Laurie Beyranevand '03


Laurie Beyranevand is the Senior Faculty Fellow for Food Law and Policy at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) and an Professor of Law. She teaches Food Regulation and Policy and Legislation and Regulation and directs several grant funded projects for CAFS. She has served as the faculty advisor to the National Animal Law Moot Court Competition teams, and the ABA Negotiations and Client Counseling Teams.

Professor Beyranevand received a BA from Rutgers College in 1999 and a JD from Vermont Law School in 2003. She clerked in the Environmental Division of the Vermont Attorney General's Office and also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marie E. Lihotz in New Jersey. Prior to joining the faculty at Vermont Law School, Professor Beyranevand was a Staff Attorney at Vermont Legal Aid where she represented adults and children in individual cases and class action litigation involving health law issues. In that capacity, she appeared in state and federal court, as well as before administrative adjudicative bodies, and served as an appointed member of the Human Rights Committee.

Professor Beyranevand is an appointed member of the Academic Programs Committee for the Food and Drug Law Institute, and formerly served as an Executive Committee Member of the Agriculture and Food Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools. She is admitted to both the New York and Vermont State Bars, as well as the U.S. District Court, District of Vermont.

Professor Beyranevand's research and scholarship focuses on the connections between food and health.


Keynote Speaker, “Blueprint for a National Food Strategy” w(ith Emily Broad Leib, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Founding Director of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, and Deputy Director of the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School), Georgetown and Food and Drug Law Institute's Food and Drug Law Journal Annual Symposium, Washington, DC, November 4, 2016.

​Food Systems Summit, Geopolitical Contexts Affecting the Right to Food, Panel​ Moderator, University of Vermont (June 2015).​
​Yale Food Systems Symposium, “The New Foodralism”, Individual Presenter (October 2014).​

Summer Academy in Global Food Law and Policy, "The Impact of FSMA on the Global Food Supply", Invited Scholar (July 2014).

Joint Workshop on Sustainable Development, The Submissions Process and Cross-Boundary Energy Issues, Center on Environmental Cooperation Secretariat, ""Agricultural Biotechnology and NAFTA: Analyzing the Impacts of U.S. and Canadian Policies on Mexico's Environment and Agriculture", Invited Panel Speaker (June 2014).​

New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting, "Three Dimensions of the Climate Crisis", Invited Panel Speaker (April 2014).​​

Vermont Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting, "Food Labeling for Health Care Professionals", Speaker (April 2014).​
Drexel Law School Health Law Society Lecture, "Hot Topics in Food Labeling", Invited Speaker (February 2014).​

Yale Center for Environmental Policy Frontiers in Food and Agriculture Series, "The [In]significance of the Monsanto Rider to the Farm Bill", Invited Speaker (January 2014).

Food and Drug Law Institute Conference on Food Advertising: Claims, Litigation and Strategies Conference, "Regulation of Food Advertising in 2013-2014: The Natural Label", Invited Panel Speaker (November 2013).

American Agricultural Law Association Annual Conference,"The New Food Movement: Gleaning, Liability, and FSMA", Invited Panel Speaker (October 2013).

Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, "Agricultural Biotechnology and NAFTA: Analyzing the Impacts of U.S. and Canadian Policies on Mexico's Environment and Agriculture", Panel Speaker, Vermont Law School (October 2013).

Emerging Issues in Food Law Symposium, "The Monsanto Rider: Codifying Common Practice?", Invited Panel Speaker, Regent University School of Law (September 2013).

Disclosure Debates Symposium, Food and Product Labeling Panel, Moderator, Vermont Law School (September 2013).

Dartmouth College, Masters in Public Health Program Lecture, "Food Safety in the United States" (February 2013).​

Third Annual Environmental Law and Justice Symposium, "Roundtable Discussion on Global Food Security: Challenges and Opportunities in Feeding Future Generations", Invited Panel Speaker, Florida A and M School of Law (November 2012).​

Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Moderator, Vermont Law School (October 2012).​​

Vermont Law School's Inaugural Conference on Agriculture and Food Systems, "Public Health Issues Related to Food Production and Consumption", Invited Panel Speaker, Vermont Law School (September 2012).

Hot Topics in Food and Agriculture, "The Future of Coexistence", Invited Panel Speaker, Vermont Law School Faculty Roundtable (July 2012).

After Irene: Law and Policy Lessons for the Future Symposium, "Dealing with Disaster in the Era of Climate Change", Moderator, Vermont Law School (April 20, 2012).​

Public Interest Lawyering​, Invited Panel Speaker, Dartmouth College (February 2012).​

Legal Writing Institute One Day Workshop Series, "Using Public Comments to Teach Non-Traditional 'Legal' Writing", Panel Presentation (December 2011).​

Vermont Bar Association Mid-Winter Thaw, "Help, My Client Doesn't Understand: Working with Clients with Diminished Capacity", Invited Panel Speaker (January 2011).​​

Vermont Law School, Environmental Natural Resources Clinic ​Lecture, "How to Submit Effective Public Comments" (Fall 2010).​

Awards & Accomplishments


Food and Drug Law Institute, Academic Program Committee Member, April 2014-April 2017
American Association of Law Schools, Agriculture and Food Law Section, Executive Committee Member, 2012-2013
American Bar Association, Section on Dispute Resolution and Young Lawyer's Division Member
Vermont Bar Association
State Bar of Vermont, admitted 2004
​State Bar of New York, admitted 2003
Appointed member, Academy of Food Law and Policy’s Membership and Outreach Committee, December 2016.