Sunday, October 25, 2015

Annual Agricultural Law Conference in South Carolina

The LL.M. Program was once again well represented at the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) Annual Educational Symposium. The event was held October 21-23 in Charleston, South Carolina at the historic Francis Marion Hotel. It was very well attended -  over 280 registered participants. The symposium was organized by LL.M. alumna Beth Crocker, who served as President-elect during 2014-15 and now begins her service as AALA President.  Congratulations on such a successful conference, Beth!

I'll post some photos later, but for now, here is our LL.M. involvement stats -

Six of the speakers at the conference were professors in the LL.M. Program:

  • David Grahn -  2015 Farm Bill Update, and Crop Insurance
  • Neil Hamilton - Water Law: Update on Des Moines Water Works Litigation; and Land Ownership and Duties Related to Stewardship of Land and Water
  • Phil Harris - 2015 Tax Law Update, and Succession, Estate Planning & Trusts 101
  • Bill Marler, Keynote Address: 22 Years in the Kitchen
  • Susan Schneider - 2015 Food Law Update 
  • Allen Olson - Agricultural Law & Climate Change

Twenty-three LL.M. alumni were in attendance, and most presented to the conference or were involved in planning the conference:
Terry Centner, University of Georgia
Marne Coit, OFA-NY
Alli Condra, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Amy Cornell, Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc.
Beth Crocker, Clemson University
Jason Foscolo, Foscolo & Handel PLLC
Andy Frame, Adams and Reese, LLP
Paul Goeringer, University of Maryland
Lauren Handel, Foscolo & Handel PLLC
Stan Lawson, Stanley R. Lawson P.C.
Cara McNab, USDA RMA
Ashley Newhall, University of Maryland
Allen Olson, Allen Olson Law Firm
Alison Peck, WVU College of Law
Jeff Peterson, Gray, Plant, Mooty PA (serving on the AALA Board of Directors)
Ross Pifer, Penn State Law
Harrison Pittman, National Agricultural Law Center
Beth Rumley, National Agricultural Law Center
Rusty Rumley, National Agricultural Law Center
Chris Saunders, North Carolina General Assembly
Susan Schneider, University of Arkansas School of Law
Ray Watson, Illinois
Jennifer Zwagerman, Drake Law School (serving on the AALA Board of Directors)
Six current LL.M. student were in attendance, with two also serving on panels as moderators. These students included:

  • Emma Hempstead, (moderating the Climate Change panel)
  • Mike Hoffman, Michael Hoffman, P.C. (moderating the Sustainable Land Use / Land Tenure panel) 
  • Satoko Kato
  • Mark Opanasiuk
  • Edward Peterson
And, three alumni serve in AALA leadership positions:  AALA President, Beth Crocker and AALA Board Members, Jeff Peterson and Jennie Zwaggerman.

It was wonderful to catch up with so many friends and to meet so many people interested in our work. Lots of good conversations with people who are interested in taking our LL.M. classes either as degree candidates or on a non-degree basis.  It is truly a good time to be practicing agricultural and food law.

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