Saturday, November 8, 2014

LL.M. Alumna Beth Crocker Elected AALA President-Elect

Alumni from the LL.M. Program at the University of Arkansas School of Law have always been active members of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA). This year, we have alumni serving with special distinction.

American Agricultural Law Association Election Results:  AALA President-Elect Beth Crocker


We are pleased to announce that LL.M. Alumna Anne "Beth" Crocker was elected to serve as President-elect of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA).

Beth is the Assistant General Counsel for Clemson University in South Carolina. Her emphasis areas are: drafting state legislation and regulations; agricultural legal and regulatory issues; administrative law; state property leases; state contract and procurement review; Freedom of Information Requests; software license review; policy development and implementation; organization and management of associations and clubs.

Prior to joining Clemson University, Beht served for 10 years as General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs for the S.C. Department of Agriculture (SCDA), including service as a Government Liaison for the agency and coordinating special projects such as:  SCDA liaison in the Statewide Farm to School program, emphasizing GAP certification for farmers, school gardens and serving local produce in school meals; coordinating partnerships with the University of SC and Clemson University to host on-campus Farmers Markets (2008 – 2013); coordinating the SC School Garden Program (2007 – 2013); SCDA Liaison and staff coordinator for the S.C. Food Policy Council (2005 – 2013) which hosted its first statewide Food Desert Workshop in 2012; partnering with the state Transportation and Tourism agencies to draft and support the recent passage of the Tourist Oriented Directional Signage (TODS) legislation;  State Milk Tax Credit program coordinator (2004-2013); and SCDA liaison in the Department’s partnership with Clemson University for the S.C. Commissioner’s School for Agriculture, a summer academic program for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in exploring careers in agriculture, forestry and natural resources (2004 – 2013).

Beth received her BS degree in pre-veterinary medicine from Clemson University, and then was drawn to agricultural law studies and received her  J.D. from Drake Law School. She then earned her LL.M. degree in agricultural law from our Program at the University of Arkansas.

Beth has been a member of the AALA since 1998 when she joined as a 1L in law school.  She has served on the awards committee and the communications committee, as well as serving on the Board of Directors from 2011-13.  Beth is also the recipient of the 2013 AALA Excellence in Agricultural Law award for her work in the Government practice area.

In her role as President-elect of AALA, Beth will be responsible for planning the 2015 AALA Educational Symposium, which coincidentally will be held in Charleston, South Carolina October 21 – 23, 2015.  The following year, she will serve as President of the AALA, and then serve on the board as Past-President for 2016-17.

When not working or serving AALA, Beth trains and shows her Boykin Spaniel, Jake and various competitive venues including hunt test, Rally, conformation and obedience.   Her retired Champion Gordon Setter accompanies them when she is not reigning the roost at home in Clemson, SC, along with Zeb the cat.

Congratulation, Beth.

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