Monday, April 21, 2014

Ag & Food Law Employment - Recent Graduate Placement

Obtaining rewarding legal employment has been challenging for some recent law graduates. There is no "magic bullet" or secret to success. We believe, however, that an LL.M. degree in Agricultural & Food Law can be very useful in finding specialized employment and in distinguishing attorneys from those with only a J.D. degree.  

For experienced attorneys, our Program has been a way to enhance specialized skills or to chart a new career path.  Jason Foscolo of Foscolo & Handel PLLC - The Food Law Firm - in New York stated, "I could not do what I do without having completed the LL.M. Program in Agriculture and Food Law. Attending the Program was the best professional choice I have made as an attorney."

Our LL.M. Program is small and specialized by design. In the past, we have enrolled only an average of about 10-12 students a year. No one is guaranteed a job at graduation, and some take a while to find that perfect match. However, the following list evidences the diversity of employment opportunities and highlights the talents of our LL.M. candidates. We are proud of their achievements.

Listed below are some of the positions that are currently held by recent (2011- 2013) LL.M. Students/Alumni. Note that our more experienced alumni are found as partners in their law firms, in high level positions at USDA and other agencies, in agribusiness, in academia and elsewhere.  But, that's another list.  Here, we honor our most recent graduates, with their positions listed in no particular order.

Assistant to the Administrator, USDA Risk Management Agency 
Washington, D.C. 

Counsel, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry 
Washington, D.C.

Associate Attorney, Stoel Rives LLP 
Seattle, WA

Executive Director, Ten Rivers Food Web 
Portland, Oregon

Fellow, Food Law & Policy Clinic, Harvard Law School 
Boston, MA

Senior Advisor and Counsel, US Senator John Walsh 
Washington, D.C.

Staff Attorney, North Carolina General Assembly Research Division
Raleigh, NC 

Corporate Counsel, Tyson Foods, Inc. Legal Department 
Springdale, AR

African Trade Development Specialist, Arkansas World Trade Center 
Rogers, AR

Attorney, Farm and Food Law L.L.C. 
Denver, CO

Associate Attorney, Bassett Law Firm 
Fayetteville, AR

Program Manager, Hunger Initiatives, National Council on Aging 
Washington, D.C.

Associate, DLA Piper 
St. Petersburg, Russia 

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas School of Law 
Fayetteville, AR 

Attorney, The Food Law Firm 
Sag Harbor, NY 

Associate Attorney, Adams and Reese 
Jackson, MS 

Senior Counsel, AdvoCare International, LP 
Dallas, TX 

Associate Attorney, Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry, & Hoven P.C 
Helena, Montana

Contract Management Specialist, Philips 
Moscow, Russia 

Director, The Fisheries Law Centre 
Vancouver, B.C 

Associate Attorney, Banks Law Firm PLLC 
Little Rock, AR 

Assistant U.S. Attorney 
Little Rock, AR 

Food Safety Manager, Walmart Home Office 
Bentonville, AR 

Associate Attorney, NC General Assembly Health & Public Assistance Section
Raleigh, NC

Consultant, International Finance Corporation 
San Francisco, CA 

Attorney/Partner, McFarland, Pyle and Stone 
Portland, OR

 Senior Director, Environmental Health & Safety, Real Estate, Walmart Home Office 
Bentonville, AR 

Senior Director of Customs & Industry Compliance, Retail Industry Leaders Assoc. 
Arlington, VA 

Attorney, Lucas County Common Pleas Court 
Toledo, OH 

We would also like to recognize the recent graduates who came to us as law professors. They have returned or moved on to new opportunities, teaching with an enhanced understanding of agricultural and food law, passing this knowledge on to their law students:  

Professor of Law, University of Missouri School of Law 
Columbia, MO 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Vermont Law School
(now visiting at the University of Arkansas School of Law)

Dean, Professor of Law & Director of the Institute of Agricultural & Food Law, 
Yeungnam University 
Gyeongsan, Republic of Korea 

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