Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

We'd like to wish all our alumni, our current candidates, our friends and colleagues a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are thankful for the good agricultural and food law work that you do - improving and supporting our food system one client, case, memo at a time.

Our diverse alumni are working in 38 states and 19 different countries, and we are particularly thankful that they carry our reputation for excellence worldwide.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

USDA Associate Counsel David Grahn Returns to Teach

Agricultural Policy & the Federal Budget with David Grahn

This week we were joined by USDA Associate General Counsel, David Grahn. David joins us each fall to teach a condensed course titled Agricultural Policy & the Federal Budget.

The course explores the impact of the Office of Management and Budget and the cost scoring system on policy making. David delivers a fast paced and real world explanation of how things work inside the Beltway, how budgetary rules often drive policy decisions, and how policymakers need to understand the process in order to advance their causes.

David is a special friend of the Program, and teaches this course on his own time - and not in his official capacity at the USDA. He brings a wealth of policy experience and inside-Washington expertise to the task.

David serves at the USDA Office of General Counsel as Associate General Counsel for International Affairs, Food Assistance, and Farm and Rural Programs. He represents the interests of a wide range of USDA entities: Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency / Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, Rural Development Agency, Rural Business Service, Rural Utilities Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, the Food and Nutrition Service, and the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Food Law & Policy in the Trump Era: Call for Papers

The information below is posted on behalf of the Journal of Food Law & Policy at the University of Arkansas School of Law. 

Interest in food law and policy grew rapidly during the Obama administration. An emboldened food movement increasingly challenged corporate food and agricultural interests, while many academics, policymakers, and consumers began to promote food system reform as an attractive route to broader societal change. Writing about the future of food politics, Michael Pollan recently noted, “the culture of food is shifting underfoot.”

With the election of Donald Trump, however, agribusiness appears to be ascendant again. His transition team has made the concerns of large-scale agriculture paramount, promising to weaken or eliminate regulations throughout the food chain. Trump’s election has also highlighted the increasing political divide between rural and urban America. Once the wellspring of radical politics in the United States, rural America—and its farmers—are now among the most conservative segments of American society.

The Journal of Food Law and Policy invites essays examining food law and policy in the Trump era. Essays should provide analysis and commentary rather than research results and may be on a variety of topics, including the environmental regulation of agriculture, labor, food justice, anti-trust law, rural America, and animal welfare, among others. We welcome submissions from academics from all disciplines, as well as practitioners, policymakers, and advocates.

Interested individuals should submit proposals with an abstract of 100 to 250 words, a short bio, and their contact information to by December 15th. Final manuscripts will be due on February 1st and should be no longer than 2,500 words.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Nicole Cook featured on Good Food Jobs

Recent LL.M. Candidate Nicole Cook is featured this week on Good Food Jobs, a website "designed to link people in search of meaningful food work with the businesses that need their energy, enthusiasm, and intellect". Nicole is also featured on the sites companion blog the gastrognomes where she talks about her current position as Senior Advisor to the Administrator for the Risk Management Agency in the Office of the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Animal Law Attorney Pamela Vesilind visits LL.M. Program

LL.M. Alumna and Adjunct Professor Pamela Vesilind visits LL.M. Program 

Pamela Vesilind, graduate of Vermont Law School and an Alumna of our own LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law joined the LL.M. Program today to lead a discussion on Animal Welfare and Farmed Animals Raised for Food in a segment for Professor Schneider's Food Farming & Sustainability course. Pamela is a recognized Scholar in Animal Law and is an Adjunct Instructor at Vermont Law School and the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Pamela now practices Animal Law in North Carolina.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

National Food Law Student Leadership Summit

This year, we have been delighted to have Kelly Nuchols with us as a full time face-to-face LL.M. candidate.  Kelly's participation in the LL.M. Program is sponsored by the Drake Agricultural Law Center led by Professor Neil Hamilton. Kelly worked closely with Professor Hamilton and Harvard's Emily Broad Leib in the planning and hosting of the Food Law Leadership Summit held this year at Drake University Law School in October. Arkansas professors Susan Schneider and Nate Rosenberg were delighted to participate in the Summit. We asked Kelly to describe the Summit in a blog post for us -

From LL.M. Candidate Kelly Nuchols:

In October, 80 law students from at least 46 different law schools gathered in Des Moines, Iowa for the second Food Law Student Leadership Summit. The Summit was co-hosted by the Drake Agricultural Law Center, the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), and the Food Law Student Network Leadership Committee.

Summit organizers, Emily Broad Leib and Neil Hamilton
The Summit host team included some familiar faces to the Arkansas LL.M. program, including LL.M. candidate and soon-to-be-alumna Christina Rice who is serving as a Clinic Fellow at FLPC, visiting professor Neil Hamilton, who serves as the Director of Drake’s Agricultural Law Center, and Jennifer Zwagerman, an LL.M. alumna who serves the Drake Law School's Director of Career Development and the Associate Director of the Agricultural Law Center.  The Summit would not have been possible without the hard work of the FLPC team of Emily Broad Leib, Emma Clippinger, Lee Miller, and Christina, and the Drake team of Neil, Matt Russell, and Jennifer.

Students, organizers, and professors enjoy the Des Moines Farmers Market
As a Drake Law alumna and former FLPC intern, it was an honor to welcome everyone to Drake Law School for the summit. The Des Moines setting gave students a taste of Iowa agriculture with visits to both the Jackson Family Farm and the Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market. The students also toured a family owned artisan cured meat company, La Quercia. I am thankful I was able to share the learning opportunities I had in Iowa, and at Drake and FLPC, with the students who attended this year’s summit.

 Susan Schneider and Arkansas Law Visiting Professor Nate Rosenberg were two of the professors who taught a food law seminar at this year’s Summit.
Susan Schneider presents on the legal aspects of food names
At last year’s Food Law Student Leadership Summit at Harvard Law School, I realized how important this opportunity is for students who are interested in food law. For several students, the Summit was their first chance to participate in a food law class.  These classes exposed students to the variety of food law topics and career opportunities that exist. For example, Nate presented on “Inequality and Agriculture,” while Susan spoke about “Food Law: What’s in the Name of a Product?”

Nate Rosenberg presents on inequality and agriculture
The Summit Students also heard a keynote address from a leader in the field, Ricardo Salvador, who is the Director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Then, students used the information they learned over the weekend, along with their prior knowledge, to brainstorm realistic solutions to some of the problems facing our food system.

The Summit was a momentous event for these students, as they begin to pursue careers as food law attorneys, professors, or perhaps even as future LL.M. in Agricultural and Food Law candidates.
The Summit would not have been possible without the generous support from the Charles M. Haar Food and Health Law and Policy Fund, the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, and the GRACE Communications Foundation.

Other photos from the Summit posted by Susan below-  with more found on the Food Law Student Network website.

Kelly Nuchols addressing the Summit audience

Friend and colleague, Emily Broad Leib, whose vision
created the Summit 
Jabari Brown, Univ. of Oregon Law (2017)
Executive Committee FLSN