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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Let us know if we missed anyone!