The Farmers Lawyer story of saving 245,000 Family Farms from Illegal Foreclosures in the 1980s and Why Funding Legal Strategies is Crucial
This session will tell three stories. The first story is how Sarah Vogel, then a solo practice lawyer in North Dakota, brought a lawsuit against USDA for nine broke farmers that grew into a case that protected 245,000 farmers from illegal practices and unconstitutional foreclosure. She will use her new book, The Farmer’s Lawyer, to explain how a small $15,000 grant from a funder allowed her to do this case. The second story is how Willie Nelson held the first Farm Aid concert and used some of the $7 million in proceeds to help start a non-profit law firm, Farmers’ Legal Action Group, to support farmers with their legal needs. The third story will be how Farm Aid and FLAG have continued this work from the 1980s and how vital this work is to today’s family farm system of agriculture. This session will feature Sarah Vogel, attorney, advocate and author of The Farmer’s Lawyer, Carolyn Mugar, Executive Director of Farm Aid since its inception, Glenda Yoder, Associate Director of Farm Aid, and Stephen Carpenter, Deputy Director and Senior Staff Attorney of Farmers Legal Action Group (FLAG).
Moderator: Carolyn Mugar
This is a FREE event open to all funders. Registration is required.