Monday, August 31, 2015

Welcome to the New and Returning LL.M. Class!

We are pleased to welcome the largest LL.M. class ever -  with 21 students enrolled full and part time. They are a fantastic group, and we could not be more proud of their accomplishments.  Their enthusiasm for agricultural and food law studies is inspiring.


Dean Stacy Leeds welcomes the new LL.M. class
Our twelve new face-to-face LL.M. candidates come from Alabama, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, South Carolina, Ukraine, Russia, and Italy. Over half of the class are experienced attorneys, the others are recent graduates.

Our nine distance candidates are a mix of returning part-time candidates and new candidates (both full and part-time). They will be joining us from California, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.  Eight are experienced attorneys, and one is recent graduate.

We are proud to once again have distinguished military veterans in the class.

In addition to our degree candidates, we have two law students from other law schools enrolled in our regular semester classes for transfer credit, and we have an Agricultural Economics graduate student taking classes as well.

Photos coming soon as we blog about our introductory class with Professor Neil Hamilton, a special trip to the Fayetteville Farmers Market, and a welcome party at LL.M. alumna, Amy White's house. Stay tuned!

Here are brief bios of our class includes (new and part-time returning):

Face-to-Face Candidates 

JACKLYN CAPITE (FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS)
J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law
B.S., Psychology, Kansas State University

NICOLE COOK (DES MOINES, IOWA)
J.D, Northeastern University School of Law
B.S., Psychology, University of Iowa
Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Iowa
Recent professional experience includes: Staff Attorney, General Counsel’s Office, Employers Mutual Casualty Company

LORY GERDES (ROME ITALY)
Master in Human Develop’t & Food Security, Universita’ Degli Studi Roma Tre
J.D., Loyola University School of Law
B.A., Philosophy, Spelman College
Military Education: Command Staff College, Marine Corps University; Expeditionary Warfare School, Marine Corps University
Admitted to practice law in Louisiana
Recent professional experience includes: Ethics Officer, The International Fund for Agricultural Development, Rome, Italy; Action Officer, Judge Advocate Division, United States Marine Corps

EMMA HEMPSTEAD (SOUTH ROYALTON, VERMONT)
J.D., Vermont Law School
B.A., Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder
Admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts and Vermont
Recent Professional Experience: VT Statewide Coordinator, Antibiotics for Food & Water Watch

SATOKO KATO (NEW YORK, NEW YORK)
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (Georgetown Immigration Law Journal)
B.A., Law, Sophia University, Tokyo
Admitted to practice law in New York
Recent professional experience includes: Counsel, Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York, Tokyo

LAUREN MANNING ( SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA)
J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (McGeorge Law Review)
Oxford University, Summer 2010 Legal Exchange Program
B.A., Legal Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Admitted to practice in California
Recent professional experience includes: Adjunct Professor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law; Associate, Desmond, Nolan Livaich & Cunningham

MARK OPANASIUK, (KIEV, UKRAINE)
FULBRIGHT FOREIGN STUDENT PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Ph.D., Research Institute of State Department and Municipal Government of Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine (anticipated)
Master of Laws, diploma cum laude, Nat’l Law University named after Yaroslav the Wise (NLU)
Bachelor of Laws, diploma cum laude, Nat’l Law University named after Yaroslav the Wise (NLU)
Ukrainian Lawyer
Professional experience includes: Junior Associate, Inyurpolis Law Firm (ILF), Investment Consulting Department

KSENIA PETROVETS (SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA)
RUSSIA-UNITED STATES LEGAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION FELLOW (RUSLEF)
Master of Laws, The Law of the World Trade Organization, Saint-Petersburg State University
Bachelor of Laws, Saint-Petersburg State University
Russian Lawyer
Professional experience includes: Legal Counsel, JSCB Intrust Bank

ANNE ROSEN (CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA)
J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law (South Carolina Envtl Law Journal)
B.A., Political Science, Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Furman University
Admitted to practice in South Carolina
Professional experience includes: Practice Administrator, John R. Ross M.D., PA; Litigation Associate, Nexsen Pruet, LLC

CHRISTINE STAMPER (COLUMBIA, MISSOURI)
J.D., University of Missouri School of Law
B.A., English, Southern Illinois University
Admitted to practice law in Missouri
Professional experience includes: Associate, Law Offices  of Edwin W. Orr

KATIE WILLOUGHBY (BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA)
J.D., Cumberland School of Law (anticipated 2015)
B.S., in Animal Science (Equine), Auburn University, cum laude

VALERIYA ZAYETS (KYIV, UKRAINE)
LL.B., Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman
Master of Laws, Energy Law, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Ukrainian Lawyer
Professional experience includes: Law Consultant, Ukrainian Mining Company, LLC; Law Consultant, Privat Bank


Distance Candidates Include

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
Admitted to practice law in Colorado
Recent professional experience includes: Of Counsel Attorney (real estate and
land use), Garfield & Hecht, P.C

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
Admitted to practice law in New York, Texas and Florida
Recent professional experience includes Instructor (Chemistry), in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science, United States Military Academy, West Point; extensive legal experience in military, including legal support to Joint Special Operations Taskforce in Afghanistan

S. PATRICK MORIN, JR. (BIRMINGHAM, MICHIGAN)
J.D., cum laude, University of New Hampshire School of Law (Pierce Law Review)
B.S., English Literature, Northeastern University
Admitted to practice in Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire
Recent professional experience includes his current position as Of Counsel with Dickinson Wright PLLC in Michigan; Extensive prior experience including Service as Captain in the United States Marine Corps

DAVID NEZZIE (ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO)
J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law
B.A., Anthropology, Arizona State University
B.S., American Indian Studies, Arizona State University

EDWARD PETERSON (WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA)
LL.M., Employment Law, John Marshall Law School
J.D., Capitol University Law School
Masters of Plant Protection and Pest Management, University of Georgia
B.S., Biology, Georgia College
Admitted to practice in Georgia
Professional experience includes his current position as solo practitioner in Warner Robins, Georgia, prior experience as USDA extension agent and APHIS quarantine officer

AISLING SOKITCH GILLILAND (SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA)
J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law
B.A., English Writing & Literature, University of San Diego, Departmental Honors
Professional Experience: Adjunct Professor, California Western School of Law; Admitted to practice law in California
Recent professional experience includes: Attorney, Gilliland & Burgess, APLC; Street Law Instructor & Facilitator, University of San Francisco School of Law

KELVIN STROUD (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law
B.S. B.A., Dual Degrees in Finance and Accounting, University of Arkansas
Admitted to practice in Arkansas
Professional experience includes his current position as Special Advisor, Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce: former aide to Senator Mark Pryor

EBONY WOODRUFF (HARVEY, LA)
J.D., Southern University Law Center
B.S., Business Administration Pre-Law, Louisiana State University
Admitted to practice Law in Louisiana
Recent professional experience includes: Louisiana House of Representatives, District 87; The Law Office of Ebony T. Woodruff Harvey, Louisiana


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