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Adjunct Faculty

Francine Miller

Senior Staff Attorney and Adjunct Professor
Center for Agriculture and Food Systems

Francine Miller


Fran Miller is a senior staff attorney and adjunct faculty member at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School (VLS), where she supervises students in the Food and Agriculture Clinic and leads a variety of projects. Fran focuses predominantly on farmland access, overseeing the expansion of CAFS's Farmland Access Legal Toolkit to better serve historically marginalized communities. She also serves private clients through CAFS and the clinic, particularly regarding collaborative and community land ownership and business formation. Fran spent many years as a trademark and copyright lawyer, obtained her LLM in Food and Agriculture Law and Policy at VLS in 2017, and moved to Vermont from New York City in September 2019 to work at CAFS.


“Urban Agriculture Policy: Research Findings and Listening Session,” panelist (with April Love and Kara Woods), Black Urban Growers conference, Atlanta, Georgia (October 2022).

“From Soil Test to Grave: Farmland Access, Ownership, Easements, and Estate Planning,” invited panelist, Southern Family Farmers and Food Systems Conference, Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance, San Marcos, Texas (August 2022).

“Black Land Matters: Advancing Justice by Mitigating Generational Land Loss,” panelist (with Mavis Gragg and Kirstin Nelson moderating), AALL 2022: Advancing Justice for All, American Association of Law Libraries, Denver, Colorado (July 2022).