Sunday, January 11, 2009

LL.M. Program Offers New Course in Federal Policy & Budget

This coming week we will be hosting David Grahn, the Associate General Counsel for Rural Development at the USDA in Washington, D.C. David will be teaching a new course in federal policy called, Agricultural Policy and the Budget Rules. This new course will explore the impact of the Office of Management and Budget and the cost scoring system on policy making, discussing impacts for the future. Included in this discussion, of course, will be issues related to the stimulus package and its impact on policy making. After covering the substantive law, David will talk with our students about strategies for getting jobs in D.C. In addition to the LL.M. candidates, we will have several alumni returning for the course.

David is a special friend of the Program, and he will be teaching this course on his own time - and not in his official capacity at the USDA. He brings a wealth of policy experience and inside-Washington expertise to the task.

David's bio is listed below:
David P. Grahn is the Associate General Counsel for Rural Development at the United States Department of Agriculture. Mr. Grahn is responsible for the legal advice provided by the Office of the General Counsel to the Rural Housing Service, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Utilities Service, the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation/Risk Management Agency, and the Farm Loan Programs of the Farm Service Agency. From 1996 through 2002, Mr. Grahn was the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation responsible for the drafting and reviewing of legislation and the reviewing of Congressional testimony that affected agencies of the Department of Agriculture. Mr. Grahn was detailed to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Nutrition during Congress' consideration of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996. From 1992 through 1995, Mr. Grahn served as a Confidential Assistant to the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency. Mr. Grahn is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and Carleton College.

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