The Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program are pleased to present the 2010/2011 JELL Symposium:
Cultivating our Future:
New Landscapes in Food and Agricultural Law and Policy
October 1st, 2010, 8-5pm
University of Oregon School of Law
Knight Law Center, Room 175
Please contact Holly Hayman for registration information. The Symposium is free and open to the public, but we cannot guarantee breakfast and lunch for attendees registering after Tuesday, September 28th
The industrialization of agriculture has radically changed the way food is produced and consumed around the globe. These changes have disrupted the fundamental farming practices of communities around the world and resulted in global food crises. Addressing these problems requires examining all aspects of food and agricultural policy. This free public symposium will host panel and keynote presentations geared toward mitigating the negative implications of today’s agricultural practices and focusing on solutions.
Sponsored by the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation with the support of the Wayne Morse center for Law and Politics and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. CLE credits pending.
2010 Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation Tentative Symposium Schedule
8:00 - 9:00 am: Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 am: Welcome Message by Professor Mary Wood
9:15 - 10:30 am: Panel One: From Family Farms to Agribusiness - An Overview of the Development of Agricultural Policy and Practice
- This panel will provide an overview of the development of agricultural policy and practices. The panel will provide a framework for discussion of the topic by addressing themes including the commodification of natural resources, recent technological developments, and the global impact of current food and agricultural law and policy. The purpose of this panel is to offer a broad understanding of our topic and examining how the development of specific issues illustrate the evolution of food and agricultural policy.
Professor Bryan Endres - University of Illinois (participating via videoconference)
Professor Maxine Burkett - 2010 UO Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics; University of Hawaii
10:30 - 10:45 am: Morning Break
10:45 - 12:00pm: Panel Two: Food for Thought - Strategies for Advocacy
- This panel will explore a few of the many current topics of litigation and advocacy in food and agricultural law and policy. Panelists will focus on the types of clients represented in the field and the challenges attorneys face when negotiating client goals. The purpose of this panel is to introduce different litigation theories that have been used to addresses food and agricultural issues.
Attorney Charles Tebbutt - Eugene, Oregon
Professor Neal Fortin - Michigan State University (participating via videoconference)
Attorney Kenneth Odza - Stoel Rives in Seattle, Washington
12:00 - 1:30pm: Lunch and Lunch Keynote
Industrialized agriculture can be defined by its three main characteristics: the large scale production of a specialized, uniform product; the use of technology to achieve increased production at a decreased per unit production cost; and, vertical integration, with control over all stages of production by the processor.
While this system has increased the quantity of U.S. and worldwide production of specific products, it has also created serious problems. Acknowledging these problems and assessing the true cost of industrialized agricultural production presents a challenge for the future. In meeting this challenge, the profitability of industrialized agricultural industries and the spread of industrialized agriculture to developing countries will need to be considered. A combined approach that relies on the calculation of external costs, regulation and incentives to assure sustainability, and corporate social responsibility will be needed.
1:30 - 2:45 pm: Panel Three: Legal Ethics in Agriculture - Agribusiness Accountability
- This panel will address the challenges attorneys face when balancing client goals with agricultural regulations. The various methods attorneys use when representing different types of clients will be discussed, specifically encouraging corporate clients to comply with environmental regulations. Additionally, the panel will examine the role of advocates in navigate complex legal issues that require balancing the requirements of private and public rules and regulations with client goals.
Professor Anthony Schutz - University of Nebraska (participating via videoconference)
Attorney Kate Moore - Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins, & Tongue in Portland, Oregon
2:45 - 3:00 pm: Afternoon Break
3:00 - 4:15 pm: Panel Four: Planting Seeds of Change - Exploring Sustainable Food and Agricultural Policies
- This panel will explore the role of advocates in the creation of new ideas in food production and agricultural policy. The significance of the legal system in the development of sustainable alternatives to current commercial agricultural practices will be addressed. The purpose of the panel is to discuss how recent trends have resulted in a wave of local movements working to develop sustainable agricultural practices, and how legal changes can provide incentives to nurture this developing field.
Professor Mary Wood - University of Oregon
Andy Fisher - Executive Director of Community Food Security Coalition
Attorney Kenneth Miller - Law for Food
4:15 - 5:00pm: Closing Keynote
- Farms, Food and the Future: Legal Issues and Fifteen Years of the New
Keynote Speaker: Professor Neil Hamilton - Director of Agricultural Law Center at Drake University
Fifteen years ago in an article Tending the Seeds: The Emergence of a New Agriculture in the U.S. in the inaugural issue of the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law (1996), Professor Hamilton set out a vision for a new food system he saw emerging in the U.S., one based on growing demand for local food production, using food policy councils to craft laws to support healthy food production and vibrant communities, and creating new opportunities for people to farm and steward the land. For the last 15 years he has had a front row seat working with many of the organizations and political leaders helping make this vision a reality. His writings and lectures have helped lay the foundation for new programs and policies to support the new agriculture. His talk will examine some of the developments over the last 15 years shaping the growth of the new agriculture. He will discuss current legal developments that will determine America’s farm and food future and describe opportunities for lawyers and law students to influence their direction.
For more information please contact Holly Hayman.
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