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GMO Labeling Laws: Constitutional Considerations

Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 12:00 PM

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Join us Thursday, February 27, for a conversation with Lauren Handel, partner in the firm of Foscolo & Handel PLLC.

The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy invites you to join our third annual policy workshop webinar series, Frontiers in Food and Agriculture. In response to the growing interest in food and agriculture policy, both globally and locally, the series, co-sponsored by the Yale Sustainable Food Project and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, is investigating four broad themes. Part I explored linkages between theory and practice in food justice; Part II looked at a legal framework for the new food movement; Part III examines GMOs and intellectual property, and Part IV, will consider the farm bill and the future of farming.

Lauren Handel, partner in the firm of Foscolo & Handel PLLC, concludes Part III of the series with a presentation titled “GMO Labeling Laws: Constitutional Considerations.”

Polls have shown that a large majority of Americans favor labeling of GMO foods. Yet, when such laws take effect, they will be vulnerable to attack on constitutional grounds. In particular, challengers of GMO labeling are likely to argue that the laws violate First Amendment protections for freedom of speech, that state labeling laws are preempted by federal law, and that state laws violate the Commerce Clause. Ms. Handel will explain these constitutional issues for lawyers and non-lawyers alike.

Her presentation will be followed by a Q+A with the audience.

Registration is available at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/804265159.

Lauren Handel is partner in the firm of Foscolo & Handel PLLC where she focuses her practice on agricultural, food, and beverage law. Lauren counsels clients on all aspects of law affecting food, beverage, and farming businesses. She also represents clients in litigation and regulatory proceedings.

Before joining Jason Foscolo LLP, Lauren was a partner at a “BigLaw” firm in New York where her practice concentrated on product liability and environmental litigation, as well as workplace safety regulation. After nearly 10 years of counseling and defending Fortune 50 companies, Lauren decided to put her skills and experience to work for independent businesses that produce the things she is most passionate about good food and drink.

Lauren was born and raised in northern New Jersey. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1997; her JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002; and an LLM in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2013. Lauren is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, the District of Columbia, the US Supreme Court, and the US District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York.

About the Series: Co-sponsored by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, the Yale Sustainable Food Project and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, our third annual webinar series highlights emerging issues in food and agriculture policy. The series is designed for academic and policy communities as well as the general public and is available to everyone online. The webinar format enables interested parties to access and participate in these presentations from anywhere in the world. The series is free and open to the public; presentation recordings are available online approximately one week after they air live.

System Requirements:
PC-based attendees
Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac-based attendees
Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
Mobile attendees
iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

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