Monday, September 8, 2008

The Fayetteville Farmers' Market

During the first week of the semester, as a class project, each year the new LL.M. candidates visit the Fayetteville Farmers' Market to interview farmers, the market manager, and customers. This project introduces the class to an important component in today's agriculture - direct marketing of local farm products. And, it introduces the LL.M. Candidates to an important aspect of life in Northwest Arkansas.

Here is a podcast created by LL.M. Candidate, Andrew Hopper detailing his visit to the market. Listen and enjoy a visit to Fayetteville, Arkansas! And, special thanks to Andrew for creating this podcast for us.

Andrew Hopper
Anderson, Indiana
B.S., Business Administration, Milligan College
J.D., Ohio Northern University
SBA President; SBA President’s Service Award; SBA Excellence in Leadership Award; Agric, L. Assoc. President; Icelandic Legal Society International Exchange Student
Thomson West representative, BarBri representative; Business owner, Hopper Photography

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Class of 2008-09

We are now several weeks into the semester, and it has been fun to see the new class coming together.

We have 13 LL.M. candidates enrolled in the Program this fall, one of the largest classes on record. And, the candidates have some of the highest academic credentials. The class has an average law school G.P.A. of 3.32; several are published authors; four are members of their law school's law review or journal; two are experienced attorneys; and one is a state court of appeals judge-elect. The candidates come from Michigan, Florida, Oklahoma, Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, Arkansas, and Ukraine.

Special thanks to Associate Dean (and former LL.M. Director) Lonnie Beard and his wife Amy White Beard (J.D., Michigan State, LL.M. University of Arkansas) for hosting a welcome dinner at their lovely home near campus. As can be seen in the photos (taken by Andrew Hopper, one of the LL.M. candidates who is also a professional photographer - how handy is that?) we all had a wonderful time getting to know each other and enjoying some beautiful Northwest Arkansas weather in the Beard's backyard. Special guests included Professors Neil Hamilton, Christopher Kelley, and Vince Chadick; LL.M. Alumni representative K.C. Tucker and her husband Joe Tucker; and Lisa Schreurs, LL.M. Program Administrative Assistant.