Wednesday, November 12, 2014

David Grahn visits LL.M. Program

David Grahn returns to teach Agricultural Policy & the Federal Budget


This week, we were proud to welcome our good friend David Grahn who flew in from Washington, D.C. to teach a condensed course for us, Agricultural Policy and the Federal Budget.

David serves in the USDA Office of General Counsel as Associate General Counsel International Affairs, Food Assistance, and Farm and Rural Programs Division.  He represents the interests of a wide range of USDA entities: Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency / Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, Rural Development Agency, Rural Business Service, Rural Utilities Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, the Food and Nutrition Service, and the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

David spent Monday, Tuesday, and part of Wednesday in concentrated sessions with our LL.M. students, explaining complex aspects of agricultural policy development.  Much of the class was devoted to understanding how the federal budget drives policy development and how administrative law can be used strategically to affect policy outcomes.  It was a practical, real-world look at how agencies work, how political goals can best be met, and how money works in Washington.

The LL.M. students were delighted with the class. A special note that is a testimony to David's professionalism -  in order to avoid any possible conflict of interest, David volunteers his time to the LL.M. Program.  He takes vacation days, pays his own travel and stays with Christopher and Susan in their cabin in the Ozark Mountains. Their menagerie of dogs and cats also think he is just the greatest. Thanks, David. It's always a pleasure to have you with us.

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