School of Law
1045 W. Maple St.
Robert A. Leflar Law Center
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-5601
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Phone: (479) 575-2456
Professor Civita’s work at the law school is focused on developing the capacity to take the UofA’s unique LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law to a distance-learning format for a Fall 2014 launch. In addition to developing the curriculum proposal, she is responsible for building online course content that will be used by LL.M. program faculty, visiting lecturers, and adjuncts from around the globe who will be brought on to teach in the virtual classroom.
Professor Civita’s research focuses on the areas of food justice, sustainability, and food system reform. She has developed and plans to offer a course that explores the emerging discipline of Food Justice. Her article, "2012 Developments in Food Law & Policy," was published in the Spring 2013 issue of the Drake Agricultural Law Journal. She is presently completing work on her latest article, "From Movement to Mandate: Using Federal Farm Policy to Recalibrate the Food System, Promote Responsible Regional Agriculture, Nourish the Hungry, Generate Economic Opportunity, and Revitalize Communities."
Professor Civita also directs the Food Recovery Project, a special initiative of the LL.M. program that aims to raise awareness of two fundamentally irreconcilable problems: the overwhelming waste of food and the persistent existence of hunger in America. In this capacity, she authored Food Recovery: a Legal Guide, which is designed to educate food sector businesses, non-profit feeding organizations, and their attorneys about the protections afforded to food donors and nonprofit recipients.
Before completing her LL.M. in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas, Professor Civita was an Associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP in New York and Los Angeles. There, her practice focused on employment law and commercial litigation. She has also served as in-house counsel to Veggiecation, LLC, an innovative classroom and community-based nutrition education program, which teaches children and their caregivers health benefits of and appealing preparation techniques for plant-based foods.
Professor Civita obtained her J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she devoted much of her time and study to child advocacy and represented youth through the juvenile justice clinic. She also holds an A.B. in American Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia University.
Professor Civita’s interest in food extends beyond the legal and academic; she also enjoys organic gardening, farm-to-table cooking, and using food and herbs as medicine. Whenever time allows, Professor Civita enjoys taking long, meandering road trips with her husband and son and exploring the varied beauty of our National Parks. She is also an avid photographer with a portfolio of award-winning, candid street portraits.