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  • Application Period Now Open for NSGLC’s 2021 Sea Grant Law Diversity Internship Program
  • December 7th, 2020 — by Terra Bowling — Category: Miscellaneous

  • The National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) developed a pilot Sea Grant Law Diversity Internship Program (SGLDIP) in 2020 and recently opened the application period for 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic shifted last summer’s internship from an in-person to a virtual experience, and it may do so for 2021 as well. Whether in person or virtual, the internship aims to give the intern a unique opportunity to enhance his or her legal education by conducting research and outreach alongside NSGLC attorneys and SGLDIP project partner attorneys.


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  • See You Later Alligator: Louisiana Thwarts California’s Attempt to Ban Alligator Products
  • December 3rd, 2020 — by Blake Tims — Category: Miscellaneous

  • California’s ban on alligator and crocodile products has been struck down after the State of Louisiana, which leads the U.S. in production of alligator products, challenged the ban. By enacting this ban, California sought to curb animal cruelty and the trafficking of endangered species. Louisiana argued that the ban directly conflicted with federal law, and threatened jobs—as well as conservation efforts—in the state. The U.S. District Court for California’s Eastern District agreed on both counts in its decision in the case, Paris v. Becerra, No. 219CV02471KJMCKD, 2020 WL 6043948 (E.D. Cal. Oct. 13, 2020).


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  • Michigan Court Must Evaluate Easement for Controversial Enbridge Pipeline
  • December 2nd, 2020 — by Olivia Deans — Category: Miscellaneous

  • On November 13, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer filed a legal complaint to shut down the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline. Enbridge is a Canadian petroleum transportation company. One of its pipelines, Line 5, runs from Western Canada through Wisconsin and Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas into Ontario, where the oil is used in refineries and petrochemical plants.


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  • A Somewhat-Altered Journey Continues: Court Rules on the Use of Cousteau Trademarks
  • November 6th, 2020 — by Terra Bowling — Category: Miscellaneous

  • Jacques Cousteau, wearing his signature red cap, achieved worldwide fame as an oceanic explorer, filmmaker, and marine conservationist. Prior to his death in 1997 at the age of 87, Cousteau established The Cousteau Society (TCS) and granted the nonprofit exclusive rights to his intellectual property portfolio.


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  • Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping
  • November 4th, 2020 — by Philip Lott — Category: Miscellaneous

  • On September 22, 2020, President Trump signed “Executive Order 13950 on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping,” which purports to set aside workplace diversity training across the country that is “inherently sexist and racist.”


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  • Presidential Proclamation on U.S. Policy on Marine Research in the EEZ
  • October 8th, 2020 — by Philip Lott — Category: Miscellaneous

  • On September 9, 2020, President Trump signed Presidential Proclamation 10071 revising the United States’ Marine Scientific Research policy. The proclamation revises the policy with respect to the United States (US) exercising its right to regulate, authorize, and conduct marine scientific research within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Previously, the United States had declined to exercise jurisdiction over marine research in the EEZ. The proclamation now aligns the US with the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.


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  • Meet New NSGLC Law Fellow: Olivia Deans
  • September 17th, 2020 — Category: Miscellaneous

  • The National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) is pleased to announce that we’ve hired a second law fellow, Olivia Deans. Olivia received her J.D. from Vermont Law School in 2020 and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University in 2016. During her time at NSGLC, Olivia will focus on fisheries management and water law. We asked Olivia a few questions to get to know her better. Welcome, Olivia!


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  • Meet the 2020 NSGLC Summer Intern: Madeline Doten
  • May 27th, 2020 — Category: Miscellaneous

  • Each summer, the National Sea Grant Law Center hires a full-time research associate. This summer’s Research Associate is Madeline Doten, a rising 2L at Stetson University College of Law. We asked Madeline several questions to get to know her better.


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  • NSGLC Provides COVID-19 Resources
  • April 16th, 2020 — by Catherine Janasie — Category: COVID-19 Miscellaneous

  • COVID-19 has affected all of our lives in a multitude of ways. It can be difficult to navigate Congress’ efforts to ease the impact on Americans, such as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (or “CARES”) Act. As a result, the National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) has received numerous questions from both the National Marine Fisheries Service and Sea Grant programs throughout the country on what relief is available to fishermen, aquaculture farms, and the larger seafood industry.


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  • U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Blackbeard Shipwreck Copyright Case
  • April 2nd, 2020 — by Terra Bowling — Category: Miscellaneous

  • In 1996, Intersal, Inc., a marine salvage company, discovered Blackbeard’s sunken pirate ship off the coast of North Carolina. Blackbeard had seized the French slave ship in 1717, renaming it the Queen Anne’s Revenge. He navigated the vessel through the Caribbean and up the North American coast. The vessel’s tenure as a pirate ship was cut short in 1718 when Blackbeard ran it aground on a sandbar off the coast of Beaufort, North Carolina. Under state and federal law, the wreck belongs to the state. The state contracted with Intersal to recover the shipwreck. Intersal contracted with Allen to document the operation. Allen made videos and photos of the recovery efforts, registering copyrights for his works.


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  • Houston Aquarium and OSHA Argue Scientific Diving Exemption at University of Mississippi School of Law
  • March 13th, 2020 — by Zachary Klein — Category: Miscellaneous

  • Do feeding and cleaning dives at the Houston Aquarium qualify as “scientific” for purposes of commercial diving regulations? This question was front and center in Houston Aquarium, Inc. v. OSHRC, one of several Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals cases argued at the University of Mississippi School of Law during the first week of March. Although most Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals cases are heard in New Orleans, where the court is based, it occasionally convenes at other cities and law schools throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The Fifth Circuit has visited Ole Miss every three years since 1984.


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  • Time and Tide Wait for None: Tribal Communities in Alaska and Louisiana Submit Climate-Forced Displacement Complaint to the United Nations
  • January 31st, 2020 — by Philip Lott — Category: Environmental Law Flooding Miscellaneous

  • The Alaska Institute for Justice recently filed a complaint with the United Nations (UN) on behalf of five Tribal communities located in Alaska and Louisiana. The complaint alleges that the United States (US) government is responsible for human rights violations as a result of its failure to protect the Tribes from climate-caused land loss.


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  • Sea Grant Law Diversity Internship Program – Internship Announcement
  • November 7th, 2019 — by Terra Bowling — Category: Miscellaneous

  • The National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) is seeking applicants for the Sea Grant Law Diversity Internship Program (SGLDIP) for the summer of 2020. The internship seeks to provide experiential learning opportunities to a law school student from a diverse background in the field of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes law, with an emphasis on issues facing underrepresented or indigenous communities.


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  • Meet the 2019 NSGLC Summer Intern
  • June 13th, 2019 — Category: Miscellaneous

  • Each summer, the National Sea Grant Law Center hires a full-time research associate. This summer’s Research Associate is Bryce Burgwyn, a rising 2L at Harvard Law School. We asked Bryce several questions to get to know her better.


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  • Climate Change, Coasts & Communities Symposium held at Monmouth University- Papers to be Published in the Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal
  • April 18th, 2019 — by Catherine Janasie — Category: Miscellaneous

  • The National Sea Grant Law Center, through the Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal, is partnering with the Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University in New Jersey to publish papers from the institute’s Climate Change, Coasts & Communities Symposium. The New Jersey coast has been facing increased storm events, flooding, sea level rise, and coastal erosion, all of which will present daunting adaptation challenges in the future for the state. The symposium, which took place April 17-18, 2019, featured leading experts in climate change adaptation law and science to discuss lessons learned from other states and countries to assist New Jersey in navigating these challenges in the future.


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  • Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal- Spring 2019 Article Submission Update
  • March 8th, 2019 — by Catherine Janasie — Category: Miscellaneous

  • The Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal (SGLPJ) has some exciting things planned for the Spring. First, we have out a call for student papers. We are currently seeking submissions from law students for papers addressing coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes law and policy issues. The chosen papers will be published in a Summer 2019 edition of the SGLPJ. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. central time on Friday, March 15, 2019 and should be emailed to cjanasie@olemiss.edu.


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  • NSGLC’s Summer Research Associate Program
  • February 28th, 2018 — by Terra Bowling — Category: Miscellaneous

  • Each summer, the National Sea Grant Law Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford, Mississippi hires a full-time paid research associate. During the 8-week position, the research associate functions as an integral component of the Law Center’s staff, assisting with publications, preparation of memorandum of law, and ongoing projects. Previous Research Associates have assisted with research on shellfish permitting, invasive species, and other legal issues related to our oceans and coasts. Associates also write at least one article for publication in the Law Center’s quarterly newsletter, The SandBar.


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