Saturday, April 30, 2016

Satoko Kato to Join the Faculty

We are delighted to announce that Satoko Kato will be staying with us another year, joining the law school faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor.

Satoko is currently an LL.M. candidate in our face-to-face program, working with the Food Law Firm in New York as part of our Graduate Assistantship Program. As part of her studies, Satoko has participated in our new Practicum experiential learning opportunity, working Fall semester with the Sustainability Consortium and Spring semester with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

Satoko graduated from Georgetown University Law Center where she served on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. She is a graduate of Sophia University in Tokyo and is fluent in Japanese.

Satoko's practice experience includes almost 15 years of experience practicing corporate law at major international law firms. She began her career in New York working on finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions, and later focused on securities law representing domestic and foreign corporations in capital market transactions, reporting and compliance, and antitrust and government investigations in New York and Tokyo.

Satoko's extensive corporate law expertise attracted the attention of our law school's Associate Dean and our business law faculty.  The law school has a new business law certificate program that will benefit from the kind of practice-based corporate and international law experience that Satoko has developed.  Satoko will teach International Business Transactions and an Upper Level Legal Writing course that focuses on Corporate Drafting. In Spring semester, she will have an opportunity to work in her new area of expertise, teaching Federal Regulation of Food Labeling and Federal Regulation of Food Safety in the LL.M. Program. Satoko will also be advising the Journal of Food Law & Policy and the new LL.M. candidates.

Nate Rosenberg to Join the Faculty

Nate Rosenberg Joins University of Arkansas School of Law Faculty

We are pleased to announce that Nate Rosenberg will join us for the 2016-17 academic year as a Visiting Assistant Professor, teaching in both the LL.M. Program and the J.D. Program.

Nate is a 2012 graduate of Harvard Law School where he co-founded and led the Harvard Food Law Society, served as a student attorney with the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, and served as a Student Advocate for Harvard Law School Advocates for Human Rights. Nate is a graduate of Pitzer College with a B.A. in German Literature. He served as the Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Claremont Student and Editor-in-Chief of the Claremont Collage.

After law school, Nate was selected to serve as a Joint Fellow in the Harvard Law School Mississippi Delta Project, a joint project with Harvard and Mississippi State University located in Clarksdale, Mississippi. In this role, he supervised over forty law students working on food policy projects, organized a state-wide conference and participated in a variety of community service and organizing activities.

Since 2014, Nate, has been a Fink Fellow with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in New York, working on issues related to hunger, environmental law, food waste, and farm labor law. In 2015, Nate created and taught a graduate level course, Inequality and Food Systems, for the New York University Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health.

Fall semester, Nate will be working half time us, teaching Animal Law in the J.D. program and advising the Journal of Food Law & Policy. He will also be working for the environmental law advocacy group, Earthjustice, on issues concerning climate change and agriculture.  Nate will join us full time Spring 2016 where he will be teaching in the LL.M. Program. He will teach Environmental Regulation of Agriculture, Climate Change and Agriculture, and Regulated Markets in Agriculture.

We will be delighted to have Nate and his partner Kiley join us in Fayetteville. He will be a great addition to our faculty. Welcome, Nate.

Mark Opanasiuk Selected for Edmund S. Muskie Summer Internship Program

Mark Opanasiuk named Muskie Intern

Our congratulation to LL.M. Candidate and Fulbright Student Scholar Mark Opanasiuk for his recent appointment as a Muskie Intern with the the Edmund S. Muskie Summer Internship Program.

Mark has been enrolled full time in the LL.M. Program this year, studying with us in Fayetteville.  Prior to joining us, he served as a Junior Associate with the Inyurpolis Law Firm (ILF) in Kharkiv, Ukraine, working in its Investment Consulting Department. Mark holds a Master of Laws, diploma cum laude and a Bachelor of Laws, diploma cum laude, from the the National Law University named after Yaroslav the Wise (NLU) in Ukraine.  He is completing his Ph.D. dissertation from  the Research Institute of State Department and Municipal Government of Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine.

Mark attended our Program as a Fulbright Scholar.

 The Muskie Internship Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides emerging leaders from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia with the opportunity to gain real-world experience complementing and enriching their graduate studies in the United States.
The Muskie Program invites participants to:
  • Create professional and personal relationships that support professional and personal development, stimulate creativity, challenge ideas and lead to positive innovations;
  • Sharpen the ability to develop independent opinions, make informed decisions and reach compromise;
  • Learn new trends, opportunities and challenges in evolving key issues;
  • Experience different approaches used in the private, public and non-profit sectors; and,
  • Experience how different U.S. government agencies, NGOs, and businesses work together to address a common issue in support of American policy.

Mark will complete his internship at Goosman Law Firm in Sioux City, Iowa. His internship will allow him learn more about the American legal system, assist and shadow attorneys, assist with the practice of agricultural and food law, learn more about legal ethics and law firm management, become more engaged in local community projects, and participate in pro bono work.

Congratulations, Mark!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

LL.M. Alum and Dean at Yeungnam University returns to Fayetteville

Last week our friend and Alumnus Tae Huan Keum returned to Fayetteville for a brief visit with LL.M. Candidates, Faculty, and the Law School Administration.

Dean Keum joined the LL.M. Program in 2010 during his sabbatical year as a Professor of Law at Yeungnam University in Gyeongsan, Republic of Korea.

Tae Huan now is completing his second term as Dean of the Yengnam University Law School. Dean Keum is also recognized for founding the Korean Institute of Agricultural & Food Law which he directs.

While in Fayetteville, Dean Keum presented a lecture titled Science, Culture, and Politics in Korean Food Safety to current LL.M. Candidates.

This was the first time we have had an opportunity to visit with Dean Keum since 2013 when LL.M. Professors Susan Schneider and Christopher Kelley visited Yeungnam University as part of a cooperative agreement between our two institutions.  It was a pleasure hosting Dean Keum. Our sincere thanks to Dean Keum and to Yeungnam University.

New Legal Guide on the Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction for Food Donations

The Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic and the University of Arkansas Food Recovery Project Launch the Updated  Legal Guide on the Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction for Food Donations

The Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), in partnership with the FoodRecovery Project at the University of Arkansas School of Law, is pleased to publish an updated version of Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction for Food Donation: A LegalGuide, to reflect the significant changes Congress made as part of the fiscal year 2016 omnibus appropriations legislation.  This legislation increased tax incentives for food donations as a mechanism to prevent food waste. 

This guide, originally published in November 2015, provides an important resource for food businesses and food recovery organizations to determine whether a food donor is eligible to receive the enhanced deduction.

An estimated 40 percent of food produced in the United States goes uneaten; at the same time, more than 14 percent of U.S. households are food insecure at some point during the year. Diverting a fraction of the wholesome food that currently goes to waste in this country could effectively end food insecurity for all Americans.

The extension and modification of the charitable deduction for contributions of food inventory included in the 2016 omnibus appropriations legislation contains four significant changes: 

1) a permanent extension of the enhanced tax deduction for food donations; 

2) an increase in the deduction’s cap to 15% of the donor’s net income; 

3) a new optional formula for calculating the enhanced deduction that is available to certain taxpayers; and,

 4) a formula for determining the fair market value (FMV) of food inventory. 

Each of these are reflected in the updated legal guide and explained in detail in FLPC’s previous blog post.

Given the significant negative impacts of wasting food, more food businesses should consider donating their excess, wholesome food. This guide hopes to encourage more food donation by shedding light on how the federal enhanced tax deduction makes food donation a more financially feasible practice for certain businesses, and what businesses need to do to be eligible for this enhanced deduction.

Monday, April 25, 2016

LL.M. Candidate Lauren Manning: Millennial Farmer

We were delighted to see Huffington Post's article on the efforts of young people to break into farming, Millennial Farmers Fight An Uphill Battle. It’s Time To Support Them.  Not only do we advocate for beginning farmers, our own LL.M. candidate Lauren Manning was one of the young farmers featured.

LL.M. Candidate Lauren Manning Featured in Huffington Post 

Here's the excerpt about Lauren's work with Ozark Pasture Beef:  
Other young farmers support their agricultural leanings with multiple side jobs, a daily grind that might make your head spin. Since last August, 29-year-old Lauren Manning has been working as a cattle and sheep rancher at Ozark Pasture Beef in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 
In addition to her commitments on the farm, Manning is also pursuing an LL.M. law degree with an agriculture and food law focus at the University of Arkansas and working as an adjunct professor, freelance journalist and an intern with the National Young Farmers Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy group. 
Manning’s schedule requires next-level time management. She told HuffPost she works between 80 and 100 hours a week. While grueling, she said the decision between this and a cushier gig at a law office was clear. 
“I have never felt more compelled about something,” Manning said. “There’s a freedom and autonomy to ranching that I appreciate. You are constantly engaging with the land and the animals, manipulating the environment, constantly recalibrating, problem solving and planning. When you succeed, it’s fantastically rewarding — and addicting.”
We're very glad that Lauren has decided to stay in Fayetteville and to take up the challenge of new agriculture. We look forward to continuing to work with her. And yes, indeed, this is the same Lauren Manning that we blogged about a couple weeks ago for winning the International Human Rights Scholarship Award.  One very talented attorney / professor / farmer.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Food Safety Advocates Bill Marler & Denis Stearns Teach Food Safety Litigation Class

We were honored to welcome back our friends, visiting professors Bill Marler and Denis Stearns of Marler Clark.

Marler Clark, based in Seattle, Washington and founded by Marler, Stearns, and Bruce Clark is the most prominent foodborne illness litigation firm in the U.S.  They have been active in representing seriously ill victims of food borne illness and the families of those who died of foodborne illness for decades.  In addition, these dedicated attorneys have advocated tirelessly for additional food safety protections, better testing and regulatory protocols, and enhanced food safety education.  Their pro bono work is an inspiration to all in the profession.

For several years, Bill Marler has taught a condensed class for us, discussing his experience with his clients and the litigation he has pursued, and also presenting his views on food safety issues.  In the last two years, Denis Stearns has joined him.  Denis has taught Food Safety and related subjects at Seattle University School of Law and is a recognized food law scholar.  Their combined efforts make for a terrific class.

As has been the case in each of the past years, this year's LL.M. class found the course to be thought-provoking, inspiring, and fascinating, as it mixed law, policy, science, and public heath into two very full days of class time.  We appreciate the dedication that Bill and Denis show to their profession and their willingness to teach in our Program.

Once again, Bill and Denis donated their teaching stipend to a Marler Clark Scholarship to be given to an LL.M. student next year that will write articles for the firm sponsored national news service, Food Safety News.

Thank you, Bill and Denis.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Journal of Food Law & Policy

For over a decade, the University of Arkansas School of Law has published the Journal of  Food Law & Policy, the first student-edited law journal focused on food law and policy issues.  We are all proud of the Journal's work.

While the Journal does not have an official connection with the LL.M. Program, a number of the Journal staff have become LL.M. candidates after graduating from law school.  In fact, three of the Editors-in-Chief have gone on to complete their LL.M. degree and are now among our distinguished alumni.  This year's Editor-in-Chief, Kaelin Bowling was just admitted to the Program and will begin his LL.M. studies next Fall. Many LL.M. candidates and alumni have had their articles accepted for Journal publication. And, last year the LL.M. Program co-sponsored a symposium, The Past, Present, and Future of Food Law.  And, Professor Schneider, Director of the LL.M. Program is privileged to serve as an advisor to the Journal.

Last week, we participated in the end of the year banquet for the Journal.  It was a lovely dinner that toasted the success of this year's Journal board and staff -  a truly great group of talented law students. They are pictured below.

At the banquet, the winner of the Dale Bumpers / Arent Fox Food Law & Policy Scholarship Award was announced.  This prestigious award is given to the top student article written by a student editor on the Journal, as determined by the attorneys at the Arent Fox law firm in Washington D.C.  The winning article is published in the Journal next year, and the author receives a $1000 award from the firm.  This year's winner was Jacob Coleman for an article about state law "ag-gag" statutes, and in particular the Idaho statute that was found to be unconstitutional.  Pictured to the right is Editor-in-Chief Kael Bowling (L) giving the award to Jacob (R).  Congratulations, Jacob!

The new editorial board for next year was also announced at the banquet.  They are:

Editor-in-Chief: Emily O'Neal

Executive Editor: Hannah Rucker

Articles Editor: Bo Renner

Managing Editor: Kelly Brown

Note & Comment Editor: Larry Treat

Note & Comment Editor: Caroline Kelley

Note & Comment Editor: Jacob Coleman

Member: Alex Shirley

I look forward to working with these talented law students next year. 

LL.M. Alumna Kerri Boling Named Bumpers College Outstanding Alumni

LL.M. Alumna Kerri Boling recognized by Bumpers College as the Outstanding Young Alumna

Congratulations are in order for LL.M. Alumna Kerri Boling. Boling is being recognized by the Bumpers College Alumni Society as the Outstanding Young Alumna and will also address graduates at commencement.

An excerpt from the University of Arkansas Newswire story is included below.

After graduating in 2007, Boling earned her Juris Doctor degree and Master's of Law Degree in agricultural and food law from the U of A in 2010 and 2014, respectively. She is currently completing her Master's of Law Degree in global food law from Michigan State University. Before joining Tyson, Boling was a litigation attorney on the food, agriculture and biofuels practice group for the international law firm Faegre Baker Daniels in Des Moines, Iowa, where she counseled companies in the food and agriculture industries on litigated and regulatory matters.

While in law school, Boling held several law clerk positions, including with the United States Department of Agriculture Office of the General Counsel and the Arkansas Supreme Court, and she worked as a graduate assistant with the National Agricultural Law Center.

As a Bumpers College undergraduate, Boling received the Spitze Public Policy Legislative Internship Award, working with U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln in Washington, D.C., interned with Arkansas Farm Bureau and participated in several international programs, including in Edinburgh, Scotland, and a service learning project in Dangriga, Belize.

A native of Gravette, Arkansas, Boling grew up on her family's beef cattle and contract poultry farm.

Congratulations Kerri!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What is Food Justice?

Interested in learning more about Food Justice? Check out the clip below and join us for Food Justice Law & Policy this summer.


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Food Waste and Hunger Summit

On April 16-17, the University of Arkansas was pleased to host the Food Waste & Hunger Summit for Campus Kitchens. The event was attended by students and professionals from across the country, all dedicated to reducing food waste and hunger, connecting the two societal problems to create new solutions.

The Food Recovery Project

The University of Arkansas School of Law and the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law very were well represented at the Summit.

Nicole Civita, Affiliated Professor and Director of our Food Recovery Project, was one of the plenary speakers. Nicole delivered a great presentation on the current legal initiatives to reduce food waste and work toward "food conservation." Known for the excellent resources that she provides to her audiences, Nicole embedded a wealth of important information into a Prezi that she made available to all as a resource, Shaping a Federal Food Conservation Policy Agenda.  Her remarks were featured in an Arkansas Online article on the conference by Jaime Adame, Cutting Waste is Topic of Food Talk (Apr. 17, 2016).

Nicole teaches two popular courses in the LL.M. Program, Urban Agriculture and Food Justice Law & Policy, with food conservation initiatives built into both courses.  She is the author of a number of important food recovery publications including Food Recovery: A Legal Guide Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction For Food Donation: A Legal Guide (now being updated to reflect recent Congressional action); and a soon to be released guide to food waste and state livestock feeding rules.

Nicole's innovative and insightful work in food recovery has inspired many around the country to action on this important topic.

Following Nicole's presentation, Summit participants were delighted to hear from
USDA Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. Secretary Vilsack delivered a speech that connected extremely well with the student audience, as he called them to service, encouraged them to persist in their efforts to improve the world around them, and inspired them to reach out to their leaders with new ideas and perspectives.  He reflected on the many USDA initiatives during his tenure as Secretary and the focus on local, healthy food.  He also stressed the global significance of issues of hunger, food security and food waste in the context of a changing climate. Referencing a message from President Obama to the cabinet that "games are won in the final quarter," he promised to continue working on these issues until the end of his term.

It was a great day on campus.  A special shout out to Charwell's, our food service provider for healthy and delicious food served on compostable plates, with compostable silverware.  We were proud to be part of such an excellent Summit.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Lauren Manning Selected for International Human Rights Legal Scholarship Award

We are delighted to report that one of our current LL.M. candidates, Lauren Manning has won the 2016 Human Rights Essay Award administered by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law.

The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual legal scholarship competition sponsored by the Academy in an effort to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law.

Participants must already have their law degree and must submit a legal article focused on an announced legal topic.  The Academy will grants two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The theme of this year’s essay competition was “Extractive Industry and Human Rights.”

Lauren was enrolled in two related Fall semester LL.M. courses taught by Professor Uche Ewelukwa: The Right to Food and Business, Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility: The Food/Agricultural Sector.  Professor Ewelukwa told students in the classes about the competition and encouraged them to apply, offering to supervise their work.

The essay that Lauren submitted was an outgrowth of the two papers she wrote for her classes. The essay was titled: Mining for Compromise in Pastoral Greenland: Promise, Progress, and Problems in International Laws’ Response to Indigenous People.  It explored the meaning of the right to food in international law today, examined the potential impact of mining activities on the livelihood of indigenous groups in Greenland, and analyzed the potential role of businesses in Greenland and the State of Greenland in addressing the problems. Her essay will likely appear in an upcoming issue of the American University International Law Review.

Lauren received her J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She has her B.A. degree in Legal Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She is admitted to practice law in California and practiced for several years before joining us for the LL.M. Program last Fall. In addition to being an LL.M. candidate, she serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas School of Law, teaching an upper level legal writing class. She also writes for Ag-Funder News and works with Ozark Pasture Beef, here in Northwest Arkansas.

We are very proud of Lauren for receiving this internationally prestigious award and grateful to Professor Ewelukwa for the education and support she provides to our students.

For the announcement of the Award visit: