Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Law Professors Form Innovative Academic Organization to Promote Field of Food Law & Policy

We are pleased to share news of the newly formed Academy of Food Law & Policy, a membership organization that serves as a forum for individuals and institutions involved in teaching and scholarship in the broad field of Food Law & Policy.

Of special note, Susan Schneider, Director of our LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law program serves as a founding member of the Academy's Board of Trustees. LL.M. Program Manager Sarah Hiatt serves as Executive Director. The press release announcing the Academy is included below.

Over the past decade, the field of Food Law and Policy has grown by leaps and bounds in law schools across the country. On a variety of metrics, the field is strong and growing, with more than 20 of the top 100 law schools offering courses in the field, and 30 clinics at 23 schools conducting related clinical work. But until now, Food Law and Policy has had no dedicated academic association to serve as a forum for individuals and institutions involved in its teaching and scholarship.

The Academy of Food Law and Policy (AFLP) is a newly-formed academic organization created
to address this need. AFLP’s founding Board of Trustees includes Emily Broad Leib, Harvard
Law School; Peter Barton Hutt, Covington and Burling (Adjunct Faculty, Harvard Law School);
Neil Hamilton, Drake University Law School; Baylen Linnekin, Adjunct Faculty, George Mason
Law School; Michael Roberts, UCLA School of Law; Susan Schneider, University of Arkansas
School of Law; and Margaret Sova McCabe, University of New Hampshire School of Law.

The Academy’s mission is to:

1) Engage and connect scholars and professors interested in Food Law & Policy;

2) Facilitate scholarship, collaboration, and collegiality in this field;

3) Encourage teaching and experiential learning opportunities; and

4) Foster the next generation of food law and policy leaders.

The Academy will support local, regional, national, and international collaboration among scholars, professors, and clinicians via workshops, shared resources and materials, and promotion of teaching and engagement in Food Law & Policy issues. By building a strong network, the AFLP will provide a space for sharing ideas, knowledge, and research.

Within the broad mission of AFLP, specific activities and services will respond to the needs of members. These may include:

• Tracking growth of this field through a survey to Academy members;

• Sharing current events, upcoming conferences, and opportunities via the AFLP website;

• Creating a forum for the discussion of Food Law and Policy news and developments;

• Offering social events at conferences and events where AFLP members are present;

• Hosting an annual AFLP workshop, on a topic of interest to AFLP members;

• Providing opportunities for the sharing and workshopping of academic papers and articles; and

• Providing evidence for faculty to share with their schools that this field of law is legitimate and growing.

Working together, law schools and scholars can continue to grow the field of Food Law and Policy through the creation of new courses, publications, centers, programs, and additional opportunities for student engagement and education about the laws and policies impacting our food. The AFLP will help fulfill these ambitions through collaboration and mutual enrichment of its members.

Further information on the Academy of Food Law and Policy can be found at

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Announcement: Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law continues to accept applications for Fall 2016, with a few places remaining in our face-to-face and distance tracks, for full or part-time enrollment. With an expanded curriculum and a deep base of alumni relationships, our Program prepares attorneys for a career in agricultural and food law. Visit our website and our blog for additional information.

We have several Graduate Assistantships (GAs) to award. GAs are only available to full time LL.M. candidates who enroll in our face-to-face program. These GAs provide for a full tuition waiver plus a $5,000 stipend per semester in exchange for part-time work designed to enhance their education and build their professional reputation. While awards may shift to accommodate the expertise of applicants, GA placements are likely to include:

  • An opportunity to work with Accelerated JD candidates from foreign jurisdictions, assisting them with their transition to a U.S. law school setting;  
  • An opportunity to teach a Pre-Law Political Science class that introduces undergraduates to basic elements of our legal system and encourages them to explore a legal education;
  • An opportunity to teach an Upper Level Legal Writing class that focuses on Civil Pre-Trial documents (opportunity limited to attorneys with practice experience and/or LRW teaching experience);

Interested attorneys and graduating 3Ls should complete the LL.M. application and indicate their interest in one or more of the GA opportunities.  Awards are highly competitive. Candidates that are already admitted to the Program will be considered along with new applicants that are admitted, and we hope to make most awards within the next month.  New opportunities may arise over the summer. Contact us for additional information at or call (479) 575-3706.

It is always the goal of the LL.M. Program to attract candidates that reflect the rich racial, cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity of a global food system, expanding the reach and resources to all who seek to promote food justice.

The University of Arkansas is committed to the policy of providing educational opportunities to all
qualified students regardless of their economic or social status and will not discriminate on the
basis of disability, race, color, sex, creed, veteran’s status, age, marital or parental status, sexual
orientation, or national origin.