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Fall 2022

Course Description
Three-quarters of the United States population is concentrated on the coastal margin where people meet the sea. Along the shorelines of thirty coastal and Great Lakes states is a preponderance of this NationĀ“s industrial investment: manufacturing, refining, hydropower generation, ship-building, offshore oil and gas development, offshore wind, and fisheries. These same shorelines which house the population and its industry, also provide sources of beauty, recreation, and food and safety for their inhabitants. Estuaries serve as the nursery grounds for coastal fisheries. Shellfish flourish throughout their full life cycle in tidal waters. Shorebirds stop to feed on tidal flats. Development competes with the preservation of the natural beauty of the shoreline. The human and industrial pressures, as well as climate change, threaten and/or destroy ecological balances. This course examines the competing interests in the coastal zone, the problems of public and private ownership rights, State and Federal issues, and the conflicts of legal jurisdiction. Shifts in federal policy, as well as varying policy considerations, are explored in depth. Specific state and federal statutes along with environmental concerns are integrated with the policy questions.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-22-2022 - 11-30-2022   TR  8:00 AM-9:20 AM F408

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Midterm and Final Exam
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Admiralty - Basic
Environment & Natural Resources - Specialized
Government & Regulation - Related
International & Comparative Law - Related
Bar Subject(s): None
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Social Justice & Public Interest (Area of Focus)   More information
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Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



Contact Information:
Phone: 305-361-4685
Office: x54685