Joseph Beckmann joined the Food Law and Policy Clinic in August 2020 as a Clinical Fellow. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2011, a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Wisconsin School of Business in 2020, and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2020.
Prior to joining the clinic, Joseph provided legal services to start-ups and mid-sized businesses in the food, beverage, and agriculture industries. As a Summer Law Clerk with a leading Food and Beverage-focused law firm in Wisconsin, Joseph helped draft proposed statutory revisions on policies surrounding contract manufacturing of various alcoholic beverages. He also assisted companies in their incorporation as Certified B Corporations and their intellectual property protection. As a Regulatory Affairs Specialist with a Colorado-based CBD manufacturer, Joseph provided critical legal research on the developing regulatory landscape of the cannabusiness industry. Joseph also served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Jesse G. Reyes of the Illinois Court of Appeals.
In law school, Joseph was the President of the Student Bar Association and the Jewish Law Student Association, was the Diversity Committee Chair and a Managing Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review, both competed and served as a coach with the Wisconsin Moot Court Team, and was a member the Latinx Law Student Association. He also was inducted into the Pro Bono Society with an Award of Distinction. Joseph is a current member of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, and the Hispanic National Bar Association. Joseph currently serves as a Committee Member for the Diversity Scholarship Foundation. He is a licensed member of the State Bar of Wisconsin.