Growing Careers in Agricultural & Food Law for Law Students: Ebony Woodruff


Join us on March 29, 2023, for a webinar designed for law students interested in issues and careers in agricultural and food law. The program is also appropriate for law faculty who advise law students. This interactive webinar will feature Ebony Woodruff, a first-generation attorney who practices in the agricultural and food law areas, including estate planning, business, farm succession, and heirs’ property.  Ebony will discuss her background, path to and through law school, her role as an attorney, and offer career and professional advice. In June, Ebony will present Heirs Property: Practical Tips and Pointers for Resolving Title at the Tenth Annual Mid-South Agricultural & Environmental Law Conference. 

This program is part of the NALC Bridges Initiative, a student-focused, public-private partnership that offers professional development, networking, and increased legal knowledge to pre-college, undergraduate, and law students interested in agricultural and food law issues and/or careers. The overall goal of the Bridges Initiative is to help provide a legal-focused pipeline of talent into the agricultural and food industries while furthering the NALC’s national mission of serving as the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information. The Bridges Initiative includes a specific focus on minority students and others traditionally underrepresented in the agricultural and food law fields.  This specific program is hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center and the American Agricultural Law Association. 

Time and Date:

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Noon – 1 p.m. (EDT)

11 a.m. – Noon (CDT)


View a Recording of the Webinar Here


Ebony earned a Master of Laws in Agricultural and Food Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law, a Juris Doctor from the Southern University Law Center, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.  Ebony has more than a decade of experience as a legal entrepreneur and practicing attorney. She began her legal career as a solo practitioner. She left private practice to work as Assistant Parish Attorney in Jefferson Parish until she resigned to run for public office. In 2013, Ebony became the first woman elected to represent District 87 in the Louisiana House of Representatives. While serving in the legislature, she discovered a passion for agriculture and food policy and enrolled in the University of Arkansas School of Law’s Agricultural and Food Law program. After her legislative term ended, Ebony moved to Santiago de Cali, Colombia, South America to conduct research for her final paper and complete her LL.M. degree. After a few years of living her best life in Colombia, Ebony returned to the United States to resume her law practice. Her focal practice areas are estate planning, heirs’ property, business, and agricultural and food law. She uses her business, legal, and political experience to help clients protect their assets via proactive business solutions and estate planning in her private practice. Currently, Ebony is a Land Retention and Advocacy Attorney with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives | Land Assistance Fund, a non-profit cooperative association of Black farmers, landowners, and cooperatives. She also serves on the New Orleans Food Policy Action Council Board of Directors. Ebony is a native New Orleanian and a life-long resident of the Westbank, raised in Algiers and Harvey. She is a Louisiana Master Gardener, an herbalist apprentice, a Kemetic Yoga Instructor, and an avid Salsa dancer. In her free time, Ebony enjoys traveling, genealogy, gardening, and learning new languages. Li apè aprenn parlê Kouri Vini. Y también habla español.

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