Sunday, December 2, 2012

David Jackson, Senior Director of Customs and Industry Compliance

We have had a very busy semester in the LL.M. Program, and our alumni have been even busier.  I have lots of new position announcements to report, beginning with this great news from David Jackson.  More to come -  the good news is stacked up on my desk!  So stay tuned -  

In September, David accepted a position with the Retail Industry Leaders Association as the Senior Director of Customs and Industry Compliance.  RILA is a trade association representing the interests of the largest retailers in the country, and among its members are Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, Lowes, Safeway, Dollar General, Whole Foods, Apple, Gap, Ikea, and other very well known retailers.  In his new position, David with many teams in the organization - the International Trade group where his experience with customs practice is helpful, as an attorney in the Legal Affairs department, and as a regulatory advisor for those submitting comments to Federal Register notices.  He reports that he has a broad spectrum of responsibility is really enjoying the experience.

While David came into the LL.M. Program with prior import experience, his LL.M. Program studies included both coursework involving food law & policy issues and an externship at Walmart.  Don Wiseman, senior associate general counsel for food safety and regulatory compliance and consumer product safety and compliance, was his externship supervisor at Walmart. David's experience working with Don at Walmart was a definite asset to him in landing the RILA position.

Prior to accepting the position with RILA, David worked with Robert Lehrman and Lehrman Beverage Law.   David will be publishing two articles for a new Springer publication entitled The Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics.  David's articles involve the WTO Agriculture Agreement and the WTO SPS Agreement.

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