St. Thomas Law Faculty Lead National Policy Discussions

Two members of the St. Thomas Law faculty have been selected to help lead national policy.  Professor Keith Rizzardi is leading policy discussions on important issues concerning the future of our oceans, fisheries, and marine resources.  Professor Marcia Narine is helping guide our policies for protecting employees from retaliation for reporting violations of various statutes concerning workplace safety, airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer, product, and environmental safety, securities laws, and a dozen other protective statutes.

About Professor Rizzardi
Keith Rizzardi
Appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Professor Keith Rizzardi serves as Chairman of the National Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, advising the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on living marine resources policy. The appointment was based on Professor Rizzardi’s expertise in environmental law and his past experience working for the U.S. Department of Justice on state and federal water law matters.  Under his leadership, the Committee generates specific recommendations on how the National Oceanic  and Atmospheric Administration can implement a business-to-business sustainable fishery certification program, and how National Marine Fisheries Service can improve the Endangered Species Act consultation process with regional fishery management councils. In 2014, his Committee is expected to make additional recommendations on the definition of aquaculture, and on potential legislative changes to be considered during the debate over Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act reauthorization.  More information on the Committee can be found at    

About Professor Narine

Marcia Narine
Nominated by the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Professor Marcia Narine serves on the National Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee.  The appointment was  based on her past experience as a deputy general counsel/compliance officer and her previous testimony before Congress on whistleblower issues and compliance programs. The Committee is comprised of management, labor and public representatives and will examine over two dozen laws that impact employers and employees across industries. Professor Narine’s subcommittee will provide recommendations to the Secretary of Labor regarding  the developing improved customer service models, enhancing the investigative and enforcement processes, training, and regulations governing investigations. More information on the WPAC can be found at