CHLPI Blog

In Gatlinburg, TN, Students Present on Policies to Promote Healthier Food Environments and Combat Diabetes

By: Colin Ross ( JD ’16) Science class was always a struggle for me in school. So I felt nervous as a speaker when I looked at my program and saw that I would be preceded by an official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thanks to Hollywood movies, most of us […]

The 12-Day Countdown for Milk in Montana

By: Emily K. Deddens (JD ’15) Last weekend, I joined a group from the Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) and travelled to Montana to track down some expired milk. The team, made up of Emily Broad Leib (FLPC director), Rebecca Richman Cohen (Emmy nominated film maker and HLS grad) and myself (a current FLPC student), […]

FLPC and Navajo Partners Speak Out about Improving the Navajo Nation Food Environment

On April 9th, Ona Balkus of the Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) joined Sonlatsa Jim-Martin of the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE) Project on Eating Matters, a radio show dedicated to talking about the food policy issues that shape our everyday experiences of growing, buying, cooking and eating food. They spoke with host Kim Kessler and assistant producer […]

Dynamic Speakers and Over 400 Attendees Come Together to Discuss Food Justice

By: Alex Leone (JD ‘16) Last weekend, something amazing happened at Harvard Law School. Hundreds of people—philosophers, policymakers, foodies, farmers, activists, anthropologists, nutritionists, naturopaths, and more—buzzed through the halls of Wasserstein for the Just Food? Conference. This two-day conference invited a diverse array of academics and practitioners to consider the human impacts of how our […]

Here Come the Water Works: A New Legal Strategy for Confronting Agricultural Pollution in Iowa

By Mary Ignatiadis, Intern in the Food Law and Policy Clinic (Winter 2015) *I would like to thank Professor Jerry Anderson of Drake University Law School for sharing his knowledge and insight. In Iowa, water pollution comes primarily from two places: cornfields and hog waste. The state is blanketed in 13.6 million acres of corn […]

PATHS Toward Successful Policy Advocacy: CHLPI Hosts Workshop at Together on Diabetes™ Summit

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation team presented a half-day Policy Advocacy Workshop at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Together on Diabetes™ Summit. Three Harvard Law School students reflect on the day and the important work performed by the attendees as they sought to refine and develop implementation plans for their policy goals. ————– By: Kristen Gurley […]

FLPC Hosts Workshop on Food Policy in Navajo Nation

By: Kristin Beharry (JD ’16) and Rosana Aragon Plaza (LLM ’15) Fundamental Navajo law includes the concept of ho’zho’, loosely translated to “balance.” In a workshop hosted by the Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) from February 9-11, Navajo Nation food advocates described how their current food system is out of balance, leading to environmental, […]

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation Presents to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS on Alarming Trends in the Health Insurance Marketplaces

by Michael Wysolmerski (JD ’16) On January 12, 2015, I attended the 55th Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) in Washington, D.C. I attended the panel titled 2015 Healthcare Marketplace: A Review of Essential Health Benefits and Provider Networks. My supervisor at CHLPI, Carmel Shachar, presented on the panel, along with Doug Wirth, President and CEO […]

Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Begins to Have a Positive Effect

by Kristie Gurley (JD ’15) It is widely acknowledged that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) has a negative impact on public health—sodas and juices directly contribute to the obesity epidemic in America, and they can be especially harmful for children (those who drink at least one serving of SSBs per day have 55% increased odds […]

FDA Final Rules for Calorie Labeling in Retail Food Establishments and Vending Machines

by Alicia Lee (JD ’16) On Dec. 1, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published two final rules implementing the nutrition labeling provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) §4205. Both rules can now be found on the Federal Register: (1) for restaurants and retail food establishments (SRFEs) and (2) for […]