those courses.
Course DegreeJuris Doctor
PrerequisiteLAW.631 – Administrative Law LAW.672 – Environmental Law
Faculty AssociatedChristopher A. D'Ovidio
LAW.743Land Use PlanningClick to Open
This course explores the relatively evolving field of land use law, seeking to understand the theoretical basis for such regulation, the effects (intended, unintended or perhaps unconsciously intended) of such regulation and the practicalities of land use and development within the legal framework. Among the major issues this course will examine are the law of zoning, the constitutional constraints on land use regulation, the establishment and enforcement of subdivision and land development controls, and other development regulations. The course will examine several current topics in land use regulation, including climate change, environmental regulations, smart growth, historic preservation and renewable energy. Students will approach the course material from both theoretical and practical vantage points, and will be required to conduct research on how land use regulations are implemented in "real world" situations.