Wednesday, June 26, 2013

LL.M. Professors Lecture in Korea

From June 15-21, Professors Christopher Kelley and Susan Schneider visited Korea on a trip sponsored by Yeungnam University Law School in Gyeongsan, Republic of Korea.

We are proud to have a University of Arkansas alumnus serving as Dean of the YU Law School. Dean Taehuan Keum received his LL.M. in Agricultural & Food Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2011.

In 2013, the University of Arkansas School of Law signed a cooperative agreement with YU Law School, and Professors Kelley and Schneider's trip was our first coordinated visit, followed closely by a visit to Fayetteville by two Korean law students and a YU Professor.

Korea’s educational system only moved to adopt a U.S. style professional law school system in 2007. In a highly competitive environment, the government selected only 25 universities to offer the new law programs. YU was one of those selected and built a beautiful new law school building to house its law program.

Dean Keum shepherded the new program successfully through its first formal evaluation assessing its curriculum, faculty, facilities, and endowments. YU was pleased to receive excellent scores on this evaluation.

Dean Keum is also responsible for founding the Institute of Agricultural & Food Law at YU, and he now serves as its Director.

The Institute is based on the principle that the development of agriculture should be accompanied by the development of agricultural law. This Institute will consider how agricultural law supports and directs agricultural policy and how agriculture law is intertwined with food law. Its goal is to be at the center of  agricultural and food law in Korea.

Professors Kelley and Schneider’s visit to Korea included an invitation to speak at the Institute’s inaugural symposium, Conservation and Conversion of Farm Land from the Public Interest Perspective.

Professor Kelley delivered a lecture on conservation programs and sustainability challenges in U.S. agriculture, and Professor Schneider spoke on sustainability in agricultural practices and the role of agricultural law.

Throughout the trip, the professors were treated to traditional Korean cuisine and given lessons in the rich food culture of this beautiful country.

Dean Keum, his family, and the faculty at YU were gracious hosts. Dean Keum also arranged for meetings and an opportunity to lecture at Seoul National University, Dean Keum’s alma mater and a meeting with senior professors and the SNU Law School Dean.

It was a very productive trip, with the opportunity for the exchange of ideas on food systems, agricultural production, and legal culture.  And, it was an amazing opportunity to witness first hand the important work of one of our international LL.M. alumni.

Appreciation is extended to Dean Keum for this opportunity.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Adam Soliman; Director, The Fisheries Law Centre

Recent LL.M. Graduate Adam Soliman left Fayetteville in May and wasted no time in applying his unique background to the work about which he is the most passionate. Adam has founded The Fisheries Law Centre in Vancouver, and will be serving as Director.

Adam is an agricultural economist and legal researcher focused on legal and economic issues in Fisheries & Seafood sectors.  He has extensive experience in the agribusiness sector, working for a family operation and holds graduate degrees in Agricultural Economics (BSc & MSc), Law (JD), and Agriculture and Food Law (LLM). Adam’s research interest is fisheries laws and regulations as well as fisheries economics. In particular, he is interested in conducting both legal and economic analysis to issues in fisheries management with special focus on small-scale fisheries. Adam strongly believes that such interdisciplinary research is much needed especially in this area where research is scarce. Adam is published in several professional publications and enjoys writing for several news agencies.

About The Fisheries Law Center:

FLC is a newly-formed not-for-profit research center in Vancouver, Canada. The center has three mandates: 1) to conduct research in the field of fisheries, aquaculture and seafood laws and regulations; 2) to build capacity by educating law students, lawyers, and other stakeholders in the area of fisheries and aquaculture laws; and 3) to offer legal representation to underprivileged small-scale fishers and NGOs wherever possible. 

At FLC, our aim is to protect the environment and consumers, and to support family fishermen and coastal communities. Although we are based in Canada, our outreach is global. Fisheries and seafood law is a specialized area of the law and is interdisciplinary in nature. Although highly specialized, this area is also remarkably diverse, and includes such topics as:

· Aboriginals’ right to fish

· Access to justice in coastal communities

· Fisheries management schemes

· Genetically engineered fish

· Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing

· Market structures

· Seafood fraud

· Seafood safety

· Sustainability certification schemes


Our vision is to ensure family fishermen’ access to justice, to protect our marine environment, to help coastal communities become more resilient, and to assist consumers in accessing safe and sustainable seafood. 

The FLC family comprises highly passionate individuals committed to environmental, social, and economic justice. Two research fellows and four research assistants currently joined FLC. FLC also welcome collaborations with interested individuals and organizations. 

FLC runs a specialized blog dedicated to fisheries law, which can be accessed at http://fishlaw.org/blog/

To see our ongoing projects, please see: http://fishlaw.org/projects/ 

To learn more about our team, please see: http://fishlaw.org/about/

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Two LL.M. Alumni Join Forces in Private Practice



An LLM candidate from this past year’s class, Lauren Handel, recently has become counsel at the firm of another LLM alumnus, Jason Foscolo. In 2011, Jason launched Jason Foscolo LLC as a New York-based law firm serving farming and food entrepreneurs. In just two years, Jason has built a name for himself as an expert on food and agricultural law issues, and is frequently asked to speak at legal conferences and trade shows. His clients include specialty pork producer Mosefund Mangalitsa, the gastro-job resource Good Food Jobs, trade associations like the American Mangalitsa Breeders Association and the American Cheese Society, and the highly-respected non-profit foundation, The Farmer-Veteran Coalition. Before attending the LLM program, Jason served for five years as a Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps.

Lauren brings 10 years of experience in litigation and regulatory law to her new practice. Before beginning her studies in the LLM Program, Lauren was a partner in the New York office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where she focused on federal and state product liability and environmental litigation and workplace safety regulation. She will continue to handle litigation as well as regulatory compliance and licensing matters for clients with food, alcoholic beverage, and agricultural businesses.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New LL.M. Candidate Wes Ward

We are beginning to welcome our new class of LL.M. candidates, the Class of 2013-14. And, this week, we were pleased to receive the following report from one of these candidates, Wesley Ward.

Wes is a 2009 graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law. Since graduation, he has served the United States Marine Corps as a Civil Law Attorney, a Special Assistant United States Attorney, an Operational Law Attorney, and most recently as a Battalion Judge Advocate. We are delighted to welcome Wes to the Program and to welcome him back to the School of Law. He will be undertaking our dual degree Program with the UA Bumpers College of Agriculture, Agricultural Economics Department, earning his LL.M. and also earning his Masters in Agricultural Economics.

This summer, Wes has been working for Arkansas Congressman Rick Crawford. Wes writes about this work below.

Report on my Work for U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01)
Wesley Ward, Field Coordinator

United States Congressman Rick Crawford of the First Congressional District of Arkansas is a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. In the House Committee on Agriculture, Congressman Crawford is a member of the following subcommittee’s: Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit; General Farm Commodities and Risk Management; and Nutrition and Horticulture.

The First Congressional District of Arkansas is home to a wide array of agricultural producers, with a majority in row crop production. As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, Congressman Crawford is heavily involved with the new Farm Bill and representing the interests of Arkansas’s agricultural industries. Due to the importance of the Farm Bill and the impact that it will have on agricultural industries over the next 5 years, the majority of my responsibilities revolve around establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with agricultural producers and agribusiness entities throughout the congressional district as well as working with government and nongovernment programs that serve the agricultural industry. Frequent collaboration and outreach provides the district with the ability to voice concerns and quickly inform the Congressman of emerging issues. 

Congressman Crawford has an agricultural background and his knowledge is often called upon to assist his colleagues in the House of Representatives and the Senate. There are estimates that the new Farm Bill will save taxpayers more than $38 billion as it repeals or consolidates more than 100 programs. Farm Bill proposals consolidate many conservation programs in an effort to improve program delivery and also seek to improve the integrity and accountability of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Congressman Crawford understands that farmer’s risks differ throughout the country and that a one size fits all risk management model would be unfair and would not work.

The Senate approved their version of the Farm Bill on Monday, June 10th with a vote of 66-27. The House of Representatives is preparing to begin debate on their version of the Farm Bill next week. Congressman Crawford is optimistic that a Farm Bill can be passed prior to expiration of current farm policies on 30 September.