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Coastal Law Center Names New Co-Director


Katie Mosher, 919-515-9069,
Lisa Schiavinato, 919-515-1895,

Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Victor Flatt is the new co-director of the North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center.

Victor Flatt
Victor Flatt will lead the N.C. Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center, along with Lisa Schiavinato. Photo courtesy UNC School of Law.

“Victor’s environ­mental law and policy research is on the cutting edge. His reputation as an innovative thinker, mover and shaker will propel the center forward in exciting new ways,” says co-director Lisa Schiavinato, who also is coastal law, policy and community development specialist for North Carolina Sea Grant.

“I look forward to working with Victor and exploring new research and partnership opportunities to provide vital law and policy information to North Carolina’s coastal communities,” she adds.

Flatt succeeds Joe Kalo, who founded the center in 2005 with Walter Clark, former Sea Grant coastal law and policy specialist. Kalo now is a senior fellow at the center.

The center is a partnership of Sea Grant, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Law, and the UNC Department of City and Regional Planning. It addresses contemporary coastal issues in North Carolina.

Flatt is pleased to join the Center. “Under the able leadership of Lisa Schiavinato and Professor Joe Kalo, the center has been an important research center for information about the North Carolina coast, one of our state’s most important assets. I am hoping to continue that good work, as well as bring more research, collaborations and joint projects to the center to face the unprecedented challenge to our coast of climate change,” he says.

Flatt also directs the Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation, and Resources — or CLEAR — based at the UNC School of Law. He holds a juris doctor from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.


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