Saturday, December 20, 2014

New Faculty Enhance the LL.M. Ag & Food Law Curriculum

The LL.M. Program is pleased to announce three new professors, adding to our network of agricultural and food law scholars and enhancing the opportunities available to our students.  

The LL.M. Program welcomes new instructors for our expanded curriculum in agricultural and food law


University of Arkansas Assistant Professor of Law Sara Gosman will be offering a new course in Environmental Regulation of Agriculture to LL.M. Candidates this spring. The course will examine the major federal environmental statutes applicable to agricultural operations with attention to current cases and controversies under those laws. It also explores the regulatory authority and enforcement practices of the EPA and other agencies.


Professor Gosman joined the Law School in 2014 and teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law, energy law and policy, and natural resources law.  Her research explores the ways in which uncertainty about risk creates both challenges and opportunities for policy, spanning such diverse topics as oil and natural gas development, children’s health and environmental justice, and water use in the Great Lakes region. She is an expert on the law and policy of hydraulic fracturing, and she has written on chemical disclosure as a response to uncertainty about environmental effects of the technique.

Prior to joining the University of Arkansas School of Law, Professor Gosman was a lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School. She taught courses in toxics, Supreme Court environmental litigation, environmental justice, and oil and gas law. She has also practiced as a water resources attorney at the National Wildlife Federation and as an assistant attorney general in the environmental division of the Michigan Department of Attorney General.

Professor Gosman received an A.B. with high honors from Princeton University and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she was senior editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. She also holds a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. She clerked for Chief Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the Northern District of California. She is currently the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Pipeline Safety Trust.


LL.M. Alumna and Assistant Counsel to the Inspector General at USDA, Amy Lowenthal will be joining the program this spring to teach a course in Agricultural Labor Law. In her role with USDA, she analyzes important legislative and regulatory issues that may impact the USDA and the Office of the Inspector General.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Lowenthal was Counsel on the Senate Committee for Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. She was one of the negotiators of the 2008 Farm Bill where her policy portfolio included civil rights, trade, and competition.  In this capacity, Ms. Lowenthal helped draft and negotiate provisions on contract protections for poultry growers,  farm bill provisions regarding the Pigford race discrimination litigation, protections for small and disadvantaged farmers, and the creation of the Office of Farmworker Coordinator.  Her expertise in agricultural labor issues includes work with California Rural Legal Assistance and a research project studying cross-border environmental policy at University of Guanajuato Law School in Mexico. Her final thesis for the LL.M. program was on the origins of OSHA's enforcement exemption for small farms.

Ms. Lowenthal has a B.A. in International Development/Geography from Clark University, an M.F.A from American Conservatory Theatre, a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, and her LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Ms. Lowenthal will be teaching the the Agricultural Labor Law course from Maryland.  The views expressed will not necessarily represent the views of OIG, USDA, or the United States.


Were also pleased to report that Martha Noble, a former University of Arkansas Professor of Law and member of our LL.M. program will be returning to teach a course in Agricultural Biotechnology.

Ms. Noble is a recognized leader in sustainable agriculture and agricultural law.  She previously taught Environmental Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law and also taught a variety of classes in the LL.M Program. She served as a Research Professor and Staff Attorney at the National Center for Agricultural Law when it was part of the law school, teaching environmental and land use courses in the J.D. Program and in the LL.M. Program.

Ms. Noble served for a number of years as a Senior Policy Associate with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition in Washington, D.C.  The Coalition is a nationwide alliance of sustainable agriculture, rural development, and environmental organizations.

She has been a leader in the Agricultural Management Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources and has served on the Board of Directors of the Clean Water Network.  She has also served on the U.S. EPA’s Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee in two administrations.  Ms. Noble received her law degree from the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.  She will be teaching the Agricultural Biotechnology course from California.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Janie Hipp, LL.M. Alumna & Director of Indigenous Initiative Featured

Janie Hipp

Janie Hipp featured in Chickasaw Times article


This October, the University of Arkansas Alumni Association awarded Janie Simms Hipp, J.D., L.L.M., with a Citation of Distinguished Alumni award during the Arkansas Alumni Association’s 70th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration October 24. Janie's accomplishments were featured in the December issue of the Chickasaw Times.

Friday, December 5, 2014

LL.M. Courses Now Open to a Wider Audience


Agricultural & Food Law Curriculum now available to students and professionals outside of the University of Arkansas


We are pleased to announce that the LL.M. Program is now able to offer it's unique curriculum to an expanded body of individuals seeking to further their knowledge of agricultural and food law.

Since announcing our distance education opportunities, we have received a number of calls from students and attorneys who want to enroll in one or two courses without working toward a full LL.M. degree.  In response, we revised our policies to allow a limited number of special non-degree participants in our classes.

Who can take Agricultural & Food Law classes? 



First priority for all of our classes goes to our own LL.M. degree candidates.  We have always had a few spots in the class that were open to our Arkansas J.D. students and Arkansas graduate students. Beyond this, and subject to space-availability, we can now enroll a limited number of J.D. students from other law schools, practicing attorneys and other professionals, and graduate students in related fields from other Universities. This will expand the diversity of thought and the expertise of our students, enriching all of our classes. Regular Arkansas tuition applies, and in many instances the credits can be transferred back to the student's home program or presented for state CLE or other professional training certification.

Check the sidebar to the right for a list of classes that we will offer in the spring. Interested students and attorneys should contact the Program Administrator, Sarah Hiatt at sxh090@uark.edu for information on applying for admission and for our complete Spring class schedule. Spring semester classes begin the week of January 12, 2015.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Nicole Civita joins the Food Law Firm

The Food Law Firm announces their newest member "of counsel," Nicole Civita


Jason Foscolo
Nicole Civita
We are pleased to share the good news that LL.M. Visiting Assistant Professor and Food Recovery Project Director Nicole Civita has joined the Food Law Firm.

Nicole serves "of counsel" with our alumni Jason Foscolo and Lauren Handel.

Also serving of counsel is Michele Simon, a recent visiting lecturer to the LL.M. Program.


 Visit the Food Law Firm blog or Newsletter for more on Nicole's announcement.