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Eat, Pray, Law: A Food Forum

Larry Kangas 2013 Larry Kangas 2013

Eat, Pray, Law: A Food Forum will explore a broad spectrum of food law and policy topics from the farm to the fork. Issues range from labeling and transparency to sustainability, urban agriculture, and food justice. The Forum is designed for law students, lawyers, and other professionals working in the food and agriculture industries, food safety, law, government, and other areas involving food law or policy. The forum will bring together a host of authorities on business, animal, environmental, and social justice laws all within the framework of food, to raise discussion on a number of questions, including: How can we create a more transparent food system? How can we increase access to healthy foods for low-income communities? How can we increase economic opportunities for small-scale local producers? The goal of this forum is to develop interest in and raise awareness of the food industry’s legal issues, challenges, business operations, regulations, and policy.

Friday, March 13, 2015

7:30-8:15 am:  REGISTRATION/CHECK IN    (Law School Student Lounge)
8:15-8:30 am:  WELCOME
  • Dean Jennifer Johnson Lewis & Clark Law School
8:30-9:00 am:  THE FUTURE OF FOOD:  THE FARM BILL AND REFORMS FROM A NATIONAL LENS
  • U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer 3rd District of Oregon
9:00-10:30 am:  BUILDING SUSTAINABLE REGIONAL FOODSHEDS   
  • Ann Forsthoefel, James Beard Public Market, Former Director of Portland Farmer’s Market, Portland, OR
  • Steven Rowe, General Counsel & Sr. VP Corporate Affairs, Northwest Dairy Association Darigold, Inc., Seattle, WA
  • Paul Swanson, Lane Powell Attorneys & Counselors Chair, Food Beverage and Hospitality Practice Group, Seattle, WA
  • Joe Bachmore, CEO, Shubox, Inc., COO, Betty Lou’s Inc., McMinnville, OR

Moderator: Tom Gillpatrick, Executive Director of the Food Industry Leadership Center, Juan Young Professorship, School of Business Administration, Portland State University

10:30 am:  BREAK  
10:45 am – 12:15pm:  AGRICULTURE, HUMAN HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT  
  • George Kimbrell, Senior Attorney, Center for Food Safety, Adjunct Faculty Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, OR
  • Bob Martin, Director, Food System Policy Program, Center for a Livable Future,  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD                                                             
  • Dennis Treacy, Executive Vice-President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Smithfield Foods, Smithfield, VA

Moderator: Janice Weis, Associate Dean, Environmental & Natural Resources Law Program, Lewis & Clark Law School

12:15-1:30 pm: LUNCH  (Student Lounge)
1:30-3:00 pm:  ANIMALS IN AGRICULTURE:  LEGAL CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES  
  • Russ Mead, General Counsel, Animal Law Coalition, Adjunct Faculty Lewis & Clark Law School, Seattle, WA
  • Matthew Liebman, Senior Litigation Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Cotati, CA
  • Dr. Gieri Bolliger, Executive Director of Stiftung fur das Tier im Recht (Foundation for Animals in the Law), Center for Animal Law Studies Visiting International Scholar2014-2015, Zurich, Switzerland

Moderator:  Pamela Frasch, Assistant Dean, Animal Law Program, Executive Director, Center for Animal Law Studies, in collaboration with Animal Legal Defense Fund, Lewis & Clark Law School

3:00 pm: Break
3:15-4:45 pm:  FOOD JUSTICE AND SECURITY
  • Lisa Sedlar, Founder and CEO, Green Zebra Grocery, Portland, OR
  • Richard Satnick, Creator, Dick’s Kitchen, Restoration Agriculture Advocate, Portland, OR        
  • Peter Platt, Founder and Co-Owner,  Andina, Portland, OR
  • Mike Moran, General Manager, Columbia Plateau Producers, Portland, OR 

Moderator: Vytas Babusis, Lewis & Clark JD Student, President and Co-Founder, Lewis & Clark Law School Food and Wine Law Society  

4:45-6:00 pm:  RECEPTION  (Student Lounge)

Cost:  $50, Student Rate:  $25 (with meals) or free (no meals). All students please register, even if choosing free option.  Please note that we may need to place students in an overflow room with live video feed for some parts of the forum depending on registrations.

Register here.

7.0 MCLE credits

Questions?  Janice Weis jweis@lclark.edu  or Linda D’Agostino-Long  lindad@lclark.edu or 503-768-6784.

Materials for the Conference.

Room & Parking Information:

The forum will be held on the Law School Campus, McCarty Classroom 2. Parking is somewhat limited on campus and we encourage you to carpool or take the bus if you can.  For those parking, there will be some limited space on the law school campus and additional parking at the college campus (up the hill from the law school) in the Griswold lot. There will be directional signs for parking. Please note you must purchase a campus parking permit from available kiosks for $4.00.