Monday, April 7, 2008

April 2008 LL.M. Alumni & Friends Update

In February, I provided updates from our alumni, and shortly thereafter noted Ross Pifer's appointment as Director of the Ag Center at Penn State, Dickinson School of Law.

Here are some additional updates from our alumni and friends - listed by year in the program. Congratulations to all - such impressive work! Note: the combined news will be published in the law school's magazine, The Law Record, this summer.

For those not listed - be sure to let us know how you are doing!

Douglas Fee is practicing law in South Pasadena, California and is now certified as a specialist in appellate law. Of the 216,056 attorneys admitted to practice in California, 242 are appellate law specialists. Doug was back to visit us a couple weeks ago, and it was great to see him.

Job Serebrov serves as Senior Counselor to the USDA General Counsel in Washington, D.C. He has been in contact with us on a number of agricultural law issues and has been great at passing on job notices from the USDA.

Martha Noble serves as Senior Policy Associate for the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition in Washington, D.C. She was recently appointed to the EPA Farm, Ranch & Rural Communities Advisory Committee.

Eric Strating and Henriette Arolt-Strating are in Canberra, Australia where Eric serves as Deputy Head of Mission of the Netherland's Australian Embassy. Henriette works with the government agency, Land & Water Australia. Eric reports that he has taken up competition horse jumping. He purchased a showjumper (Monty) and finished 5th out 28 in the first event he participated in! He says that he plans to quit now, preserving that good record, but we’ll wait and see.

Janie Simms Hipp is in Washington D.C. serving as a National Program Leader for Farm Financial Management, Risk Management Education, and Trade Adjustment Assistance at the USDA agency, CSREES.

Kyle Lathrop is Assistant General Counsel with Stiefel Research Institute, providing legal, regulatory and compliance support for the pharmaceutical company's R&D, Sales, and Distribution operations in Atlanta, Georgia and Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Allen Olson continues his agricultural law work with the law firm of Moore, Clarke, DuVall, & Rodgers, in Albany Georgia and served as a recent chair of the Georgia Bar Association Agricultural Law section, publishing a section newsletter and sponsoring continuing legal education sessions for the Georgia bar.

Brigette J. Beaton provides consulting services in the areas of the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act for the USDA, NRCS. In addition, she is the owner of Wright Path Consulting, LLC., and is a part-time instructor at Atlanta Technical College in the Paralegal Studies Program.

Doug O'Brien is the Assistant Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, advising the Agriculture Director on regulatory and marketing issues.

Gayle Packer was recently promoted to the position of Director of Corporate Services at Terracon Consultants, Inc. She now has direct responsibility for the Legal, Purchasing and Safety departments, and coordination responsibility for other corporate services. She was named to Ingram's Business Magazine's Kansas City 40 Under 40 list.

Amy White-Beard operates her successful clothing store, Something Urban, on Dickson Street in Fayetteville and remains our most fashionable alum!

Paeton L. Burkett
serves as an Attorney with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety, Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council.

Harrison Pittman continues to serve as Director of the National Center for Agricultural Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. For information about the valuable work at the Center and the new resources available, consider signing up for their bi-monthly e-newsletter.

Jay Kiiha merged his existing practice with and became a partner in Capitol Law Group, PLLC, in Boise, Idaho. He practices administrative law, water law and federal criminal defense.

Brian Oakey is now the Deputy Director for the Department of Agriculture in Idaho.

Vince Chadick taught the fall LL.M. class, Federal Regulation of Agricultural Livestock Sales as an adjunct professor of law.

Britt T. Long has been appointed Special Master of the Tenth Judicial District Court in Lewistown, Montana. “In her spare time,” she helps to run a to help run a wheat, barley and cow-calf operation.

Kaleb Hennigh practices with Brown & Associates in Enid, Oklahoma. He and his wife Jennifer welcomed their first baby, Karsen Reese Hennigh into their family last year.

M. Elizabeth Skinner has opened her own law firm in Stuttgart, Arkansas. She practices in the areas of agricultural law, administrative law, real estate, trusts and estates, creditor bankruptcy, and collections. In addition, she serves as the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the 11-East Judicial District.

Jillian Hishaw recently helped the Land Trust Alliance to organize a midwest conference that addressed state opposition to conservation easements.

Marne Coit joined the National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas School of Law in the fall of 2007, where she works on local food systems, sustainable agriculture, and other food law issues. She spoke at the annual Carolina Farm Stewardship Association conference on "Legal Challenges and Opportunities in Direct Marketing" and sits on the Steering Committee of the Arkansas Food Policy Council. Additionally, Marne was admitted to the Vermont Bar in Fall 2007.

Cara McCarthy hasn't quite finished the program yet, but she has already accepted a position as Legal Specialist with USDA GIPSA in Washington D.C.

K.C. Tucker will be working at the Bassett Law Firm here in Fayetteville as soon as she has completed the program.

More news on this year's graduates to follow soon!

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