In the News


April 23 - On April 23, Arbor Day, students from the Virginia Coastal Policy Center, Student Environmental and Animal Law Society, and Black Law Students Association joined the Southeast CARE Coalition for a second year to “Plant the Change” in the Southeast Community of Newport News, Va. Read the story.

April 22 - The Law School and William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) are collaborating on a new website that will provide key information to support local, regional, and state efforts to adapt to sea-level rise, thanks to a $1.2 million grant from blue moon fund. Portal development and operation will also be closely tied to the research, training, data integration, and outreach activities of the new state-funded Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency. The Center, funded through legislation enacted during the 2016 session by the General Assembly and announced at an Earth Day event by Governor Terry McAuliffe, is a collaborative partnership among VIMS, VCPC, and Old Dominion University. Read the story.


September 14 - On November 13th the Virginia Coastal Policy Center hosted its third annual climate change conference, entitled “Show Me the Money--The Economic Realities of Responding to Coastal Change and Adaptation in Virginia.” The conference focused on the ways in which coastal changes adaptation actions pose fiscal challenges and the available, implementable solutions we must consider to address those challenges.

May 22 - The Law School announced that the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic was renamed the Virginia Coastal Policy Center. Read the story.


December 9 - Professor Roy Hoagland, director of the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic, was among the guests on Hearsay with Cathy Lewis (NPR 89.5 FM, Norfolk). Professor Hoagland spoke about the clinic's recent conference on flooding and coastal change in Virginia (interview begins 16:45); the broadcast began with an interview with Senator Tim Kaine, former Virginia governor, about sea level rise. Senator Kaine gave the conference keynote. Listen to the podcast.

December 5 - The Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic (VCPC) and the Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science hosted a conference in Williamsburg on December 5. The conference titled, "Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia: Next Steps for the Commonwealth," included the second meeting of Governor McAuliffe's Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia gave the keynote. Read the story.

October 17  - Professor Roy Hoagland was quoted by the Suffolk News-Herald in the story "Three Ps Threaten the Bay."

July 16 - Roy Hoagland is named Director of William & Mary Law School’s Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic. Read the story.

June 9 - The Virginia Environmental Endowment announced grants to two William & Mary initiatives -- the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic and the W.M. Keck Environmental Field Lab. Read the story.


December 18 - VCPC's friends and colleagues were featured in USA Today's extensive article and video on Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding in Norfolk.   

November 25 - VCPC students Erica Penn and Chris Olcott presented their work, "Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia: Legal and Policy Issues for Local Government", to the Secure Commonwealth Panel's Sub-Panel on Recurrent Flooding. Click here for pictures.

October 7 - The new subcommittee on recurring coastal flooding, co-chaired by Senator John Watkins and Jim Redick, for the Secure Commonwealth Panel recently met in Richmond to begin supporting increased flood mitigation efforts in the Commonwealth.  The minutes from the meeting can be found here

October 6 - An editorial in the Virginian-Pilot by Skip Stiles, executive director of Wetlands Watch, referenced the clinic. Click here to read (opens .pdf).

September 24 - The clinic's work and Sept. 13 conference is highlighted in an article in Inside Business titled "Sea level rise will have wide-ranging impact."

September 17 - The World Resources Institute posted a blog about  the clinic's Sept. 13 conference titled "Coastal Communities in Virginia Lead the Way on Local Climate Action."

September 17 - Following the clinic's Sept. 13 conference, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science posted a story titled "VIMS Flooding Report Makes a Splash: Workshop Participants Cite Document as Blueprint for Action."

September 16- Scientific American featured an article on its website by The Daily Climate about the clinic's Sept. 13 conference titled "Virginia Mayors Plead for Help with Climate Change."

June 25 - The Virginian-Pilot published an op-ed by alumna Anna Killius '13, a former clinic student, titled "Rising Waters - and Insurance Rates." The opinion expressed in the op-ed is that of the author and does not necessarily reflect a policy or position of the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic.

May 7 - An article published by the Law School titled "The Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic" described how law students learn from scientists while they research the implications of rising sea levels.

March 28 - An article by the W&M Office of University Relations announced that the clinic's Managing Attorney Shana Jones will lead a W&M Workgroup Project on coastal flooding, sea level rise, and environmental justice.

February 11  - Virginia Sea Grant:  "Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic Partners with Virginia Sea Grant."