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LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law brings guest speakers to School of Law

Posted on February 19, 2013

During the Spring 2013 term, the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law at the School of Law will host a diverse lineup of speakers.

February 22, 2013

Dr. David Wallinga, IATP (Antibiotic Resistance)

Dr. David Wallinga, M.D., M.P.A., is Senior Advisor in Science, Food and Health, at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). Dr. Wallinga applies a systems lens to think about health impacts of food and how it is produced, processed, packaged and distributed in today’s global, industrialized food system. IATP identifies strategies for consumers to find healthier food produced more sustainably, as well as public policies that can help build food systems that also are healthier, less polluting and less obesogenic, while supporting farmers and rural communities. From 2009 through 2010, Dr. Wallinga was a William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellow in Food Systems and Public Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. He received a medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School, a master’s degree from Princeton University and a bachelor’s from Dartmouth College.

March 1, 2013

Professor Bryan Endres, University of Illinois (GMO litigation)

Professor Bryan Endres is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Law and serves as the Director of the European Union Center at the University of Illinois. His research focuses on the legal issues impacting food and agriculture; biotechnology trade and liability; biofuels law and regulation; sustainable agricultural practices; and intellectual property. He holds degrees from the University of Illinois, Bowie State University and the United States Military Academy.

March 4, 2013

Dr. Richard Raymond, former Undersecretary for Food Safety, USDA (2005-2008); food safety and public health consultant (FSIS)

Dr. Richard Raymond, former Undersecretary for Food Safety, USDA (2005-2008), is an editor for two food safety blogs, Meatingplace.com and Feedstuffs Foodlink and works as a food safety and public health consultant. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical School with distinction and had longtime family practices in Nebraska, where he also served as that state’s Chief Medical Officer.

March 8, 2013

Dr. Francis Thicke, Agronomist/Soil Scientist, organic dairy farmer, recent appointee to Organic Standards Board (“Ecology as a Model for Sustainable Agriculture in the 21st Century”)

An organic farmer for over 30 years, Dr. Francis Thicke currently operates an 80-cow, certified organic dairy in Fairfield, Iowa, producing milk, cream, yogurt and cheese. He has been active in many environmental organizations including the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission, the Leopold Group Sierra Club in Southeast Iowa, the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission and Food Democracy Now. Previously, Dr. Thicke served as a National Program Leader for Soil Science at the USDA Cooperative Extension Service, and has worked extensively in water quality and sustainable agriculture programs. He was named the 2012 Farmer of the Year by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, and is a current member of the Cornucopia Institute’s Policy Advisory Panel. Dr. Thicke was recently appointed by The U.S. Department of Agriculture to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

March 15, 2013

Stephen Carpenter, Senior Staff Attorney at FLAG and In re Black Farmers Ombudsman (Perspectives on divisions in US agriculture)

Stephen Carpenter has been a staff attorney at FLAG since 1993. He is a graduate of Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, and of Stanford Law School. At Stanford he was active in the East Palo Alto Community Law Project, was a Stanford Law Review executive editor and later received a Skadden Fellowship which brought him to FLAG. Stephen’s work at FLAG has centered on debtor-creditor issues, disaster assistance, guaranteed loans, discrimination in agricultural lending, federal commodity and conservation programs, sustainable agriculture, and the problems of farmers contracting for livestock production. Since January 2000, he has served as Senior Counsel in the Office of the Monitor in the Pigford case. Stephen has conducted frequent FLAG trainings for farmers, advocates, and attorneys and has authored and edited several FLAG materials and publications.

April 1, 2013

Professor Lisa Pruit, UC Davis, (Women’s issues; Legal ruralism)

Professor Lisa Pruitt’s career spans the globe, literally and figuratively. Before joining the UC Davis law faculty in 1999, she worked abroad for almost a decade in settings ranging from international organizations to private practice. Pruitt worked with lawyers in more than 30 countries, negotiating cultural conflicts in several arenas. It is not surprising that a common theme of her research interests is how law and legal institutions manage and respond to cultural difference and cultural change. Pruitt now writes about the intersection of law with rural livelihoods. Her work considers a range of ways in which rural places are distinct from what has become the implicit urban norm in legal scholarship. Her most recent work considers how rural spatiality inflects dimensions of gender, race and ethnicity.

For more information on any of these events, contact Susan Schneider, Director of the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law, llm@uark.edu, (479) 575-4334.

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Phone: (479) 575-5601

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