Saturday, May 12, 2012

Law School Clinics Serving Ag & Food Law Clients

Innovative law school clinics continue to play a significant role in assisting local food initiatives. I was happy to learn that these agricultural and food law clinical opportunities played a major role at the recent Transactional Clinicians' Conference in Los Angeles. This annual conference is for directors of transactional and community development clinics, and this year, it featured a plenary presentation about clinic representation of agricultural and food system clients.

Beth Kregor, Director of The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago and Jay Mitchell, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Organizations and Transactions Clinic at Stanford Law School led the session.

Beth described her clinic's exciting work with food entrepreneurs and urban farmers on contract, regulatory and advocacy projects in Chicago.

Jay provided an overview about client and project opportunities in the sector, drawing on his article last year in the Journal of Food Law & Policy.  Jay's work and his article were featured in a prior blog post here, Agricultural & Food Law at Stanford Law.

I was especially pleased to hear that, when Beth and Jay asked the audience for a show of hands regarding how many clinics had worked with clients associated with the food system, nearly everyone raised their hands!


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