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About Baylen J. Linnekin

Baylen J. Linnekin is a food lawyer, adjunct professor at Antonin Scalia Law School—where he teaches Food Law & Policy—and a founding board member of the Academy of Food Law & Policy. His book, Biting the Hands That Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable (Island Press, 2016), reveals how regulations often proscribe sustainable food practices. He recently served as an expert witness in a federal skim-milk labeling case; authored an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Horne v. USDA; and organized more than a dozen fellow legal scholars to submit an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit’s “ag gag” case. His writings have appeared in the Wisconsin Law Review, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Chapman Law Review, Boston Globe, N.Y. Post, Des Moines Register, Huffington Post, VICE, Reason, and elsewhere. He has offered expert commentary on MSNBC, Fox Business Channel, BBC Radio, and more than 150 other radio and TV programs across the country and around the world. He has been quoted by the Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, Politico, Wilson Quarterly, ABA Journal, National Review, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, Voice of America, and many others. Linnekin has spoken at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, University of Chicago Law School, Duke Law School, and dozens of other top law schools and universities. Linnekin earned an LL.M. in agricultural and food law from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he was the Leland Leatherman Fellow; a J.D. from Washington College of Law, where he was a Dean’s Fellow and served on the editorial board of the Administrative Law Review; an M.A. in learning sciences from Northwestern University; and a B.A. in sociology from American University.


2014 Present Adjunct Faculty Member, Antonin Scalia Law School
September 2010December 2015 Executive Director, Keep Food Legal

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Food Law & Policy, Constitutional Law, Food & Drug Law, Agricultural Law, Administrative Law, and Legal Writing

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  • Food Law & Policy
  • Activism & Social Media
  • Foodways 2.0
  • Social Media & Social Change

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