Pro Bono

 

Keep Food Legal’s and Keep Food Legal Foundation's Pro Bono Legal Program

 Help Keep Food Legal and Keep Food Legal Foundation bring food freedom to court!

 


Food balancing on the scales of justice.

 

On TV, on our website, on the radio, on Facebook and Twitter, and in newspapers and magazines and law journals around the country, Keep Food Legal has quickly become the nation’s leading advocate for food freedom—the right of everyone to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods of their own choosing.

We’ve blasted the federal government for cracking down on the makers of soda and on farmers who want to sell raw milk. We’ve helped lead the fight to keep foie gras legal. We’ve supported the right of restaurateurs and food trucks alike to launch and operate their businesses free from unreasonably harsh regulations. We’ve attacked restrictions on farmers markets, on the freedom of individuals and nonprofit groups to feed the homeless and less fortunate, and on the right of food producers to market their products. 

While we are committed to focusing on food freedom issues like these as they arise, we’re also toiling over important texts from colonial- and founding-era America to rediscover and re-establish the constitutional basis of food freedom in America. The Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights are positively coursing with food freedom. We want to give voice to that freedom in America’s courts. And we need your help to launch this revolutionary campaign for food freedom.

Help Support Keep Food Legal and Keep Food Legal Foundation’s Pro Bono Program

With the launch of our pro bono legal program, Keep Food Legal and Keep Food Legal Foundation are taking the next step in our evolution—adding legal action in the area of food freedom to our current focus areas of research, education, outreach, publishing, and (in Keep Food Legal's case) advocacy. We are currently seeking licensed attorneys and student attorneys (law students) to take part in a variety of groundbreaking legal actions in support of food freedom.

Law Firms and Licensed Attorneys

We seek to partner with law firms and attorneys licensed to practice in at least one U.S. state in a variety of food-related legal matters. Specifically, we are currently seeking to partner with firms and licensed attorneys who can provide two types of pro bono legal assistance:

Filing Briefs—We seek to partner with licensed attorneys who share our passion and commitment for food freedom. Keep Food Legal and Keep Food Legal Foundation's pro bono program facilitates our ability to play a more direct role in relevant legal cases by partnering with working attorneys to draft and file an amicus brief or other similar action.

If you would like to author an amicus brief on behalf of Keep Food Legal, please send your name, phone number, state(s) where you’re admitted to practice, and brief statement of interest to our executive director Baylen Linnekin at baylen dot linnekin at keepfoodlegal dot org.

Litigating—From time to time Keep Food Legal and Keep Food Legal Foundation may choose to act as a party in a lawsuit. In such cases we may seek competent pro bono legal representation.

If you are a seasoned litigator and would like to add your name to our list of pro bono attorneys, please send your name, phone number, state(s) where you’re admitted to practice, courts where you’re admitted to practice, and brief statement of interest to our executive director Baylen Linnekin at baylen dot linnekin at keepfoodlegal dot org.

Student Attorneys

Keep Food Legal Foundation is seeking one or more law students to serve as a student attorney on a per-semester basis. (Shorter projects may be available.) Students currently pursuing a J.D. or LL.M. at an accredited U.S. law school are welcome to apply. This position is unpaid, though students may be eligible to earn law-school credit. (Check first with your law school for details.) A student attorney is eligible to be supervised in their work by Keep Food Legal Foundation executive director Baylen Linnekin (an attorney and member of the Maryland bar). Preference is given to students in the Washington, DC area.

If you are a law student and would like to be considered for a student attorney position, please send your name, phone number, resume, courts where you’re admitted to practice, and brief statement of interest to our executive director Baylen Linnekin at baylen dot linnekin at keepfoodlegal dot org.