Monday, September 27, 2010

Alumni Friends Connecting in D.C.


Pictured here, left to right, are Jennifer Fiser and Ulyana Korzhevych. Jennifer, from Arkansas and Ulyana, from Lyiv, Ukraine met each other and became friends during their LL.M. studies 2008-09. We are now pleased to report that they have re-connected in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer just began her new position at USDA, where she serves as Agricultural Program Specialist with Farm Service Agency in the Production, Emergencies, and Compliance Division. Ulyana is interning for the White and Case international law firm in Washington, D.C., serving as an International Lawyer.

The picture was taken at the annual Adams Morgan Day festival in Washington, D.C. There, Jennifer was able to introduce Ulyana to "fried American street food (kettle chips, to be exact)." It was also reported that they had mini donuts on a stick that were "wonderful." Nice to see our hardworking D.C. alums having some fun on the weekend!

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 erumley@uark.edu.

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!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

LL.M. Program Highlighted in Food Safety News


Agricultural law as a discipline and the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law are featured in a headline article, Learning the Law From Farm to Fork, on Food Safety News today. The article was written by Claire Mitchell, a current LL.M. candidate and the recipient of the Marler Clark Graduate Assistantship in the LL.M. Program.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Claire Mitchell Named Marler Clark Graduate Assistant

We are pleased to announce that LL.M. Candidate Claire Mitchell has been selected as the recipient of the Marler Clark Graduate Assistantship, part of our new public/private partnership.

The public/private partnership graduate assistant program allows us to partner with leaders in the food and agricultural legal communities, matching our candidates with firms and agencies working on the cutting edge of our food system. The participation of Marler Clark L.L.P., P.C. located in Seattle, Washington is indeed an honor for us.

Claire received her J.D. degree from Hofstra University with a concentration in Energy and the Environment. She received her B.A., majoring in English, from Villanova University, magna cum laude. During law school, Claire served as Articles Editor, for the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, was elected President of the Legal Emergency Aid Project and elected Treasurer of Hofstra Law Women. She also served as Program Coordinator for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and Editorial Assistant for BAR/BRI Bar Review. She was awarded a Certificate in Mediation Skills, approved by the New York State Office of Court Administration.

Claire has clerking experience in private practice and internships with Nassau County Supreme Court and Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. She co-authored the article, Who’s Your Daddy: A Proposal for Paid Family Leave to Promote the Growth of Families, is published at 27 HOFSTRA LABOR & EMP L.J. 199 (2010).

Among Claire's duties as a Graduate Assistant for Marler Clark will be writing for the Food Safety News, the daily Web-based newspaper dedicated to reporting on issues surrounding food safety presented by Marler Clark.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Richard Flournoy Named Bassett Law Firm LLP Graduate Assistant

We are pleased to announce that LL.M. Candidate, Richard Flournoy has been selected as the recipient of the Bassett Law Firm LLP Graduate Assistantship, part of our new public/private partnership.

The public/private partnership graduate assistant program allows us to partner with leaders in the food and agricultural legal communities, matching our candidates with firms and agencies working on the cutting edge of our food system. The participation of Bassett Law Firm LLP in this program is indeed an honor for us.

Richard received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Georgia, cum laude and his J.D. from Mercer University, cum laude. He had a distinguished record in law school, serving as a member of the Mercer Law Review and receiving the Mercer Law Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Writing. In addition he received CALI Awards for Excellence in both Legal Writing and in Commercial Transactions. Richard served as the Secretary of the Mercer Environmental Law Society. He interned for the Agricultural Liaison to the Governor of Georgia and clerked with several Georgia law firms. And, he served as Campaign Intern for Gary Black for Agriculture in the election race for Commissioner of Agriculture in Georgia.

Congratulations, Richard!