About FLSN

Food law and policy is a fast-growing field of interest within the legal profession and society at large. Communities around the country and the world are searching for ways to improve the environmental, public health, and social impacts of the food system. Law students and lawyers are uniquely situated to make significant contributions to this emerging field. In 2015, the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic hosted its inaugural Food Law Student Leadership Summit, which was the first conference to convene law students from around the country who share a passion for food law. At the Summit, attendees heard from national experts about key food law and policy issues related to the environment, health, food safety, and food waste; developed strategies to start or expand student food law organizations; participated in small group policy simulations; and learned about a vast array of opportunities for pursuing food law and policy, at law school and beyond.  Following the Summit, participants launched the FLSN in recognition of the growing interest in food law and policy and the need for student resources and opportunities.

Mission:

Motivated by a shared desire to improve the food system, FLSN raises law student voices in the national conversation about our food system. FLSN serves as a hub to exchange ideas, knowledge, and practical skills, while building enduring connections among students and professionals to support the next generation of food law and policy advocates.

FLSN fulfills this mission by:

  • Hosting regional and national events, including the Food Law Student Leadership Summit;
  • Providing guidance and resources for students to promote food policy at their schools;
  • Connecting students to unique food law and policy projects through the Network and our partners;
  • Serving as a liaison between students and professionals in order to cultivate mentoring relationships; and
  • Curating a clearinghouse of funding, internship, and employment opportunities.

Join FLSNto receive information and updates on all of the above and more! 

If you are a faculty member or scholar in the field of food law and policy check out the Academy of Food Law & Policy.

About the Leadership Committee

 

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Sally Gu

University of Michigan Law School ’18
President

What is your interest in food law and policy?
I first started getting interested in food policy when I lived on the south side of Chicago where urban poverty and food deserts make it difficult for many residents to eat healthy. A significant number of patients at the family health center where I volunteered bought their ‘groceries’ at gas stations and eating healthy meant putting food on the table, no matter what kind of food it was. That experience sparked my interest in urban food policy, nutrition education, and sustainable food culture.

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
Mangosteens!


Rebecca Gobeil

Boston College Law School ’18
Vice- President

What is your interest in food law and policy?

I grew up in a house that grew and cooked great food. I also grew up with a love of nature and knew from a young age I wanted to do something to protect the environment. I went through most of my young adult life with the goal of becoming an environmental lawyer, and found a niche in sustainable agriculture and food systems. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in sustainable agriculture and food systems in 2014. I stumbled upon this major after many others (polisci, environmental studies, urban development) and with the help of reading the book “Diet for a Hot Planet” by Anna Lappe – which opened my eyes to how much changing the American diet and food system could do for environmental well being.

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?

Apples


KEKristina Ellis

University of Denver ’19
Communications Committee Chair

What is your interest in food law and policy?
I have been interested in urban gardens, food policy, and the promotion of socially responsible agribusiness practices for some time. I am interested in applying innovative legal and policy solutions to existing food problems.

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable

Bananas


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Thurgood Marshall School of Law ’18
Communications Committee Chair


What is your interest in food law and policy?

I became interested in food law in undergrad majoring in Food Science, where I was more interested in the legal implications behind the food system. From there, it prompted me to learn more about interests in food law include food access in urban communities and food labeling and advertising.

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
Strawberries


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University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law ’18
Projects Committee Chair


What is your interest in food law and policy?

I grew up on a farm in the Midwest, where my family got most of our food from our own pastures.  I am interested in examining regulations around food and agricultural law, and how we can use public health law tools to increase access to healthy food for people around the country.

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
Hominy


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Sarah Luther

University of Houston Law Center ’18
Projects Committee Chair


What is your interest in food law and policy?

I have been involved with the agriculture industry my entire life and would love to have a hand in influencing the future of the industry to ensure a sustainable food supply.

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
Garlic


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Zoe Grant

University of Oregon School of Law ’19
Careers Committee Co-Chair

What is your interest in food law and policy?

I am specifically interested in the environmental impacts of food law and policy. The business models driving agricultural practices, methods of reducing food waste, and options for more sustainable use of natural resources during food production are all topics that I am passionate about.

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
Peaches


MNMallory Neuman

Florida State University College of Law ’18
Careers Committee Co-Chair

What is your interest in food law and policy?

As a Food Science and Human Nutrition major in undergrad, I became interested in the way food was regulated. I’m most interested in figuring out ways to protect consumers while promoting food business innovation.

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
Asparagus


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Eliza Pan

Yale School of Law ’19
Careers Committee Co-Chair

What is your interest in food law and policy?

I became especially interested in food law and policy during college, when I conducted an ethnographic study of transnational migration patterns driven in part by food risk. Additional research and volunteer experiences heightened my interest in building accessible and sustainable food systems. I enjoy applying my legal training to projects at the intersection of food policy, public health, and environmental justice.

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
Grapes


 image2Caitlin Brown

Michigan State University ’18
Student Organizations

What is your interest in food law and policy?

My interests lie particularly within the fields of food labeling and urban agriculture. Those with low-health literacy rates have a difficult time differentiating between healthy and unhealthy foods. Additionally, urban agriculture has significantly improved the areas of reduced crime, increased food access, and the creation of jobs.

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
Avocado


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Seth Gitner

Georgetown University Law Center ’18
Student Organizations Co-Chair

What is your interest in food law and policy?

Having been interested in everything about food, from how it’s grown to the in-store packaging,  food law gives me the ability to learn new and interesting aspects of food production, storage, and regulation. It is constantly changing with the advent of new technology, increased understanding of our food’s impact on our health, as well as changing trends in what people like to eat. It is never boring.

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
Whatever is seasonal and on sale.