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Joseph Patrick “J.P.” Hackney and Emily C. Wyche are the summer 2015 legal fellows for the Georgia Sea Grant Legal Program.

Georgia Sea Grant Legal Program selects summer fellows

Law students will work on projects and policies impacting coastal communities

Two University of Georgia law students have been chosen to serve as legal fellows with the Georgia Sea Grant Legal Program for summer 2015. Third-year law student Joseph Patrick “J.P.” Hackney and second-year law student Emily C. Wyche are s spending 10 weeks as paid fellows this summer working with legal and policy experts to address environmental questions facing policymakers in coastal Georgia communities.

Hackney is working with the city of St. Marys in an effort to procure a favorable community rating under FEMA’s new guidelines for flood insurance as well as updating a water law chapter in a conservation law treatise.

Wyche is updating a handbook on federal facilities compliance with current state laws that was previously last amended in 1997.

Founded in spring of 2015, the Georgia Sea Grant Legal Program is a partnership between Georgia Sea Grant and UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Students at the UGA School of Law work with legal and policy experts to address environmental questions facing policymakers in coastal Georgia communities. Selected law students work as paid student legal fellows during the academic year or summer. Legal fellows collaborate with local policymakers, scientists and business communities and perform expert analyses to inform decision-making.

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