Is the Law of Virginia Sufficient to Meet the Threats of Sea Level Rise? (from Annual VBA Meeting 2020) (On Demand Seminar)

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MCLE Credit: 1.5 (Ethics: 0.0)
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Price: $119 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 1/31/2023


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the January 2020 live seminar, Is the Law of Virginia Sufficient to Meet the Threats of Sea Level Rise?

Virginia has not modified laws to deal with the progressive increases in sea level affecting coastal Virginia. This presentation highlights the extent and significance of sea level rise and examines existing statutes most related to the issue. Are the current laws sufficient? If not, what are the shortcomings? What have other states done?

This session was recorded at the 130th Annual Meeting of The Virginia Bar Association in January 2020. This is a presentation by the VBA Committee on Issues of National & State Importance in conjunction with additional groups. The committee is an interdisciplinary group that examines developing trends with an impact on the law and presents programs on these issues. This forum also was presented by the VBA Environment, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section and Virginia CLE®.

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Prof. Elizabeth A. Andrews, William and Mary Law School / Williamsburg
Christopher “Kit” Chope, Virginia Port Authority / Norfolk
Prof. Patricia M. “Trish” Dove, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University / Blacksburg
Mark W. Luckenbach, Virginia Institute of Marine Science / Gloucester Point
Rear Admiral Ann C. Phillips (Ret.), The Center for Climate and Security / Washington, D.C.


Prof. Elizabeth A. Andrews, William and Mary Law School / Williamsburg (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Elizabeth Andrews is the Director of William & Mary Law School’s Virginia Coastal Policy Center. She formerly served as Senior Assistant Attorney
General and Chief of the Environmental Section of the Virginia Office of the Attorney General, where she oversaw a team of attorneys representing and
providing counsel to the Secretary of Natural Resources and the natural resources agencies of the Commonwealth. She also served as the Water Policy
Manager for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, where she worked closely with the legislature, the regulated community and environmental organizations to address the water quality and quantity challenges facing Virginia, particularly its coastal areas.

Professor Andrews is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and received her Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from the Washington College of Law at American University. She serves as the Virginia representative on the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Climate Resiliency Workgroup, and as faculty for the Virginia State Bar’s Professionalism Course for new attorneys. She was a member of the Alternative Management Structures Workgroup of the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Advisory Committee and for many years served as an appointed member of the Virginia Code Commission’s Administrative Law Advisory Committee. Professor Andrews is a graduate of the Leadership Fairfax program and is former Chair of both the Virginia State Bar’s Communications Committee and the Richmond Bar Association’s Energy and Environmental Law Section.
Christopher “Kit” Chope, Virginia Port Authority / Norfolk (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Kit Chope joined Virginia Port Authority in July 2015 after retiring from the United States Navy with 26 years of service. A tactical jet aviator, highlights of his career include command of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Strike Fighter Squadron 22 in Lemoore, California.

In his capacity as Vice President, Sustainability, Kit leads and coordinates all internal and external Engineering, Environmental, and Coastal Resiliency
activities to ensure The Port of Virginia operates and grows sustainably and innovatively.

He is actively involved in the local community through membership on several non-profit boards and is a 2014 alumnus of the CIVIC Leadership Institute.

Kit holds a B.A. in International Politics from The Citadel and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

Prof. Patricia M. “Trish” Dove, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University / Blacksburg (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Patricia is the C.P. Miles Professor of Science and University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech. She is an environmental geochemist, recognized
for teaching excellence, and her research in the biogeochemistry of earth processes.

The research in Dove’s group focuses on the chemistry and physics of mineral-water interactions in studies of crystal nucleation and growth, ion sorption,
and dissolution. Applications include understanding the physical basis for biomineralization during the formation of skeletons and other functional structures. She also has investigated the durability of glassy materials for nuclear waste storage and studied water-accelerated rock fracture. Patricia has received more than $6M in sponsored research support from the Department of Energy (DOE) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Scientific publications by Dove and her students have received >11,000 citations.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the F.W. Clarke Medal, Dana Medal, Thomas Jefferson Medal of Natural Sciences, and she twice-received the DOE Best University Research Award. She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Mineralogical Society of America, Geochemical Society, and European Association of Geochemists. After completing an NSF postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, Dove earned tenure at Georgia Tech before relocating to Virginia Tech in 2000. In 2012, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Dove is a member of the VBA Committee on Special Issues of National and State Importance. She also serves as the NAS Secretary of Class I
(Physical Sciences), the immediate past-president of the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Dove holds BS and MS degrees from
Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Mark W. Luckenbach, Virginia Institute of Marine Science / Gloucester Point (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Mark Luckenbach is a Professor of Marine Science and Associate Dean of Research and Advisory Service in the School of Marine Science at the
Virginia Institute of Marine Science. As Assoc. Dean he provides oversight and leadership of research and state advisory programs at VIMS. He also
serves as a co-director for the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency, a collaboration between VIMS, the Virginia Coastal Policy Center at the William & Mary Law School, and Old Dominion University that provides coordinated university-based assistance for addressing coastal and inland flooding resilience and adaptation.

Since joining the faculty at the College of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science in 1985, Luckenbach has conducted research on a wide
range of topics in estuarine and coastal ecology in the U.S. and Asia, including restoration ecology of oyster reefs and seagrass meadows, shellfish
aquaculture, invasive species, and land-use practices and water quality.

Dr. Larry J. Sabato, University of Virignia Center for Politics / Charlottesville (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Dr. Larry J. Sabato is a New York Times best-selling author, has won four Emmys, and is recognized as one of the nation’s most respected political analysts. He appears multiple times a week on national and international TV, including FOX, CNN, MSNBC, and CNN International. A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Sabato is the founder and director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, and has had visiting appointments at Oxford and Cambridge universities in England. Dr. Sabato is the author or editor of two dozen books on American politics. He has taught over 20,000 students in his 40-year career, and the University of Virginia has given him its highest honor, The Thomas Jefferson Award. Next year Sabato will celebrate his 50th year of association with the University of Virginia.

Dr. Sabato is the editor and lead author of the recent book, "The Blue Wave," which explores the 2018 election and its outcome.

Professor Sabato heads up Sabato’s Crystal Ball, which has won numerous awards. The Pew Charitable Trust recognized the Crystal Ball as the #1 leader in the field of political prediction, and The Daily Beast designated it as one of the top political sites on the web. A thorough statistical analysis of all 2018 prognosticators found that the Crystal Ball was the best (Nate Silver of was second).

Dr. Sabato has received four Emmys for the PBS television documentaries “Out of Order”, which highlights the dysfunctional U.S. Senate, “The Kennedy Half-Century”, which examines the life, assassination, and lasting legacy of President John F. Kennedy, “Feeling Good About America,” which looks at the 1976 presidential election, and “Charlottesville,” which looks at the events in the titular city during August 11 and 12, 2017.

Prof. Sabato is very active on social media. His Twitter feed (@LarrySabato) was named by Time Magazine as one of the 140 best.

Rear Admiral Ann C. Phillips (Ret.), The Center for Climate and Security / Washington, D.C. (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Rear Admiral Ann C. Phillips, USN (Ret) is a member of the Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board, and Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection, State of Virginia. A Surface Warfare Officer, Rear Admiral Phillips has served in every warfare group of the
Surface Navy: Destroyers, Aircraft Carriers, Amphibious, and Replenishment Ships. During her 31 years on active duty she commissioned and commanded USS MUSTIN (DDG 89), and commanded Destroyer Squadron TWO EIGHT, and Expeditionary Strike Group TWO – which included all the Amphibious Expeditionary Forces on the East Coast of the United States. Ashore she was a Senior Fellow on the CNO’s Strategic Studies Group XXVIII, and managed requirements and resources for the Surface Navy as Deputy Director and Director of Surface Warfare Division, (N86) in the Pentagon. While at N86, from 2009-2012 she served on the Chief of Naval Operations’ Climate Change Task Force, and Energy Task Force, where she Co-Chaired the Surface Force Working Group – developing and implementing climate change adaptation and energy reduction strategies for the Navy. In addition, she has served overseas in Guam and Lisbon, Portugal, and operated extensively with NATO and Partnership for Peace nations.

Upon retirement from the U.S. Navy in 2014 she pursued her MBA at The College of William and Mary, Mason School of Business, graduating in 2016. During this time she also chaired the Infrastructure Working Group for the Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Pilot Planning Project convened by Old Dominion University. The project worked to develop a collaborative, whole of government and community approach to address the impact of sea level rise across the Hampton Roads region that could be used as a template by other regions facing similar challenges. She continues to work to address sea level rise and climate impact on national security at the regional, state, and national level, and speaks about climate security and adaptation strategies to a broad range of audiences. She also serves on local, regional, and national non-profit Boards, and coordinates an evolving wetlands restoration project for her neighborhood in Norfolk, Virginia.

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