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We need lawyers to join our Network! 

There still exists a widely held misconception among the public that food donors can be held liable from their good faith donations—this misconception is likely the only thing that keeps food sellers from participating in any of the community programs that utilize The Emerson Act. The Berkeley Emerson Initiative is compiling an ongoing list of licensed attorneys to join our network of attorneys who can assist in explaining the protections provided by the Emerson Act to prospective participating food retailers.  While the protections of the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act are relatively clear, the mere concept of having a licensed attorney explain the Act to them in plain English provides a state of mind to food vendors (as well as the insurance companies that underwrite their businesses) that will certainly influence vendors to participate, where they otherwise would not have. It also provides added legitimacy to organizations that are trying to use The Emerson Act to feed their communities! 

Your firm’s name will become associated (rightfully!) with a concerted effort to feed hungry people and to eliminate the problem of massive food waste in our cities. This is a win-win for your firm and for the thousands of individuals that we are soon to feed as a result. 

Here is a link to a research study conducted by the University of Arkansas, School of Law which concludes that there has NEVER been a lawsuit stemming from a good faith food donation throughout American history! As far as we know at BEI, this is completely true. Business owners are very protective of their businesses, and would prefer to hear this from a lawyer.

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