Saturday, March 29, 2008

Connections with Ukraine: Update on Professor Kelley's Work

As all of our alumni know, Associate Professor Christopher Kelley is a mainstay of the LL.M. program. An LL.M. alumnus himself, he has been on the faculty since 1998 teaching a variety of courses. He teaches half time in the J.D. program and half time in the LL.M. Program, and in both capacities has been especially recognized for his expertise in administrative law and environmental law. Over the years, he has taught Government Regulation of Agriculture, USDA Administrative Process and Practice, Agriculture & the Environment, Agricultural Cooperatives, Agricultural Policy, and Agricultural Perspectives. And, in recent years, he has expanded his interests to encompass a variety of international law issues, teaching Selected Issues in International Agriculture in the LL.M. Program.

Professor Kelley spent Fall semester 2005 in Ukraine as a Fulbright Scholar. During this time, he made many friends and professional contacts in Ukraine, and since his return to Arkansas, he has continued to develop important contacts. He is Of Counsel to the Inyurpolis law firm in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Professor Kelley has also become very active in international law work, serving as vice-chair of the Russia/Eurasia Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law (ABA International) and working on the World Justice Forum.

He recently published some of his thoughts on the importance of preparing lawyers for a transnational practice along with a retrospective of his time in Ukraine and a summary of recent opportunities that have developed for the School of Law. You can find his article online in the University of Arkansas publication, All Things Academic. It is titled, The School of Law and Ukraine.

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