Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Celebrating our LL.M. Faculty: Neil Hamilton

We try to post news from our students and alumni, and we report on events in the LL.M. Program. Sometimes the accomplishments of our outstanding faculty do not get the credit they deserve.

Here's an update on Professor Neil Hamilton - one of the central figures in our course of study. He serves as the Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law and Professor of Law at Drake University Law School and as the Director of the Drake Agricultural Law Center.

Under Professor Hamilton's leadership, Drake became the first American law school to offer a specialization in agricultural law.  The Agricultural Law Center that he founded at Drake has been doing excellent agricultural work for over 30 years.

The University of Arkansas School of Law and the LL.M. Program have been proud to have a longstanding collaboration with Professor Hamilton and the Drake Agricultural Law Center.

Professor Hamilton teaches An Introduction to the Law of Food & Agriculture each Fall in the LL.M. Program and returns in the Spring to teach an advanced class.  In the past, he has taught Agricultural Biotechnology, Agricultural Production Contracting, and Rural Lands and Rural Livelihoods, and this year, he taught his new course on Local and Regional Food Systems, including a unit on the 2014 Farm Bill.

Professor Hamilton is a great friend to the LL.M. Program and a longstanding leader in agricultural and food law. He was one of the founding professors of our Program, teaching during our inaugural class year, over thirty years ago. Throughout his career, he has been recognized for his vision regarding the emerging issues affecting agriculture and sustainability, and he is credited with leading the integration of agricultural and food law studies.  That leadership continues.

We celebrate Professor Hamilton's accomplishments and bring news from Des Moines.

U.S. Secretary Tom Vilsack visited the Drake University Agricultural Law Center on April 22nd to meet with Prof. Neil Hamilton, Director of the Center, to discuss current projects and to reaffirm the historic relation between USDA and Drake University.  Secretary Vilsack was a visiting professor at Drake during the Spring of 2007.  He is pictured here with Prof. Hamilton and other members of the Agricultural Law Center staff, Matt Russell, Jenny Zwagerman (LL.M. Alumna), Poppy Davis (J.D. student who we hope will soon be an LL.M. candidate) and Ed Cox.

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