Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"Rocky Ford" Listeria Cantaloupe Outbreak – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - How a Fruit Killed 33 Americans


On Friday, November 9th, food safety attorney, Bill Marler delivered a special public forum on food safety titled, "Rocky Ford" Listeria Cantaloupe Outbreak – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly -  How a Fruit Killed 33 Americans.  His presentation was recorded, and it is embedded below.

An accomplished attorney and national expert in food safety, Bill Marler has become the most prominent foodborne illness lawyer in America and has played a major force in food policy. His firm, Marler Clark, has represented thousands of individuals in claims against food companies whose contaminated products have caused life altering injury and death. Marler Clark sponsors the acclaimed online daily newspaper, Food Safety News.

Bill Marler's presentation is part of the condensed course that he teaches for us in the LL.M. Program on food safety litigation and policy.


Monday, November 12, 2012

USDA OGC Associate Counsel David Grahn Returns to Teach

David Grahn is back with us, offering a fast-paced look at federal budget issues in Washington including Scoring, Paygo, OMB, and OIRA.  His course, fondly called, How OZ Really Works, explores how budget scoring and related calculations drive substantive policy decisions behind the scenes.

David serves as Associate General Counsel for International Affairs, Food Assistance, and Farm and Rural Programs in the Office of General Counsel of the USDA. He has served at USDA OGC since 2002 and was promoted to a new expanded position in 2011. Also in 2011, he was awarded the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award for his service to the U.S. government, and he received the Excellence in Agriculture Award from the American Agricultural Law Association.

From 1996 through 2002, David was the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation, responsible for drafting and reviewing legislation affecting the USDA. He was previously detailed to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, where he worked on the 1996 Farm Bill. From 1992 through 1995, David served as a Confidential Assistant to the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and Carleton College in Minnesota.

When USDA Secretary Vilsack spoke at the American Agricultural Law Association annual symposium last month in Nashville, he praised David's service to the USDA and the wise counsel he provides. We are very grateful to David for his willingness to teach - he volunteers his time to the Program - and his course provides our candidates with a unique window into Congressional budgeting and policy making.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Food Safety Litigation Class Presents Plaintiff and Defendant's Perspectives

Members of our LL.M. class are thoroughly enjoying their Food Safety Litigation class taught by attorney Bill Marler.

Yesterday, they were treated in the morning to presentations from Bill, speaking as the most successful food borne illness plaintiff's attorney in the United States. They learned about his practice, his clients, and the passion that he brings to his work.

Then, as a new twist to the class, Bill brought in attorney Josh Swiger from Atlanta, Georgia, as Bill's special guest speaker for the afternoon session. Josh is Of Counsel with the Wienberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial law firm, where food borne defense work makes up a large portion of his practice. Josh's representative case work in this area includes:
  • Successfully resolved punitive damages and personal injury claims against food processor client during bifurcated trial in Federal Court in Utah in 2011;
  • Represents Mid-West beef processor in national E. coli outbreak in the Summer of 2008 with over 80 confirmed cases linked to the outbreak;
  • Represents California lettuce processor in Northeast E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in November-December 2006 (Taco Bell E. coli outbreak);
  • Represents California spinach processor in national E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in August 2006.
It was a tremendous opportunity for our class, and we are very grateful to both Bill and Josh for their contributions to our curriculum.

Bill is back in the classroom today, discussing his work with Stephanie Smith's case and his pro bono representation of the FSIS officials sued in the BPI "Pink Slime" defamation suit against ABC news. This afternoon he delivers his public forum, The “Rocky Ford” Listeria Cantaloupe Outbreak – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly -  How a Fruit Killed 33 Americans

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Bill Marler Speaks on "Rocky Ford" Listeria Cantaloupe Outbreak


Please join us for the following special public forum at the University of Arkansas School of Law,  Friday, November 9th, featuring Bill Marler of Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm -

The “Rocky Ford” Listeria Cantaloupe Outbreak – 
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly  How a fruit killed 33 Americans
November 9, 2012 
1:00 - 1:50 p.m.   CLE credit approved in Arkansas
Room 339, University of Arkansas School of Law

An accomplished attorney and national expert in food safety, William (Bill) Marler has become the most prominent foodborne illness lawyer in America and a major force in food policy in the U.S. and around the world. Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, has represented thousands of individuals in claims against food companies whose contaminated products have caused life altering injury and even death. Marler Clark sponsors the acclaimed online daily newspaper, Food Safety News.

Bill Marler's presentation is part of the condensed course that he teaches for us in the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law on food safety litigation and policy.  Marler Clark also sponsors a Graduate Assistantship position in the LL.M. Program, allowing one of our candidates to write for Food Safety News.  Andrew Frame, B.A., Auburn University (Journalism and Communications); J.D., Mississippi College School of Law, cum laude is the 2012-13 recipient of the Marler Clark Assistantship.  We are grateful to Bill Marler, Marler Clark, and the professionals at Food Safety News for their support to our LL.M. Program.  And, we are particularly delighted to welcome Bill back to Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas.