Associate Professor (Curriculum Vitae

Marine Policy

Pronouns: she/her

Email: [email protected]




Courses 2020-21:
MAST/ENVI 263 The Global Ocean: An Interdisciplinary Introduction (Fall)
MAST/ENVI 267 Coastal Communities and Climate Justice (Fall) 

MAST/ENVI 263 The Global Ocean: An Interdisciplinary Introduction (Spring)
MAST/ENVI 258 Debating Ocean Biodiversity at the Intersection of Science and Policy (Spring)

Undergraduate Institution: University of Rhode Island, Marine Affairs

Graduate Institution: Vermont Law School, Corporations and Ethics

Law Concentrations: Wetland, Coastal, and Water Law

Katy Robinson Hall has litigated hundreds of cases relating to watersheds, wetlands, and coastal resource protection. She has drafted numerous regulatory policies, laws, and regulations influencing land and water use, coastal resources, environmental enforcement, and administrative practice. As a former Deputy Chief Legal Counsel at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Katy co-founded the agency’s environmental mediation program, served as the Department’s Public Ethics Officer, and was a liaison between the state environmental agency and federal Environmental Protection Agency to help develop uniform environmental policies. She has published articles on coastal policy (public trust doctrine) and water law and has inspired numerous alumni to pursue graduate study in marine policy and other areas that affect positive change in policies regarding the sea and coast.

In 2018, she founded the new Marine and Coastal Policy Group re-designing WM’s Marine Policy course to focus student learning outcomes on solving real-world issues affecting our country’s coasts and oceans. Katy also continues to practice law related to climate change, environmental law, property rights, land use and conservation, coastal zone management, water law, water pollution, farm, forestry, and open space, site remediation, civil rights, and municipal, state and federal regulatory land use permitting and enforcement. Katy is an alumna of the Williams-Mystic Program from the spring of 1984.