Later this week Keep Food Legal executive director Baylen Linnekin will travel from Washington, DC to New Orleans, home of great food and drink, to take part in two panels as part of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum's annual symposium. This is the second year in a row that Linnekin has made the trip to New Orleans to take part in this great SoFAB event.
On Friday, Linnekin will serve as moderator for an exciting panel on the regulatory climate for food trucks as part of SoFAB's continuing legal education (CLE) seminar Food, Drink, and the Law. The panel, Improving the Regulatory Climate for Food Trucks, features three fantastic speakers: Doug Povich, J.D., member of the board of directors of the DC Food Truck Association and co-owner of DC's Red Hook Lobster Pound food truck; Andrew Legrand, J.D., managing member of Andrew Legrand Law and co-founder of the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition; and Bert Gall, Senior Attorney with the Institute for Justice.
More on the CLE panel:
As food trucks have exploded in popularity, cities around the country have adopted different regulatory strategies pertaining to these mobile vendors. Some cities have imposed dramatic and unfair restrictions on food trucks, while other cities have embraced the trend and witnessed the attendant rewards—from increased food choices and quality to national and even worldwide acclaim. This panel of nationally recognized legal experts will explore the regulatory climate pertaining to food trucks in New Orleans and beyond and propose solutions that can help the Big Easy and other cities capitalize on the trend.
Tickets to the CLE (a daylong event featuring many other legal experts that fulfills a mandatory professional development requirement for many attorneys) are $165 and are available here.
Then, on Saturday, Linnekin will moderate a panel on food and social media as part of SoFAB's annual daylong Hungry in the South symposium. The panel, How Social Media Is Changing The Way We Eat, "will explore various ways that this change is happening across a variety of food and beverage industry sectors." The panel will allow Linnekin the opportunity to discuss the American University undergraduate class--Foodways 2.0--that he designed and is teaching this semester. This panel, like the earlier CLE panel, features a great set of panelists including Red Hook Lobster Pound's Povich; Christophe Jammet of Sparkify; and Mike Lee of StudioFeast and Bond Strategy & Influence.
On Aug. 2, 2013, Keep Food Legal executive director Baylen Linnekin will speak about food law and policy at two concurrent, highly anticipated food-related events in New Orleans.
The inaugural Farm to Table International Symposium (F2T) in New Orleans features thought leaders and leading practitioners from across the food system. Linnekin's panel, which takes place on the first day of the three-day event, is The Role of Government in F2T: Good, Bad, Indifferent. From the panel description:
Sometimes, food policy, including laws and regulations intended to protect the public from hazards such as food-borne diseases and the unscrupulous, inhibits innovation and the introduction of more efficient methods of production and distribution. “The Role of Government in F2T” examines what’s working, what’s not, and what’s overdue for change.
That same day, Linnekin will also make back-to-back panel appearances as part of a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar, Farm to Table and the Law, put on by the Southern Food and Beverage Museum's journal Culinaria. More information about Linnekin's CLE panel appearances:
Although the government has a recognized legal interest in public health, where can and should it draw the line? When are the attempts to control and tax the citizens for “their own good” an abridgement of basic individual constitutional rights and when are they a matter of public health? This panel will explore this and other constitutional questions in the context of recently decided and currently pending cases.
Through the commerce clause as their basis, the federal and local governments have created farm subsidies, crop insurance programs, local programs to encourage certain types of production of food, and enacted many laws and regulations to shape the face of agriculture, food manufacturing and drink distribution. Some of these policies stand in opposition to current stated policies of the government in fostering public health. How can legacy policies be addressed? What are the legal rights of those businesses that have come to rely on these policies? These and similar issues will be explored in light of pending legislation and pending and recent litigation.
Why take part in the Farm to Table International Symposium (F2T) and Farm to Table and the Law CLE? How about the who's-who list of fantastic speakers, which includes famed progressive populist and former Texas state agriculture secretary Jim Hightower, Corby Kummer of The Atlantic, and White House pastry chef Bill Yosses.
"Of course the speakers and panelists alone are worth the trip to New Orleans," says Liz Williams, president of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, which is partnering with the New Orleans Convention Center through its SoFAB Institute to produce the symposium and CLE. "But besides that this conference is a great opportunity to discuss and explore with people from around the country, some of the major issues that impact our food supply at every stage."
"And the chance to mingle with others who are interested in these issues in New Orleans is one not to be missed," says Williams, who is also a Keep Food Legal board member.
If you'd like to attend the symposium, make sure to purchase your ticket by Friday, July 19 for a 75% discount. Buy your discounted tickets here. And learn more about the Farm to Table and the Law CLE--including how to attend--here.
Can't make it to NOLA? Keep up to date on all of Keep Food Legal's speaking appearances at our Events page.
On Saturday, Apr. 13 Keep Food Legal executive director Baylen Linnekin will moderate a panel at the American University Social Media Club's Social Learning Summit.
Billed as "DC's only student-run social media conference," the two-day conference features "industry-focused panel discussions & keynotes designed to explore the unique impact of social media."
Panelists and keynote speakers include leaders from such notable companies as Buzzfeed, Twitter, Tumblr, Mashable, Uber, and IBM.
The panel Linnekin will moderate, You Are What You Tweet, will take the form of a lively Q&A. It features an all-star cast of panelists.
What: You Are What You Tweet (food and social media)
Who: Danny Harris, founder, Feastly; Che Ruddell-Tabisola, owner, BBQ Bus, former President, DC Food Truck Association; Alejandra Owens, food blogger, Frijolita; Brett Schulman, CEO, Cava Mezze Grill; Baylen Linnekin, Keep Food Legal (moderator)
Where: School of International Service, Room #120 | American University Main Campus
When: Saturday, Apr. 13, 2:30pm–3:15pm
For those of you in Washington, DC who would like to attend the two-day conference (which begins on Friday), including the food and social media panel, please buy tickets here. Those of you who cannot attend may follow all the action using the Twitter hashtags #SLS13 or #SLSNOMS.
Keep Food Legal executive director Baylen Linnekin will present his research in the area of food safety on Friday, Jan. 21 as part of the Northeastern University Law Journal symposium, “From Seed to Stomach: Food and Agricultural Law.” Linnekin will sit on a food-safety panel and present his draft article, The Food-Safety Fallacy: Why More Regulations Don’t Make for Safer Food. Click here to learn more about the symposium.