Adjunct Professor of Law
Lisa Schiavinato serves as co-director of the N.C. Coastal Resources Law, Planning, and Policy Center and as coastal law, policy and community development specialist for N.C. Sea Grant.
Schiavinato develops partnerships with federal, state and local agencies to address North Carolina's coastal and ocean legal and policy issues. Her recent projects have analyzed customary right of use for ocean beaches, North Carolina's coastal wind energy potential, recommended ocean management strategies, and recommended strategies for managing the state's estuarine shoreline.
Active in the coastal policy community, she co-directs the North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center with Joseph Kalo, Graham Kenan Professor of Law Emeritus. The center is an inter-institutional organization that coordinates and applies the legal, planning and policy expertise of the University of North Carolina System and Sea Grant to the state's coastal issues. Schiavinato is also an adjunct professor at East Carolina University. Schiavinato is the recipient of the 2009 Governor's Conservation Achievement Award for Natural Resources Scientist of the Year.
Schiavinato holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida and a law degree and certificate in environmental and land-use law from the University of Florida. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, and she has written and spoken extensively about legal issues surrounding land use planning, waterfront access, energy development, water resources, and natural disaster response and rebuilding.
Schiavinato is president of The Coastal Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of private sector, academic, and government professionals and students that addresses emerging coastal issues.