Chad McGuire '97


Public Policy

Curriculum Vitae



Liberal Arts 325


University of San Diego School of LawLLM
Thomas Jefferson School of LawJD
University of Massachusetts, BostonMS
University of Massachusetts, DartmouthBS


  • Environmental law
  • Environmental policy
  • Sustainability




Online and Continuing Education Courses

Law and policy issues in the context of the marine environment. The course surveys coastal zone management, offshore resource management, marine pollution, and domestic and international ocean policy. Students are offered a broad perspective on legal and administrative issues affecting the oceans worldwide.

Overview of the major concepts of administrative law. Students are introduced to the foundations of administrative law, sources and limits of administrative power, agency rulemaking and adjudication, and the process of judicial review. The goal of the course is to provide students with a foundation of administrative law principles, as well as the role those principles have in influencing public policy.
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The major policy implementation and legitimization stages typical of environmental law and regulation development. The course views environmental problems from the policy perspective, utilizing legal frameworks as a conceptual tool to view government intervention of environmental problems. Students gain understanding of the ways the law establishes frameworks within which policies must be developed and must interact, and the roles of policy professionals in the several stages of development.
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Research activities

  • Coastal Adaptation Strategies
  • Disproportional Impacts of Environmental Policies


Research interests

  • Climate Change
  • Coastal Management
  • Environmental Justice

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My background is in environmental law and environmental science. I teach, write, and practice in the fields of environmental law, policy, sustainability, and dispute resolution. I work primarily on policy issues related to climate change, coastal management, property rights, risk perception, and land use patterns.

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