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Maine's Ocean and Coastal Future: Law and Policy in a Changing World

  • Friday, March 27, 2020
  • Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street, Bath ME 04530


Ocean in Maine

Maine’s Ocean and Coastal Future: Law and Policy in a Changing World

A symposium presented in partnership between Maine Center Ventures,
The University of Maine School of Law, and The Student Bar Association.

Join the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal in Bath on March 27th for a symposium that focuses on three industries that are important to Maine's social and economic development in the coming years: maritime commerce, offshore and tidal energy, and aquaculture.

Maine has a rich coastal, marine, and maritime history. This symposium examines laws and policy that affect Maine’s coastal, marine, and maritime industries, and the ways in which environmental changes are impacting law, policy, and efforts to develop Maine’s marine culture and economy.

This event is free, but registration is required.
5 ME CLE credits will be provided. Please register by March 20, 2020.

Symposium Schedule

Friday, March 27

9:00 - 9:30 am

Breakfast and Registration

9:35 - 9:45 am

Welcome Remarks

9:45 - 10:15 am

Keynote Address

  • Lincoln Paine, Award-Winning Author, Maritime Historian, Lecturer, and a Board Member of the Maine Maritime Museum

    Lincoln Paine is the author of five books and more than a hundred articles, reviews, and lectures on maritime history. From 2009 to 2012, he was the guest curator and archivist of the Norman H. Morse Collection of Ocean Liner Materials at the Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine. He has lectured on maritime history and taught writing workshops nationally as well as in India, China, Australia, and Europe.
10:30 - 11:45 am

Panel: Offshore and Tidal Energy

  • Jeff Thaler, Visiting Associate Professor, University of Maine School of Law (Moderator)
  • John Ferland, President, Ocean Renewable Power Company
  • Brooke Barnes, Esq., Environmental Services, Stantec
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Catered Lunch
12:50 - 2:05 pm

Panel: Aquaculture and Innovations in the Law

  • Anthony Moffa, Associate Professor, University of Maine School of Law (Moderator)
  • Sebastian Belle, Executive Director, Maine Aquaculture Association
  • Chris Vonderweidt, Aquaculture Program Manager, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
  • Aaron Strong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Hamilton College. Former Assistant Professor at The University of Maine School of Marine Sciences and Climate Change Institute
2:05 - 2:15 pm
Coffee Break
2:20 - 3:35 pm

Panel: Maritime Maine

  • Charles Norchi, Benjamin Thompson Professor of Law, University of Maine School of Law (Moderator)
  • Jon Nass, Esq., CEO, Maine Port Authority
  • Laura M. O'Hanlon, Esq. Assistant General Counsel, Bath Iron Works
3:35 - 5:00 pm

Cocktail/Networking Reception



Maine Maritime Museum
243 Washington St.
Bath, ME 04530


Contact the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal at the University of Maine School of Law.

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