Sunday, September 25, 2011

Alli Condra Awarded Marler Clark Graduate Assistantship

We are pleased to announce the 2011-12 public/private partnerships that connect the LL.M. Program with leaders in the food and agricultural law communities. This partnership allows us to offer graduate assistantships, matching our candidates with law firms and agencies working on the cutting edge of our food system.

Three distinguished law firms, the Marler Clark Law Firm, Bassett Law Firm LLP, and the Henry Law Firm are our partners in the program this year, and their participation is indeed an honor for us.  This post announces Alli Condra as the Marler Clark Graduate Assistantship recipient.

Marler Clark is recognized as the nation’s foremost law firm representing victims of foodborne illness. Since 1998, Marler Clark attorneys have been involved in almost all of the major food poisoning cases in the U.S., representing victims of Campylobacter, E. coli O157:H7, Hepatitis A, Listeria, Norovirus, Salmonella, and Shigella outbreaks across the country.

Bill Marler, one of the founders of Marler Clark is an internationally recognized leader in food safety. Bill has been a tireless supporter of the reform of our food safety laws, through frequent media interviews, the very popular Marler Blog, his active Twitter feed, @bmarler and his "Put a Trial Lawyer Out of Business" campaign. He was instrumental to the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act and for the USDA's recent declaration of additional E. coli pathogens as adulterants.  His start in food safety litigation is chronicled in the new book, Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E.Coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat.

Bill Marler and Marler Clark are the founders of the acclaimed online national daily newspaper, Food Safety News, that reports on food safety, food law, and related issues.   The Marler Clark Graduate Assistantship provides writing experience with Food Safety News.

Bill will be teaching Food Safety Litigation in the LL.M. Program this Fall. His generous contribution to the LL.M. Program also provides general support to our graduate assistantship program and to the LL.M. Program.

Alli Condra is the 2011-12 recipient of the Marler Clark Graduate Assistantship.  Alli is a native of California and received her B.A. degree from California Lutheran University,  majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Pre-Naturopathic Medicine. After graduating from CLU, Alli moved to Mexico City for a year to work with migrants and refugees at a non-profit, Sin Fronteras. While there, Alli studied food security among the migrants and refugees with the hopes of increasing funding for food from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees.  She attended Drake University Law School and obtained her J.D. degree last spring with High Honors. She was awarded a  Certificate in Food & Agricultural Law. Alli was the winner of 2011 Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation Writing Competition from the University of Oregon School of Law.  As part of her assistantship duties, Alli has already published two articles on Food Safety News, FDA Import Alerts: A Primer, and Harvard Steps Up to the Healthy Eating Plate.

Our congratulations to Alli, and our thanks to Bill Marler and to Marler Clark.

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