Friday, May 21, 2010

Congratulations to LL.M. Candidate Courtney Henry

On Tuesday, May 18, LL.M. Candidate Courtney Henry was elected to serve as a Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. We are very proud of Courtney and are confident she will make a great Supreme Court Justice. While we don't anticipate that Courney will have time to complete her LL.M. degree in the near future, our loss is Arkansas' gain. Congratulations.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Congratulations to the Class of 2010

Last Saturday was graduation for the University of Arkansas School of Law and for our LL.M. candidates. It was a delightful ceremony. We are so proud of the hard work of this year's LL.M. candidates - it was truly a great class. Two of our candidates, Baylen Linnekin and Walt McCarter were able to complete not only their coursework but their thesis during the school year. The rest of the class is expected to complete work on their articles over the summer. We anticipate a 100% graduation rate from this excellent group of attorneys.

And, as the class of 2010 graduates, preparation for the class of 2011 carries us forward. Several of the new candidates have already visited Fayetteville to find apartments and explore their new community. More on the new class in a subsequent post - but it looks to be one of our largest classes ever. Fourteen are now enrolled, and we are still receiving applications from qualified attorneys.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Living on Earth: Round Up Ready Alfalfa

Earlier this week, I received an email from Jessica Ilyse Smith, journalist and producer of the Public Radio International show, Living on Earth. Jessica got my email address as a result of my participation in the Agricultural Law blog, part of the Jurisdynamics network of legal blogs.

Jessica was working on a story about the case of Monsanto Co. v Geertson Seed Farms and wanted an overview of the case and its implications. I was honored to oblige, and you can listen to the program, now available on the Living on Earth website under the Judging Biotech Seeds heading. I just completed a companion post on Agricultural Law that describes the case. It involves the commercial sale and planting of genetically engineered alfalfa seed.

Living on Earth is commended for reporting on this important case.

Professor Kelley Lectures in Belarus

Professor Christopher Kelley will lecture on legal writing in English at the Law Faculty of Belarusian State University in Minsk, Belarus, on May 5, 6, and 7. He was invited to lecture at the University while he was in Minsk in December leading a workshop in legal writing at the Vlasova Mikhel & Partners Law Firm in Minsk. His May lectures are being coordinated by Maria Yurieva, an attorney with the Sorainen Law Firm in Minsk. Sorainen is a regional law firm with offices in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Belarus.