Monday, April 14, 2014

Don Wiseman and Amy White Visit LL.M. Class

We were delighted to welcome two food safety and compliance attorneys from the world's largest retailer, Walmart, to a special class session last Friday. Don Wiseman and Amy White spoke to our class for over an hour, and then we all had lunch together.  Our appreciation is extended to these two busy professionals for taking time out of their schedules to visit with us.

Don Wiseman serves as senior associate general counsel at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. He is the company's principal subject matter legal expert for food safety and regulatory compliance, as well as consumer product safety and compliance.

Don has an extensive background in food law,  from a variety of perspectives.  Prior to joining Walmart, from 2003 through 2007, Don was the senior vice president and general counsel of Swift Foods Co. of Greeley, Colo., the world's third-largest fresh beef and pork processor. From 1991 to 2003, he was the senior vice president and general counsel of Memphis-based Perkins Restaurants, the operator and franchisor of the 500-unit Perkins Restaurant and Bakery chain.

LL.M. Alumna Amy White is the Food Safety and Health Manager for Labeling Compliance at Walmart.  Amy works with internal and external stakeholders to ensure regulatory compliance in food labeling, specifically working with the labeling of private label food items sold at Walmart and Sam's Club.  Her position requires complex regulatory analysis and close work with the companies that supply Walmart. An additional part of her position is monitoring legislation, litigation and policy shifts that affect food labeling.

Amy has a background in Animal Science and attended the LL.M. Program 1999-2000.  Her agricultural and food law career took a successful detour when she founded the popular local clothing store, Something Urban, after completing the LL.M. Program.  Amy ran the store until this past year when she decided it was time for a change.  Her interest in food and her connections with the LL.M. Program over the years led her to apply for a labeling position at Walmart. Her science background, her legal training, and her LL.M. degree all helped her land the position.

Don and Amy also supervise the LL.M. and J.D. externs who work with food labeling and safety issues, providing them with direct application of food law to the retail marketplace. This semester, two externs from the LL.M. Program, Kathryn Smith and Erin Shirl work with them.

During their presentation, Don and Amy answered questions submitted by the class and discussed current issues in food law.

After class, we all walked over to the Northwest Quad buffet dining for lunch and conversation.  Thanks to Don and Amy for coming down from Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas to visit with our class.

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