The Urban Food, Farm and Agricultural Law Practicum's Statement of Purpose
The Urban Food, Farm & Agriculture Law Practicum, administered as part of Michigan State University College of Law’s Legal Clinic, is a multifaceted law school course committed to providing sophisticated counseling and transactional services to nonprofit entities or low-income persons developing or working in various phases of urban agriculture, primarily in Detroit, Michigan. The Practicum addresses a full range of urban agriculture law issues, and not only provides direct assistance to others, but also engages in research, policy development, educational outreaches, and public programming. Enrolled law students are dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcomes for their assigned work, which occurs under the supervision of experienced legal professionals and faculty. Students work closely or partner with other participants in Detroit’s urban agriculture setting to delineate, analyze, and resolve legal issues surrounding planned agricultural initiatives, as well as to ensure the development of accessible and wholesome food markets that will enhance the health of Detroit residents.
Among the types of legal matters the Practicum may address are:
- Evaluating the language of current state legislation and municipal ordinances and their impact on urban agriculture endeavors
- Assisting those who wish to use urban land for agricultural purposes with environmental concerns
- Consulting with nonprofit entities working in the urban agriculture area about their legal needs and drafting legal documents as required
Students enrolled in the Practicum would be pleased to make a presentation to your group or organization directed to urban agriculture issues. For more information, please contact Michele L. Halloran, Director of Clinical Programs, at 517-336-8088, ext. 1019.