This is the unofficial blog of the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
We study the law of food and agriculture from farm to fork, from the perspective of the farmer, the retailer, and the consumer.
Concern about the safety and sustainability of the global food system makes agricultural and food law studies one of the most vibrant areas of legal practice and policy analysis.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Experiential Learning Pt. 2: Opportunities with Allen Olson
This is the second in
a series of three posts about experiential learning opportunities for LL.M.
Last week, we posted
about two of our current LL.M. students’ experiential learning opportunities
with Walmart this semester. This week,
we are featuring opportunities that Kelly Damewood and Lauren Bernadett are
completing with Allen Olson.
is a practitioner in the state of Georgia and long-time friend of the LL.M.
Program. After gaining many years of
experience as a practicing attorney, Professor Olson received his LL.M. in
agricultural law from our program in 1996.
After additional years of practice, he taught for the LL.M. Program
before moving to Albany, Georgia in 2001 to begin his current practice. He focuses primarily on agricultural law and
has a national reputation for his work in federal farm programs, crop
insurance, payment limitations, and other aspects of agricultural law. Even though he is busy with his practice,
Professor Olson graciously returned to the LL.M. Program to teach Federal
Farm Programs last fall. This was an
ideal time for Professor Olson’s class, as many provisions of the farm bill
that they discussed in class were being debated in Congress and the media.
In addition to teaching Federal Farm Programs last semester,
Professor Olson is currently working with two LL.M. students pursuing
experiential opportunities. Under
Professor Olson’s supervision, Kelly Damewood is preparing a memorandum on the
reach of IC-DISCs and Lauren Bernadett is preparing a memorandum on equitable
apportionment and Florida’s current lawsuit against Georgia.
Kelly’s work for Professor Olson focuses on Interest Charge
Domestic International Sales Corporations (IC-DISCs). An IC-DISC is a type of business structure
that carries federal tax benefits for farmers with an export crop business. Kelly’s final memorandum will broaden the
understanding of the full reach of IC-DISCs by analyzing who can benefit from
IC-DISCs and under what circumstances.
Lauren’s work for Professor Olson focuses on the water
rights doctrine of equitable apportionment, especially as it has been decided
by the Supreme Court in original jurisdiction cases. Many states have brought interstate water
rights issues to the Supreme Court, asking the justices to decide how much
water should be apportioned to each state.
Lauren’s research will tie in the current lawsuit that Florida filed
against Georgia in October 2013 asking the Supreme Court for equitable apportionment
of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Basin waters. This research will help Professor Olson stay
abreast of the lawsuit, which is important because his agricultural clients may
be affected by how water rights in Georgia are managed.
These projects are great opportunities for Kelly and Lauren
to learn more about specific areas of law and to get feedback on their research
from a practicing attorney. It is also a
great opportunity for the LL.M. Program to maintain a close connection with
Professor Olson, who has been such a great asset to the program for so many
years. Thank you, Professor Olson!