Saturday, October 27, 2007

Now Reviewing Applications for LL.M. Program for Fall 2008

While issues involving food and agriculture have always been important, recent concerns about food safety have highlighted critical issues concerning agricultural law. Similarly, environmental issues, biotechnology, food labeling, international trade, and other compelling new challenges face our food system. The Graduate Program in Agricultural Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law offers the nation's only advanced LL.M. degree in agricultural law. We take pride in offering a curriculum covering the full spectrum of law and policy from the perspective of the farmer, the processor, the retailer, and the consumer, and are now including food law issues as a core aspect of that curriculum.

Our nine month course of study attracts attorneys from throughout the United States and from abroad. While many of our students are recent law school graduates, others enter the program as experienced practitioners. Our alumni are among the leaders in the agricultural law community.

The University of Arkansas School of Law is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, "a fast-growing college town of 62,000 in the Ozark foothills . . . flush with youth, culture and natural beauty." 36 Hours, by Julie Besonen, N.Y. TIMES, April 21, 2006.

We are now reviewing applications for the 2008-2009 academic year. Interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Visit our website, send us an e-mail at, or call 479-575-3706.

Susan A. Schneider
Professor of Law and Director
Graduate Program in Agricultural Law
University of Arkansas School of Law
Fayetteville, Arkansas
(479) 575-4334

Monday, October 1, 2007

Visiting Professor Teaches Crop Insurance and Disaster Assistance

This week, Karen Krub joins us as a visiting professor in the LL.M. program, teaching Crop Insurance and Disaster Assistance.

Karen earned her B.S. in Resource Development from Michigan State University in 1991 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1996. She served on the Yale JOURNAL ON REGULATION staff in 1994-95 and began her work at the Farmers' Legal Action Group (FLAG) in 1995 as a summer intern. FLAG is a nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services to family farmers and their rural communities. Karen was a Skadden Fellow at FLAG from 1996-1998 and then joined the full-time legal staff. In 2003, she was promoted to her current position as FLAG senior staff attorney.

Karen works in the areas of administrative law, agricultural credit, disaster assistance, and farmer-owned agricultural business development. She is the co-author of the book, THE FARMERS GUIDE TO DISASTER ASSISTANCE (2004) (now in its fifth edition), and the author of FARM TO MARKET: LEGAL ISSUES FOR MINNESOTA FARMERS STARTING A PROCESSING OR MARKETING BUSINESS (2000). In addition, she has authored numerous agricultural law articles, including, USDA's National Appeals Division Procedures and Practice (2003) National Agricultural Law Center, So What Else Is in the 2002 Farm Bill? FARMERS' LEGAL ACTION REPORT FOCUS REPORT (June 2002); and The Agricultural Provisions of the 1999 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, FARMERS' LEGAL ACTION REPORT FOCUS REPORT ( Dec.1998).

In addition to her publication work, Karen is a frequent speaker at farm advocacy training events, legal education seminars, and community meetings on agricultural law issues. She works as part of a team undertaking strategic litigation to advance farmers' rights and provides backup support on agricultural law issues to attorneys and advocates nationwide. She represents and provides support to farmers, their advocates, and attorneys in administrative appeals and ADR cases. She has taught the Agricultural Law seminar at William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and this is her third visit to the University of Arkansas to teach Crop Insurance and Disaster Assistance in the LL.M. Program.