Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fulbright Scholar Joins the LL.M. Program

As our Fall classes settle into a routine pattern, it is now time to acknowledge some of the remarkable attorney-students in this year's class and the sponsors that make their participation in our Program possible.

We are delighted to report that the Mark Opanasiuk is the first Fulbright Scholar to attend our Program.  When Mark was selected to for the Fulbright Student Program, our Program was his first program of choice.

Mark is familiar with our Program thanks in part to his colleague at the Inyurpolis Law Firm (ILF) in Kharkiv, Ukraine, LL.M.  Professor Christopher Kelley, who serves as a consultant to the firm. Mark serves as a Junior Associate with the ILF, in its Investment Consulting Department.

Mark is pursuing a Ph.D. from  the Research Institute of State Department and Municipal Government of Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine, holds a Master of Laws, diploma cum laude, from the National Law University named after Yaroslav the Wise (NLU), and a Bachelor of Laws, diploma cum laude, from the Nat’l Law University named after Yaroslav the Wise (NLU).  In addition to his studies, Mark will assist LL.M. Professor Christopher Kelley in recruiting additional international students to the LL.M. Program and the law school's Accelerated J.D. Program.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Journal of Food Law & Policy Seeking Submissions

The Journal of Food Law & Policy at the University of Arkansas School of Law is seeking submissions.  There may be space for one more article in the Fall publication, offering a quick turn around on publication. That issue will be going to the publisher in December. Articles for the Spring publication can be submitted anytime this semester.

Over the years, the Journal's student editors and staff have been proud to publish works by some of the most recognized leaders in the food law community. The Journal is an important part of law school's leadership in food law and policy, and we are proud of their accomplishments.

Last Spring, the Journal celebrated its tenth anniversary with a live-streamed symposium featuring Neil Hamilton, Peter Barton Hutt, Michael Roberts, and Susan Schneider.

Submission of articles can be made by direct delivery via e-mail to  This year's Editor in Chief is Kaelin Bowling.  Please include a brief abstract and CV or resume with each submission.  

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Professor Schneider honored among Outstanding Faculty

Dean Stacy Leeds and Professor Susan Schneider
LL.M Program Director Susan Schneider was among the "Outstanding Faculty" honored by Chancellor Dan Ferritor and Ashok Saxena, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Professor Schneider, the William H. Enfield Professor of Law at the Law School, received the medallion bestowed upon endowed professors in a luncheon ceremony during the first week of classes. 

Thank you to Dean Emeritus and Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law Cynthia Nance, also honored as an outstanding professor, for capturing some photos from the event.

Professor Schneider with Chancellor Dan Ferritor

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Update: Chicago Urban Ag Project by Diane MacDonald

Over the summer, we posted on the interesting projects completed by the LL.M. candidates in last year's Urban Agriculture: Law & Policy class taught by Professor Nicole Civita. We inadvertently left one excellent project out, and the original blog post has been edited to correct this error.  Diane MacDonald did an excellent job on her project, Food System Assessment: 44th Ward, Chicago, Illinois. We are delighted to call attention to it now.  Congratulations for your good work, Diane.

We are pleased to have this excellent class in our curriculum and delighted with the innovative work our students have done in this emerging area of law and policy.

This class will begin again, September 17, with a record 17 students enrolled -  a mix of face-to-face and distance students participating.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

LL.M. Welcome Party at Amy White's Home

LL.M. Welcome Party, Aug. 20, 2015
We enjoyed a great welcome party for our incoming LL.M. class, hosted at the home of Amy White. Amy is one of our alumni, graduating from the Program in 1999. She now works as Food Safety and Health Manager for Labeling Compliance at Walmart and is active in the Fayetteville community.

The party included members of our incoming class that were able to be in Fayetteville with us, friends and family, and LL.M. and law school faculty.  It was a lovely evening in all respects.  We thank Amy for her gracious hospitality and thank Dean Stacy Leeds and the University of Arkansas School of Law for sponsoring the event.

Alumni News-Trevor FIndley

Trevor Findley, LL.M. 2015
LL.M. Alumnus Trevor Findley was recently appointed as Special Assistant to the Administrator at Risk Management Agency, USDA.

Trevor joins a number of our distinguished alumni who serve the USDA in and out of Washington.  For example, Trevor will work under LL.M Alumni Brandon Willis, Administrator of USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) and report to Richard Flournoy, Chief of Staff at USDA RMA.

Trevor will be working on projects for the Office of the Administrator, including assistance with appeals and litigation. Trevor reports "I'm excited to work with both Richard and Brandon, and to be working in an area that is becoming an increasingly important part of agricultural policy. There's no doubt in my mind that I wouldn't be here without the practical experience and education provided by the LL.M. program, as well as the Program's alumni network."

For more on Trevor and his experience in the LL.M. Program, check out this short clip from our LL.M. Alumni Mini Series.

Congratulations, Trevor!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A New LL.M. Year Begins Again

Last week, we introduced our new candidates to the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law.  We began with a short orientation session where we discussed our course of study, LL.M. Program degree requirements, and our approach to creating an innovative learning environment that nurtures and encourages our candidates to succeed.

After orientation, we were delighted to once again welcome Professor Neil Hamilton back to Arkansas to teach our first Fall semester course - one of our favorite traditions in the LL.M. Program. An Introduction to the Law of Food & Agriculture provides a thought-provoking overview of many of the issues that we will be exploring throughout the year.

Professor Hamilton serves as the Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law and Professor of Law at Drake University Law School and as the Director of the Drake Agricultural Law Center. His 30-plus years of leadership in agricultural law in the U.S. and abroad allow him to bring unique perspectives to his teaching.  We are always delighted to have him with us.

As usual, the class took a field trip to the Fayetteville Farmer's Market, and this time they had an opportunity to meet and talk with Market Vendor Manager, Teresa Mauer.  Teresa took time out of her very busy morning (the beginning of the Fayetteville Roots Music and Local Food Festival) to provide information to our class and to answer questions.  She was very helpful, and it put our studies into good context. A shout out "thank you" to Teresa! The students spoke with vendors, watched the EBT process in action, and spoke with market customers.

The following slideshow shows captures the spirit of orientation, Professor Hamilton's class and the market.  Our thanks to Yen Nguyen, LL.M. Technology Coordinator, for her photography and the production of this video.

Revolution of Dignity Art Exhibit at School of Law

From August - November 2015, Professor Christopher Kelley has arranged for the School of Law to host the Revolution of Dignity Art Exhibit featuring images from Ukraine's' Maidan 2013-2014. The art created during and after the Revolution of Dignity captures the extraordinary hope, spirit, and promise of great change. For those who were on the Maidan, it stirs recalled emotions that are at once joyous and sad. Brave men and women—some young; some old—died defending the Maidan and what it represented—the beginning of an era when Ukrainians could enjoy the dignity of a people committed to the rule of law.

Ukraine is the largest country located entirely within Europe with a long regionally, culturally, and politically diverse history. It gained its current independence in 1991 when the Soviet Union imploded. Since then, Ukrainians have struggled to gain what seven decades of Soviet rule denied it—the rule of law, which is now guaranteed by Ukraine’s constitution. This struggle has been marked by a series of mass protests, two of which drew prolonged worldwide attention—the Orange Revolution in 2004 and the Revolution of Dignity in 2013-2014. Both “revolutions” reflected Ukrainians’ desire to overcome political and other corruption.

The Revolution of Dignity began on November 21, 2014, as news spread that then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych had suspended preparations to sign the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. This Agreement would have advanced Ukrainian-EU integration and, within Ukraine, European values, including the rule of law. A wave of demonstrations and civil unrest followed, largely centered on Kyiv’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square). On November 30, 2013, riot police known as the "Berkut" attacked and injured scores of protesters near the Maidan. This enraged Ukrainians, solidified the Revolution of Dignity, and led to almost three months of massive demonstrations on the Maidan and elsewhere. Before the Revolution ended on February 23, 2014, more than one hundred people had died in the struggle against the government’s repression and corruption. Every Ukrainian was affected by the Revolution of Dignity, though some were threatened by values it embodied, values distinctly different from those encased in Ukraine’s Soviet legacy.

The Maidan witnessed a great explosion of all forms and genres of art, but posters were the most effective and popular. From original satirical works to manipulated images from internet memes, the posters quickly reacted to and documented major developments during the months leading up to the Maidan and while events there escalated until the reign of sniper fire ended.

Curated by Natalia Moussienko and Andriy Sydorenko from the Modern Art Research Institute in Kyiv, the Exhibit was first displayed in Kyiv in September 2014 and is now traveling around the world. The University of Arkansas School of Law is honored to host the Exhibit and is grateful for those who helped bring it to the Law School. Special thanks goes to the Ukraine Fulbright Program, the Kennan Institute, the Modern Art Research Institute, and the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Pictured from left are LL.M. Candidates
 Mark Opanasiuk and Valeriya Zayets
with Michael Ramirez, and Kim Tomlinson
from the University of Arkansas Art Department
Of special note, this fall the LL.M. Program will be joined by two Ukrainian Candidates, Mark Opanasiuk and Valeriya Zayats. Mark and Valeriya together with the University of Arkansas Art Department installed the Revolution of Dignity. We are especially grateful to Mark and to Valeriya for their part in bringing this exhibit to life.

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