Sunday, January 17, 2016

Professor Kelley Teaches in Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan


This television news feature was broadcast by a station in Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan. Professor Kelley is on the road again. He's teaching a course on Negotiation Skills and working with graduate students interested in agricultural and environmental law. He'll be back next week to begin the semester, teaching Rule of Law, Agricultural Perspectives, Regulated Markets in Agriculture, and a new course,  Overview of Agricultural & Food Law in the European Union.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Alumnus Kaleb Hennigh Sworn in to OK Board of Governors

We are proud to announce that our alumnus, Kaleb K. Hennigh was just sworn in to serve on the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Board of Governors. His term begins January 2016 and extends until 2019.

Kaleb was elected last November at the Oklahoma Bar Association's annual meeting in Oklahoma City.  He will represent Supreme Court Judicial District Four, which includes the Northwest Oklahoma counties of Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Cimarron, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Harper, Kingfisher, Major, Roger Mills, Texas, Washita, Woods and Woodward.

Kaleb is a founding member of Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay PLLC, a regional law firm located in northwest Oklahoma with a recognized agricultural law practice. Kaleb focuses on familial wealth preservation, bankruptcy and asset protection methods and effective small business planning.

Kaleb is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural communications.  He received his law degree from the OU College of Law, where he was awarded the Kelly Beardslee award for his work with the OU Criminal Law Clinic.  He received his LL.M. in Agricultural Law from our Program.  We are truly proud of his work as an agricultural law attorney and his service to the bar. It is no surprise to us that his peers in the bar association entrusted him with this leadership position.

"The 17,600-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community."

Friday, January 8, 2016

LL.M. Alumna A'dae Romero-Briones Appointed to Nat'l Organic Standards Board

On December 29, 2015, the USDA announced the appointment of one of our distinguished LL.M. Alumna, A'dae Romero-Briones, to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
The NOSB is a 15-member Federal Advisory Board created under the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) and governed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The NOSB considers and makes recommendations on a wide range of issues involving the production, handling, and processing of organic products, including the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.
Members of the NOSB member are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for a five-year term.  Members represent stakeholders in the following four categories: four organic farmers/growers, three environmental/resource conservationists, three consumer/public interest representatives, two organic handlers/ processors, one retailer, one scientist (toxicology, ecology or biochemistry), and one USDA accredited certifying agent. A'dae was appointed to as a consumer/public interest representative, serving from now through 2021.

Ad'ae works as Director of Community Development for Pulama Lana’i and serves as a Food & Agriculture consultant, working with First Nations Development Institute, our Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative, and others. A'dae is the co-founder and former Executive Director of non-profit for Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico.

A'dae worked for the Indigenous Food and Agricultural Intuitive while attending the LL.M. Program. Her work was featured in the blog post, A'dae Romero Takes Leadership Role on Tribal Food Law / Food Sovereignty Issues. 

A'dae's final article in the LL.M. Program discussed the Food Safety Modernization Act as it applied to the Federal Tribal relationship. She has written extensively about Food Safety, the Produce Safety rule and tribes, and the protection of tribal traditional foods.

In July 2014, The White House and the USDA honored A'dae as one of 15  “Champions of Change” leaders from across the country “who are doing extraordinary things to build the bench for the next generation of farming and ranching, A-dae Romero Receives Champion of Change Award. These champions are leading in their industries and communities, inspiring others who want to find careers and a life on the land, and providing food, fiber, fuel, and flora around the world.”

And, as First Nations reported, Agri-Pulse, a national agricultural news source, included her as one of the most influential rural agricultural advocates in its “50 Under 50” report.

A'dae received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Princeton University, her law degree from Arizona State University’s College of Law, and her L.LM. in Food and Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law. She currently sits on several boards, including the Lana’i Elementary and High School Foundation.

We are proud of A'dae's work and know that she will do an excellent job on the NOSB.