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Susan Schneider

Susan Schneider

William H. Enfield Professor of Law

Director of the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law

School of Law


Phone: 479-575-4334

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Professor Susan Schneider teaches agricultural and food law courses and serves as the Director of the School of Law's unique advanced degree program, the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law.

Professor Schneider's private practice and advocacy work in agricultural law includes positions with firms in Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington, D.C. She is a past president of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) and a two-term board member. She was the 2010 recipient of the AALA Distinguished Service Award. In 2011, she was the winner of the AALA Professional Scholarship award for her article "A Reconsideration of Agricultural Law: A Call for the Law of Food, Farming, and Sustainability."

Professor Schneider is a member of the Board of Directors of Farmers Legal Action Group, Inc. and provides pro bono service to the Consumer Law Center through her work on the Consumer Bankruptcy Guide. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, often delivering an update on food law and policy issues. She recently moderated the Clearinghouse Review webinar, "Does the Local Food Movement Help or Hurt Hungry Low-Income Americans?"

Professor Schneider serves on the Editorial Board of the newAgriculture & Food Security Journal, a peer-reviewed open access journal that addresses the challenge of global food security. In addition to her traditional publications, she is a significant contributor to the Agricultural Law blog on the Jurisdynamics Network, and authors the blog of the LL.M. in Agricultural & Food Law. Her Twitter account, for the LL.M. Program is followed by many interested in agricultural and food law issues.

Professor Schneider graduated with a B.A. from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota (Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu). She earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota School of Law and her LL.M. in Agricultural Law in from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

2012 Update to Food, Farming & Sustainability: Readings in Agricultural Law with Teaching Suggestions (Sept. 2012).

Food, Farming and Sustainability, Readings in Agricultural Law (Carolina Press, 2010).

"Reconsidering the Industrialization of Agriculture", 26 J. Envtl. L. & Litigation 19 (2011) (keynote address, Cultivating our Future: New Landscapes in Food and Agricultural Law and Policy, University of Oregon).

"A Reconsideration of Agricultural Law: A Call for the Law of Food, Farming, and Sustainability", 34 Wm & Mary J. Envtl L. & Pol'y Rev. 935 (2010).

"Reconnecting Consumers and Producers: On the Path Toward a Sustainable Food and Agriculture Policy", 14 Drake J. Agric. L. 75 (2009).

"What is Agricultural Law?" 26 Agric. L. Update Jan. 2009.

"Bankruptcy Reform and Family Farmers: Correcting the Disposable Income Problem", 38 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 309 (2006)

"Who Gets the Check: Determining When Federal Farm Program Payments Are Property of the Bankruptcy Estate?" 84 Neb. L. Rev 469 (2005).

Professor Schneider is an annual a contributing author to Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice, responsible for the chapter on family farm bankruptcy.

In the News

Interview with Professor Schneider, published on Food Safety News

Professor Schneider answers questions on agricultural law issues

Interview with National Public Radio broadcast, Living on Earth, "Judging Biotech Seeds," available at loe.org