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Chad J. McGuire is a professor of environmental policy within the Department of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. His background is in environmental law and environmental science. Chad teaches, writes, and practices in the fields of environmental law, policy, sustainability and dispute resolution. He has published overly twenty scholarly articles and two academic texts on these topics over the last ten years. He has worked on policy issues related to ocean policy and resource management, coastal management, land use, and climate change. His expertise has been sought in both private and public forums, and he has served on committees for both non-profit and government entities. He has over 15 years of experience in the environmental management field.


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The Law Offices of Mark C. Blane, A.P.C.

Golden Eagle Plaza
525 B Street, 15th Floor
San Diego, CA, 92101-4401

University Of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Department of Public Policy
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA, 02747


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    16 years
  2. Environmental: 50%
    16 years



Hourly ($250-450/hour), contingent (15-40%), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Mark Carleton Blane

    Mr. Mcguire and I have worked together on personal injury matters for well over ten (10) years now; I find Mr. Mcguire to be a very good attorney. His legal research skills, and his skills in the court room are indeed very impressive. I have learned much just by watching Mr. Mcguire work. I have also had the pleasure of watching Mr. Mcguire as a professor; currently he has a tenured professorship position at the University of Massachusetts. However, he still counsels my law office on complicated civil matters. He is also very active with Pro Bono work and has recently received such awards in his area. He is an absolute credit to the legal profession, and to the world of academia. I, without hesitation, highly endorse this lawyer's work, and look forward to him continuing his efforts for those needing justice.


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
First Justices' Award for Pro Bono ExcellentFirst Justices of Southeastern Massachusetts2014
Pro Bono Recognition Honor RollSupreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts2014
First Justices' Award for Pro Bono ExcellenceFirst Justices of Southeastern Massachusetts2013
Pro Bono Recognition Honor RollSupreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts2012
First Justices' Award for Pro Bono ExcellenceFirst Justices of Southeastern Massachusetts2012
First Justices' Award for Pro Bono ExcellenceFirst Justices of Southeastern Massachusetts2011
Pro Bono Publico AwardBristol County Bar Association / New Center of Legal Advocacy2010
First Justices' Award for Pro Bono ExcellenceFirst Justices of Southeastern Massachusetts2010
First Justices' Award for Pro Bono ExcellenceFirst Justices of Southeastern Massachusetts2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate Professor of Environmental PolicyUniversity Of Massachusetts, Dartmouth2013 - Present
Of CounselLaw Offices Of Mark C. Blane, Apc2007 - Present
Assistant Professor of Environmental PolicyUniversity Of Massachusetts, Dartmouth2009 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation and RecreationStewardship Council Member2011 - Present
Association for Environmental Studies and SciencesMember2010 - Present
American Bar Association, Marine Resources SubcommitteeCo-Chair2011 - 2012
American Bar Association, Marine Resources SubcommitteeVice Chair Publications2009 - 2011
American Bar AssociationMember1997 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Eagle v. Mercedes Benz, 03CV018, Federal District Court, Southern District of CaliforniaSettlement
Capps-Connor v. American Home Products, et al., Federal District Court, Central District of CaliforniaSettlement
Casillas v. Metabolife International, Inc., San Diego County Superior Court, GIS 15803Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Interdisciplinary Environmental ReviewThe Role of Risk Perception in Building Sustainable Policy Instruments: A Case Study of Public Coastal Flood Insurance in the United States2015
Coastal ManagementU.S. Coastal Flood Insurance, Risk Perception, and Sea Level Rise: A Perspective2015
Natural Resources & EnvironmentValuing Ecosystem Services in Coastal Management Policy: Looking Beyond the Here and Now2015
Oxford University PressClimate Change and the Coastal Zone Management Act: The Role of Federalism in Adaptation Strategies2015
Ethics, Policy & EnvironmentLosing the Message: Some Policy Implications of Anthropocentric Indirect Arguments for Environmental Protection2014
SustainabilityClimate Induced Sea Level Rise and Sustainable Coastal Management: The Influence of Existing Policy Frameworks on Risk Perception2014
Taylor & FrancisEnvironmental Law From the Policy Perspective2014
Taylor & FrancisAdapting to Sea Level Rise in the Coastal Zone: Law and Policy Considerations2013
Natural Resources & EnvironmentThinking Ahead: The Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Coastal Landscape Protections2013
Taylor & FrancisEnvironmental Decision-making: A Toolbox2012
Natural Resources & EnvironmentCoastal Planning, Federal Consistency, and Climate Change: A Recent Divergence of Federal and State Interests2012
Sea Grant Law JournalClimate Adaptation and the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: A Regulatory Takings Analysis of Adaptation Strategies in Coastal Development with Application to Connecticut’s Coastal Management Regime2012
Environmental ManagementPublic policy frameworks in environmental settings: an argument for new policy frameworks to support new policy directions2012
ABA Marine Resources Subcommittee NewsletterRegulatory Takings Claims and Coastal Management of Sea-Level Rise: Remembering Governments Are More than Regulators2012
Natural Resources & EnvironmentSystems Thinking Applies to U.S. Federal Fisheries Management2012
Journal of Sustainable DevelopmentThe Nonexistence of Sustainability in International Maritime Shipping: Issues For Consideration2011
ABA International Environmental Law Subcommittee NewsletterMarine mammals and international trade: Balancing social conscience with trade obligations---a summary and update on the World Trade Organization seal products dispute2011
ABA Marine Resources Subcommittee NewsletterA review of amendment 16 to the northeast multispecies fisheries management plan2011
ABA Marine Resources Subcommittee NewsletterWho owns the fish? Moving from the commons to federal ownership of our national fisheries2011
Journal of Politics and LawA framework for analyzing information flows in public policy decision-making: A move towards building sustainable policy instrument2011
New York TimesCape Wind Proposal Faces a New Political Storm2010
ABA Marine Resources Subcommittee NewsletterRegulatory takings and rising tides: Lessons from Lucas and background principles analysis as a way of justifying prohibitions on coastal development in response to climate change2010
Journal of Sustainable DevelopmentA case of carbon sequestration potential of land use policies favoring re-growth and long-term protection of temperate forests.2010
Journal of Sustainable DevelopmentSustainable approaches to managing small-scale ecosystems: A case study of vernal pool protection in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States of America2010
Journal of Politics and LawSome back-ended legal and political issues in United States fisheries management.2010
International Education StudiesAn analysis of student self-assessment of online, blended, and face-to-face learning environments: Implications for sustainable education delivery2010
ABA Marine Resources Subcommittee NewsletterRights-based fisheries and ecosystem-based management: Maybe scientists and fishermen know the way2009
ABA Marine Resources Subcommittee NewsletterOperational issues in U.S. fisheries management: What are some of the major scientific, political, and legal hurdles to implementing ecosystem-based management?2008
ABA Environment, Energy, and Resources Section NewsletterEcosystem-based management and traditional property rights: Some legal and policy issues for consideration.2008
ABA Environment, Energy, and Resources Section NewsletterEcosystem-based management of terrestrial and coastal water resources: Can Rapanos teach us anything about the future of integrated water management?2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Massachusetts, BostonEnvironmental SciencesMS - Master of Science2009
University of San Diego School of LawLawLL.M - Master of Laws2003
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of Massachusetts, DartmouthEnvironmental StudiesBS - Bachelor of Science1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
UMass Legal Studies Interdisciplinary ColloquiumWhen Policy Outcomes Frustrate Policy Goals: Recent Evidence of Public Flood Insurance Premium Distortions in Massachusetts2015
Global Awareness Education and Action (GAEA): A Summit on Climate ResiliencyResilient Communities: Policy Impacts of Climate Change2015
BioneersBuilding Resilient Communities: How Do You Start?2015
37th Annual Fall Research Conference: The Golden Age of Evidence-Based PolicyRisky Business: Publicly Insuring Against Rising Tides2015
The 20th International Conference of the Society for Human EcologyThe Impact of Climate Induced Sea Level Rise on Coastal Management: How Existing Policy Frameworks Influence Risk Perception2014
Sixth International Conference on Climate ChangeOf Property Rights and Sea Level Rise Adaptation: The Role of Government in Protecting Against Climate Change at the Shoreline2014
Chancellor's Summer Talk SeriesThe Basics of Sea Level Rise2014
The 21st Century Classroom: Online and Blended LearningDeveloping and Implementing a Graduate Online Program2013
Chase-Miller Forum for Public Policy and the EnvironmentLand Use Planning in the Dynamic Coastal Zone: Challenges Presented by Sea Level Rise2013
Legal Solutions to Coastal Climate Change in Connecticut: University of Connecticut School of LawLegal solutions to coastal climate change: Takings jurisprudence under the 5th Amendment2012
Chancellor's Colloquium SeriesAdapting to Sea Level Rise in the Coastal Zone: How the Law Impacts Policy Directions2012
Careers in Law SeriesEnvironmental Law Careers2012
2nd Annual Southeastern Massachusetts Sustainability Forum: Economic Benefits of Sustainability to Southeastern MassachusettsLinking the Regional Economy and Regional Sustainability2012
AESS Annual Conference: Confronting ComplexityConfronting Complexity Through the Policy Perspective2011
Sustainability Summer CampMajor Sustainability Principles2010
22nd International Coastal Conference of The Coastal SocietyClimate adaptation and the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution: How do adaptation strategies impact regulatory takings claims?2010
The Seventh William R. and Lenore Mote International Symposium in Fisheries EcologyThe back-ended issues of U.S. fisheries management: Law and policy implications2009
Southern New England Chapter of the American Fisheries SocietyLegal frameworks in U.S. fisheries management.2009