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MICHAEL T. ROBERTS @UCLAFoodLaw FOOD LAW AND POLICY PROFESSOR, LOS ANGELES I grew up working on my grandparents' farm, and my dad was a produce broker. The food business was very much a part of my life. I was interested in food as a social issue, and later I got to thinking about it as a legal issue. I got into [food law] before there was a food movement. I had a tremendous amount of pressure from law partners, well-meaning friends, and peers who thought I had lost it. My clients then were high-tech companies, so when I started talking about food, people were looking at me like, "You are crazy." At times, I did think I was. It was very lonely initially. There were times when it became very difficult to stay the course in pursuing food law, a lot of pressure from various walks of life to give all this up, but you have to have a little bit of stubbornness. That's what makes it fun. It's more rewarding when something good happens. Want to know more about Michael? Visit dcbar.org. JOAN McGLOCKTON NONPROFIT EXECUTIVE, HEALTHY EATING AND CHILDHOOD OBESITY, WASHINGTON, D.C. I really fell in love with the whole hospitality world, the service industry. It provides a breadth of sophisticated legal work. There's real estate work. There's employment. There's litigation. There's operations. The people you're serving, you're helping them build memories and have good experiences. For me [at the National Restaurant Association, and now at the Better Business Bureau], being able to help shape how the restaurant industry goes about addressing the childhood obesity issue in a voluntary manner is an exciting opportunity. Children are the future of this country, but look at the statistics saying that children may die before their parents. I'm a parent of two daughters. I want the best for my children and for everyone's children. It's become very meaningful to me to try to make a difference in this arena. LAUREN BECKER GOVERNMENT REGULATORY ATTORNEY, AGRICULTURE AND FOOD, WASHINGTON, D.C. Aside from people thinking it's funny that I have a cauliflower question and a packaging grapes question on my desk at any given time, I like being a part of where our food comes from, being a part of the process of how farmers operate and how the government supports growing food in our country. Providing fresh food is something that's important to me. It's the role of our government to provide safe, nutritious food for people, and I think that can best be accomplished through regulation. We make sure that the food that gets to grocery stores and restaurants is of a good quality for people to buy. Photos: Sean Morris by Tim Coburn, Michael Roberts courtesy of UCLA Law School, Joan McGlockton courtesy of Joan McGlockton, Lauren Becker by Jan Ducnuigeen * WASHINGTON LAWYER * SEPTEMBER 2016 31 http://www.dcbar.org http://www.dcbar.org/

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