Saturday, July 13, 2013

Top 10 Crusaders in the Food Movement recognizes LL.M. Alums

Recently the Huffington Post Business blog posted an article by Michele Simon describing her Top 10 Crusaders in the Food Movement -- Lawyer Edition. Michele is the outspoken public health advocate and attorney who writes the blog, Eat Drink Politics. She is a regular Huffington Post contributor, a frequent speaker on public health issues and our food system, and vocal critic of "big food." Her first book, Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back, was published by Nation Books in 2006.

Whether you agree with Michele's critique of our food system or not, there is no question that she is out there shaking things up.  We were pleased to see that she recognized the work of three of our recent LL.M. alums in her "Top Ten Crusaders" list.

The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic was recognized for its excellent work. "[T]he clinic offers free legal advice to individuals as well as communities seeking to make policy change."  We are proud that LL.M. alumnus Alli Condra is now in her second year as a Clinical Fellow at the Food Law and Policy Clinic.  We are also pleased to report that the Director of the Clinic, Emily Broad Lieb will be presenting to the LL.M. class this Fall -  more later on that new development.

Another LL.M. Alum, Jason Foscolo received recognition for his work at The Food Law Firm -
Jason Foscolo is a food law attorney based in New York, providing "legal counsel for farmers and food entrepreneurs." Jason is on the cutting edge of a burgeoning legal specialty. His blog, co-authored by other up-and-coming food lawyers, is always informative and provocative. @FoodLawAttorney
Recent graduate Lauren Handel has joined the Food Law Firm as Of Counsel.

And, Baylen Linnekin rounded out the list for his work as founder and Executive Director of Keep Food Legal, "[t]he first and only nationwide membership organization devoted to food freedom."

Baylen also serves as an adjunct professor in the Anthropology Department in the College of Arts & Sciences of American University in Washington, D.C.

The diversity of the work of our graduates -  from all of those at USDA, to those assisting agribusiness, to those working as advocates for change -  is always an inspiration.  It is great to realize that we are the common denominator.  Knowledge of agricultural and food law is the basis for whatever path our candidates pursue. We wish them the best and are very proud of their accomplishments.

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