Monday, February 22, 2016

Not Really Expired

The Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School and Racing Horse Productions, also at Harvard produced the short film EXPIRED, Food Waste in America and its companion website as a collaborative effort between the two programs.  The Food Law & Policy Clinic aims to provide hands-on opportunities for students to learn about and improve the laws and policies shaping the food system. Racing Horse Productions aims to test and teach media advocacy techniques in the context of real world practice. Their collaboration produced an amazing product.

We are delighted to have one of our LL.M.'s working with the Food Law & Policy Clinic. Christina Rice, a Clinical Fellow with the Clinic, served as one of the film's producers.

Congratulations to Clinic Director and Executive Producer Emily Broad Leib, to Christina, and to everyone that worked on this great project. Here's the film -

Monday, February 15, 2016

U of A to Co-Host National Food Waste & Hunger Summit

We are pleased to report that the University of Arkansas will Co-Host the 2016 National Food Waste & Hunger Summit. The summit, which will take place April 16-17 brings together students and advocacy groups from across the country who are working to solve food insecurity problems in their communities. It is an opportunity for them to share what they’ve learned and encourage others to join the battle against hunger and food waste. LL.M. Affiliate Professor and Director of the Food Recovery Project Nicole Civita will present. For registration and more information, check out the Newswire announcement or visit the Campus Kitchens website.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative Funded for Youth Summits

 Congratulations to our colleagues at the Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative!                               

Native Youth in Agriculture Summer Leadership Summit students Jackson Smith (Cayuse Umitilla), Alayna Rhodes (Bad River Ojibwa), Aryana Henthorne (Sherwood Valley Pomo/Paiute), Laura Bergman (Cherokee), Zack Ilbery (Cherokee), Kayden Murphy (Navajo), Lofanitani Aisea (Klamath), Matthew Butler (Sac&Fox/Absentee Shawnee), and Aukelenui Mortensen (Hawaiian) participate in a team-building exercise during the 2015 summit held on the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus. Photo by Elise Clote

Native Youth in Agriculture Summer Leadership Summit students Jackson Smith (Cayuse Umitilla), Alayna Rhodes (Bad River Ojibwa), Aryana Henthorne (Sherwood Valley Pomo/Paiute), Laura Bergman (Cherokee), Zack Ilbery (Cherokee), Kayden Murphy (Navajo), Lofanitani Aisea (Klamath), Matthew Butler (Sac&Fox/Absentee Shawnee), and Aukelenui Mortensen (Hawaiian) participate in a team-building exercise during the 2015 summit held on the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, based in the University of Arkansas School of Law, has received a three-year, $681,459 grant to fund the Native Youth in Agriculture Summer Leadership Summit.

The summit, now entering its third year, is currently accepting applications from American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native youth, ages 15-18. In 2015, 84 students representing 47 tribes attended the summit, and the program hopes to serve 100 youth this year. Contact the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative or visit the website for more information or an application. Older students should consider applying to be a student leader for the program.

“The Indigenous Food and Agricultural Initiative is a great illustration of how higher education institutions should work everyday to create greater access for underrepresented students while also providing valuable support for the betterment of their communities,” said Charles Robinson, University of Arkansas vice chancellor for diversity and community. “I am very proud of Dean Leeds and all of the people in our School of Law and campuswide who are making this happen.”

The summit promotes farming, ranching and food businesses as productive and sustainable career choices for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian youth. It also secures the future of tribal food systems by promoting intertribal cooperation and an understanding of food sovereignty. And it ensures the success of future native farmers and ranchers by giving them the specialized education they need to thrive as the next generation of Indian Country food and agriculture leaders.

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the United States Department of Agriculture, provides grants to organizations for education, mentoring and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers or ranchers. The summit serves only native youth because of the unique legal complexities surrounding land status, credit access, food safety protocols, and more, that only Native producers must confront when engaging in food systems careers. Through a combination of classroom and experiential learning, the summit provides a singular educational experience for native youth.

About the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative: The Initiative enhances health and wellness in Tribal communities by advancing economic development and cultural heritage in Indian Country. We empower tribal governments, farmers, ranchers and food businesses by providing strategic planning and technical assistance; by creating new academic and executive education programs in food systems and agriculture; and by increasing student enrollment in land grant universities in food and agricultural related disciplines.

About University of Arkansas School of Law: The University of Arkansas School of Law prepares students for success through a challenging curriculum taught by nationally recognized faculty, unique service opportunities and a close-knit community that puts students first. With alumni in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, two territories and 20 countries, it has been ranked among the top 10 "Values in Legal Education" by the National Jurist magazine for three consecutive years and is among the top 41 public law schools, according to U.S. News and World Report.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Professor Mykhailiuk to co-teach Agricultural & Food Law in the EU

This spring, the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law will be offering a new course titled Agricultural & Food Law in the European Union. The course, taught by Professor Christopher Kelley, serves as an Introduction to the governance of the European Union, and an exploration of polices regarding agricultural and food law. We are pleased and honored to share that Professor Kelley will be joined by National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy School of Law lecturer Mykhailiuk Galyna. Professor Mykhailiuk will be guiding us through an introduction to EU law at the beginning of this course. Her lectures will be based on the full-semester course on European Law that she teaches at the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" School of Law. Professor Mykhailiuk joins the class by videoconference teaching our students in Fayetteville and also to our LL.M. distance candidates. Our thanks to Professor Mykhailiuk!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Welcome Dr. Darya Lando, Law Faculty at Belarusian State University

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Darya Lando a Minsk lawyer and Belarusian State University Law Faculty professor, will be our guest during the first two weeks of February.

Dr. Lando's law firm bio and BSU Law Faculty Bio are evidence of her expertise. While she is here, Dr. Lando will meet with faculty and students and will join several of our courses as a special guest. She will also meet with our LL.M. Candidates. Dr. Lando's colleague Volha Samasiuk  is an Alum of the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law and earned her PhD from the BSU Law Faculty and taught in the BSU Law Faculty.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Lando on her first trip to the United States.