Food Law and Policy Clinic of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

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Required Class Component: Food Law and Policy: A Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation Seminar (2 fall credits). Some seats are reserved for clinical students. Students must enroll in this clinic before they are permitted to enroll in the required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2013.
LLM Students: LLM students may apply to this clinic by submitting an application.
Placement Site: WilmerHale Legal Services Center (Jamaica Plain).

The Food Law and Policy Clinic of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation was established in 2010 to link Harvard Law students with opportunities to work with clients and communities on various food law and policy issues. The Clinic aims to increase access to healthy foods, prevent diet-related diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, and assist small farmers and producers in participating in food markets.

Students in the Clinic have the opportunity to work on a range of federal, state, and local law and policy projects, such as: working with state and local food policy councils to identify and support policy changes to the food system; analyzing and recommending ways to increase access to healthy produce for low-income individuals and those living in areas with limited food access; identifying and eliminating legal and non-legal barriers inhibiting small producers from selling at farmers markets, grocery stores, restaurants, and farm-to-school or farm-to-institution programs; assessing food safety laws to inform regulatory changes that could increase economic opportunities for small producers; establishing and supporting rural farmers markets, including breaking down barriers to the use of SNAP (food stamps) and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program benefits at markets; and investigating best practices to promote healthy school environments, including improving the food options available in public schools, promoting better school health curricula, increasing the procurement of fresh, local foods for school meals, and creating more opportunities for school and community gardens.

Clinic projects will help students to hone a number of skills, including research and writing of legal and policy documents, reports, and training materials; statutory interpretation and drafting of legislation and regulations; conducting interviews and fact-finding with clients, stakeholders, and governmental agencies; and public speaking through conducting presentations and training. Clinic clients are located around the United States, and some students will have the opportunity to travel, as we work closely with partners in states such as Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice , Health Law .