This past month we had the privilege of hosting two great Food Law Speakers, Antonio Gallegos of Greenberg Traurig and Alex Funk of the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) for a lunch time food talk panel. While each of these speakers were from very different spectrums of Food Law, they both had a lot to say about the current issues plaguing them in this new Presidential Administration as well as insights into their current jobs.
Antonio Gallegos does work in “regulatory compliance, litigation and dispute resolution for the food, nutrition and medical consumer products industries.” This is one of the most common forms of Food Law work. Antonio described his daily work as being mainly talking with clients on the phone, via email or in person giving regulatory advice.
Alex Funk “represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success.” Alex connects with young farmers all over the western states of the United States representing their interests to the NYFC’s national platform. Alex described his daily work as traveling and connecting with farmers around their policy worries while engaging in regional policy negotiations.
The panel engaged with students giving them advice and suggestions on breaking into the food law sector of law before ending the talk with their favorite restaurants. Overall it was a solid panel with inquisitive participants. Make sure you don’t miss the next lunch talk and check out the links above to see what work you could do in the future!
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This past fall the DUFLS became involved in the University of Denver’s contract renewal with Sodexo, the University’s food provider for University dining halls and cafes. We had one giant concern in petitioning DU with this contract: making sure the student body’s voice was heard.
Check out the original petition here: The University of Denver’s Big Food Secret
With 111 supporters signing the petition (both students and parents), the DUFLS and the student body have made some progress towards making sure student voices are heard by DU’s Administration. Tyler Nemkov, DUFLS President, gave us this update:
Concerning the situation with the DU administration and the dining services contract with Sodexo (summarized here
), the DU Food Law Society is working to get a seat at the table with the administration on the renegotiation process. The parts are still in flux, but here is what we know so far:
1. Sodexo has agreed to draft formal amendments regarding sustainability and food quality goals
2. The administration will be more directly seeking data on the food program from students
3. The contract will be signed at the earliest in April of this year
4. The administration is still considering vetting other options, but are not sure where they stand on their requirements due to job turnover in the administration
This is not necessarily where we want to be thus far, but it is absolutely a step in the right direction. Please reach out if you would like more information on this.
We will keep you updated as this contract progresses. For more information on how you can get involved, or for updates as they come make sure to check out our Facebook page,
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