Sunday, May 18, 2008

LL.M. Class of 2008 - Graduation Ceremony

The University of Arkansas School of Law held its commencement ceremony on May 17, 2008, and as a featured part of our ceremony, we congratulated this year's LL.M. class. While most are still completing work on their thesis, eight of our candidates had finished all of their regular course work and were thus entitled to "walk" with their class for commencement.

Here are excerpts from our ceremony, with pictures to be posted soon -

  • Since 1980, the University of Arkansas School of Law has had the only LL.M. program in the United States that offers an advanced legal degree in agricultural law. Our LL.M. candidates study the wide array of legal and policy issues that relate to the food we eat, the natural fibers we wear, and most recently, the biofuels that run our vehicles. They learn the law of food and agriculture from the perspective of the farmer, the retailer, and the consumer.
  • Because of our unique program, we attract candidates from throughout the United States and from many other countries. We now have alumni from 35 different states and 18 foreign countries.

We are proud of our candidate’s hard work and dedication this year. Congratulations to the class of 2008!

Jeanie Stephens Callicott received her B.S. degree in Political Science and Journalism from Southern Arkansas University and her J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Arkansas. Jeanie has accepted a position in the regulatory division at Wal-Mart, where she will be the Admissibility Compliance Manager for Imports.

Irina Feofanova is an attorney from Russia, having earned her Specialist in Law degree with honors from the Novgorod State University. Irina has been researching international child labor issues in the context of human rights for her LL.M. thesis and will be continuing this work through the next year.

Eric Howard Foy received his B.S. degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Eric is licensed to practice law in the state of Oklahoma. He will soon be leaving for an internship in Washington D.C. with the National Pork Producers Council, working on legislation affecting the industry.

Cara McCarthy received her B.S. in Social Science/Environmental Studies from Michigan State University and her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. Cara recently began her work in Washington, D.C. as a legal specialist with the Packers & Stockyards Division of GIPSA, an agency within the USDA.

Shannon Mirus received her B.S. degree in Agricultural Business, magna cum laude, University of Arkansas and her J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law. Shannon is licensed to practice law in the state of Arkansas and has accepted a position as staff attorney at the National Center for Agricultural Law.

Rusty Wade Rumley received his B.S. degree in Agribusiness, magna cum laude from Oklahoma State University and his J.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Oklahoma. Rusty is continuing work in the area of farmland valuation and special use tax valuation and will be returning to Oklahoma to private practice.

Elizabeth R. Springsteen received her B.A. degree in Political Science/Pre Law from Michigan State University, and her J.D.degree, cum laude, from the University of Toledo College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in both Ohio and Michigan. Elizabeth recently agreed to work for one year as a staff attorney at the National Center for Agricultural Law, after which she plans to return to Michigan where her family operates an eight generation centennial farm.

Amanda Michelle Thomas received her B.A. degree in Economics with honors from the University of Central Arkansas and her J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Arkansas. This summer she is continuing her research involving the challenges faced by retail food outlets in securing and marketing local and organic foods.

K.C. Dupps Tucker received her B.A. degree in Drama/Political Science from Colorado College and her J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law. K.C. is licensed to practice law in the state of Arkansas and is an associate with the Bassett Law firm here in Fayetteville. The firm allowed her to take this academic year off to complete her LL.M. degree, and I am pleased to report that she not only completed all of her course work successfully, she finished her thesis last week. She reports back to work on Monday and will resume her work on the Oklahoma state litigation against Arkansas poultry companies. She will also be practicing in the area of food law and regulation.

Congratulations, LL.M. Class of 2008!

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