Sunday, August 26, 2012

Exciting New Positions for LL.M. Alumni

With the new school year beginning, we are going to need to pick up the pace of our posts.  Lots of news to report.  Professor Neil Hamilton was with us this last week, teaching An Introduction to the Law of Food & Agriculture, and we celebrated with our Alumni Reunion and Welcome Celebration.  I will be posting pictures soon!

However, what we do in the Program is often surpassed by the success of our graduates as they apply their agricultural & food law knowledge in rewarding new employment opportunities.

Here is some exciting news regarding two very impressive women that we were proud to have in our LL.M. Program.  Both are University of Arkansas graduates through and through, with their undergraduate and J.D. degrees from the University of Arkansas.

Shannon Mirus was recently promoted to the position of Vice President - General Counsel with the Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation. In this position, she is responsible for all legal and regulatory matters involving the company, including property acquisition, contracting and proceedings before the Arkansas Public Service Commission and Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Her promotion was recently featured in the SW Times Online, People in Business.

Before joining AOG as counsel, Shannon served as a staff attorney for the National Agricultural Law Center. Her work at the Center focused on risk management, regulatory affairs, business organizations, and landowner liability as well as being responsible for the center’s grant-writing program.

Shannon received her bachelor's degree in Agricultural Business, her J.D. degree, and her LL.M. degree in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas.

We are also delighted to announce that Kerri C. Boling was recently appointed Corporate Counsel in the Legal Department, at Tyson Foods, Inc.  Prior to this appointment, Kerri was with the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels as an Associate Attorney in their Des Moines, Iowa office.  Her work there with the food and agriculture industry team was great preparation for her return to Northwest Arkansas and work for Tyson. We are delighted to have her back in the area and know she will do a great job for Tyson.  She received her bachelor's degree in Agriculture/Agricultural Business and J.D degrees from the University of Arkansas, and was a member of the LL.M. class of 2010-11.

Congratulations to Shannon and Kerri -  we are proud of your accomplishments.

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