A Conversation About a Sustainable and Just Food System

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New York State Health Foundation

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NYSHealth Invites You to Attend “What’s Law Got to Do with It?: A Conversation About a Sustainable and Just Food System”

Appropriate legal assistance is critical for the New York State farmers, grassroots groups, and food revolutionaries who are working to build a more sustainable and just food system. The Food Law Initiative is a partnership between the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (Pace Law) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) that seeks to build much-needed legal infrastructure in New York State’s regional food system.

The Food Law Initiative helps farmers, entrepreneurs, and other activists navigate a complicated legal landscape governing everything from food labeling to structuring a legal entity. It also trains a larger community of lawyers to understand food and agriculture issues. The Food Law Initiative runs the Food and Beverage Law Clinic. Established in 2017, this first-of-its-kind clinic provides pro-bono legal services to farmers, food entrepreneurs, food justice organizations, and other key stakeholders.

Please join us for a discussion on how to advance a more just and sustainable food system through legal services and how the clinic is working with clients on legal challenges and opportunities in this area.

Panelists are:

  • Jonathan Brown, Director, Food and Beverage Law Clinic, Pace Law
  • Shannon Finn, Dairy Farmer and Value-Added Entrepreneur
  • Emily Simoness, Executive Director, SPACE on Ryder Farm
  • Olivia Watkins, Co-Founder, Black Farmer Fund Project


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