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Read Porter, Senior Staff Attorney, Marine Affairs Institute & RI Sea Grant Legal Program

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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.