Professor Susan Schneider is the William H. Enfield Professor of Law and serves as the
Director of the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law at the University of Arkansas
School of Law. She has taught food and agricultural law and policy courses for over twenty years. Prior to teaching, she worked in private practice, serving farm clients with firms in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington, D.C.
Professor Schneider is the author of the textbook, Food, Farming & Sustainability: Readings in Agricultural Law and numerous articles on food Law and policy. She is a frequent speaker at agricultural and food law conferences. She is past President of the American Agricultural Law Association and was a founding board member and co-Chair of the Academy of Food Law & Policy.
Professor Schneider and her sister are the proud owners of their third-generation family farm in Minnesota. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the College of St. Catherine (Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu) in St. Paul, Minnesota, earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota School of Law and her LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Lee Miller is a lecturing fellow of law at the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic. His work centers on the potential of law and policy to repair agriculture and make it regenerative rather than exploitative. He is also the founding policy director at Acre Policy, a nonprofit focused on subnational policy that supports farmers, ranchers, climate mitigation and local ecosystems. State and local policy design remains terribly undervalued and under-staffed while requiring deep knowledge of local context, and Lee envisions working with FLSN members to design model policies that succeed locally while inspiring other communities to follow suit.
Lee lives on his small farm in Hillsborough, NC, where he and his spouse raise sheep, honey bees, veggies, fruit and flowers. Prior to moving home to NC, Lee worked at the Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law where he co-led a farm bill research project across six law schools. He has a JD from Yale Law and an MEM in environmental economics from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.
Kelly is a policy specialist at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, where she advocates for federal policies related to sustainable agriculture, including food safety, small meat processing and slaughter plants, food labeling, and immigration reform. Kelly's interest in food law and policy stems from her passion for trying to address some of the inequities that built our food system and continue to exist in it. Kelly is excited to see what this year's FLSN's Executive Board focuses on to engage more attorneys in the field of food law and policy and to push for a more equitable food system. She believes young attorneys' ideas for how to improve the profession will be an essential step in that process. Kelly has a B.A. in Political Science from Fort Hays State University, a J.D. from Drake Law School, and her LL.M. in Food and Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law. Kelly is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School, teaching Food Law and Policy.
Emily Broad Leib
Emily M. Broad Leib is Clinical Professor of Law, Founding Director of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, and Deputy Director of the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation. Broad Leib’s program, the Food Law and Policy Clinic, is the first law school clinic in the nation devoted to providing legal and policy guidance on food law and policy issues. Broad Leib focuses her scholarship, teaching, and practice on finding solutions to the biggest health, economic, and environmental issues facing our food system. She has published scholarly articles in the California Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, the Harvard Law & Policy Review, the Food & Drug Law Journal, and the Journal of Food Law & Policy, among others.
Broad Leib is recognized as a national leader in Food Law and Policy. She was named by Fortune and Food & Wine to their list of 2016's Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink. The list highlights women who had the most transformative impact on what the public eats and drinks. Her work also has been covered in such media outlets as The New York Times, CNN, CBS This Morning, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, The Guardian, TIME, Politico, and the Washington Post. Broad Leib received her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude.
Jonathan (Jon) Brown is the founder and director of the Food and Beverage Law Clinic at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, in White Plains, NY. The Food and Beverage Law Clinic provides transactional legal services to small- and medium-sized farms, food and beverage
entrepreneurs, and nonprofit organizations in order to strengthen food sovereignty in disadvantaged communities, foster growth of alternative models of food production and distribution, and promote the emergence of a more sustainable climate-friendly food system.
Prior to joining Pace, he was a Clinical Lecturer in Law and Eugene Ludwig/Robert M. Cover Fellow in Law at Yale Law School in the Community and Economic Development Clinic. Previously, he was
a senior associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, in New York, where he primarily represented lenders and borrowers in large corporate finance transactions.
He received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jon also serves on the board and as secretary of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), New York’s leading non-profit organization providing programs and services to
promote sustainable, local organic food and farming.
Jon likes to spend his free time gardening, cooking, and hiking with his wife and two kids.
Jon’s advice for aspiring lawyers is to be open to career paths that take a few twists and turns: it’s rare to get your dream job right out of law school, so open yourself up to different opportunities that give you the experience and skills to eventually make your own dream job. The lawyers with
the most interesting careers often take winding, unexpected paths to get where they are, and what they pick up along the way is what makes them great lawyers.
Jon is thrilled by the opportunity to serve on FLSN's Executive Board. He was impressed by the passion and diverse interests of the students he met at the 2020 FLSN Summit in Arkansas and is excited to be a resource for aspiring food lawyers.
Christina Rice is a Staff Attorney at the Land Loss Prevention Project (LLPP), where she provides free legal assistance to financially distressed and limited resource farmers, homeowners, and landowners throughout North Carolina. LLPP is a nonprofit, public interest law firm founded in 1982 and incorporated in 1983 by the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers in response to its deep concern about the steep decline in the number of small farmers and minority landowners in North Carolina.
Prior to joining LLPP, Christina was a clinical fellow at the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC). During her time at FLPC, she provided legal and policy guidance to community advocacy groups, state agencies, and non-profit organization seeking to increase access to healthy foods, assist small and sustainable farmers in breaking into new commercial markets, and reduce waste of healthy, wholesome food.
Christina is passionate about developing and implementing policy solutions that will increase the number of small and minority farmers and landowners, increase access to heathy foods, implement sustainable agricultural practices, and create a just food system for all. She earned her J.D., with honors from Charlotte School of Law, her Bachelor of Science degrees with honors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and her LL.M. in Agricultural and Food Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in North Carolina.
Gordon Merrick received J.D. from Vermont Law School in 2020. At VLS, he was elected as the President of his class and winner of the Chase Writing Competition (The Federal Election Commission: Toothless Tiger or Sabotaged Slug?). Gordon was also elected as class speaker and the Environmental Justice Mission Scholar.
Gordon received his BA in Political Science from the University of Maine, where he was a Peter T. Madigan Scholar.
Gordon Merrick will be the Vermont Legal Food Hub Fellow this year, and has worked in the food industry since age 14. Gordon worked jobs from a cashier/cook at McDonald’s, to a Garden Manger at fine dining restaurants, from a farm-hand planting, weeding, and picking produce, to a delivery driver for a food-hub distribution business.
Gordon looks forward to the expansion of online and regional events in the food space! As an aspiring lawyer, his advice is to never give up. His favorite past times include skiing, biking, gardening, and building things.