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About James Mize

James Mize concentrates his scholarship on Environmental Law and Sustainable Development, with a keen interest in ocean and coastal law and natural resource management.

James completed postgraduate studies at the UCLA School of Law and the Anderson School of Management in May 2008 (JD/MBA). During law school, he published three law journal articles regarding coastal protection in California and received both the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Budweiser Conservation Scholarship and the Surfrider Foundation's Thomas Pratte Memorial Scholarship in support of this work. He served as a research fellow at the Center for Governmental Studies and as a law clerk with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, both in Los Angeles.

In 2006, James took a leave of absence from his UCLA studies to enroll in the Victoria University of Wellington in its Master of Development Studies program under auspices of a US Fulbright Graduate Student award. His thesis focused on stakeholder engagement strategies in the designation of marine reserves (submitted November 2007, degree completed 2008 with honors). During this fellowship in New Zealand, James served as Senior Advisor to the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment on contract to its Oceans Policy initiative, and presented research at several conferences and symposia in New Zealand, Australia, and New Caledonia. He has also been selected as a recipient of the prestigious American Marshall Memorial Fellowship in 2008, supporting a transatlantic exchange focused on environmental policy and governance.

After completing requirements for admission to the California state bar in 2008, James worked in the Los Angeles-based environmental practice of Bingham McCutchen LLP, an international AmLaw 100 law firm.  In 2010 James took a position with the federal government as an attorney in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of General Counsel, Northwest Region, where he focused his practice on advising agency clients on sustainable fisheries matters.  In 2012, James left federal practice to take a management position with a seafood processing company that operates at-sea processors (motherships) in the Bering Sea Pollock fishery off Alaska and the US west coast Pacific whiting fishery off the coasts of Washington and Oregon. 

James currently lives in the Seattle area, where he grew up and where he earned his pre-education experience with "boots on deck" in a career where he "climbed up the hawsepipe" to the rank of captain on Bering Sea fishing vessels.

[April 2017]


Non-Faculty Academic Position, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests

Ocean and Coastal Studies, Fisheries, Marine Affairs

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Articles (3)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (2)

Unpublished Papers (8)

Presentations (5)