Sunday, November 6, 2016

National Food Law Student Leadership Summit

This year, we have been delighted to have Kelly Nuchols with us as a full time face-to-face LL.M. candidate.  Kelly's participation in the LL.M. Program is sponsored by the Drake Agricultural Law Center led by Professor Neil Hamilton. Kelly worked closely with Professor Hamilton and Harvard's Emily Broad Leib in the planning and hosting of the Food Law Leadership Summit held this year at Drake University Law School in October. Arkansas professors Susan Schneider and Nate Rosenberg were delighted to participate in the Summit. We asked Kelly to describe the Summit in a blog post for us -


From LL.M. Candidate Kelly Nuchols:

In October, 80 law students from at least 46 different law schools gathered in Des Moines, Iowa for the second Food Law Student Leadership Summit. The Summit was co-hosted by the Drake Agricultural Law Center, the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), and the Food Law Student Network Leadership Committee.

Summit organizers, Emily Broad Leib and Neil Hamilton
The Summit host team included some familiar faces to the Arkansas LL.M. program, including LL.M. candidate and soon-to-be-alumna Christina Rice who is serving as a Clinic Fellow at FLPC, visiting professor Neil Hamilton, who serves as the Director of Drake’s Agricultural Law Center, and Jennifer Zwagerman, an LL.M. alumna who serves the Drake Law School's Director of Career Development and the Associate Director of the Agricultural Law Center.  The Summit would not have been possible without the hard work of the FLPC team of Emily Broad Leib, Emma Clippinger, Lee Miller, and Christina, and the Drake team of Neil, Matt Russell, and Jennifer.

Students, organizers, and professors enjoy the Des Moines Farmers Market
As a Drake Law alumna and former FLPC intern, it was an honor to welcome everyone to Drake Law School for the summit. The Des Moines setting gave students a taste of Iowa agriculture with visits to both the Jackson Family Farm and the Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market. The students also toured a family owned artisan cured meat company, La Quercia. I am thankful I was able to share the learning opportunities I had in Iowa, and at Drake and FLPC, with the students who attended this year’s summit.

 Susan Schneider and Arkansas Law Visiting Professor Nate Rosenberg were two of the professors who taught a food law seminar at this year’s Summit.
Susan Schneider presents on the legal aspects of food names
At last year’s Food Law Student Leadership Summit at Harvard Law School, I realized how important this opportunity is for students who are interested in food law. For several students, the Summit was their first chance to participate in a food law class.  These classes exposed students to the variety of food law topics and career opportunities that exist. For example, Nate presented on “Inequality and Agriculture,” while Susan spoke about “Food Law: What’s in the Name of a Product?”

Nate Rosenberg presents on inequality and agriculture
The Summit Students also heard a keynote address from a leader in the field, Ricardo Salvador, who is the Director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Then, students used the information they learned over the weekend, along with their prior knowledge, to brainstorm realistic solutions to some of the problems facing our food system.

The Summit was a momentous event for these students, as they begin to pursue careers as food law attorneys, professors, or perhaps even as future LL.M. in Agricultural and Food Law candidates.
The Summit would not have been possible without the generous support from the Charles M. Haar Food and Health Law and Policy Fund, the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, and the GRACE Communications Foundation.

Other photos from the Summit posted by Susan below-  with more found on the Food Law Student Network website.

Kelly Nuchols addressing the Summit audience



Friend and colleague, Emily Broad Leib, whose vision
created the Summit 
Jabari Brown, Univ. of Oregon Law (2017)
Executive Committee FLSN



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