Saturday, November 8, 2014

LL.M. Alumni Elected to AALA Board of Directors

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. We just reported that Beth Crocker was selected to be the AALA President-Elect. We are also pleased to announce that two of our alumni were elected to serve on the AALA Board of Directors.

Jeff Peterson and Jennifer Zwaggerman Elected to AALA Board of Directors


LL.M. alumni Jeff Peterson and Jennifer Zwaggerman were elected to serve on the AALA Board of Directors.

Jeff Peterson
Jeff Peterson is a shareholder with Gray, Plant Mooty, a law firm with offices in Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minnesota and Washington, D.C. Jeff practices in the areas of commercial transactions, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and agricultural law. He is the co-managing partner of the St Cloud office and the co-chair of the Commercial Financial Services practice group at Gray, Plant Mooty. Jeff is licensed in Minnesota and Kansas and is a past president of the business law section of the Kansas Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker and organizer of agricultural finance topics at the AALA annual meeting and is a member of the AALA communications committee.

Jeff was raised on a dairy farm in northwest Wisconsin. He was a commodity analyst and branch manager at the Kansas City trading office of Cenex Harvest States prior to going to law school at the University of Kansas. He has an LL.M. in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas. Jeff and his wife Stephanie have two kids under five that keep them busy.

Jennifer Williams Zwaggerman
Jennifer Williams Zwagerman is the Director of Career Development at Drake Law School and teaches agricultural and food law classes in the law school. She is a 2004 graduate of Drake Law School, where she received the Food and Agricultural Law Certificate and graduated with highest honors. She received her LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas and served for two years as a law clerk to Judge David Hansen, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. After completing her clerkship in 2007, she joined the Des Moines office of Faegre & Benson (n/k/a/ Faegre Baker Daniels) where she was an attorney in the general litigation group, with a national practice in food and agricultural law.  During her time at the firm, Jennifer extensively wrote and spoke on food and agricultural law-related issues. Jennifer spent the 2010-2011 school year at Drake as the Faegre & Benson Visiting Scholar, where she worked with students and taught courses focusing on her specialty: food and agricultural law. Jennifer served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law while in law school, and her LL.M. thesis was later published in the Spring 2009 edition of the Journal. She also co-authored a piece on the Food Safety Modernization Act that was published in the Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy’s 2011 Food and Agricultural Law Symposium issue.  A member of AALA since 2001 when she was a first-year law student, she currently teaches courses in food and agricultural law and serves as Director of Career Development at Drake Law.  Jennifer has presented at several AALA conferences over the past decade and is currently a member of the AALA Communications Committee.  She is also actively involved in her state and county bar associations.

We are proud of our alumni's leadership in the AALA.  Congratulations, Jeff and Jennie.

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