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Laurie Ristino, Director

Professor Ristino joined the Vermont Law School faculty in 2013. She is the first director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) and an associate professor of law. As director, she is responsible for CAFS vision and direction, including curriculum development, teaching, outreach, and advocacy. Professor Ristino is also the faculty advisor to VLS's Food and Agriculture Law Society. [more]

Laurie Beyranevand, Associate Director

Laurie Beyranevand is the Associate Director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) and an Associate Professor of Law. She teaches Food Regulation and Policy, Public Law as a Complex System, Communications, Advocacy and Leadership, Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation, and Advanced Writing for Dispute Resolution. She has served as the faculty advisor to the National Animal Law Moot Court Competition teams, and the ABA Negotiations and Client Counseling Teams. [more]

Jamie Renner, Assistant Professor and
Clinical Project Lead

Jamie received a BA from Middlebury College in 2002 and a JD from American University’s Washington College of Law (WCL) in 2007. At WCL, he participated in the school's International Human Rights Law Clinic and was awarded two Equal Justice Foundation Fellowships in support of his human rights legal work for a Nigerian Presidential Tribunal of Inquiry and Kosovo’s former Prime Minister. Jamie served as a law clerk to the Honorable Phyllis D. Thompson at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Jamie is a member of the New York bar. [more]

Delilah Griswold, Program Associate

Delilah has a range of experience working in U.S. and international agriculture. As an undergraduate she carried out research on local and international food systems, and undertook fieldwork in Vietnam and the South Pacific studying the economic and social consequences of international food regimes. After returning from abroad, she completed a companion thesis on the political economy of New England’s local food movement. Following graduation from college, Delilah spent four years managing a variety of diversified farms including a therapeutic farm program, an organic vegetable CSA, and a direct-sale micro dairy. Motivated by the legal and policy challenges she experienced producing direct-sale food, Delilah took a break from farming to attend Vermont Law School (VLS). As a student at VLS, she specialized in food, agriculture, and sustainable development law and policy, while also consulting with a local agricultural non-profit, working as a Research Associate for CAFS, and serving as a Senator for the Food and Agricultural Law Society. Delilah received her B.A. in Anthropology from Wheaton College, magna cum laude, and her Masters in Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) from Vermont Law School, summa cum laude.