The Yale Food Law Society (Food Soc) is a nonpartisan community that promotes the study of and engagement with food law and policy. Food Soc seeks to create community and connect students with opportunities to learn from practitioners, professors, and policymakers tackling local, national, and global issues of food law and policy. Through such work, Food Soc advocates for building food systems that are economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable.




Co-Presidents: Ruthie Lazenby & Eliza Pan
Gastronomy Chair: Michael Linden

Potlucks Chair: Samantha Godwin
Programming Chair: Derek Mraz


We will post information about upcoming events to the main Yale Law School events calendar and by email to the FoodSoc listserv. Check back soon for updates!

2016-17 Academic Year Events

  • April 27, 2017. Dinner event on food (in)security and food options in Fair Haven
  • April 20-21, 2017. Trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with Chris Adamo, Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, and Various Staff of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  • April 19, 2017. Discussion on food justice in action at Yale Medical School
  • April 18, 2017. Lunch talk with Emily Broad Leib, Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School
  • April 13, 2017. Lunch talk with Jennifer Pomeranz, Professor at New York University's College of Global Public Health
  • April 5, 2017. Wine tasting and potluck
  • April 3, 2017. Lunch talk with Amy Laura Cahn, Director of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia’s Garden Justice Legal Initiative
  • February 14, 2017. Coffee chat with Peter Lehner, Director of the Earthjustice Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program
  • February 6, 2017. Lunch talk with Sheila Masterson, Executive Director of the Whalley Avenue Special Services District
  • November 30, 2016. Lunch talk with Oliver De Schutter, Visiting Professor and Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
  • November 17, 2016. Lunch talk with Andrea Freeman, Professor of Law at William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai`i
  • November 15, 2016. Lunch talk with Margaret Brown, Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • November 14, 2016. Lunch talk with Dr. Joe Leonard, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • November 5, 2016. Food law panel at the Environmental Law and Animal Law Conference with Mark Izeman, New York Program Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Jenny Rushlow, Farm & Food Director at the Conservation Law Foundation, Keith Rizzardi, Associate Professor of Law at St. Thomas University School of Law, and Jonathan Brown, Ludwig Community Development Fellow at Yale Law School
  • October 28, 2016. Discussion with Martha Coven, Lecturer at Princeton University and Former Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance, and Labor in the Office of Management and Budget
  • October 25, 2016. Book talk with Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, Author of Commissary Kitchen
  • October 19, 2016. Coffee tasting with Blue State
  • October 6, 2016. Lunch talk with Janie Simms Hipp, Director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law
  • September 27, 2016. Coffee chat with Richard Marosi, Reporter for the Los Angeles Times
  • September 25, 2016. Tour of Two Roads Brewing Company Brewery and Tasting Room


2015-16 Academic Year Events

  • April 21, 2016. Gary Taubes on Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity
  • March 29, 2016. Lunch talk with Professor John D. Morley ‘06 on the grocery industry (co-sponsored by the Yale Law & Business Society)
  • March 24, 2016. Lunch talk and coffee chat with Peter Lehner (Earthjustice): Clean Plate: Opportunities for Reform Throughout the Food System (co-sponsored by the Yale Environmental Law Association and the Career Development Office)
  • March 3, 2016. Smita Narula on The Right to Food: Power, Policy, and the Politics of Food Production (co-sponsored by the Yale Sustainable Food Program)
  • January 27, 2016. Kelly Brownell (Dean, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University) & Kurt Messner (Regional Administrator, Food & Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture) on Poverty, Health & U.S. Food Policy, moderated by Professor Emily Broad Leib (Deputy Director of the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation) (co-sponsored by the Yale Health Law & Policy Society and the Solomon Center for Health Law & Policy)
  • December 3, 2015. Building Community in New Haven Through a Local Food System: A Conversation with CitySeed's Jennifer McTiernan '15 & Beth Hutton (co-sponsored by Yale Law Women)
  • December 1, 2015. Book talk with David Rieff on The Reproach of Hunger: Philanthrocapitalism & the Food Crisis of the 21st Century, moderated by David Singh Grewal ‘02 (co-sponsored by Lillian Goldman Library)
  • November 18, 2015. Health & Food Law 1L Summer Jobs Panel (co-sponsored by the Yale Health Law & Policy Society)
  • November 18, 2015. Book talk with Chris Leonard, author of The Meat Racket (co-sponsored by ACS & Lillian Goldman Library)
  • November 10, 2015. Food Law Practitioners in Conversation with Jenny Chou ‘04 and Anika Singh Lemar
  • November 6, 2015. Tour of Massaro Community Farm & Talk with Executive Director Caty Poole
  • November 4, 2015. Whiskey tasting with Professor Nicholas Parrillo ‘04
  • October 30, 2015. Apple canning workshop with Chelsea Lane-Miller ‘17
  • October 25, 2015. Apple-picking field trip to Lyman Orchards
  • October 15, 2015. Lunch conversation with Sarah Morocco (Connecticut Food Bank)