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