Sunday, March 9, 2014

Todd Heyman Publishes his LL.M. Final Article in Columbia Journal

Congratulations to 2013 LL.M. Program graduate, Todd Heyman, for the recent publication of his final LL.M. article in the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.  Todd's article is titled, Why the Commercial Speech Doctrine Will Prove Toxic to the USDA National Organic Program.

In the article, Todd describes a situation where a farmer using organic practices is frustrated with the organic certification process and seeks elimination of the process as a violation of her commercial speech rights.  From this hypothetical, a very realistic scenario, Todd examines the value of the National Organic Program and then discusses the commercial speech doctrine as applied to that Program.  He warns that "valuable regulatory tools" such as the National Organic Program may well be "in jeopardy" under the heightened scrutiny suggested in the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision of Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc.  The article is thought-provoking, well researched, and well written. We are proud of Todd's work and happy to have him as one of our alumni.

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