From tarts to torts

Hello No-Meat Athletes!  It’s Christine again- twice in one week!  I know you are looking forward to your regular NMA posts for the week, but I just had to stop by with an important announcement: I’m going to law school!

Yep, I said law school

You may be left scratching your head and like most of my friends and family think this is coming from way out of the blue.  However, the idea to go to law school had been growing in me for a long time, before I even had a name for it.  In the end it wasn’t so much a decision at all, just something I knew I had to do.

If you remember, when I started writing my Sweet-Tooth Friday posts, I was busy getting my own business off the ground.  I wanted to make a new kind of dessert- ones that I could feel good selling to another person and know that I was doing their body good.  To me, this meant a dessert with no animal products, no soy, and no artificial sweeteners.  When customers ordered non vegan cakes, I made them with the purest ingredients I could find with minimal processing.

I had a good and growing customer base, enough to keep all of my weekends very busy with orders.  As I researched new ingredients for my business, I constantly came across the terms ‘organic’ and ‘sustainable.’  Those two words sent me off on more research- including reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma– and soon I realized that my love of food had shifted its focus.  I became less concerned with turning healthy ingredients into something yummy, and more into learning where these ingredients came from, the energy used to make them, and the environmental effects of their production.  Behind all of these issues was the law.

Beyond flax-eggs and agave nectar

Through writing my Sweet-Tooth Friday posts, I have been able to explore new aspects of legal issues with a much bigger audience than just my customers.  I truly feel that you NMA-ers have been a part of my decision; after all you were there when I learned about the political controversies surrounding stevia, the labeling laws required for fish products in alcohol, the environmental affects of cranberry bogs, and all the information about subsidies and genetically modified crops in my review of James McWilliams’ Just Food.

And while those issues can still seem abstract and distant from our everyday lives, I saw the very real impact of food laws with my health department class and food safety certification.  There are laws covering dishwashing procedures, internal temperatures of eggs, and even how you wash your hands.  Although some seemed silly, I knew that these laws were invaluable because anytime I entered the bakery I was responsible for the well-being of hundreds of people.  Food laws even made the news here in Baltimore when the city banned trans fats.

The more I understood how the law shaped what I put into my body, the more restless I became sitting on the receiving end of somebody else’s decision about what was best.  I wanted to be on the other side of the food industry, shaping the laws.  So, while I haven’t given up baking, I am on my way to pursuing a bigger realization of my ideals.

I hope you can see how passionate I am about this, but I wasn’t sure how “healthy baker” would stack up against other applicants who have been senator’s aides or spent years in the peace corp.  I took my chances and told the law schools everything I just explained to you.  (Oh yeah, and I worked my butt off studying for the LSATs.)

And guess what?  Not all my applications are back yet, but I’ve already been accepted into two programs that are ranked in the top 50 law schools in the country.

I can’t believe it’s really happening.  Thank you for helping me go from tarts to torts!

See you on Sweet-Tooth Friday!

P.S.  Another big announcement is on its way!



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  1. Hi, Christine! I am a second year law student who runs (and also a new vegan), and I just found your blog. I think you will LOVE law school. I hope you don’t mind that I’m going to put this blog on my blogroll.
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Nota Bene: Your Note Bites! =-.

  2. Of course, I do realize this is Matt’s blog, and I look forward to reading that, too. 🙂

  3. Wow! Way to go! That book totally changed my life too!! Good luck on your new adventure! 😉

  4. That is such an awesome decision, congrats!!! I can’t wait to hear more about your new journey :]

  5. That’s so encouraging. I’m thrilled when I hear about people that realize what their passion is and then pursue it successfully. Enjoy the satisfaction of acceptance and anticipation of getting started!!

  6. Congratulations Christine!!! I am so excited for you! I am currently pursuing a masters in human nutrition to become a registered dietician in Texas and am so excited to know that you will be out there fighting for our rights on the good side! I can’t wait to hear more about your experiences!

  7. That is wonderful, congratulations!
    .-= LindsayRuns´s last blog ..The party don’t start until I walk in… =-.

  8. Yayyyy!!! I am halfway through my second year, and I can honestly say I think you are making a great choice!

    Let me know if you ever want to talk. My roommate and I run the 1L Mentoring Program at our school, and I really would do anything to make somebody’s transition to law school as painless as possible. Congrats again!!
    .-= Allie Katie´s last blog ..Vegans, beware!! =-.

  9. Also, I stopped short when I read the title–my mom insists on making a tart/tort joke at least once every holiday season.
    .-= Allie Katie´s last blog ..Vegans, beware!! =-.

  10. I think you have made a wonderful decision!

  11. Congratulations!! I’m glad you were able to figure out what is was that makes you happy and wish you all the best!

  12. Congratulations!!

  13. What a great story! This is almost exactly what I want to study, and for basically the same reasons, too! Best of luck to you, I hope you still provide us with delicious vegan treats.

  14. Congrats Christine! I think its so wonderful that you’re following through on something that is so important to you
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Long Point Grill & Chocolate Almond Milk =-.

  15. Congratulations, Christine!

    You have added another book to my “must get my hands on” list. I would also recommend reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, et al. You will enjoy her recounting eating local for a year.
    .-= Nicki´s last blog ..A New Beer Tried =-.

  16. Wow! How inspiring. I always feel like what I’m doing is not enough but sometimes feel helpless about getting the word out on what’s really going on with our food. You just proved that non of us are helpless if we have the guts to do something. Awesome.

  17. Awesome! Congrats!

  18. I’m so sorry…

    I mean, congratulations!
    .-= Blaine Moore´s last blog ..Status Update and a New Contest =-.

  19. CHRISTINE….CONGRATULATIONS! that is truly amazing and it makes me so happy to know there are people like you who are looking out for us and can hopefully rise about the political tides so many of these issues get bogged down in. all the best to you!

  20. Congrats Christine!

    I am just finishing up my last year of law school and it has been quite the ride! I too, am intrigued by the intersection of the food industry with the law and hope to pursue this as part of my practice someday.

    Do you have your own blog? I would love to read more about your upcoming pursuits. All the best, Jean.

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