Monday, October 21, 2013

Kelly Damewood Appointed to Marler Clark Graduate Assistantship

We are pleased to announce that LL.M. Candidate Kelly Damewood has been appointed as the 2013-14 Marler Clark Graduate Assistant.

Kelly received her J.D. from Vermont Law School, magna cum laude. During law school she served as a Staff Editor to the Vermont Law Review.  She earned her General Practice Program Certificate which is awarded after completing a program of classes that teach substantive law through simulations and mock transactions.

Fall semester 2012, Kelly served as a full-time Judicial Extern to the Honorable Judge Ricardo S. Martinez, U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Washington. Her additional legal experience includes a Summer Associate position with the Crag Law Center (public interest law environmental organization) and a legal internship with Rural Vermont (a non-profit small farm advocacy organization).

Kelly earned her B.A. from the University of Portland (English, Philosophy minor). Before attending law school she founded and operated a certified organic farm in Oregon.

Kelly recently passed the Oregon Bar Exam and will soon be licensed to practice law in Oregon.

In her assistantship position, Kelly will be writing for the acclaimed online news service Food Safety News, founded and supported by Marler Clark.
And, in fact, she has already published three headline articles.

The Marler Clark Graduate Assistantship is available due to the generosity of Bill Marler and his law firm, Marler Clark.  Bill is an internationally recognized as both an advocate for food safety and a litigator on behalf of victims of serious foodborne illness. He has been a tireless supporter of food safety and corporate responsibility through frequent media interviews, the very popular Marler Blog and his active Twitter feed, @bmarler. He was instrumental to the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act and for the USDA's declaration of additional E. coli pathogens as adulterants.  His start in food safety litigation is chronicled in the book, Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E.Coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat.

We are proud to have Bill as one of our visiting condensed course professors, teaching Food Safety Litigation in the LL.M. Program each year. We greatly appreciate his support.

Marler Clark is recognized as the nation’s foremost law firm representing victims of foodborne illness. Since 1998, Marler Clark attorneys have been involved in almost all of the major food poisoning cases in the U.S., representing victims of Campylobacter, E. coli O157:H7, Hepatitis A, Listeria, Norovirus, Salmonella, and Shigella outbreaks across the country.

Kelly follows in a great tradition of Marler Clark Graduate Assistants.  The first was Claire Mitchell who is now an associate in the Technology and Intellectual Property group of Stoel Rives in Seattle, Washington. Claire focuses her practice primarily on regulatory compliance and risk management within the food, beverage, animal feed, dietary supplement and agribusiness industries. The second was Alli Condra, who now serves as a Fellow with the Harvard University Food Law & Policy Clinic. And, last year's recipient was Andy Frame, a practicing attorney in Mississippi with recognized expertise in local food law & policy.  We are proud of all our Marler Clark GAs and proud to offer this opportunity to one of our LL.M candidates each year.

Congratulations to Kelly, and thanks to Bill Marler, Marler Clark, and the editors and staff at Food Safety News.

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