Steve Roady holds joint appointments as a professor of the practice at Duke Law School and as a faculty fellow at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.
His current research examines ways to protect air and water quality, and to manage natural resources sustainably. Prior to his appointment, he devoted more than three decades to litigation and administrative advocacy defending and enforcing the public health and environmental protections contained in federal statutes enacted originally in the United States between 1970 and 1990. His work focused particularly on air and water quality, mountains and streams, and ocean and coastal resources.
Steve helped draft the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 as a staff attorney for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. He has worked closely on ocean policy and litigation since 1998, when he launched the Ocean Law Project. During 2001-2002, he was the first president of Oceana, a non-profit, international conservation organization that relies upon law, advocacy, and science to protect ocean life. Most recently, he managed the oceans program at Earthjustice (the public interest law firm known formerly as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund).
Steve is a graduate of Davidson College (A.B. 1971) and Duke Law School (J.D. 1976).