Monday, July 18, 2011

LL.M. Classes Set for Fall 2011

Classes in the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law begin the week of August 22 and extend through December 2.

We will be welcoming the class of 2012 with an orientation session on August 22 and are planning a dinner with our friend and distinguished visitor, Professor Neil Hamilton, on Wednesday or Thursday night of that week. We have a great class of LL.M. candidates enrolled (bio's will be posted soon), and we are looking forward to a great Fall semester.

Here is a list of our fall specialized courses:

 Introduction to the Law of Food & Agriculture (1 credit condensed course)
August 25-27 (note this includes a Saturday a.m. session at the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market)
This special orientation course provides an overview of the legal and policy issues presented by the production of food and fiber, including a discussion of structural changes in agriculture, sustainability issues, and trends in direct marketing and consumer interest. This course is taught by Visiting Professor Neil Hamilton.

Agriculture & the Environment (3 credit full semester course)
Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Agriculture is increasingly criticized for its impact on the environment. This course examines the tensions between the desire to produce food and fiber efficiently and concern for the protection of natural resources. The application of the major federal environmental statutes to agricultural operations will be presented, with discussion of the exemptions for agriculture and the impact of industrialized agricultural production. Sustainability, ethical considerations and international environmental issues are woven into the course. This course is taught by Professor Christopher Kelley.

Food Law & Policy (2 credit full semester course)
Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00-11:50 a.m.
This course examines the network of U.S. federal laws that govern food safety and food labeling and considers how well this network works to protect American consumers. An overview of regulation by both the Food & Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture is provided. Policy considerations are discussed in light of current criticisms of our food system. Current issues in the news are integrated into a study of the legal framework. This course is taught by Professor Susan Schneider.

Food, Farming & Sustainability (3 credit full semester course)
Wednesday and Friday, 9:15-10:30 a.m.
This course is adapted from the casebook by the same name authored by Professor Schneider. It consists of a mix of traditional lecture/discussion and special presentations. The course is designed to provide an issues-based introduction to a wide range of complex topics that make up the body of agricultural law. The course is divided into discreet units designed to introduce some of the critical legal issues facing the industry and consumers today. This course is taught by Professor Susan Schneider, with a number of distinguished guest lecturers. Special arrangements for different class times will sometimes be needed to accommodate these lecturers.

Regulation of Livestock Sales (1 credit full semester course)
Friday, 11:00-11:50 a.m.
This course examines livestock and poultry sales with a particular focus on the regulation of sales under the Packers & Stockyards Act. The prohibition against unfair practices and the controversy regarding the definition of this phrase, mandatory price reporting, industry concentration, anti-trust issues, and the recently proposed GIPSA rules are all discussed. This course is taught by Professor Vince Chadick.

Selected Issues in Food Law (1 credit full semester course)
Wednesday, 11:00-11:50 a.m.
This course explores current issues of food law with a different topic presented each week. Each student in the class will work with Professor Schneider to select and present on a topic of particular interest to them. Topics chosen in previous sessions have included the use of the term “grass fed” in meat labeling, the regulation of pet food, government efforts to address the obesity problem, the regulation of bottled water and humane animal slaughter laws. This course is taught by Professor Susan Schneider. Class times may vary to accommodate student presentations.

Unsafe Food: Policy and Litigation (1 credit condensed course)
Week of November 14
This condensed course was designed and is taught by nationally recognized trial lawyer, Bill Marler, founding partner of the law firm of Marler Clark based in Seattle, Washington. It focuses on a study of actual cases of serious foodborne illness and the litigation brought on behalf of victims.

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