Niki L. Pace is Senior Research Counsel for the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program at The University of Mississippi School of Law. She joined the Legal Program in 2009 and has over ten years of legal experience. At Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program, Ms. Pace works on a variety of legal education, research, and outreach activities, including providing legal research services to Sea Grant constituents on ocean and coastal law issues. She oversees law student research assistants and serves as editor of Water Log. In addition, she holds an adjunct position at The University of Mississippi School of Law where she teaches courses in Land Use Law, Energy Law, Oil & Gas Law, and Climate Change Law & Policy. Ms. Pace frequently presents research in these areas at interdisciplinary and legal conferences. Recent works include Wetlands or Seawalls? Adapting Shoreline Regulation to Address Sea Level Rise and Wetland Preservation in the Gulf of Mexico published in the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law.
Prior to joining Sea Grant, Ms. Pace practiced in the areas of toxic tort litigation and environmental compliance. She holds a B.S. in Geology and Certificate in Environmental Planning and Policy from the University of Southern Mississippi. She received both her J.D. and LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School. At Lewis & Clark, she served as an associate editor of the Animal Law Journal. Ms. Pace is licensed to practice law in Mississippi and Oregon.