Donna R. Christie

Donna Christie

Donna R. Christie

Professor Emerita
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Florida State University
College of Law


J.D., University of Georgia, 1978
B.S., University of Georgia, 1969

Donna Christie, the Elizabeth C. & Clyde W. Atkinson Professor, is a leading 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.

Also a driving force in the development of Florida State 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.


Select Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Ocean and Coastal Management Law in a Nutshell (with Anastasia Telesetsky) (5th ed., West 2019)

Ocean and Coastal Law: Cases and Materials (with Alison Rieser) (5th ed., West 2019)

Lead, Follow or Be Left Behind: The Case for Comprehensive Ocean Policy and Planning for Florida, 44 Stetson L. Rev. 335 (2015)