Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Lauren Medoff, Staff Attorney at AdvoCare International, LP.

We continue to receive good news from our Alumni with new position announcements, this one from Lauren Medoff.

Lauren Medoff now serves as a Staff Attorney with AdvoCare International, L.P. AdvoCare is a premier health and wellness direct-selling company that offers energy, weight-loss, nutrition, and sports performance products. Lauren reports that her work focuses on research and development to improve the AdvoCare product line, as well as lobbying for state and federal matters affecting both the direct-selling and supplement industry. In addition, Lauren trains distributors on policy and procedure, while also working on state and federal compliance issues.

Lauren was in the LL.M. class of 2011. She obtained her J.D. degree cum laude, from the University of Miami; her B.A. degree, cum laude from the University of Florida, with a major in Psychology; and her B.S. degree, University of Florida, cum laude with a degree in Criminology. Lauren served as a Federal Certified Legal Intern with the U.S. Attorney's office working on issues involving food safety and criminal liability.  She served as a Research Assistant to Professor Susan Schneider during her LL.M. studies.

Lauren's position with AdvoCare perfectly blends her interests in sports and nutrition, and as Lauren accurately states, this placement is "another win for the LL.M. family." Congratulations Lauren!

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.

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.