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.

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