Using Cross-Practice Collaboration to Meet the Evolving Legal Needs of Local Food Entrepreneurs
28 A.B.A. Nat. Resources & Env. (2013)
5 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2013
Date Written: December 18, 2013
Consumers are increasingly interested in where and how the food they purchase is produced, as evidenced in part by rising demand for locally sourced products. While various entrepreneurs desire to capitalize upon this emergent demand, those entrepreneurs must overcome a range of legal obstacles in order to do so, including both general legal barriers and barriers specifically related to growing or selling food products. This article addresses how lawyers can utilize a model of cross-practice collaboration to comprehensively and effectively address the challenges faced by local food entrepreneurs, thus allowing these entrepreneurs to enter new markets and foster improved food system outcomes. This article draws upon experience gained through a cross-practice collaboration between two Harvard Law School clinics — the Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Community Enterprise Project of the Transactional Law Clinics — that aims to provide comprehensive assistance to food truck entrepreneurs in Boston.
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