Saturday, January 24, 2009

What is Agricultural Law?

I recently had the opportunity to deliver a presentation on the topic, What is Agricultural Law. The forum was the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in San Diego. The AALS Agricultural Law Section session hosted the session, and our chair, Professor Anthony Schutz identified two related goals: (1) To consider the pedagogical and scholarly value of agricultural law, and (2) To identify what belongs in the canon of agricultural law. His guidance to session panelists was as follows: "given the various changes that the agricultural sector has undergone over the last twenty-five years, it is time to reconsider the roots of the subject matter to which our section is devoted." My co-panelists were Professor Drew Kershen and Dean Jim Chen. Pictured here are Jim and me preparing to deliver our remarks. Dean Nance attended and took this photo for us, almost immediately uploading it to her Facebook page. Having a Dean with such an active Facebook page is really something to keep up with! But, that is another story . . .

The panel discussion was very interesting, and both preparing for and participating in the session helped me to organize my thoughts on what we do -

I just posted my written remarks from the panel on my SSRN site. These remarks will be published next month in the American Agricultural Law Association's newsletter, The Agricultural Law Update. The article discusses agricultural law in the context of the contemporary law school curriculum, but it also explains our focus in the LL.M. Program.

Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions.

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