With the school motto of "Working Hands. Working Minds," Sterling College was one of the first U.S. colleges to link a liberal arts education with ecology, outdoor education, and sustainable agriculture. The new Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems furthers this mission. Nicole's longstanding commitment to the development of a more sustainable food system, combined with her demonstrated academic excellence make her a natural fit for this new position.
Nicole came to the LL.M. Program in August 2012, moving with her family from Los Angeles where she practiced law as an Associate Attorney with Hogan Lovells. Although her practice had been based on employment law, her passion was food law, and our Program served as a critical transition for her.
Following completion of the LL.M. Program, we asked Nicole to stay with us as a Visiting Assistant Professor to help with the launch of our new distance track for the LL.M. Program and the associated expansion of our curriculum. In that role, she helped to design distance courses throughout our curriculum, working closely with our colleagues at the UA Global Campus. And, she developed and taught our LL.M. courses in Urban Agriculture and Food Justice Law & Policy. She also took over the leadership of our Food Recovery Project, publishing the widely circulated article, Food Recovery: A Legal Guide, and speaking all over the country at food waste and food recovery conferences.
We are delighted to announce that Nicole will remain connected to our Program as an Affiliated Professor. In that role, she will continue to serve as the Director of the Food Recovery Project and continue to represent us at national legal conferences. She will also teach courses for us via distance, this Fall teaching Urban Agriculture, and teaching Food Justice Law & Policy spring semester.
While we will greatly miss Nicole's regular presence on campus, her new position represents an exciting opportunity for her, and we applaud her success. We extend our appreciation to her for all of her work in helping us to expand our Program and for her commitment to agricultural and food law excellence. We wish her great success in her new position at Sterling and look forward to continuing to work with her in furtherance of our efforts here.