Monday, August 3, 2015

RIP Marc Poirier

I was shocked and saddened this morning to hear of the passing of Seton Hall law prof Marc Poirier.  I primarily knew Marc through the law and mindfulness movement, but he was a tremendous teacher and scholar in the environmental and law and sexuality realms. He specialized in property theory and natural resource management, and I'm guessing many readers of this blog are familiar with his work. His Seton Hall bio lists some of his many accomplishments in environmental law:

In the environmental area, Professor Poirier was recently co-counsel on an amicus brief to the New Jersey Supreme Court on behalf of conservation interests, supporting a state law that protects hundreds of thousands of acres of pristine watershed land from urban sprawl. He has written about and advised environmental advocacy groups on the public trust doctrine and the scope of permissible regulatory takings. A recent article in the area of coastal land management argued that place-based public art has a unique role to play in the communication of the risk of sea level rise due to global warming. For several years Professor Poirier taught a survey course in environmental law to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

But more than anything I knew him as a funny, decent, smart and very endearing human being.  He will be sorely missed.

Jamie Baker Roskie

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Very shocked and sad to hear this. Marc was a generous mentor, great scholar, and a jovial and ubiquitous presence on the conference scene. He will be missed.

Posted by: Paul Diller | Aug 10, 2015 9:43:20 PM