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The Resnick Program is a think tank at UCLA that engages in scholarship, teaching, outreach, and service to facilitate a more transparent, equitable, and sustainable food system that yields improved health outcomes for all.
Food Law in the United States by Michael Roberts, Executive Director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy
As the modern food system continues to transform food—its composition, taste, availability, value, and appearance—consumers are increasingly confronted by legal and regulatory issues that affect us all on a daily basis. In Food Law in the United States, Michael Roberts addresses these issues in a comprehensive, systematic manner that lays out the national legal framework for the regulation of food and the legal tools that fill gaps in this framework, including litigation, state law, and private standards.
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What We Do
Law and Policy Research and Scholarship
Through the publication and dissemination of innovative legal scholarship and policy analysis, the Resnick Program stimulates discussion on important decisions about food issues affecting millions of people.
Leadership Development and Student Training
The Resnick Program attracts, trains and supports tomorrow’s food law and policy leaders, scholars, and practitioners through course offerings, fellowships, externships, and research opportunities.
Outreach and Service
The Resnick Program serves local and global communities by building a solid foundation for food law and policy, by convening conferences and events that address important issues in the food system, and by providing policy advocacy via a student clinic and a pro bono network.
Food Law & Policy Clinic
In close association with the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, UCLA School of Law has launched a Food Law and Policy Clinic to bring new legal services to organizations that are expanding healthy food access and improving food environments, as well as those that are engaged in supporting a transition to sustainable food production and distribution. In addition to providing hands-on training to our students, the clinic is a catalytic tool for the organizations working to shift the status quo in the food system. While focusing on the dual goals of improving the food system and training effective and ethical lawyers, the clinic guides students through direct client representations that will prepare them for real-world work.