Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thank you to our Friends

Today we finished up the first class of the new semester - a condensed course called An Introduction to the Law of Food & Agriculture taught by Professor Neil Hamilton. Professor Hamilton has taught this introductory class for us for a number of years, and it is always a good way to start off the year. This year, it seemed to go exceptionally well - we have a great group of new LL.M. candidates that really appreciated the special opportunity presented by Neil's visit.

Although most readers of this blog will know Neil - check out the wonderful article about him that was posted in a recent Des Moines magazine, Hamilton. As noted in the article, he is "one of the world’s preeminent experts on sustainable agriculture."

This year Neil was particularly energized and yet very reflective as he kicked off his sabbatical year with his visit to Arkansas. The class was a great success - with lots of good discussion and a fast-paced overview of some of the biggest issues in agricultural law.

This afternoon, we were delighted to have a special visitor - LL.M. alumna Janie Simms Hipp was in town and stopped by to welcome the new class. Janie delivered an inspiring call to action regarding the legal needs in rural America and discussed her work with Native Americans. Janie, a member of the Chickasaw tribe and a long time advocate on behalf of family farmers, now serves as Senior Advisor for Tribal Affairs to USDA Secretary Vilsack and also directs the USDA Office of Tribal Relations. We are grateful for Janie's continued support for the Program and hope that she will visit whenever she has a chance to come home to Arkansas. The LL.M. candidates are already making plans to visit her in D.C.

A great week to start off an exciting new year!

No comments: