Friday, July 28, 2017

Throwback Thursday!

Throwback Thursday!

This week we're featuring our alums from the early days of the program. Alumni from the 80's & 90's-this means you! Share your pics here or send them to us at or by mail: School of Law, LL.M. Program, 1045 W. Maple Fayetteville, AR 72701
Next week we'll jump ahead to the 2000's.

Special recognition to our Program Founders, Jake Looney, Don Pederson, and Neil Hamilton.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Throwback Thursday, Recognize these faces?

Attention LL.M. Alumni - Throwback Thursday has begun!

We need your help.  We are looking for your photos, news stories, or other items of interest from your time in the LL.M. Program. We will post them on one or both of our social media sites -  the aglawllm blog and our Facebook page
Send your materials to us at, or mail copies to us at the address below.
University of Arkansas School of Law
LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law
1045 W. Maple St.
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Our alumni provide the best evidence of the success of our Program. We hope you will share your memories with us, and we're confident that everyone will enjoy the photos that we turn up. Lots of great stories to be told . . . 
In order to start the ball rolling, Sarah was "nice enough" to dig up a gem of a photo of Chris and me (both proud alumni) -  taken shortly before we joined the faculty.
Stay tuned and start looking through your photos!  


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

LLM Alum Monica Rainge: New Heirs Property and Mediation Center

We are proud to share this exciting news released by the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, where our alumna, Monica A. Rainge serves as Director of Land Retention and Advocacy.

Federation/LAF Signs MOU with USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Establishes Regional Heirs Property and Mediation Center 

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (Federation/LAF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in support of its Regional Heirs Property and Mediation Center. This partnership will support FSC/LAF’s efforts to assist minority and other socially disadvantaged landowners who own heirs property and/or land related disputes across the southern region. The lack of clear title or heirs property is one of the greatest barriers to accessing USDA programs for historically underserved communities. The MOU provides a working framework for cooperation between OASCR and FSC/LAF to increase access to USDA programs by minority farmers and ranchers. The primary purpose of the MOU is recognize FSC/LAF’s Regional Heirs Property and Mediation Center as an outreach service center with a primary focus on its membership and minority and socially disadvantaged landowners across the southern region. Over the last 50 years, FSC/LAF’s mission has been to reverse the trend of African-American land loss and to encourage land based economic development. The Regional Heirs Property and Mediation Center will work cooperatively with OASCR to identify traditionally underserved landowners within the southern states and assist them in resolving heirs property, land retention, and estate planning issues through mediation, legal assistance, outreach and education. Currently, the FSC/LAF serves as the USDA’s Certified Agricultural Mediation Program in Georgia and Mississippi. Measurable indicators will be an increase in the number of minority and socially disadvantaged landowners who are knowledgeable about the OASCR and FSC/LAF programs and services and are accessing USDA programs which support and secure their land tenure. 

For more information about this project, contact information for Monica is available on the official press release.

Monica is based in Atlanta, Georgia, but represents the Federation with work across the South. I was pleased to see her last week and hear about this important work. Monica and I both serve on the Board of  Directors of Farmers Legal Action Group.

Susan Schneider

Donald Judges Named Vice Provost for Distance Education, Global Campus Head

As posted on the University of Arkansas Newswire, July 17th, 2017

Donald P. Judges has been named as vice provost for distance education and leader of the Global Campus, effective July 1. He served in these roles in an interim capacity since April 2016 and has played a key role on the Global Campus leadership team since May 2015. He also maintains his faculty status with the School of Law, his academic home since 1989.
“Don Judges has been doing an outstanding job as interim vice provost for Global Campus, and I am excited that he will continue his efforts in the permanent role,” said Jim Coleman, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.

“The role of online education is becoming an increasingly vital part of the University of Arkansas’ ability to reach and teach people all across our state and beyond,” Coleman said. “Additionally, under Don’s leadership, Global Campus is becoming an even more important innovator in adopting technology to improve course design and student learning for both online and in-person formats. I expect that Don will continue to do an excellent job ensuring that Global Campus makes significant contributions to several of the University of Arkansas’ guiding priorities.”

Over the past year, Global Campus performance metrics show a positive trajectory, including increases in online enrollments, development of new online courses and programs, non-credit workforce education offerings, support for U of A faculty, and revenues generated for the general fund and academic colleges.

“I am so proud to be part of a phenomenal team that continues to climb in all major areas,” Judges said. “And I’m excited about what we will achieve in the next year to support the campus in its efforts to keep pace with student expectations and needs.”

The Global Campus’ Fayetteville office expanded its range of services during the past year to begin reaching all instructional modes, including face-to-face. It supports the use of learning technology, instructional design and innovative teaching strategies that give faculty and students flexible, academically robust learning options.

The Global Campus’ office in Rogers provides non-credit workforce and continuing education programs developed through collaboration with U of A faculty, industry, organizations and government agencies. This work helps people further their careers and helps Arkansas fill skills gaps.
Judges first connected with the Global Campus in 2013, when the School of Law initiated an online track of its master of laws degree program in agricultural and food law. Judges continued to serve as an adviser to the Global Campus until he was appointed interim associate vice provost for distance education in 2015.

“I think that’s why I am such a big proponent for academic colleges to use Global Campus services,” Judges said. “I know how Global Campus helped me and my school when we needed it.”
Judges earned his juris doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1983 and his doctorate in psychology from the University of Tulsa in 1999. He held the E.J. Ball Professor of Law chair from 2005 to 2017 and the Ben J. Altheimer Professor of Legal Advocacy chair from 2000 to 2005.
About the Global Campus: The Global Campus supports U of A colleges and schools in the development and delivery of online, distance and workforce education programs and courses. It provides instructional design services, technology services and assistance with marketing, recruiting and strategic academic development.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Request to our Alumni

Please remember to send us information about your accomplishments, including new positions, publications, litigation news, and other professional achievements. We are always proud to acknowledge your accomplishments.

Susan Schneider,
William H. Enfield Professor of Law
Director, LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law