Stephen Roady

Stephen Roady

Earth Justice


Steve Roady is an attorney with Earthjustice (formerly the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund), where he works on ocean conservation, ecosystem protection, and other environmental issues. A 1976 Duke Law School graduate, he has been closely involved with ocean issues since 1998, when he joined Earthjustice as the director of the Ocean Law Project (OLP). At OLP, he led a team of lawyers working to protect United States ocean resources in cases arising under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act. During 2001 and 2002, Roady served as the first president of Oceana, a non-profit, international ocean conservation organization dedicated to protecting life in the sea through education, advocacy, communications, science, and litigation. During 1989 and 1990, he served as legal advisor to U.S. Senator John H. Chafee (R.-R.I.) on a wide range of environmental issues, including coastal protection and water quality initiatives. He has served as a visiting professor of ocean and coastal law at the University of Hawaii, and as a senior lecturing fellow in environmental litigation at Duke Law School. Harvard Law School named him a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow for 2007-2008.


Roady, S. "The Public Trust Doctrine." In Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy, 43-74. 2015. (Chapter)
Roady, S, Turnipseed, M, Blumm, M, Currie, D, Gjerde, K, Sand, P, Wood, M, Berkman, J, Longest, R, Osherenko, G, Sagarin, R, and Crowder, L. "Using the Public Trust Doctrine to Achieve Ocean Stewardship." In Rule of Law for Nature: New Dimensions and Ideas in Environmental Law, 365-379. 2013. (Chapter)
Roady, S, Peterson, C, Coleman, F, Jackson, J, Turner, R, Rowe, G, Barber, R, Bjorndal, K, Carney, R, Cowen, R, Hoekstra, J, Hollibaugh, J, Laska, S, Osenberg, C, Senner, S, Teal, J, and Wang, P. A Once and Future Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem: Restoration Recommendations of an Expert Working Group. Pew Environmental Group, 2011.
Roady, S, Turnipseed, M, Crowder, L, and Sagarin, R. "Response to Letters on Legal Bedrock for Rebuilding America's Ocean Ecosystem." Science 326 (2009): 44-446.


LAW 737: Environmental Litigation (LAW 737: Environmental Litigation)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 775: Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy (ENVIRON 775: Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy)
LAW 298: Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy (LAW 298: Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy)
ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)

Contact Information

Duke Law School, Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708
Duke Law School, Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708


J.D., Duke University (1976)