Tuesday, February 12, 2008

LL.M. Alumni News Update - February 2008

We ask our alumni to keep us up to date with their professional activities, and within the last couple of months, we have received word of some impressive developments!

  • Patricia Farnese accepted a tenure-track position with the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan teaching agricultural law and related subjects. Patricia is working with our Journal of Food Law & Policy to develop a Canadian Law Update as a regular feature.
  • Ingrid Arinez is working with Heifer International and is helping to organize a celebration of International Women's Day, to be held on March 7, 2008 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The topic of the conference will be "women farmers and sustainable livelihoods." Ingrid invited me to participate in a panel discussion on the impact of U.S policies on women farmers around the world, U.S farm policy issues in agriculture, the role of women in food production and food security, the challenges women farmers face and their future in the globalized economy.
  • Mike Holland now serves as the Legislative Director and Counsel to U.S. Rep. John M. McHugh, Northern New York. Mike recently contacted us and graciously offered to serve as a resource to any LL.M. candidates who may be interested in working in Washington, DC, particularly as Congressional staff. Prior to his current position with Rep. McHugh, Mike served as a Legislative Assistant to former U.S. Senator Tim Hutchinson (1998-2001) and the Legislative Director to former U.S. Rep. and former Ways and Means Committee Chairman William M. Thomas (2001-2007). Mike is working with us to explore the possibility of establishing a Congressional internship program for interested LL.M. students.
  • Amy Lowenthal and Anne Hazlett continue to represent us well on both sides of the aisle in the important farm bill negotiations. Amy is Majority Counsel for the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, working under Senator Tom Harkin, and Anne is Minority Counsel for the Committee, working under Senator Saxby Chambliss.
  • Mark Murphey Henry recently presented at a symposium sponsored by the University of South Dakota on agriculture and ethanol production. Mark questioned the impact of using food for fuel and encouraged consideration of new technology such as cellulosic ethanol, which uses biomass like corn stalks and grass clippings to produce ethanol. We learned about Mark’s presentation through Sally Kelley’s agricultural law news search!