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 twice served on the Board of Directors. She was the 2010 recipient of the AALA Distinguished Service Award and the 2011 AALA Scholarship Award.
Professor Schneider is the author of the book, Food Farming & Sustainability: Readings in Agricultural Law. The second edition was released in 2016 and a companion website created.
Professor Schneider is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Food Law & Policy and currently serves as co-President of the new Academy. She also serves on 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. Her personal Twitter account is followed by many interested in agricultural and food law issues. She is the co-owner of her family's farm in Minnesota.
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 National Public Radio broadcast, Living on Earth, "Judging Biotech Seeds," available at loe.org