Monday, January 30, 2012

LL.M. Alumni News

I have just begun work on our annual LL.M. Program newsletter.  Alumni news is always a significant part of the newsletter, but I also try to highlight some of our alumni accomplishments here on the blog as well.  In addition to some of our previous posts, here are some new developments.

To our other alumni, please send your news to us so we can pass it on through the blog and the newsletter.

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture sent Benjamin Thomas on a special detail to the Senate Committee on Agriculture.  Ben will assist the Committee and its staff with ongoing discussions related to pending legislation involving agricultural and rural issues.  Ben was a member of last year's LL.M. class and accepted a position with the USDA in Washington last Spring.  Ben reports that he is honored for the opportunity assist the Senate, and he looks forward to bringing his experiences back to the USDA.

Michael Roberts is teaching Consumer Food Law & Policy courses at both UCLA (Fall Semester) and UC Davis (Spring Semester) in addition to his work as Special Counsel to Roll Global Companies and the development of the Center for Food Law and Policy (CFLP), a newly formed non-profit organization that advances thoughtful policymaking through innovative legal scholarship on food law and policy.

  • Cassie Peters accepted a new position as Agriculture and Food Policy Manager with Downstream Strategies in Morgantown, West Virginia, an environmental consulting firm that links economic development with natural resource stewardship.  Her work focuses on issues related to sustainable agricultural methods, local food systems, and urban agriculture.  

The Kansas City Business Journal, People on the Move reported on M. Gayle Packer's recent promotion. Gayle now serves as Executive Vice-President and Chief Administrative Officer at Terracon. It this position, she manages the corporate services provided to Terracon’s 130 offices nationwide and facilitates the firm’s acquisition program.

  • Liliana Reyes Botero just began a new job in Columbia serving as the Legal Director of Fiduagraria, a trust company that specializes its services to the agricultural sector.

    Kerri Boling joined the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels as an Associate Attorney in their Des Moines, Iowa office.  She is a a member of the firm's food and agriculture industry team.

    We are proud of all of our diverse alumni contributions and confident that they are representing us well in all walks of life -  

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