Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Greetings to all the friends and alumni of the Graduate Program in Agricultural Law -
and a very Happy New Year to all!

Here are just a few of the things coming up on our list for 2009 -
  • On January 9, I will present at the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) annual meeting in San Diego on the topic: What is Agricultural Law? I will discuss ways in which agricultural law as a discipline is much broader than most people realize as well as the new interest in the study of food law as a component of our studies.
  • During the week of January 12, David Grahn, the Associate General Counsel for Rural Development at the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. will be joining us to teach a new condensed course course in federal policy called, How Oz Really Works: How Federal Money Rules Drive Federal Policy and Determine Who Makes the Decisions. David is a wonderful teacher and one of the most knowledgeable agricultural lawyers in D.C. Several of our alumni will be back attend this new course. It promises to be a fascinating week.
  • I will be teaching a number of 1-2 credit specialty classes Spring semester: Selected Issues in Food Law, Agricultural Bankruptcy, Agricultural Perspectives, and Agricultural Labor Law. Professor Kelley will be teaching our 3 credit Agriculture and the Environment class plus a new course that he is developing on the Rule of Law.
  • We are pleased to add two new adjunct professors to our ranks: Alison Peck will be teaching a new course, Sustainable Agriculture, and Mark Henry will teach Agricultural Biotechnology. Both professors are alumni of our program with wonderful credentials already posted on our website.
  • The week of April 6, Neil Hamilton will teach a new course for us this spring: Rural Lands, Rural Livelihoods, a wonderful course that highlights many of the new rural development issues including wind energy.
  • The School of Law is supporting the formation of a faculty committee this spring to help us explore the use of distance technology to improve and expand the reach of the LL.M. Program.
More news as it happens - but you can already see that 2009 promises to be a great year for us. All of us here in Arkansas wish you the very best.

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