Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Upgraded LL.M. Classroom

We have mentioned the upgrade of the LL.M. study in prior posts.  And, our announcements of the new distance program have consistently included reference to the use of state-of-the-art technology.  So -  many of you are probably anxious to see what the "new" LL.M. Study looks like.  Here are some photos, with more to come showing our video-conferencing in action.






Shown left is a view that shows the three screens mounted on the north wall of the classroom.  And, it shows the attractive, and media-friendly blue wall.  No more washed out professors (hey, no jokes)  when video-conferencing.  There are three screens on each side to allow multiple use and clear access from all angles.

We'll post a video that shows an example of our video conferencing soon.







Shown right is the south wall -  with its bank of screens, again on an attractive blue wall. 

Of course, we still have fantastic natural lighting from the floor to ceiling windows that form the entire south wall of the classroom.  These windows look out onto the campus, specifically the tree-lined Garland Avenue walkway.





While Professor Neil Hamilton was here, ‎Kris Katrosh, Media Production Manager from the University of Arkansas Global Campus came by to interview him for a video that Kris is producing for us this Fall. Stay tuned.

The photo to the left shows Kris and his colleagues testing out the lighting and sound for the interview. Neil commented on what professionals they were and enjoyed the interview. Thanks to our friends at Global Campus, who are helping us every step of the way to make our new distance education track successful.

Our classes each have their own web page in Blackboard, with readings and other resources available electronically. We offer video-conferencing with our distance students (allowing them to participate fully in the class),  recording of the classes for later viewing, and interactive online discussions. So - lots of new features and a full use of new technology -  while we continue to maintain the small class interaction that has always been the hallmark of our Program.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome to the Fall 2014 Incoming LL.M. Class

We are delighted to welcome 9 face-to-face LL.M. candidates to Fayetteville.  Eight are out-of-state students; they have moved to Arkansas from Alaska, Illinois, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, D.C. One student is from Arkansas.  Three are 2014 law school graduates, and the remaining 6 are experienced attorneys.

We are also very pleased to welcome our inaugural class in the distance track.  These students will be integrated into the face-to-face classroom through video conferencing, classroom capture, online communication, and blended classroom settings.  We are proud to have 8 distance LL.M. candidates with us.  All are out-of-state students, and they live and work in Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, New York, Oklahoma, Virginia, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.  All are experienced attorneys. Three have significant military experience and have been recognized for their leadership and service.

Welcome to our incoming class.  It's is going to be another great year.  Here are introductory bios of most of the class.

Full Time Face to Face LL.M. Candidates


Tiffany Alvoid (Carrollton, Texas)
J.D., UCLA Law School
Concentration in Critical Race Studies
Participation in Environmental Law Clinic
Research Assistant to Professor Russell Robinson (racial and gender discrimination law)
B.J., News-Editorial w/concentrations in History and English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Golden Key National Honor Society
University of Pittsburg Semester at Sea Study Abroad Program (Cuba, Brazil, South Africa, Tanzania, India, South Korea and Japan)
Professional experience includes: Of Counsel, Law Office of Edith K. Thomas; Attorney, Small Business Administration; Associate Attorney, Gllespie, Rozen & Watsky; Staff Attorney, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Publication: Taking the Question Out of Deposition Preparation, ABA’s Young Lawyers Division (Dec. 2011)
Admitted to practice law in Texas

Justin Crawley (Bryson City, North Carolina)
J.D., Appalachian School of Law
Senior Editor, APPALACHIAN NATURAL RESOURCES LAW JOURNAL (recipient of “Exceptional Service Award” for outstanding performance)
President and Chief of Executive Board, Environmental Law Society
Treasurer and Community Liaison, Executive Board, Sport and Entertainment Law Society
B.S., Sports Management w/concentration in Professional Sport Management and Minor in Business Law, Western Carolina University
Professional experience includes: Legal Intern, Haywood County Clerk of Court Office in Waynesville, North Carolina, Director of Baseball Operations, Western Carolina University Athletic Dept.

Anna Dey (Austin, Texas)
J.D., Seattle University School of Law
Paralegal Certificate with Honors, University of San Diego Paralegal Program
B.A., English, Cornell University
Professional experience includes: Adjunct Professor of Legal Research & Writing, Des Moines Area Community College; Program Attorney, ABA Rule of Law Initiative, Legal Skills Program, Monrovia, Liberia; Staff Attorney, PP Heartland, Inc., Des Moines; Legislative Director and Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa; Associate Attorney/Financial & Office Manager, Dickey & Campbell, PLC
Admitted to practice law in Iowa

Trevor Findley (Aumsville, Oregon) 
J.D., Cum Laude, Willamette University College of Law
Certificates in Business Law, International and Comparative Law
Note and Comment Editor, WILLAMETTE LAW REVIEW
Senior Writer, WILLIAMETTE LAW ONLINE
Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security/Defense, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
M. Ed., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Nevada Las Vegas
B.A., International Studies, Willamette University
Professional experience includes: Associate Attorney (Creditors’ Rights, Bankruptcy Group; Litigation Group), Saalfeld Griggs, PC; Certified Law Clerk (Juvenile Division), Marion County District Attorney; Teach for America, Las Vegas Valley, 5th Grade Classroom Teacher
Admitted to practice law in Oregon

Diane MacDonald (Chicago, Illinois)
LL.M., Taxation, with honors, Golden Gate University School of Law
J.D., with honors, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
M.Sc., Economics, London School of Economics & Political Science
B.A., Economics, Bucknell University
Professional experience includes: Associate Attorney, Baker & McKenzie (international trade, including antidumping and trade compliance assistance); Associate Attorney, Barnes, Richardson & Colburn (import/export compliance); Product Manager, Export, ClearCross, Inc.
Publications include:  
Personal Data Privacy and the WTO, with C. Streatfeild, 36 Hous. J. of Int’l L. (Summer, 2014); Who is a "Person" Under the U.S. Import Laws?, PRACTICAL TRADE AND CUSTOMS STRATEGIES (May, 2014); Food Safety Modernization Act Implications for U.S. Importers, PRACTICAL TRADE AND CUSTOMS STRATEGIES (Jan., 2014);  Contributor, ABA International Trade, Year in Review 2013; Corporate Form Principles Apply to Import Law Violations, LAW360, (August 29, 2013);  Antidumping Duties on Imported Goods: Resellers Beware, 12 THE CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL PRACTITIONER (No. 2, 2002-2003)
Admitted to practice in New York, California, Illinois
Diane has been a frequent legal webinar speaker. She is a Licensed Customs Broker. She developed the Trade Law and Trade Agreements online class for the World Trade Institute, Pace University.

Hillary Renick (Washington, D.C.)
J.D., University of the Oregon School of Law
NALSA Public Relations Officer
Native Environmental Sovereignty Fellow, ENR Center
Research Assistant, Professor Mary Christina Wood
M.S., Cultural Resource Management, Central Washington University
Thesis on Yakama Indian Treaty Fishing and Significance of Traditional Places
Advanced Public Health studies, George Washington University
Research Assistant, Dr. David Goldsmith (Research on Native American health problems associated with exposure to agricultural pesticides)
B.A., Anthropology, American University in Washington, DC.
Professional experience includes: Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Sherwood Valley Rancheria; Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, FOIA Specialist, Washington, D.C.; Yakama Nation Chief Judge; Yakama Nation Air Quality Specialist; Associate Attorney, LaPena Law Corporation; Board of Trustees, California Indian Legal Service; Udall Fellow in Office of Senator Cantwell (D-WA).
Hillary is a member of the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians and descendant of the Hopland Shanel, Noyo and Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone tribal communities.

Christina Rice (Charlotte, North Carolina)
J.D., with honors, Charlotte School of Law
CALI Award for Lawyering Process I
Order of the Crown Honor Society
Public Interest Law Society
Participation in The American Caribbean Law Institute Caribbean Law Clinic (Trinidad and Tobago).
Participation in the Estate Planning Law Clinic.
B.S., Business Administration & Finance/Accounting, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Professional experience includes: Legal Intern, Law Office of Marjorie J Brown, PC; Legal Intern, SERC Reliability Corporation; Teaching Assistant for Lawyering Process; Summer Intern, Oracle Law, LLC;  Post-closing Legal Intern, Costner Law; Summer Intern, Love Sloan Law; Recovery Specialist and Customer Accounts Representative, American Honda Finance

Elizabeth Ruiz  (Anchorage, Alaska)
J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law
Member, NORTH CAROLINA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND COMMERCIAL REGULATION
Honors Writing Scholar and Teaching Assistant
Vice President, Carolina Public Interest Law Organization
Pro Bono, 85 hours
B.A., English, University of South Carolina, Magna cum laude
Professional experience includes: Staff Attorney, Chesapeake Circuit Court; Legal clerk, Chesapeake Circuit Court; Legal intern/fellow, National Hispanic Media Coalition; Google Policy Fellow, Media Access Project; Legal intern for the Office of FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn; Staff Writer and B2 Editor, The State Newspaper, Columbia, South Carolina
Admitted to practice in Virginia

Maranda White  (Springdale, Arkansas)
J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law
Co-chair, Equal Justice Works (2012-13)
M.S., Environmental, Soil, and Water Science, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences, University of Arkansas
Graduate Assistant to Dr. Duane C. Wolf
Thesis: The Ecological Effect of Unpaved Roads
B.S., Environmental, Soil, and Water Science, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences University of Arkansas
Professional experience includes: Research Assistant, Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative; Research Assistant, Professor Robert B. Leflar; Law Clerk, McMath Woods, P.A.; Public Interest Extern, Attorney General for the Cherokee Nation; Corporate Extern, Walmart Stores, Inc.; Law Clerk, Mostyn Prettyman; Pro Bono Law Clerk, Legal Aid of Arkansas; Research Intern, Nature Conservancy; Consultant, Arkansas Wildlife Federation


Distance LL.M. Candidates
(Note that this is an incomplete listing to respect the privacy of candidates that do not yet want their participation publicized for professional reasons)


Michael Hoffman (Aspen, Colorado)
J.D., University of Denver
M.B.A., Finance, University of Colorado Boulder
B.S., Zoology/Animal Biology, Colorado State University
Professional experience includes his current position as Of Counsel Attorney (real estate and land use), Garfield & Hecht, P.C.; Attorney and President, E. Michael Hoffman, P.C.; Partner, Freilich, Myler, Leitner & Carlisle, P.C.; Lender and Trust Officer, U.S. Bank
Admitted to practice in Colorado

Brian Mathison (West Point, New York)
J.D., Maurer School of Law, Indiana University - Bloomington
M.S., Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry, University of California, Davis
M.S., Finance, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
B.A., Indiana University, English Literature
B.S., Indiana University, Biochemistry
Professional experience includes his current position as Instructor (Chemistry), in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science, United States Military Academy, West Point; Administrative and Operational Law Attorney, Joint Special Operations Task Force, Afghanistan; Trial Counsel, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas; Trial Counsel, 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Daegu, Korea; Deputy Legal Advisor, Joint Task Force-North, Fort Bliss, Texas; Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Bliss, Texas; Legal Assistance Attorney, Tax Center Officer-in-Charge; Transportation Officer, U.S. Army Europe Headquarters, Heidelberg, Germany
Publication: A Rapid Method to Determine the Sterol, Erythrodiol, and Uvaol Concentration in Olive Oil, J. Agric. & Food Chemistry, (co-authored with Dirk Holstege), available at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf400254k

S. Patrick Morin, Jr. (Birmingham, Michigan)
J.D., cum laude, University of New Hampshire School of Law
Senior Research Editor, PIERCE LAW REVIEW
B.S., English Literature, Northeastern University
Professional experience includes his current position as Of Counsel with Dickinson Wright PLLC in Michigan; Associate positions with Bass, Berry & Simms PLC (Nashville and Knoxsville, TN) and Sullivan & Worcester LLP (Boston, MA); Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Jeffrey R. Howard, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit; Legal Clerk for U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Hampshire
His publications include:
P.T.S.D.: A NOVEL (CreateSpace Press 2011);  THE AUDITOR: A NOVEL (publication pending); Wherefore Art Thou Guidelines: An Empirical Study of White-Collar Criminal Sentencing and How the Gall Decision Effectively Eliminated Sentencing Guidelines, 7 PIERCE L. REV. 151(2008).
Admitted to practice in Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire
Pat is a Board Member of the Veterans Bar Association and served as Captain in the United States Marine Corps. His awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Iraqi Liberation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, Sea Service Deployment Medal.

Edward Peterson (Warner Robins, Georgia)
J.D., Capitol University Law School
LL.M., Employment Law, John Marshall Law School
Masters of Plant Protection and Pest Management, University of Georgia
B.S., Biology, Georgia College
Professional experience includes his current position as solo practitioner in Warner Robins, Georgia; Assistant Public Defender II, Swainsboro, Georgia; Associate Attorney, Matthew Waters Law; Assistant Public Defender I, Dublin, Georgia; Associate Attorney, Walter E. Baker Law; Assistant Solicitor, Warner Robbins, Georgia; Assistant District Attorney, Warner Robbins, Georgia
Professional experience with USDA includes: County Agricultural and Natural Resource Extension Agent; Plant Protection & Quarantine Officer, USDA APHIS; Computer Services Coordinator, USDA, APHIS; Technical Information Specialist, USDA, APHIS
Admitted to practice in Georgia

Kelvin Stroud (Washington, D.C.)
J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law
President, Student Bar Association
President, Student Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
B.S.B.A., Dual Degrees in Finance and Accounting, University of Arkansas
Honor’s Thesis: Diversifying Financially with International Investments
Post-J.D. educational advancement: Global Policy Fellowship, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Scholar, Truman National Security Project Educational Institute; Congressional Fellowship, Partnership for Secure America; Scholar, Congressional Research Service Legislative Process Institute.
Professional experience includes his current position as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Mark Pryor; Legislative Analyst, Tyson Foods; Legislative Counsel, U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee; Proprietor and Of Counsel, CollegeTokens.com, Inc.; Solo Practitioner

Kurtis Ward (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
J.D., Oklahoma City University
CALI award for Securities Regulation
B.S., Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University
Professional experience includes his current position as General Counsel for the National Livestock Credit Corp.; Attorney, Law Offices of Kurtis J. Ward; Securities Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority; Futures Arbitrator, National Futures Association; Managing Member/ CEO, OKC Trading, LLC / KIS Futures, Inc.; Stock Broker/ Financial Advisor / Branch Manager, International Securities Corp.; Loan Officer, Farm Credit Services; Loan Assistant, USDA Farm Services Agency; Adjunct Professor, Political Science / American Gov’t, Oklahoma State University
Publications include: Preventing Investment Fraud: The Swindle, the Swindler, and the Swindlee, Provision Network (2007); The Futures Industry: From Commodities to the OTC Derivatives Markets, 12 PUBLIC INVESTORS ARBITRATION BAR JOURNAL 3 (2005); YOU SHALL HAVE GOOD SUCCESS (Harrison House Publishers 1995).


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Journal of Food Law & Policy: Call for Articles and New Connection with LL.M. Program

The Journal of Food Law & Policy is seeking article submissions.  For ten years, the Journal has been a leading voice in the food law and policy movement, publishing legal scholarship on a wide variety of food law issues. While some articles have reflected the traditional food and drug law approach and presented excellent regulatory analysis, more typically, the articles have presented a look beyond this. They have discussed the most relevant current food policy issues, often with a systemic perspective that transcends the legal academy's traditional approach. The Journal strives for excellent scholarship with "real world" significance -  a mission appropriate for the one area of law that touches everyone in the world -  food.

The Journal's leadership role and its tenth anniversary were noted by authors Baylen Linnekin (Keep Food Legal) and Emily Broad Lieb (Harvard's Food Law and Policy Clinic) in their recent article, Food Law & Policy: The Fertile Field's Origins & First Decade. It was published at 2014 Wisc. L. Rev. 557 last Spring.  A companion video, Food Law & Policy describes the emerging discipline, interviews leaders in the field, and credits the Journal for its innovation. My appreciation is extended to Baylen and Emily for this recognition and for the opportunity to participate in the video.

The Journal of Food Law & Policy continues to be the only student-edited U.S. law journal focused exclusively on food law and policy issues. Journal articles are available on both Westlaw and Hein On Line, and a new web site will soon post past issues for download.  Regular features include food law updates from the United States, the European Union, and Canada. The Journal is published twice a year and is edited by some of the top law students at the University of Arkansas School of Law. I am privileged to serve as the faculty advisor.

This year's Editor in Chief is A. Jordan Broyles. I worked closely with Jordan last year as a Journal candidate when she undertook the challenging task of writing about the historical struggle in regulating raw milk sales. I am confident that Jordan will be an excellent leader for the Journal this year, and I look forward to working with her, the board, and the new candidates.

In a new development, I am pleased to announce that this year at the request of the Journal, we are connecting the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law with the Journal by adding an LL.M. Advisor from this year's class. LL.M. candidate Justin Crawley has agreed to serve in this capacity and has already begun work with the Journal staff.  Justin received his from J.D. from Appalachian School of Law where he served as Senior Editor of the Appalachian Natural Resources Law Journal and was the recipient of “Exceptional Service Award” for outstanding performance on a student publication.  Justin also served as the President and Chief of the Executive Board of the Environmental Law Society. His leadership and support will be very helpful to Jordan and her staff.

Please consider submitting your publication to the Journal. We may be able to include additional articles in our Fall publication, offering a very prompt production schedule.  Submission can be made through ExPresso or by direct delivery via e-mail to foodlaw@uark.edu.  Written submissions can be sent to the address below.  Please include a brief abstract and CV or resume with each submission.

Journal of Food Law and Policy
University of Arkansas School of Law
1045 West Maple Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Professor Neil Hamilton: Introduction to the Law of Food & Agriculture

LOTS GOING ON in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Monday, August 18 was the first day of classes for the 2014-15 LL.M. Program academic year. We were proud to welcome 9 face-to-face candidates and 3 of our distance candidates to Fayetteville for an orientation session and our first condensed course. Several other distance candidates are taking the course via distance education.

I'll do another post that reports on and shows photos of he renovated LL.M. classroom -  it looks fantastic!

And, bios for this year's class will be posted later this week.  They are a great group, of experienced attorneys and recent law graduates from Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Also in keeping with our tradition, we were honored to welcome Professor Neil Hamilton as our first Visiting Professor of the year.  Professor Hamilton is the Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law at Drake University Law School and Director of the Drake Agricultural Law Center. He teaches our orientation course, An Introduction to the Law of Food & Agriculture, as our first condensed course.  This course covers a wide range of issues, setting the stage for our further discussions of the important areas of agricultural and food law.  It is a great way to begin another year.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bill Clinton Recognizes the Food City Scenario

Several prior posts have discussed the Food City Scenario, an award winning University of Arkansas collaboration led by the Fay Jones School of Architecture's Community Design Center.  The latest award was a Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism.  As noted below, former President Bill Clinton recently wrote to the CDC Director, Professor Steve Luoni to congratulate him and to commend the CDC for its work. Such nice (and well deserved) recognition.

The LL.M. Program was proud to provide assistance to the University of Arkansas School of Architecture's Community Design Center in developing this innovative model for incorporating local food systems into urban growth. 




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

University of Arkansas School of Law Ranked as Best Value

The University of Arkansas School of Law ranks first in the nation in preLaw magazine’s annual “Best Value Law Schools” issue. This is the fourth year in a row that the School of Law has been honored as a top 20 “Best Value.” It ranked second in the nation last year.

“The University of Arkansas School of Law delivers an extraordinary education for its students and at a value that leaves them with significantly less debt than students at most law schools,” said Chancellor G. David Gearhart. “The return on investment for a student who graduates from our law school is good not only for our students but for Arkansas as well.”

School of Law Dean Stacy Leeds is quoted throughout the preLaw story, and credits support from the Arkansas Bar Association and investments in bar exam preparation and career services as factors in the law school’s continued success.

The rankings, which highlight the law schools that produce “lawyer-ready grads without saddling them with debt,” are determined by a formula that uses “the percent of graduates who pass the bar exam, employment rate, tuition, cost of living, and average indebtedness upon graduation.” For the employment category, more weight is given to jobs that require bar exam passage and to jobs that prefer the candidate hold a Juris Doctor degree.

For a detailed report of the law school’s bar passage, placement rates, and tuition and fees, please visit law.uark.edu.

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law has been the law school's signature specialty program since the 1980's.  This year, the law school was recognized for its leadership role in food law & policy.