Alison Rieser
Alison Rieser
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Alison Rieser will be the speaker at Chats with Champions on Thursday, September 5, at 10 a.m. in Skidompha Library's Porter Meeting Hall in Damariscotta.

Rieser's recent book The Case of the Green Turtle tells the story of how the green sea turtle, once the most popular seafood species in the world because of the popularity of green turtle soup, was saved from extinction, and the role that scientists played in defeating plans for farming green turtles for food. After 30 years of conservation efforts, the species has achieved some measure of recovery, but remains endangered.

Rieser, who lives in Newcastle, is a professor emerita at the Maine Law School in Portland, where she taught marine resources, ocean law and coastal zone law, and directed the Marine Law Institute, for over 25 years. She now teaches ocean policy at the University of Hawaii.

She began her career as an attorney for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, advising NOAA on the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. After moving to Maine Law, she helped the State of Maine devise pollution control standards for exploratory oil drilling in the Gulf of Maine. After the Exxon Valdez disaster, her work for the Alaska Oil Spill Commission led to the creation of citizens' councils to oversee shipping and terminal operations in Prince William Sound.

Rieser earned a B.S. in human ecology from Cornell University, a J.D. cum laude from the George Washington University School of Law, an LL.M. from Yale Law School, and a post-doctoral fellowship from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The only academic lawyer to be named a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, her first work of environmental history, The Case of the Green Turtle: An Uncensored History of a Conservation Icon, was published in 2012, and her legal textbook on U.S. ocean law was published in July 2013.

For more information about Chats with Champions, call 563-5513.