Friday, June 3, 2016

Alumni Update: Marne Coit

Congratulations to LL.M. Alumna Marne Coit, whose recent article Support for Local Food in the 2014 Farm Bill was published in the most recent edition of the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law.

A 2007 LL.M. graduate, Marne continues to work at the forefront of food law, specifically at the intersection of sustainable agriculture, food systems and the law. In August of 2015, she presented on legal issues for farmer veterans for the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)’s training, Armed to Farm at Houghton College in New York.  She also moderated the panel Local Food Ventures: Advising Clients on Food Hubs, Cooperatives and Working with Farmer Veterans at the 2015 American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) Annual Educational Symposium in Charleston, SC.  She also presented ton Local Food Provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill, the subject of her article published in the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law.

Marne is currently teaching in this area as well. Since 2013 she has been teaching Food Systems Law & Policy, an online course in the Sustainable MBA program at Marylhurst University. The MBA in Sustainable Business is an accelerated online degree for working professionals. Because the degree is committed to producing managers with a systems perspective on the role of business in society, each concentration includes a course in environmental law. The Food Systems Management version is the course in Food Systems Policy & Law, which examines current issues in food regulation, health and safety, access to food and food justice. According to Paul Ventura, Chair of Sustainable Business Programs, Marne’s “academic background in anthropology and law, along with her active engagement in community food systems has made [her] an ideal "pracademic" for teaching in our MBA.”

Marne is also pleased to be teaching the inaugural food policy class at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. The Bard Center for Environmental Policy offers MS degrees in Environmental Policy and Climate Science and Policy. The program recently added a required sequence of applied policy classes, one focused on food systems, the other energy systems. “Meeting global food and energy requirements sustainably will be the defining challenge of the 21st century,” according to program Director Eban Goodstein. “Marne was a great fit for the course, bringing a unique background, combining food policy experience here in the Northeast with the LLM degree.”

We are proud of Marne's work and congratulate her on her many accomplishments.

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