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Sophia Kruszewski

Sophia Kruszewski

Clinic Director, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems
Assistant Professor of Law
Center for Agriculture and Food Systems
Food and Agriculture Clinic
Environmental Law Center

JD, Vermont Law School, 2013


Curriculum Vitae

Sophia Kruszewski


In 2018, Sophia Kruszewski joined CAFS to lead the Food and Agriculture Clinic. Sophia returned to Vermont Law School after spending the last five years immersed in federal food and agriculture policy with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). At NSAC, Sophia's portfolio focused in particular on the Food Safety Modernization Act and its implementing regulations, as well as the Farm Bill, Clean Water Act, and other federal issues impacting farmers and the food system. Sophia has worked for the Center for Food Safety, clerked for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and interned with the Honorable Judge Paul L. Friedman of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia. She holds a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan and a JD from VLS, and is thrilled to be back on campus.



"State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2020," (with the National Farm to School Network; July 2021).

"Legal Trends for Farm and Food Operations in the New England Region" (with Gordon Merrick), Center for Agriculture and Food Systems/Legal Food Hub Policy Brief, Vermont Law School (May 2021).

"Defining and Regulating Agritourism" (with Esther Akwii), Center for Agriculture and Food Systems policy brief, Vermont Law School (April 2021).

“Meeting the Legal Needs of Food Hubs during COVID-19 and Beyond,” in Agricultural Law Update, the official newsletter of the American Agricultural Law Association (forthcoming Fall 2020).

COVID-19 Employment Law FAQ for Vermont Farmers and Farm Workers, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (April 2020).

Farm and Food Law: A Guide for Attorneys in the Legal Food Hub, Vermont Edition (with Whitney Shields), Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (March 2020).


"Supporting Vermont’s farmers and fledgling attorneys through the Vermont Legal Food Hub," Vermont Law Review (December 2020).

"Putting Local Food on the Menu," TYL Vol. 4, Issue 1 (Fall 2019).


Panelist, "Key Legal Questions Associated with FSMA Produce Safety Rule Compliance," Produce Safety Alliance Educator's Group (May 2021).

"Mask Mandates and the ADA" (with Veronica Gassert MFALP'21), Vermont Farmers Market Association Conference (March 31, 2021).

"The Farmers Market Legal Toolkit," InTents: The Farmers Market Conference (March 2021).

Panelist, “Recognizing Nature’s Value,” JURIST webinar series (February 26, 2021).

“FSMA on Small and Mid-sized Farms: Compliance, Enforcement, and Beyond” (with Kelly Nuckolls and Brian Fink), American Agricultural Law Association Annual Agricultural Law Educational Symposium (forthcoming November 12, 2020).

Panel host, "The Bankruptcy Code's Best-Kept Secret: How Chapter 12 Can Protect and Transform the Farm," Vermont Law School webinar (November 6, 2020).

"Legal Resources for Food Hubs," National Good Food Network conference, New Orleans (March, 2020).

“Updates on Food Safety Modernization Act Legal Research Efforts,” webinar, Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety, April 18, 2019.

“State Farm to Institution Policies: Trends to Celebrate, Best Practices to Mobilize, and Barriers to Success,” 2019 Farm to Institution New England Summit, Amherst, MA, April 4, 2019.