Lauren Manning Joins University of Arkansas School of Law LL.M. Faculty
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to agricultural business formation and cooperatives by discussing the importance of considering business entity formation at the outset of any agricultural enterprise. Students will acquire skills necessary in counseling clients and ensuring that they, as practitioners, understand the client’s business needs.
The bulk of the course will be spent analyzing agricultural cooperatives, beginning with the statutory authority for their formation. Next, we will map the procedural rules that apply to cooperatives, including formation, operation, and dissolving the entity. We will then transition to an analysis of cooperatives’ more substantive aspects, including criticism of and praise for their efficacy. We will conclude by discussing the various ways that cooperatives may be used to support local food system development, including providing solutions for problems of scale, supporting food hubs, and promoting rural development.
Lauren Manning is a food and agriculture lawyer based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After four years in private practice handling a wide variety of civil litigation matters, she joined the LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Manning writes for AgFunderNews, an online news site covering investment and innovation in agriculture technology. She also teaches as an adjunct professor and raises beef cattle, sheep, goats, and laying hens.
Lauren Manning is known for her work helping to create Envisioning Zero Hunger, an interactive research website focused on global hunger issues, presented during the 2016 United Nations World Food Program. Lauren was selected as the 2016 George Washington Law School’s Human Rights Essay Award Winner for her paper on food security in the context of extractive mining in Greenland. And, she was recently featured in a Huffington Post article on the efforts of young people to break into farming, "Millennial Farmers Fight an Uphill Battle. It’s Time To Support Them."
Lauren holds a Masters of Law in Agricultural & Food Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law. She 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. Lauren is admitted to practice law in California.