The Shape of the Coast


UNC School of Law Presents

Hosted by the Carolina Law Club of Eastern North Carolina 

Friday, May 19, 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
New Bern Riverfront
100 Middle Street, New Bern, N.C

2 p.m.  Registration opens
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.  CLE*
4:30 – 6 p.m.  Reception

$25 general public ($10 for UNC School of Law alumni; $15 for UNC Chapel Hill General Alumni Assn.(GAA) members)

The Shape of the Coast: Sustainability, Resiliency and Economics and the National Flood Insurance Program

Donald T. Hornstein, Aubrey L. Brooks Professor of Law, UNC School of Law

Flood and wind losses to property owners at the coast are increasingly at the top of the agenda in any discussion involving coastal sustainability, coastal resiliency, or even basic coastal economics. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), after two tumultuous -- and largely offsetting -- congressional reforms passed in 2012 and 2014, was extended only into 2017 and will require congressional action this year. This session will cover the major issues that are front-and-center on this year's NFIP public-policy agenda. Professor Hornstein will also discuss the state of wind insurance in North Carolina, sharing with us his unique perspective not only as a member of the 2008-2009 General Assembly study commission that led to the State's current statutory framework for coastal wind insurance, but also the perspectives he has gained ever since as a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Insurance Underwriting Association, commonly known as the "Beach Plan," that is the state's largest property insurer of properties in our state's 20 coastal and beach counties.


Donald Hornstein holds the Aubrey L. Brooks Chair at the Law School and is also a member of the University's Institute for the Environment and UNC's Curriculum in Environment and Ecology. In 2013, he was featured as one of 26 of the nation's best law teachers in a book published by the Harvard University Press, What the Best Law Teachers Do. At UNC, Professor Hornstein has won the Law School's McCall Award for Teaching Excellence a record eight times and has won three additional University-wide teaching prizes. In Fall 2013, UNC chose Professor Hornstein to teach one of the University's first Massive Open Online Courses, An Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy, which opened with over 20,000 students worldwide in September 2013.

Recipient of a Fulbright award for research and teaching in East Africa, Professor Hornstein's environmental law scholarship has twice been recognized as among the annual Top 10 national articles of the year. Professor Hornstein's articles on risk regulation, in particular, have appeared in some of the nation's top law journals, including the Columbia Law Review, Duke Law Journal, and Yale Journal on Regulation . An expert on catastrophic risk insurance coverage, Professor Hornstein has been appointed by the State's Commissioner of Insurance to the Board of Directors of North Carolina's Wind Pool, a $400-million insurance facility insuring properties against catastrophic wind damage at the coast and along the Outer Banks.

At the Law School, Professor Hornstein teaches Administrative Law, The Law of Economic Regulation, and Insurance Law. Professor Hornstein is also the overall faculty advisor for the Law School's Holderness Moot Court program. For both the UNC College of Arts & Sciences and for Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment, Professor Hornstein teaches an undergraduate- and graduate course, Environmental Law and Policy.

*Two units CLE credit pending approval with the North Carolina State Bar. 



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