Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Lauren Manning Co-Founding New Chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition in Arkansas

LL.M. Alumna Lauren Manning is having a busy summer! In addition to writing, teaching, developing courses and continuing her work at Ozark Pasture Beef, Lauren reports that she is the process of co-founding a chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition in Arkansas. 

One of the first activities of the chapter will be a one day FSMA Produce Safety Rule training workshop on August 10 at the Pauline Whitaker livestock arena here in Fayetteville. It is only $20 and attendees will be FSMA certified by the end of the workshop. View the flyer and agenda below.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Join the LL.M. Class - Fall 2017

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law continues to accept applications for Fall 2017, with a few places remaining in our face-to-face and distance tracks, for full or part-time enrollment. With an expanded curriculum and a deep network of alumni mentors to help with job placement, our Program prepares attorneys for a career in agricultural and food law.

We have several Graduate Assistantships (GAs) to award to full time LL.M. candidates in our face-to-face program. These GAs provide for a full tuition waiver, health insurance (60% paid), and $5,000 stipend per semester in exchange for part-time work designed to build their professional reputation. GAs are still able to participate as full-time LL.M. candidates, with the degree anticipated in May 2018.

While awards may shift to accommodate the expertise of applicants, GA placements include:

  • An opportunity to advise and mentor the editorial boards for the three JD student-edited Journals, providing special counsel to the Journal of Food Law & Policy (law review or journal experience and an interest in scholarship required);
  • An opportunity to work with a small number Accelerated JD candidates who are attorneys licensed in foreign jurisdictions, assisting them with their transition to a U.S. law school setting
  • An opportunity to assist with a new pro bono initiative at the law school.

We are located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a progressive college-town frequently recognized as one of the best places to live in the U.S. Most of our LL.M. students are from out-of-state; our alumni are from 40 different states and 18 different countries.

Interested attorneys and graduating 3Ls should complete the LL.M. application and indicate their interest in one or more of the GA opportunities. Contact us for additional information at or call (479) 575-3706.

It is always the goal of the LL.M. Program to attract candidates that reflect the rich racial, cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity of our global food system.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017 Commencement-Congratulations Candidates!

The University of Arkansas School of Law Commencement Ceremony on Saturday May 20th marked the end of the 2016-2017 year. We congratulate our candidates on a successful year and look forward to expanding our list of distinguished Alumni to include all of our candidates -whether they participated with us in Fayetteville, or by distance from across the country. Attending the commencement ceremony this year and pictured below were LL.M. Candidates Kelly Nuckolls, Jessica Fritts, Jacob Kerksieck, and Catherine Baker. Congratulations Candidates!
From left, LL.M. Candidates Kelly Nuckolls, Jessica Fritts, Jacob Kerksieck, and Catherine Baker

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Summer Enrollment-It's not too late!

It's not too late to join us for one or more of our summer courses. Attorneys, Graduate Students & Professionals in related fields are welcome! Our first offering begins May 30th and combines flexible online lessons with weekly discussions each Wednesday from 6-7:20pm CST. Contact us at for more information and to enroll.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Congratulations to Brenda Hall-Busch: Publisher's Award Recipient

Denis Stearns taught our Spring 2017 Food Safety Litigation class, and as he and Bill Marler have done in the past, the students were asked to write an essay for their final exam.  This is a great example of how we try to couple our LL.M. educational work with practical skill and resume-building activities.

The best essay in the class was selected for publication in the daily online newspaper, Food Safety News, sponsored by Marler Clark.

We are delighted to announce that Brenda Hall-Busch was selected for this honor, and her article, One Man’s Meat is Another Man’s Poison was published yesterday in Food Safety News. It was also reprinted in Food Industry Magazine.

Brenda is a part-time LL.M. candidate, taking her classes by distance and participating in class by video conference. Brenda resides and practices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A degree from Barnard College and her J.D. degree from New York Law School. We are delighted to have her in the LL.M. Program with us.

Our appreciation is extended to Denis for delivering a great class to our students this Spring, and to Denis and Bill for their years of support to our Program. Many students have benefited from their classes and learned not only food law, but were inspired by the dedication that these attorneys have to their clients and to food safety. We could not ask for better role models.

Congratulations, Brenda!