Saturday, February 12, 2011

Bill Marler Receives Professional Achievement Award

Congratulations to our Visiting Professor, Bill Marler!  Professor Marler has been awarded Seattle University's Professional Achievement Award, an award given in recognition of "exceptional achievement in the professional arena."

This week is clearly evidence of that exceptional achievement. Bill first attended a mediation in the E. coli O157:H7 case of Linda Rivera in San Francisco. Linda has been hospitalized since May of 2009. Her tragic story was told in the Washington Post story, This Woman Might Die From Eating Cookie Dough: Severe Case Gives Context to the Issue of Food Safety.

After the mediation, Bill flew to Washington D.C. for a meeting with the U.S.  Justice Department to discuss the status of the federal prosecution of Stewart Parnell, President of Peanut Corporation of America, the company that shipped contaminated peanut butter, resulting in the 700 reported illnesses and 9 deaths.  A  press conference with clients followed the meeting.  See, Where is the Accountability?

Then, Bill delivered the keynote address to the Government Accountability Program's Whistleblower Conference, Employee Rights and the Food Safety Modernization Act. 

Meanwhile, Bill continued frequent activity on his @bmarler Twitter account and the Marler Blog.  On the blog this evening, he reported that it was "good to fly home in time to watch my daughter Sydney’s soccer match." He also reported on the letter waiting for him from the President of Seattle University advising him of the award.

We are honored to have Bill associated with our Program as one of our Visiting Professors, and we are pleased to have his support for our food law work in the LL.M. Program.  Again, Congratulations!

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