Emily M. Broad Leib

Lecturer on Law


Emily Broad Leib is a Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor, as well as Deputy Director of the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation. She co-founded and directs the Center's Food Law and Policy Clinic, the first law school clinic in the nation devoted to providing legal and policy solutions to nonprofit and government clients in order to address the health, economic, and environmental challenges facing our food system. Broad Leib teaches courses in this field and focuses her scholarship and projects on increasing access to healthy foods and assisting small-scale and sustainable food producers in participating in food markets. Prior to joining the Center, Broad Leib spent two years in Clarksdale, Mississippi as the Joint Harvard Law School/Mississippi State University Delta Fellow, serving as Director of the Delta Directions Consortium, a group of university and foundation leaders who collaborate to improve public health and foster economic development in the Delta. In that role, she worked with community members and outside partners to design and implement programmatic and policy interventions on a range of health and economic issues in the region, with a focus on the food system. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude. While in law school, she focused her academic work in international human rights and humanitarian law, and worked as a summer legal associate at the Khmer Institute for Democracy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

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