Sunday, August 16, 2009

Welcome to the Incoming LL.M. Class - Our 30th Class of LL.M. Candidates

Monday, August 17 marks the first day of the 2009-10 academic year for the LL.M. Program. In an orientation session scheduled for 8:00 a.m., we will welcome our new class. After orientation, Professor Neil Hamilton will begin our first course, The Introduction to the Law of Food & Agriculture.

This year promises to be special in two respects. First, this class is the 30th LL.M. class to have attended the Program. We hope to use our 30th anniversary to recall the history of the Program, to show appreciation to everyone who has made the Program such a success, and to look to the future - a future where agricultural law is even more fully recognized as a critical area of legal study.

Second, we hope to announce a change in the descriptive title of our program to LL.M. in Agricultural and Food Law, reflecting the inseparable bond between food and farming, between farmers and those who purchase the fruits of their labor.

We have an exceptional group of LL.M. candidates in the Program this year. They come from American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.; Lewis & Clark School of Law in Portland, Oregon; Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York; Novgorod State University, St. Petersburg, Russia; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Columbia; Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria; Indian Law Society’s Law College, University of Pune, Pune (Maharashtra), India; Gujarat National Law University, Gandhiinagar, Gujarat, India; and, our own University of Arkansas School of Law. I will introduce them individually in a subsequent post. We are delighted to have them with us, and they promise to continue the excellent tradition of success established by our alumni.

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