Read Porter Biography

Read Porter Biography

Read Porter is the staff attorney with the Marine Affairs Institute at Roger Williams University School of Law and the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program. Porter joined the institute and Sea Grant in 2016 and directs the Sea Grant Law Fellow program. He supervises RWU law students as they provide outside organizations, agencies, and businesses with low-cost legal research related to ocean and coastal law and policy. Porter’s research interests include fisheries and aquaculture, compliance and enforcement, marine planning, and other topics in ocean and coastal law and policy. Prior to joining the Institute and Sea Grant, Porter was a senior attorney and director of the invasive species program at the Environmental Law Institute, a non-partisan research and education organization based in Washington, D.C. He also served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Porter earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and a B.A. in geology from Amherst College.