As members of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Food Law & Policy, we thank you for your membership. We‘d like to update you on the Academy’s initial progress and seek your assistance.
As reflected on our website, thirteen schools signed on as founding sponsors of the Academy. Seventy-three members joined as founding members. We appreciate your support and encouragement as we embark on this this project together. We obtained non-profit designation for the Academy, registering it as a 501(c)(3) organization.
The Board of Trustees selected Emily Broad Leib and Susan Schneider to serve as inaugural Co-Chairs of the Board. Michael Roberts was selected as Inaugural Secretary-Treasurer. Sarah Hiatt serves as our Executive Director.
The Academy website (at AcademyFLP) provides the framework for an exchange of information for the Academy. In the coming months, Academy committees will populate and expand this website.
Based on the membership survey results, the Board created the initial committee leadership that will initiate and manage the Academy’s work. The committee chairs and the preliminary committee charge is described below, with upcoming plans highlighted:
•Plan informal gatherings at conferences attended by AFLP members;
Our first informal gathering will be at the American Association of Law School’s (AALS) Annual Conference in San Francisco. We will meet on Friday afternoon, January 7 at 3:30 p.m, immediately following the educational program of the Agricultural and Food Law Section of the AALS. Additional information will be provided by email to all Academy members.
•Collect information on upcoming conferences for the website
•Help connect members with each other and with opportunities to present jointly at conferences and events
•Explore opportunities for funding to convene a membership conference to discuss the field of food law & policy.
Members who are interested in working with any of the committees are asked to contact either a Committee Chair or Board liaison. We need your contribution and value your input, and hope that many of you will volunteer to become more engaged.
In January, we hope to host a conference call for AFLP members to join us to discuss the impact of the election on food law & policy as well as the role that the Academy might play to help organize efforts. Additional information will be provided to all members by a separate email.
Thank you again for helping to found the AFLP. Please contact our executive director Sarah Hiatt (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any of the board members directly with your suggestions.