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Food Law and Policy Clinic of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (WilmerHale Legal Services Center)

  • Thought for Food: Contemplating new regulations in a global economy 1

    Thought for Food: Contemplating new regulations in a global economy

    January 1, 2014

    With more and more people deeply concerned about what they’re eating and what it means for our health, the economy, the environment, social justice, and even national security, Harvard Law School has created a new focus on food law.

  • HLS Food Law and Policy Clinic co-authors groundbreaking report on food date labeling and food waste

    September 20, 2013

    According to a new report co-authored by Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Natural Resources Defense Council, U.S. consumers and businesses throw out billions of pounds of food every year due to confusion caused by America’s food expiration date labeling practices.

  • For clinical students interested in food law and policy, a cornucopia of opportunities

    June 1, 2013

    With national attention focused on the obesity epidemic and the diabetes crisis—along with rapidly growing concerns about social justice and environmental problems related to the current food-production system—there may be no hotter topic in law schools right now than food law and policy. The wildly popular new Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, the first law school clinic of its kind in the world, is right at the center, with students working on a wide range of projects to make healthy food more accessible, help farmers’ markets overcome regulatory barriers so they can sell more of their products, guide states and local communities in creating food policy councils, and more.

  • Food Law Society Sponsors debate Raw Milk

    Harvard Food Law Society sponsors debate on raw milk

    February 16, 2012

    The dispute over raw milk has become one of the most heated debates in the food law community over the last several years—proponents and opponents alike have even staged protests at the White House. Raw milk is currently illegal in 22 states. On Feb. 16, the Harvard Food and Law Society staged a debate on the issue at Harvard Law School.

  • Daniel Nagin appointed Clinical Professor of Law

    December 5, 2011

    Daniel Nagin, a tireless advocate for low-income communities, will join the Harvard Law School faculty as a Clinical Professor of Law this summer. He will direct community-based lawyering at HLS’s WilmerHale Legal Services Center.

  • Panelists at the Let's Talk About Food and the Food Law Society discussions

    Food Law Society co-sponsors TEDx conference on food policy

    October 25, 2011

    The Harvard Food Law Society recently co-sponsored “TEDxHarvardLaw,” a full-day conference held on Oct. 21, focused on food policy and public health, and the legal and policy approaches to increasing the supply and demand of healthy foods. The campus-wide event was independently organized and co-sponsored by 18 different HLS organizations under the auspices of TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

  • Gary Taubes

    Why We Get Fat – a Harvard Law School event on law and obesity (video)

    April 22, 2011

    New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed science writer Gary Taubes delivered a lecture on March 30, “Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity,” as part of a series of events sponsored by Harvard Law School’s Food Law Society.

  • Ford Foundation Awards $200,000 Grant to Harvard Law School’s Health Law and Policy Clinic

    December 17, 2009

    Harvard Law School’s Health Law and Policy Clinic at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center has been awarded a two-year grant of $200,000 from the Ford Foundation to support the clinic’s leading-edge work in health care law and policy reform.