Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Agricultural & Food Law Opportunities

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law has a few places remaining in our face-to-face and distance tracks for Fall 2016, 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 remaining 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 the student's 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 firms practicing food law, including one placement with our alumna, Lauren Handel, Handel Food Law
General law school GAs may also be available and 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. 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.

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    Nicole Civita and Food Recovery Project quoted extensivly in Huffington Post article

    Affiliate Professor of Law and Director of the Food Recovery Project Nicole Civita is featured heavily in an article published today in the Huffington Post. The article, titled Restaurants Officially Have No Excuse Not To Donate Leftover Food. Many restaurants say they’re scared of being sued. Here’s why that’s garbage focuses on the amount of food waste produced by restaurants, and the misconception that food donation may put owners at increased risk. As the article states, "A single restaurant in the U.S. wastes about 100,000 pounds of a year, according to the Green Restaurant Association, making them auspicious donors for hunger relief groups. But many restaurants are reluctant to give away their edible leftovers, citing fears of getting sued."

    For more on the Food Recovery Project and to download a free copy of Food Recovery: a Legal Guide, visit us at

    Monday, July 11, 2016

    LL.M. Candidate Lauren Manning who helped create to be presented to UN today

    We're pleased to report that LL.M. Candidate Lauren Manning is in Munich today where she will be presenting an online resource she helped create

    The United Nations World Food Program event taking place in Munich on July 11 will focus on identifying technologies and policies that can promote food security in both developing and developed nations. During the LL.M. program, Lauren completed numerous courses that involved an examination of food security, including Right to Food and Business Human Rights. There are many legal issues at the intersection of technology and food security, such as ensuring that contract terms for technology licensing rights are fair to farmers, especially small scale farmers. Also, there are legal issues surrounding privacy rights in the data sector as well as policy-based issues surrounding various farming methodologies, i.e., organic versus conventional. Recently, Lauren was selected as the 2016 winner for George Washington Law School’s 2016 Human Rights Essay award. Her paper explored issues related to food security in the context of extractive mining in Greenland.

    We are proud of her many accomplishments.