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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

                                        April 7, 2017 at Lewis & Clark Law School

                                                        REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Eventbrite - 21st Century Food Law: What's On Our Plates?


The annual environmental law symposium this year will focus on important food related issues with panels on food labeling, food production and environmental/animal impacts, and food and health policies and ethics. Academics from across the country will write and speak on these topics, and their papers will be published in our ENVIRONMENTAL LAW journal. 

6 MCLE Credits will be requested from the Oregon State Bar. For more information, please contact


8 am - 8:30 am Registration and light breakfast
8:45 am - 10:15 am    Panel 1: Labeling - Moderated by Allison LaPlante, Clinical Prof. of Law and Staff Attorney, Earthrise Law Center at Lewis & Clark Law School
Labeling Genetically-Engineered Foods: An Update from One of the Front Lines of Federalism

Panelist/Author: Prof. Laurie Beyranevand, Vermont Law School

Regulating Inherently Subjective Food Labeling Claims

Panelist/Author: Prof. Rebecca Bratspies, CUNY School of Law

Owning All the Seeds

10:15 am - 10:30 am Break

10:30 am  - 12:00 pm    Panel 2: Food production and environmental/animal impacts - Moderated by Melissa Powers, Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law; Director of the Green Energy InstituteLewis & Clark Law School

Panelist/Author: Prof. Sidney Shapiro, Wake Forest School of Law

Overuse of Antibiotics in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: Regulation and Tort Law

Panelist/Author: Prof. Laurie Ristino  Center for Ag and Food Systems Vermont Law School; Jamie Konopacky, Attorney and fellow in watershed policy, Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative

Achieving Clean Water Through Integrating Cleaning Water Act Planning and Farm Bill Conservation Programs

Panelist/Author: Prof. Anastasia Telesetsky, U. of Idaho School of Law

Traceability, Food Law, and the Future of Marine Fisheries

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch 

We are pleased to announce that Congressman Earl Blumenauer (3rd District of Oregon) will give a talk on the U.S. Farm Bill during lunch.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm    Panel 3: Food and health policies and ethics - Moderated by Dan Rohlf, Prof. of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School; Of Counsel, Earthrise Law Center at Lewis & Clark Law School

 Panelist/Author: Prof. Margaret McCabe, U. of New Hampshire School of Law

Eating for the Environment: The Promise of Dietary Guidelines to Shape the US Food System in the 21st Century

Panelist/Author: Prof. Andrea Freeman,  U. of Hawaii School of Law

Food Oppression

Panelist/Author: Prof. Roberta Mann, U. of Oregon School of Law

Controlling the Environmental Costs of Obesity.

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm - Break

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm    Panel 4: Practitioners’ panel (“where the plate hits the floor”) - Moderated by George Kimbrell, Senior Attorney, Center for Food Safety

Panelist: George Kimbrell, Senior Attorney, Center for Food Safety

Panelist: Alexis Andiman, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: Sustainable Food and Farming Program

Climate Change and Agriculture

Panelist: Stephanie Parent, Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity

4:45 pm - 5: 00 pm - Closing Remarks

5:00 pm Reception in Legal Research Center

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