Saturday, December 8, 2012

Chris Saunders, Staff Attorney with NC Research Division

Another in a series of alumni news posts -  Congratulations to Chris Saunders.

We are delighted to report that Chris Saunders has accepted the position of Staff Attorney with the North Carolina General Assembly Research Division.  In this role, Chris responds to state legislators' research requests, drafts legislation, and will staff committees when the legislative session resumes in 2013.  Chris's areas of specialization are food and agriculture, animals and wildlife, state and local government, emergency management, and administrative law.  This is a perfect fit with his interests and the skills he honed as an LL.M. candidate.  As part of the hiring process, Chris was told that the LL.M. was very helpful in evidencing his special expertise. We are delighted to have helped such a talented attorney find a great job in his home state. And, we are confident that Chris will do an excellent job in his new position.

Chris received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from North Carolina State University.  He received his J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.  He co-authored a presentation at 2010 American Agricultural Law Association Symposium, Solar Energy: Is It Really A Bright Idea for Farmers? with Ray Starling, General Counsel, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  His professional experience includes work with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.  He attended the LL.M. Program 2011-2012 and was selected for the Henry Law Firm Graduate Assistantship.  He obtained his LL.M. degree in 2012, completing his final article entitled, Public Agricultural Research in the United States: Structure, Shortcomings, and Future Benefits.  Immediately after completing his course work, Chris worked in D.C. with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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