Friday, January 21, 2011

Visiting Professor Allen Olson to Teach Federal Farm Programs Classes

We are delighted to welcome back Allen Olson to serve as one of our Visiting Professors in the LL.M. Program.  He will be teaching two courses involving Federal Farm Programs, beginning this week with two days of intense instruction.  His classes will continue throughout the semester through digital video conferenced lectures and other distance technology, wrapping up with another in-person visit in April.

With over 30 years of experience as a practicing lawyer, most often representing farmers and agribusinesses, Allen brings a wealth of practical legal training to his teaching.  And, as an experienced lecturer and former professor in the LL.M. Program, it will be wonderful for us to have him back in our classroom.  He taught in the LL.M. Program when he served as an attorney with the National Agricultural Law Center from 1996-1998.

Allen received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1971, his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1974, and his LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1996. He has practiced law in Virginia, Nebraska and Georgia.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Agricultural Law Association and is a past Chair of the Agriculture Law Section of the Georgia State Bar. He is the author of numerous articles on agricultural law topics and is a frequent legal conference speaker.

Allen has a successful agricultural law practice in Georgia. His legal work is concentrated on agricultural law matters, including federal farm programs, payment limitations, USDA administrative appeals, crop insurance litigation, conservation easements, farm business planning, and other matters affecting farmers and related agricultural businesses.

In his free time, he enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including mule riding (in show competition) and donkey hikes. He is pictured below (left) with friends on a recent donkey hike in New Mexico.

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