Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Interview with Bill Marler

Bill Marler Food Safety
"Bill Marler, one of the world's foremost authorities on food poisoning and the law is on campus at the University of Arkansas for two days. . . "  Food Poisoning and the Law.

Listen to this excellent interview with Bill Marler. The interview was conducted by Kyle Kellams of KUAF Public Radio, and it was broadcast on Ozarks At Large.  It is the first of two segments on Bill's work.

Thanks again to Bill and Denis Sterns for teaching a fantastic class for us on food safety litigation. It was wonderful to have you with us.

Bill Marler Food Safety

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bill Marler & Denis Stearns Teach in LL.M. Program - Public Reception Announcement

Marler Clark Attorneys,  Bill Marler and Denis Stearns to Teach LL.M. Class 

Reception in their honor Monday February 23

Join us Monday, February 23 for a reception in honor of our guest and visiting professor, Bill Marler and his law partner Denis Stearns.  Bill and Denis will be here teaching a condensed course for us,
Food Safety Litigation, Monday and Tuesday. 

The reception will be Monday evening from 5:00-7:00 with a presentation by Bill at 5:30. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Guest Speaker: Amy White, Walmart Food Safety Manager, Labeling Compliance

We were pleased to host LL.M. alumna, Amy White, in our Special Topics: Food Labeling and Food Safety class. Amy is the Food Safety Manager, Labeling & Compliance for Walmart.

Amy delivered an informative presentation to the class on the new menu labeling rule for restaurants. These rules will apply to many of the deli items sold at retail stores such as Walmart, and as such, addressing compliance issues across the many Walmart stores is a significant issue. Amy has been briefing others at Walmart and working with stores to develop compliance strategies.

Some of the issues raised during Amy's presentation included serving size variations, menu display requirements, and exemptions.

Amy is also working with two of our LL.M. students this semester, Trevor Findley and Christina Rice, through our Walmart Food Labeling, Safety and Compliance Externship.  This externship allows two LL.M. students to extern two days a week at the world's largest food retailer, Walmart, at its headquarters north of Fayetteville in Bentonville, Arkansas.  Regardless of our students' various perspectives on our food system, the ability to experience Walmart from the inside is an amazing opportunity.  Our appreciation is expressed to Amy for her presentation and her work with our Externs.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Anne Hazlett Appointed Chief Counsel, Senate Ag Committee

We are delighted to announce that our LL.M. Program alumna, Anne Hazlett, has been selected as Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) Chairman of the Committee announced her appointment along with the appointment of other Committee hires last week.

“I am proud to add people with experience in farming, ranching and agriculture policymaking to the staff,” Roberts said. “Our team is now complete and we look forward to our first hearing at the end of the month.”

Anne is a natural selection for this important position, as her resume includes a long list of agricultural law accomplishments and years of policymaking experience. She has served as Republican Chief Counsel on the Senate Agriculture Committee since 2009. Prior to that position, Anne served as the Director of Agriculture for her home state of Indiana and served as Chief of Staff to Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman.

During the development of both the 2002 and 2008 Farm bills, Anne worked as legal counsel to the U.S. House and Senate Agriculture Committees.

Beyond her government service, Anne has also worked for several agricultural interest organizations, including the Indiana and California Farm Bureaus.

Anne graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Communications.  She earned her law degree from the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis and her LL.M. degree in Agricultural Law from our Program.

Congratulations, Anne!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Doug O'Brien Joins White House Domestic Policy Council

We are delighted to announce that another one of our distinguished LL.M. alumni has an exciting new position.

Doug O’Brien, who has been serving as the USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development, has now joined the the White House Domestic Policy Council. There, he will coordinate the White House Rural Council and take the lead on a number of Obama administration rural development initiatives.

During his tenure at USDA, Doug served in several high level capacities, as senior advisor to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and as Chief of Staff to then Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan.

When the Hagstrom Report announced the new appointment it noted Doug's work on many significant projects at USDA including "the minority farmer class action lawsuits, the Know Your Farmer Know Your Food program, the bio-economy, and targeting resources to impoverished rural areas."

Before working at USDA, Doug served as the Assistant Director of the Ohio Agriculture Department, Senior Adviser to Iowa Democratic Gov. Chet Culver, and Counsel to the Senate Agriculture Committee when Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, was the top Democrat on the committee.

We were pleased to have Doug as a colleague here at the Law School when he worked with us in a joint appointment with the Drake University Agricultural Law Center.  Previous positions include work for former Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa, and as a clerk for the Iowa Supreme Court.

Doug is a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, the University of Iowa Law School, and the University of Arkansas LL.M. Program in Agricultural Law.

Doug grew up on a diversified hog farm in Dubuque County, Iowa and has dedicated his career to agriculture and rural policy.

Congratulations, Doug!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Legal Issues in Indigenous Food & Agriculture

This spring, we're offering a course on the Legal Issues in Indigenous Food & Agriculture. The course is taught primarily by the Director of the Law School's Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative, Professor Janie Hipp. The Initiative maintain an excellent blog of their own, and recently posted an in-depth piece on our Legal Issues course. An excerpt from that post is included below. And be sure to keep up with the IFAI by visiting their blog.

For one hour every Friday, we have the privilege of teaching six students about the particularities of food and ag law that apply only in Indian Country.

While the course is designed to give our LL.M. candidates a landscape-level view of the legal issues relevant to excellent future legal practice in this space, we've done our best to ensure that the students understand that this particular legal landscape is not always easily traversed. After a few weeks in the course-- and with the class session on land use, land tenure, and land fractionation happening today-- it's safe to say they've got that part down.

As the course's primary instructor, IFAI Director Janie Hipp is thoroughly enjoying her return to the classroom, with her teaching experience enhanced not only by the years she spent teaching in multiple undergraduate and graduate colleges here at the University, but now informed also by her seven and a half years with USDA. The students are having a great time with her.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Jason Foscolo speaks at Ohio State Food Law Conference

Our alumnus, Jason Foscolo will be presenting at this upcoming CLE. I hope he recruits some attorneys to learn more by taking our LL.M. classes!  We now have opportunities for non-degree candidates that just want to take a class or two . . .  or three. . .