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Donna Christie, the Elizabeth C. & Clyde W. Atkinson Professor, is an authority on legal issues surrounding ocean and coastal management law. She is a co-author of the leading casebook in the field, Coastal and Ocean Law, as well as the author of numerous articles and reports exploring ocean policy, fisheries management, and coastal management. Professor Christie has been involved in ocean policy development at the state level for Florida as well as at the national level as an author of the Review of U.S. Ocean and Coastal Law (Appendix 6), prepared for the recent U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. She has served as Chair of the AALS section on Natural Resources Law and the section on Ocean and Maritime Law. She has been an elected member of the American Law Institute since 1995.

As Associate Dean for International Programs, she has developed and directs the Certificate Program in International Law and the LL.M. Program in American Law for Foreign Lawyers. She serves as director of the FSU Summer Program in Law at Oxford. She also directs the College of Law’s international exchange programs and supervises FSU externs at the International Bar Association in London. She serves as faculty advisor for the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, the Journal of Transnational Law and Policy, and the International Law Students Association.

Also a driving force in the development of the College of Law's environmental program, Professor Christie has served as the Director of the Policy Studies Clinic, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and director of summer law programs in Barbados and Prague. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, and she also holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Georgia. Professor Christie has held a post doctoral fellowship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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