Journal of Law and Policy to host ‘Keeping it Fresh? Exploring the Relationship Between Food Laws and Their Impact on Public Health and Safety’ on Friday, April 4

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The Wake Forest University Journal of Law & Policy Symposium 2014 Food Law

The Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy and The Center of Bioethics, Health and Society will host the symposium, “Keeping it Fresh? Exploring the Relationship Between Food Laws and Their Impact on Public Health and Safety” on Friday, April 4, 2014, in the Worrell Professional Center. The event is free and open to the public. It will feature a wide variety of professionals and scholars from the world of food law.

Food law is a broad topic which encompasses anything from childhood hunger to obesity. The speakers will address these topics and some of the most pressing social issues of the current times. In addition to this symposium, the Wake Forest University School of Law community will engage in a campus-wide initiative towards improving the mental, physical, and emotional health of our students, faculty, and staff.  With this symposium, the Journal hopes to attract not only Wake Forest affiliates, but the surrounding community as well.

The city of Winston-Salem is currently experiencing one of the worst childhood hunger epidemics of any metropolitan area in the United States. The Journal of Law and Policy chose to highlight recent–and at times, controversial–changes in the area of food law, an area which has increasing effects on our surrounding community. Moderators are Wake Forest University’s Dr. Bettina M. Beech and Dr. Jamy Ard.

The keynote speaker for the symposium will be Dr. Brian Elbel, an Associate Professor of Population Health and Health Policy at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Elbel studies how individuals make decisions that influence their health and healthcare, with a particular emphasis on evaluation, obesity, and food choice. His current research includes the impact of public policies mandating calorie labeling in restaurants, the influence of New York City’s policy limiting the size of sugar sweetened beverages at food service establishments, and the impact of policies supporting the development of supermarkets in high need areas.

Symposium speakers include:

  • Professor Brian Elbel (PhD, MPH) – NYU School of Medicine; Associate Professor of Population Health and Health Policy
  • Professor Tim Caulfield (LL.M) – University of Alberta; Health Law Chair
  • Professor Anne Barnhill (PhD) – University of Pennsylvania; Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
  • Katherine Pratt (JD/LLM) - University of Loyola Los Angeles; Professor of Law
  • Paul F. Campos (JD) - University of Colorado Law; Constitutional Theory
  • Vanessa Zboreak (JD) - Wake Forest University; Energy, Environment, and Sustainability; Adjunct Professor

Journal of Law and Policy website.

Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Check-In

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks by Dean Blake Morant

9:10 a.m. Panel 1 – Anne Barnhill and Katherine Pratt

10:10 a.m. Question & Answer Session for Anne Barnhill & Katherine Pratt

10:30 a.m. Keynote Introduction by Provost Rogan Kersh

10:40 a.m. Keynote Address – Dr. Brian Elbel

11:10 a.m. Question & Answer Session to follow Keynote Address

11:25 a.m. Break for Pictures in Courtyard

11:30 a.m. Break for Lunch

1:00 p.m.  Presentation by Jamy Ard, M.D.

1: 30 p.m. Question & Answer Session for Dr. Ard

1:45 p.m.  Panel 2 – Paul F. Campos and Tim Caulfield

2:45 p.m.  Question & Answer Session for Paul Campos and Tim Caulfield

3:15 p.m.  Conclusion