The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic is pleased to welcome the following interns working in the health clinic for the summer!
Jana is a rising 2L at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She became interested in food law and policy through her involvement in agricultural youth organizations such as the National FFA Organization, and Agriculture Future of America where she had the opportunity to meet and talk with people at all stages of the food system. Through her involvement in these organizations, Jana saw that although our food system does a fantastic job at producing food there is still room for improvement namely in the realms of food availability and education. With her interest in food policy, Jana studied food and resource economics in college. At UF Law, Jana is a co-chair for the 2020 Public Interest Environmental Conference and is a research assistant for the Center of Agricultural and Natural Resource Law. Jana also serves as a projects co-chair for the National Food Law Student Network.
Emma is a third-year law student at Northeastern University School of Law with a focused interest in sustainable food production and environmentally safe agricultural and livestock practices. She is co-chair of the Northeastern Environmental Law Society and the Publications Editor for the Northeastern Law Review. This past spring, she completed an internship with the Litigation Department of the NRDC in San Francisco, supporting a team of lawyers fighting to create a healthier environment. She also interned with the New York Environmental Law and Justice Project, campaigning and garnering support for policy changes in the city.
Emma attended Muhlenberg College where she obtained a degree in Business Management and Sustainability and developed a passion for corporate social responsibility and food policy. Prior to law school, Emma worked in the rewarding fields of food rescue and urban agriculture.
Mitchell Dowden is a rising 3L at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Mitchell is focused on the intersection of racial and food issues and is interested in increasing access to healthy foods for lower income people and building stronger, more sustainable food systems. He serves as treasurer of the law school’s Food Law Society and enjoys both celebrating and critiquing the popular culture worlds of publishing, photography, music, filmmaking, fashion, and art.
Lindsay Gaesser is currently pursuing an M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. She earned her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, where she focused on environmental advocacy and natural resources conservation. At Friedman, she serves as the communications co-chair for the Future of Food and Nutrition Conference and is a contributing writer for the Friedman Sprout. In her spare time, she loves to run, cook, read, and explore Boston.
Matthew M. Giguere
Matthew M. Giguere is a University of Wisconsin J.D. Candidate. He believes firmly that food is a human right and is working to eradicate food inequity and inaccessibility through a food systems approach. Currently he advocates for food justice on his local food policy council and with the University of Wisconsin Human Rights Program. Giguere entered law school with fourteen years of experience in the restaurant industry and four years of hospitality education experience. Giguere is also a graduate in Food Culture and Communications (M.A. Universita degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche), and Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management (B.S. University of Wisconsin-Stout).
Alicia is a rising 2L at The University of Alabama Culverhouse School of Law. Before law school, she studied food and nutrition at the University of Alabama. Alicia is a registered dietitian, certified yoga instructor, and personal trainer. She is passionate about holistic health and intuitive eating. In college, Alicia was a volunteer for an organization that provides free nutrition and health counseling to low-income individuals with prediabetes. She decided to attend law school to become an advocate for people with limited access to proper nutrition. After law school, Alicia hopes to work in a health law practice area. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, reading, and cooking. Alicia is excited about combining her two passions – food and law – this summer at the FLPC and learning powerful ways to promote equal access to proper nutrition.