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20130528T16:00:00<p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE&mdash;May 28, 2013</p> <p>CONTACT: Laurie Ristino, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, Vermont Law School<br />Phone: (802) 831-1230, Email: <a href=""></a></p> <p>SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt.&mdash;The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School announced the selection of CAFS's first JD Fellow, Josh Donabedian. Mr. Donabedian is a recent graduate of Vermont Law School, where he earned both a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy and Juris Doctor (JD) degrees.</p> <p>Donabedian graduated from Colby College in 2007. While at Vermont Law, Donabedian specialized in local agriculture and sustainable food systems and was a founder of the Food and Agricultural Law Society. Donabedian spent his first summer in law school as a research associate for Vermont Law faculty members where he analyzed the impacts of the Food Safety Modernization Act on small-scale, sustainable farms and the then current 2012 Farm Bill proposal. He spent his second summer interning at the Vermont Farm Viability Enhancement Program at the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, where he was responsible for research on risk management and legal business structures for Vermont farms and agriculture-based businesses.</p> <p>Laurie Ristino, CAFS director, noted, "Josh has a deep commitment to building local food systems and will make a wonderful addition to the Center." Donabedian became interested agriculture and sustainable food systems at a young age, spending time on his grandfather's farm in southern New Hampshire and working summers at his family's wholesale produce distribution company.</p> <p>As the JD Fellow, Mr. Donabedian will work to further the CAFS mission to facilitate a sustainable food system through law and policy. He begins his fellowship in August 2013.</p> <p>Vermont Law's CAFS JD Fellows Program is an innovative program, available only to recent JD graduates of Vermont Law. Fellows work closely with the Director and learn about running a non-profit organization in a dynamic, entrepreneurial setting while honing their legal skills.</p> <p>##</p>Vermont Law School &#160;|&#160; 164 Chelsea Street, PO Box 96 &#160;|&#160; South Royalton, VT 05068 &#160;|&#160; 802-831-1000&#169; 2012 Vermont Law Schoolmobile/logo.pngmobile/about-sml.pngmobile/about-med.pngBluemobile/academics-sml.pngmobile/academics-med.pngGreenmobile/admissions-sml.pngmobile/admissions-med.pngOrangemobile/news-sml.pngmobile/news-med.pngGreenmobile/faculty-sml.pngmobile/faculty-med.pngBlueFacebookTwitterYouTube&#169; 2012 Vermont Law School164 Chelsea Street, PO Box 96 | South Royalton, VT 05068 (,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8