Tuesday, November 16, 2010

David Grahn Teaches Class on Crop Insurance

USDA attorney and long time friend of the LL.M. Program, David Grahn video-conferenced with the LL.M. class last week, providing them with an effective and informative introduction to the complexities of federal crop insurance.

David is the Associate General Counsel for Rural Development at the USDA. He is responsible for the legal advice provided by the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation/Risk Management Agency, as well as the Rural Housing Service, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Utilities Service, and the Farm Loan Programs of the Farm Service Agency. From 1996 through 2002, David was the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation responsible for the drafting and reviewing of legislation and the reviewing of Congressional testimony that affected USDA agencies. He was detailed to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Nutrition during Congress' consideration of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996. From 1992 through 1995, David served as a Confidential Assistant to the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency. Mr. Grahn is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and Carleton College.

We greatly appreciate David's involvement in the LL.M. Program. He is one of our most popular visiting professors, and it is always great to have him in the classroom.

As one of the LL.M. candidates wrote to me at the end of last week, "it's wonderful to get to interact with accomplished, motivating people who can give us personal insight into the various policy and legal issues that are the subjects of our studies. This strength is a great asset to the program and I want you to know how enriching our conversations with Mr. Grahn and Mr. Rawls were."

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