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The secretary mike espy food law essay award

Announcing the 2019


Topic - Food Law and Community


Howard University School of Law is pleased to announce the inaugural Secretary Mike Espy Food Law Essay Award. The Award honors the first African American U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, a graduate of Howard University. 

The Secretary Mike Espy Award was created to encourage interest and legal research in what is now popularly called food law. The Award provides a forum for ideas and legal research about food policy, regulation, and related legal developments at the national, local and international levels. It is designed to encourage the Howard University School of Law (HUSL) community to contribute to discussions about the law, policy and regulations related to food.

The Espy Award is open to current HUSL students and to 2016-2018 HUSL alumni. Applicants are invited to submit a paper concerning food law and community. 

Mike Espy is the former Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and a former Member of the United States House of Representatives from the 2nd District of Mississippi. Secretary Espy received his BA from Howard University in 1975, his law degree from University of Santa Clara in California in 1978, is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, and holds numerous awards, citations, honorary degrees and trade licenses 

With expertise in the matters of food and agribusiness trade, management and finance, Secretary Espy has also served as senior counsel to a global food charity that fed one daily throughout Africa. He is currently on the Board of Directors for CNFA and CNFA Europe, which offer farm, market services, and agricultural solutions to developing countries across the world. Secretary Espy also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors to H.O.P.E. Enterprise Corporation, a federally licensed community development fund dedicated to the creation of income growth, business generation, and wealth development in impoverished areas of Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Arkansas. He owns his own consulting firms, Mike Espy, PLLC and AE Agritrade, Inc, and he has served as counsel for Morgan & Morgan, PLLC.  Secretary Espy received his BA from Howard University in 1975, his law degree from University of Santa Clara in California in 1978, is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, and holds numerous awards, citations, honorary degrees and trade licenses

Howard University School of Law is grateful for Secretary Espy’s continued dedication to Howard University and for his authorization to name the Food Law Essay Award in his name. 


HUSL Student Awards 

         First Place                             $750.00


         Second Place                        $500.00


2016-2018 Alumnus/a Award       $1,000.00


The Awards are made possible through a generous donation by Professor Marsha Echols. Howard University School of Law reserves the right to decline to issue any and all Awards.


Rules of the Secretary Mike Espy Food Law Essay Award

Submissions will be reviewed by a Selection Committee of attorneys knowledgeable about food law and regulation chosen by and under the auspices of The World Food Law Institute. Winners will be selected based on thoroughness of research and analyses; clarity of expression and writing, and the contribution of the paper to understanding and development of food law and community. 

(A) All papers must be submitted in English in the following format:

1. Word Format, 12 point font

2. 8 ½ x 11 inch format, 1 inch margins, double spaced

3. Citations in endnotes and conforming to “A Uniform System of Citation”

4. 15 pages minimum and 25 pages maximum (both not counting end notes). If a paper written for an HUSL class is used as a draft, ten additional pages must be added to the paper submitted.

5. The following are required but are not included in the page count:

         Title page with author’s name

          Brief Abstract

         List of Acronyms and Abbreviations

         Table of Contents


         Paper (with headings and subheadings)


         Bibliography (may include authorities not included in the end         notes): Agreements, laws, regulations; Books; Articles; Cases;       Reports; Other Internet Sources; Miscellaneous) 

(B)     All papers must be emailed to and received no later than 5:00 p.m. eastern time on Monday, March 18, 2019. The Selection Committee will notify the Award winners by email sent no later than midnight, Friday, April 26, 2019.

(C)     All papers submitted by entrants for the Award become the property of The World Food Law Institute and may not be published or reproduced without its prior approval. 

(D)    By applying for this Award, the entrant represents that his/her paper is the entrant’s own work and original content and understands that the paper will not be returned. Each entrant agrees that HUSL and the World Food Law Institute may use his/her name and likeness in connection with this Award and its publicity. 

(E)     By participating, each entrant agrees to these Rules and the decisions of the Selection Committee, and releases and discharges Howard University and its affiliates, the World Food Law Institute, Professor Marsha Echols and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, independent contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with this Award, including without limitation legal claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages, demands or actions of any kind. 

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