Legal Food Hub Fellow-CAFS
Company: Vermont Law School
Location: South Royalton
Posted on: January 16, 2022
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LEGAL FOOD HUB FELLOWSHIP
The Food Movement grows here. Join us in Vermont, one of the most
innovative and progressive states in the nation for food and
agricultural law and policy. Vermont Law School's Center for
Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) invites applications for a
one-year Legal Food Hub fellowship beginning January 2022.
FELLOWSHIP DESCRIPTIONThe Center for Agriculture and Food Systems
(CAFS) uses law and policy to build a more sustainable and just
food system. CAFS cultivates future leaders and empowers food
system stakeholders through education, research, and collaboration.
As part of this work, CAFS has partnered with Conservation Law
Foundation (CLF) on the Legal Food Hub, a program that connects
farmers, food entrepreneurs, and related organizations with free
legal assistance and educational resources. CLF launched the first
Legal Food Hub in Massachusetts in 2014 and now operates Hubs in
Maine, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. CAFS operates the Legal Food
Hub in Vermont, which launched in January 2020.The Fellow will be a
key part of the Legal Food Hub team, advancing the goals of the Hub
in Vermont and across the New England region. This will likely
include developing legal resources for food and farm stakeholders
on relevant legal topics; working with our network of volunteer
attorneys to strengthen and expand legal capacity to work on
farm-related legal issues around the region; conducting legal
training for farmers and other key stakeholders. The Fellow may
also have the opportunity to work on Legal Food Hub matters placed
in our Food and Agriculture Clinic.
NATURE OF THE FELLOWSHIPThis fellowship is designed for a recent
graduate or a practicing lawyer seeking to transition to a
food/ag-oriented practice. The Fellow will be housed within CAFS
and work primarily with the CAFS Legal Food Hub team but will have
the opportunity to work directly with CLF's Legal Food Hub team
also. The fellow's responsibilities will likely include, but not be
- Working on research projects to develop legal resources for
farmers, food entrepreneurs, and related organizations. Areas of
research may include legal structure and liability; land access and
land use; food labeling and regulation of novel food products; and
other transactional and business-related topics.
- Developing and conducting training and other educational events
for attorneys and food system stakeholders.
- Engaging in outreach to the broader food system community in
Vermont and across New England, including outreach to strengthen
and expand our network of volunteer attorneys.
- Supporting the operation of the Vermont Legal Food Hub,
including case intake, placements, and monitoring.
- Evaluating the success of the Legal Food Hub through data
collection and analysis.
- Providing transactional/business law services to Vermont
farmers, food entrepreneurs, and related organizations.FELLOWSHIP
BENEFITSAnnual salary $50,000 plus benefits; one-year position..
- JD from an ABA-accredited law school
- Strong legal research, writing, interpersonal, and
- Experience and/or strong interest in a transactional legal
- Demonstrated commitment to sustainable agriculture and
local/regional food systems
- Active bar admission (Vermont preferred)OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
- Experience working in Microsoft Office and Windows
environments; ability to learn student-specific databases
- Ability to perform work remotely for emergencies as
- This position requires candidates to reside within commuting
distance to the VLS Campus in South Royalton, Vermont
- All Vermont Law School employees must be fully vaccinated for
Covid19 prior to their first day of employment, barring approved
medical exemptions, which require weekly Covid19 testing to access
- Please submit both a resume and cover letter
- Applicants must submit a writing sample, not to exceed 5
- Final candidates will be required to present educational
transcripts and at least three (3) professional references as well
as undergo a background checkApplications and information must be
received by October 22, 2021
Keywords: Vermont Law School, New England , Legal Food Hub Fellow-CAFS, Legal , South Royalton, Northeast
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