Vermont Law School announced Wednesday that Laurie Ristino, a senior attorney and administrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been selected as the first director of VLSís Center for Agriculture and Food Systems.
The center was created last year as a result of an anonymous gift is designed to promote sustainable agriculture and food systems through legal and policy research, provide public education and technical legal assistance; and to educate the next generation of scholars, practitioners and advocates.
Ristino is a senior counsel with the USDA in Washington, D.C., where she advises the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Forest Service on a host of legal issues. She has advised the USDA on conservation program implementation under the 2002 and 2008 farm bills and has been advising on the 2012 farm bill development. She also is a professorial lecturer in law at George Washington University Law School, where she teaches a course that explores the critical need to develop sustainable American food systems.
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