Prof. Alison Rieser teaches Maine Law online course in Marine Resources

Aug. 30, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – A familiar face is re-engaging with the University of Maine School of Law this fall, providing a timely and dynamic online course.

Alison Rieser, Emerita Professor of Law, is teaching a three-credit course titled Marine Resources. The online course is also offered to graduate students in marine science and policy at the University of Maine in Orono.

Professor Rieser is Director of the Graduate Ocean Policy Certificate Program at the University of Hawaii, where she is Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Chair with a joint appointment in the departments of economics and geography. She previously taught environmental law and oceans and coastal law at Maine Law for more than 20 years. From 1983 until 2001, Professor Rieser was Director of Maine Law’s Marine Law Institute, which is now known as the Center for Oceans and Coastal Law. She was the founding faculty advisor to the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal. Professor Rieser was named Professor Emerita at Maine Law in 2007.

The online course offered by Professor Rieser this fall is based on the new 4th edition of her casebook, Ocean and Coastal Law, published by West Academic Publishing.

Professor Rieser earned a bachelor of science degree in human ecology from Cornell University in 1973 and a J.D. cum laude from The George Washington University School of Law in 1976. After law school and a brief tenure as a lawyer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, she was a post-doctoral fellow in marine policy and ocean management at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (est. 1930). She earned an LL.M. from Yale Law School in 1990, and in 1999 she became the only law professor to be named a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation. Her latest book, published in 2012 by Johns Hopkins University Press, is The Case of the Green Turtle: An Uncensored History of a Conservation Icon.


Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
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