Research Attorney; Roger Williams University

Job Title: 
Research Attorney
Job Location: 
Bristol, Rhode Island

Roger Williams University School of Law is a leader in legal education, a go-to source for state and regional legal expertise, and an integral part of legal culture and conversation. As the state's only law school, RWU Law offers a rigorous yet supportive academic environment, a diverse community, the undivided attention of our state bench and bar, exceptional clinical and externship programs, a top faculty and a broad, accomplished and growing alumni base.


Job Description:

The Research Attorney will work on grant-funded projects that the Marine Affairs Institute and Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program are conducting to support: sustainable and effective management of fisheries and aquaculture resources in Rhode Island and New England; and coastal resilience.  The Research Attorney will be responsible for conducting legal and policy research, meeting with government officials and stakeholders, and creating reports, outreach materials, and other materials as needed to carry out the projects.  This position in grant-funded for 12 months and is non-renewable.  

Conduct research on policy, laws, and regulations related to fisheries and aquaculture.

Work with Sea Grant programs, state agencies, and local governments in New England to assess challenges and opportunities in fisheries and aquaculture law and policy in New England.

Identify potential approaches to resolve challenges related to spatial and biological management of coastal waters in New England.

Plan and conduct meetings related to fisheries and aquaculture law and policy in New England communities.

Draft, edit, and publish materials explaining results of research, including reports, model legal language, outreach materials, and presentations.

Conduct research on policy, laws, and regulations related to coastal resilience.  
Present research to interested audiences in New England and at national conferences as appropriate.

Additional Functions

Assist in oversight of student researchers on fisheries and aquaculture work.

Ability to travel throughout New England on a regular basis.

Respect and maintain confidentiality, parameters of operation, professional protocols, and individual privacy.

Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor or supervisor's designee.



Juris Doctor Degree from an American Bar Association. 

Membership in a state bar in the U.S.

Experience and interest in marine law and policy, particularly fisheries and aquaculture work.

Strong law school academic record with relevant course work and/or work experience.

Ability to work well independently and with others.

Strong self-initiative.

Strong research and writing skills.

Strong interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Educational background in science or related field.

Experience working with coastal community stakeholders, particularly in New England.

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