Name: Emily Yslas (She/Her/Hers);

FLSN Position: Co-President

Law School: University of Wisconsin Law School 

Bio: Emily is a third year dual degree JD/MPH student at the University of Wisconsin Law School and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. After completing her undergraduate degree, Emily worked in-house at a local food manufacturer where she learned about product marketing, private labeling and manufacturing specialty gluten-free products. Emily is interested in pursuing policy revolving public health, food allergies, and food labeling. During school, Emily is involved with the Women’s Law Student Association and is a two time attendee of the Food Law Student Leadership Summit. She will be serving her second term on the Food Law Student Network board as the Co-President for the 2020-21 school year. 

Name: Gray Norton (She/Her/Hers);

FLSN Position: Co-President

Law School: University of Arkansas

Bio: Gray is pursuing a dual JD/MPA degree at the University of Arkansas and will graduate in May 2022. Her studies are primarily focused on the intersections of food law and policy with environmental law and climate change law and policy. Gray is passionate about the universal right to adequate food, and she is interested in advocating for policies that facilitate equitable access to sustainable nutrition and food sovereignty. As Co-President of the 2020-2021 FLSN Executive Board, she looks forward to growing the network through engagement and creative collaboration with students who are interested in food and agricultural law & policy. Gray is also active in her law school community, serving as President of the UA Food Law Society, Note & Comment Editor for the Arkansas Law Review, and as a member of the Honor Council and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.

Name: Matt Watson (He/Him/His);

FLSN Position: Engagement Co-Chai

Law School: Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Bio: Matt worked as a digital marketer for food & food-tech start-up businesses in Boston, MA, prior to attending law school. During that time, Matt spent a year helping one of the world’s largest vertical farming companies develop its branding, which got him interested in the regulatory state that cutting-edge food businesses must navigate. This ultimately led him to pursue a legal education to engage with food law and policy matters. As one of FLSN’s Engagement Co-Chairs, Matt wants to expand opportunities for law students to get involved with substantive, actionable projects and dialogue within the national food law landscape. This focus will build on the Network’s ability to offer valuable support to leading food-policy organizations and university programs, as well as further legitimize the Network’s own platform in this space.

Name: Bridget Eklund (She/Her/Hers);

FLSN Position: Engagement Co-Chair

School: Duke University School of Law 

Bio: Prior to law school, Bridget served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, working with smallholder farmers to diversify crops, increase climate resiliency and improve food security. She also volunteered at community gardens while working in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bridget’s passion for international development and sustainable agriculture led her to law school, where she is focusing on legal aspects of sustainable food systems, equitable management of land, and climate change. At Duke, she is the founder and president of the Food Law Society. Bridget also conducts research concerning policies and funding mechanisms to promote regenerative grazing practices in North Carolina. She aspires to use her law degree to advance systemic change in agricultural systems and develop resilient communities, both domestically and abroad. As a FLSN board member, Bridget hopes to provide opportunities for students to connect with professionals, faculty, and other students interested in food and agriculture law.

Name: Daniel Frea (He/Him/His);

FLSN Position: Communications Co-Chair

Law School: UC Davis School of Law

Bio: Daniel Frea is a rising 2L at UC Davis School of Law in Davis, California. He began working on his father’s dairy and almond farm in Fresno, California at a young age. Prior to law school, he attended Cornell University where he studied Agricultural Sciences and Business. Daniel was heavily involved in multiple food industry societies on Cornell’s campus. He has continued his involvement in the food space, selected as one of PepsiCo’s Larry D. Thompson Legacy of Leadership Fellows during his 1L summer. Daniel is also active at UC Davis as a Research Editor for the Business Law Journal and Journal of International Law and Policy. He serves as Vice President for the Entertainment and Sports Law Society, Marketing Chair for Business Law Society, and is a voting member of the Council on Student Affairs and Fees.

Name: Emily McGowan (She/Her/Hers);

FLSN Position: Communications Co-Chair

Law School: Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Bio: Emily McGowan is a 2L at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University where she is receiving her J.D. with an Advanced Certificate in Environmental Law. Before attending law school, Emily attended the University of Maryland where she majored in Government and Politics. In addition to serving as the Communications Co-Chair, Emily serves as the Director of Food and Agriculture for the Pace Environmental Law Society, serves as a Research Assistant, and a Junior Associate for Pace International Law Review. Emily hopes to bring her enthusiasm and passion for environmental and food justice to the FLSN board.

Name: Jana Caracciolo (She/Her/Hers);

FLSN Position: Careers Co-Chair

Law School: University of Florida Levin College of Law

Bio: Before attending the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Jana attended the University of Florida for undergrad and majored in food and resource economics. During her time at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Jana has Co-Chaired the 26th annual Public Interest Environmental Conference, participated in moot court where she serves as the competitions chair, the Food Law Student Network, American Agriculture Law Association (AALA), and served as a research assistant for UF’s Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Law. Last summer, Jana interned at the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, and is currently interning for the Marketing, Regulatory, and Food Safety Programs Division within the Office of General Counsel for the USDA. During her time on the FLSN executive board Jana hopes to bring her talent of finding food law jobs!

Name: Paula Pastuskovas (She/Her/Hers);

FLSN Position: Careers Co-Chair

Law School: UC Hastings College of Law

Bio: Before attending UC Hastings College of the Law, Paula attended the “absolutely beautiful” UC Santa Cruz where she majored in political science and environmental studies. After college, Paula worked as an assistant at Keller and Heckman, where she first learned about food law. At UC Hastings, Paula is on the board of the Food and Wine law society and a member of the Women’s Law Society. Paula was also involved in the Hastings International and Comparative Law Journal. As a member of the FLSN executive board, Paula hopes to help others find opportunities in food law, whether it be through internships, jobs or conferences. There is so much variety in food law, and so many cool opportunities within the field.

Name: Lindsay De May (She/Her/Hers);

FLSN Position: Secretary

Law School: Vermont Law School

Bio: Lindsay is 3L at Vermont Law School and also pursuing her Master’s in Food and Agriculture Law and Policy. Lindsay graduated from Syracuse University with a BS cum laude in Food Studies, concentrating on food politics and governance. Before starting law school, Lindsay spent a summer working on a farm in the Finger Lakes, and spent two years in Los Angeles working in farmer’s markets and teaching gardening in public schools. In law school, she served as a 1L Senator and then Chair of the Food and Agriculture Law Society. Lindsay was an Academic Success Program Mentor and currently serves as a member of the Moot Court Advisory Board. Lindsay was selected as the 2020 Jonathan J. Williams Memorial Fellow, which is awarded to one student demonstrating an unfaltering commitment to address fundamental injustices and to build bridges between culturally diverse communities. Last year, she was the co-President of this network, and now serves as the Secretary. Lindsay is excited to continue supporting the network to become a stronger resource for law students across the country interested in food and agriculture-related law.

Name: Caitlion O’Neill (They/Them/Their);

FLSN Position: Regional Representative (Southern Region)

Law School: Loyola New Orleans College of Law

Bio: Caitlion worked in food and hospitality for 10 years before attending law school. Caitlion advanced from dishwasher to chef to restaurant consultant, eventually starting Louisiana’s first vegan cheese company V I R I D I A. Caitlion also volunteered as a worker on small, family-owned organic farms in Japan and Europe through the WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) program and hosted WWOOFers from around the world in New Orleans. After seeing that their own personal advocacy had a limited spread, Caitlion decided to attend law school to amplify unheard voices and have access to policy decision making. In law school, Caitlion is the president of the Environmental Law Society and is active with the National Lawyers Guild, Lambda (LGBTQ+ Law Society), and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. They are a law review candidate and a recipient of a full merit scholarship. Caitlion interned with the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy this summer. Caitlion hopes to bring a pragmatic voice to food law and policy discussions as a member of FLSN.

Name: Sabrina Bey (She/Her/Hers);

FLSN Position: Regional Representative (Eastern Region)

Law School:Howard University School of Law

Bio: Sabrina Bey currently attends the Howard University School of Law. Her interest in food law began after witnessing first-hand the dangers of unsafe food. As a child, Sabrina had an unfortunate incident eating at a fast-food restaurant and then spending a week in the hospital with E.coli. Sabrina often wonders what could have been done to prevent other children, like herself, from contracting dangerous foodborne illnesses. While in law school, Sabrina had the opportunity to work in the food law group at a big law firm. Her areas of interest in food law grew as she learned more about food safety, labeling issues, and FDA regulations. As a regional representative, Sabrina hopes to build a bigger network with other food law interests and get more students interested in the food law practice.

Name: Hammons Hepner (He/Him/His);

FLSN Position: Regional Representative (Midwest Region)

Law School: University of Oklahoma College of Law

Bio: Hammons Hepner is a student at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he will graduate in May 2021. Hammons grew up as the fifth-generation of a family farm in Freedom, Oklahoma. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in agricultural economics and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in finance, along with a leadership minor. Hammons currently interns with Sharp Law LLP of Prairie Village, Kansas and is a Research Fellow for the National Agricultural Law Center. For the 2020-2021 academic year, Hammons serves as the Executive Articles Editor of the Oklahoma Law Review, Vice President of Programming for the Student Bar Association, Director of Outreach for the OU Law Federal Bar Association, and is a co-founder, and current president, of OU Law’s Agricultural Law Association. Hammons is an active member of the American Agricultural Law Association, the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association, and the Sirloin Club of Oklahoma. Hammons hopes his role with the FLSN will spread awareness of the opportunities within the Network!

Name: Courtney Gately (She/Her/Hers);

FLSN Position: Regional Representative (Western Region)

Law School: Texas A&M University School of Law

Bio: Courtney received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Kansas State University and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University. Before law school, she spent the majority of her short career in nonprofit management working with organizations whose missions focused on education, economic self-sufficiency, and supporting post 9/11 combat wounded service members. Currently, Courtney is a research assistant with work focusing on water quantity, water infrastructure, and freshwater alternatives. Her personal research interests include the relationship between agricultural and environmental issues. Additionally, Courtney is the president of the ENRG student organization which has a broad focus on environmental, energy, and natural resources law. In addition to her passion for the intersection between food, agricultural, and environmental law, Courtney hopes to bring her experience in community-based organizations and board service to help increase engagement and awareness of FLSN.