Friday, September 24, 2010

LL.M. Alumni and GIPSA Rules

Last week, our alumni at the National Center for Agricultural Law held the first in a series of workshops for poultry and livestock producers on the new rules proposed by the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

Center Director, Harrison Pittman and Staff Attorneys Elizabeth Rumley, Shannon Mirus, and Rusty Rumley provided an overview of the proposed rule and described regulatory changes that would affect Arkansas poultry and livestock producers. In addition, they reviewed the GIPSA rulemaking process and explained how to submit comments to the proposed rules. The session was well attended and ended with a question and answer session. Two more workshops will be held here in Arkansas and a webinar available nationally will be held on October 14. For information visit the Center's website or contact Beth at

LL.M. Program alumni have been deeply involved in all sides of the issues raised by the GIPSA proposed rule. At the USDA/Department of Justice sponsored Competition Workshop in Colorado in August, it was almost an alumni reunion. We received reports that the following alumni were all in attendance:
  • Craig Raysor, Investigative Attorney, USDA GIPSA
  • Brett Offutt, Director, Policy and Litigation Division, Packers and Stockyards Program, USDA GIPSA
  • Doug O'Brien, Special Advisor to USDA Secretary Vilsack
  • Chuck Munson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Consumer Protection, Montana Attorney General's Office
  • Jennifer (Williams) Zwagerman, Associate Attorney, Faegre & Benson; 2010-11 Faegre & Benson Visiting Scholar at Drake University Law School
  • Anne Hazlett, Minority Council, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee
  • Allie Devine, Vice President and General Counsel, Kansas Livestock Association
  • Jack Jenson, Legal Specialist for GIPSA.
It was reported to us that Visiting Professor Phil Kunkel with the law firm of Gray Plant Mooty based in Minnesota was also at the workshop and visited with some of our alums. Not in attendance, but very involved in the rulemaking process was Cara McCarthy, Legal Specialist for GIPSA in Washington, D.C.

Let us know if we missed anyone!

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