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About Susan Schneider

Professor Susan Schneider teaches agricultural and food law courses and serves as the Director of the School of Law's unique advanced degree program, the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law.
Professor Schneider's private practice and advocacy work in agricultural law includes positions with firms in Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington, D.C. She is a past president of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) and a two-term board member. She was the 2010 recipient of the AALA Distinguished Service Award. In 2011, she was the winner of the AALA Professional Scholarship award for her article "A Reconsideration of Agricultural Law: A Call for the Law of Food, Farming, and Sustainability." 
Professor Schneider is a member of the Board of Directors of Farmers Legal Action Group, Inc. and provides pro bono service to the Consumer Law Center through her work on the Consumer Bankruptcy Guide. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, often delivering an update on food law and policy issues. She recently moderated the Clearinghouse Review webinar, "Does the Local Food Movement Help or Hurt Hungry Low-Income Americans?"
Professor Schneider serves on the Editorial Board of the new Agriculture & Food Security Journal, a peer-reviewed open access journal that addresses the challenge of global food security. In addition to her traditional publications, she is a significant contributor to the Agricultural Law blog on the Jurisdynamics Network, and authors the blog of the LL.M. in Agricultural & Food Law. Her Twitter account, for the LL.M. Program is followed by many interested in agricultural and food law issues.
In addition to her other scholarly work, Professor Schneider is the author of Food Farming and Sustainability: Readings in Agricultural Law (1st ed. 2011; 2nd ed. 2016). The book provides a survey of the unique network of laws that apply to agriculture, framed in the context of society’s need for a sustainable, resilient food supply. Traditionally, agriculture has been favored in the law with exemptions, exceptions, and special rules that reflect the unique character of agricultural production. This book examines this special treatment, exploring its origin and referencing current issues affecting food production.
Professor Schneider is also the author of two book chapters.  The first appears in Chapter 12 Bankruptcy: Family Farmer and Family Fisherman Reorganization in Consumer Bankruptcy Law & Practice, Nat'l Consumer Law Center (2016, updated continually online).  This consumer bankruptcy treatise provides case law and commentary as well as a step-by-step analysis of the bankruptcy process from start to finish.
Her second appears in Local Food Policies: Reconnecting People to Their Food in Urban Agriculture: Policy, Law, Strategy, and Implementation (with Nicole Civita, and Lauren Bernadett).  The book provides a current, practical resource on all aspects of agricultural activities within non-rural settings, ranging from neighborhood gardens to commercial farming operations. Professor Schneider’s chapter, "Local Food Policies," examines the local food movement and ways in which local communities have impacted the legal framework of urban food law.


Present Faculty Member, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville



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