Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Introducing the LL.M. Class of 2011

This fall, we welcome the largest LL.M. class ever, with an enrollment of nineteen candidates - seventeen new LL.M. candidates and two returning part-time candidates - in a class composed of a mix of experienced attorneys and recent law graduates.

Our experienced attorneys have professional experience that includes leadership at Wal-Mart as Sustainable Development Director, Judge Advocate service at the Pentagon, service as an FAA Regional Environmental Counsel, and international trade experience as a practicing attorney. We also welcome a professor of law from Yeunganam University in the Republic of Korea.

Our recent law graduates obtained their degrees from the University of Iowa, Ohio State University, Washington University, the University of Oregon, Hofstra University, the University of Miami, Mercer University, Novgorod State University in Novgorod, Russia, and our own University of Arkansas School of Law.

Brief biographies of the incoming class are provided below.

Kimberly Arnao

J.D. Pace University School of Law, cum laude, Certificate of Specialty, Environmental Law
B.A., Rutgers College (Biology, Natural Resource Management)
Admitted to practice, Ohio
Former Regional Environmental Counsel, Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region
Other professional experience includes service as Deputy Regional Environmental Counsel, U.S. Air Force; Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, United States Air Force
Recipient of Commendation, Achievement, and Meritorious Service medals, U.S. Air Force.

Kerri Boling
J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law
B.S., University of Arkansas (Agriculture/Agricultural Business)
Served as a law clerk in the Legal Department of Tyson Foods; Clerked for Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Jim Gunter; Clerked for the USDA Office of General Counsel in Kansas City
Research Assistant, National Center for Agricultural Law
Co-authored the first Arkansas Beef Audit Report for the Arkansas Beef Council; authored case summaries published on the National Agricultural Law Center’s website; contributor to Arkansas Cattle Business Magazine.

Richard Burnett

J.D., University of Oregon
B.S., Brigham Young University (Agronomy/Environmental Science)
M.S., Agronomy, Brigham Young University
Graduate Teaching Fellow, Department of Biology, University of Oregon
Co-author, The Great Tikal Earthwork Revisited, 32 JOURNAL OF FIELD ARCHAEOLOGY 41 (2007); Final Report: Re-evaluation of the Earthworks at Tikal, Guatemala: Phase 2, National Science Foundation (2007)
Thesis: Stable Carbon Isotope Evidence of Ancient Maya Agriculture at Tikal, Guatemala.

Marie David
LL.B., University of Benin, Benin, Nigeria
Barrister-at-Law, Nigerian Law School, Lagos, Nigeria
Georgia Institute of Real Estate, Atlanta Georgia
Certificate in Computer Training/Development, DeKalb, Georgia
Former Director of Sustainability, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; previous positions with Wal-Mart include, Director of Social Responsibility, Social Responsibility Manager, Project Specialist for Global Supply Chain Management
Prior Experience includes Consultant, eBusiness Solutions, General Electric Power Systems; and Product Development Manager & Senior Technical Analyst, United States Advanced Network.

Richard Flournoy
J.D., Mercer University, cum laude
B.A., University of Georgia, cum laude (Political Science)
Member, Mercer Law Review
Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Writing; CALI Awards for Excellence in Legal Writing and in Commercial Transactions;
Secretary, Mercer Environmental Law Society
Internship as Agricultural Liaison to the Governor of Georgia; Private practice legal clerkships; Campaign Intern, Gary Black for Agriculture.

Jason Foscolo
J.D. Pace University Law School
B.A., Fordham University (History)
Admitted to practice law, New York
Former Deputy Branch Head, Judge Advocate Support, Marine Corps, Pentagon
Prior experience includes service as Deputy Station Judge Advocate, Defense Counsel Marine Corp Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan
Author of a recurring professional responsibility column in weekly JAG publication
Former staff attorney, Sullivan & Cromwell, New York.

Alexandra Gainsteva
Law degree from Novgorod State University in Novgorod, Russia
Professional Communications Translator, Novgorod State University
Study at UA School of Law as visiting scholar, 2009-2010
Former Legal Counsel, Novgorod Regional Social Organization (“Consumers Union”); Internships with Federal Registration Service of Russian Federation and Dept of Home Affairs, Novgorod Region
Admitted to practice law in Russia.

Maxim Gubarev
Law degree from Novgorod State University in Novgorod, Russia
Russian-American Summer Law School in Saint-Petersburg; Jessup Jessup Moot Court Competition, Russian national rounds; Prometheus program at the University of Tartu (Estonia), studying European law, policies and international relations
Study at UA School of Law as visiting scholar, 2008-2009
Internships with Export-Import customs brokerage firm in Novgorod, dealing with Russian Customs Service and at the Russian largest retail company - "Thunder" Ltd., working for the department of Analysis and Investigations (Novgorod branch)
Recipient of the Russia-U.S. Legal Education Foundation and Oxford-Russia Fund academic grants
Admitted to practice law in Russia
Authored Responsibility of Transnational Corporations for Human Rights Violations for the International Legal Conference, Novgorod State University.

David Jackson
J.D., University of Kansas
B.A., George Mason University (English)
Former practicing attorney, Miller and Company, P.C
Admitted to the Missouri Bar and the Court of International Trade Bar; Passed Customs Broker Examination (license application pending)
CALI Award for Excellence in Advanced International Trade; International Trade Assistant, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
Co-authored book chapter, Toward Equal Human Dignity in Free Trade Agreements, with international law scholar, Professor Raj Bhala, Rice Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas School of Law
Other professional experience includes: University Professor, Department of Management and Economics, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, People’s Republic of China (teaching oral communication and written composition); RBL Investigator and Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Tae Huan Keum (attending the LL.M. Program on his sabbatical)
Law Professor (Administrative Law, Agricultural Law), College of Law, Yeunganam University
LL.B., Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
LL.M., Administrative Law, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
LL.D., Administrative Law, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
Admitted to practice law, Republic of Korea
Publications include, The WTO Case Against U.S. Subsidies on Upland Cotton (2009); The Meaning of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Lingle v. Chevron (2008); Advocate for the Agriculture and Agriculture Law (2007); The Reviewability of Rule in Korea, China and Japan (2007); The Text and Intent in Interpretation of Administrative Law (2007); The Historical Transition of Management Subjects of Agricultural Water & Water Rights (2007); The Substantial Evidence Test in the Federal Administrative Procedure Act (2007); LEGAL ISSUES IN EVERYDAY LIFE (2006); ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS (coauthor) (2005).

Lauren Medoff
J.D., University of Miami, cum laude
B.A., University of Florida, cum laude (Psychology)
B.S., University of Florida, cum laude (Criminology)
Intern and clerkship experience: Service as a Federal Certified Legal Intern with the U.S. Attorney’s Office involving food safety and criminal liability issues; Private practice clerkships; Internships with the Children & Youth Law Clinic and with the Florida Fifteenth Judicial Circuit
Co-chair of the University of Miami School of Law School Ambassadors; Inter-club Counsel member; 2009 Orientation Committee Leader.

David Milender
J.D., University of Iowa B.A. (Political Science)
Purdue University (Political Science), Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa
Clinical and internship experience: Prosecutor Intern, Muscatine County Attorney’s Office, Legal Clinic (Law & Policy in Action and Immigration Program); Lake County State Attorney’s Office
Justice, Student Judicial Court
Other professional experience: Supervisor/Project Coordinator, Kleffmann Group (supervised collection of agricultural market data).

Claire Mitchell
J.D., Hofstra University, Concentration in Energy and the Environment
B.A. Villanova University, magna cum laude
Certificate in Mediation Skills approved by the New York State Office of Court Administration
President, Legal Emergency Aid Project; Treasurer, Hofstra Law Women; Program Coordinator, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Clerking experience in private practice and internships with Nassau County Supreme Court and Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office;
Editorial Assistant for BAR/BRI Bar Review
Authored Who’s Your Daddy: A Proposal for Paid Family Leave to Promote the Growth of Families, 27 HOFSTRA LABOR & EMP L.J. 199 (2010).

Kathryn Peters
J.D., University of Oregon
B.A., University of Oregon (Accounting)
University of Oregon Award of Excellence 2007-2010;
Clinical experience, serving as a volunteer, intern and extern for the Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center and externing with the Small Business Clinic
Research Assistant, Professor Nancy Shurtz
Authored Creating an Urban Agricultural Revolution, J. ENVTL. L. LITIG. (forthcoming 2010)
Other professional experience includes ownership of Dark Hollow, a natural fiber clothing line, with responsibility for design, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution, as well as all aspects of financial accounting; and, service as a Licensed Tax Preparer, H&R Block.

Jeremy Pyle
J.D., University of Oregon School of Law
B.A., DePauw University (Political Science)
Clerkship experience at the Western Environmental Law Center, the Oregon Department of Justice, and Cascadia Wildlands; Internship with Oregon State Representative Jules Kopel Bailey
Organizer, Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
Officer, Land Air Water.

Dorian Slaybod
J.D., Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University
B.A., The Ohio State University (Sociology)
President of the Environmental Law Society, the American Constitution Society, and the Jewish Law Students Association
Legal internship experience with Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Governor’s office, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office (working with the Alternative Energy Task Force), the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, and with a private law firm
Legal clerkship experience in agricultural labor law with the Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (Migrant Farmworker Program); and with a private law firm (working in civil rights and employment discrimination litigation)
Authored A Lack of Consensus: The World’s Conflicting Policies on Biofuels and The Obama Administration’s Stance on Biofuels, both published in the ABA Ag Management Committee Newsletter; Contributor, ABA YEAR IN REVIEW, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 2008 and 2009 Annual Reports.

Stacey Sturner
J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law
B.A., University of Texas (Government)
Current position as staff member, Northwest Arkansas Council
Former Legislative Assistant to Senator Dale Bumpers, Washington, D.C.; Legislative Affairs, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D.C.

Benjamin Thomas
J.D., Washington University School of Law
B.A., Austin College (English Literature, German)
Recipient, Scholar in Law Award
Vice President, Women’s Issues, Support & Education
Participant in the Congressional and Administrative Law Clinic, Federal Trade Commission, Office of Chairman Leibowitz
Steiger Fellow, New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, Antitrust Division
Internship with Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc.
Authored Note: Fifth Circuit Interpretation of the Packers & Stockyards Act in Wheeler v. Pilgrim’s Pride: Finally Giving Farmers a Chance
Other professional experience includes: Manager of Farm Services, J.B. Thomas Enterprises, Inc. and service as an English Language Teaching Assistant for the Austrian-American Fulbright Commission in Rankweil, Austria.

Allison Waldrip
J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law
B.A. (English Literature/Broadcast Journalism) University of Arkansas, cum laude
Numerous oral advocacy awards including Best Oral Advocate, National Moot Court Competition; member of the First Place Team, National Moot Court Competition; Best Oralist, Ben J. Altheimer Moot Court Competition; member of the First Place Team William H. Sutton Barrister’s Union Trial Competition
Clerkship experience in private practice
Served as Assistant to the Director of Communications, Dean’s Office, Univ. of Arkansas School of Law
Former News Anchor & Station Manager, University of Arkansas Television.

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