LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law
Robert A. Leflar Law Center
School of Law
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701


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Robert A. Leflar Law Center
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University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Phone: (479) 575-5601

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Current LL.M. Candidates

2015-2016 Candidate List coming soon

Full Time Face to Face LL.M. Candidates

Tiffany Alvoid (Carrollton, Texas)

J.D., UCLA Law School

  • Concentration in Critical Race Studies
  • Participation in Environmental Law Clinic
  • Research Assistant to Professor Russell Robinson (racial and gender discrimination law)
  • B.J., News-Editorial w/concentrations in History and English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • University of Pittsburg Semester at Sea Study Abroad Program (Cuba, Brazil, South Africa, Tanzania, India, South Korea and Japan)

Professional experience includes: Of Counsel, Law Office of Edith K. Thomas; Attorney, Small Business Administration; Associate Attorney, Gllespie, Rozen & Watsky; Staff Attorney, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Publication: Taking the Question Out of Deposition Preparation, ABA’s Young Lawyers Division (Dec. 2011)

Admitted to practice law in Texas

Justin Crawley (Bryson City, North Carolina)

J.D., Appalachian School of Law

  • Senior Editor, APPALACHIAN NATURAL RESOURCES LAW JOURNAL (recipient of “Exceptional Service Award” for outstanding performance)
  • President and Chief of Executive Board, Environmental Law Society
  • Treasurer and Community Liaison, Executive Board, Sport and Entertainment Law Society
  • B.S., Sports Management w/concentration in Professional Sport Management and Minor in Business Law, Western Carolina University

Professional experience includes: Legal Intern, Haywood County Clerk of Court Office in Waynesville, North Carolina, Director of Baseball Operations, Western Carolina University Athletic Dept.

Anna Dey (Austin, Texas)

J.D., Seattle University School of Law

  • Paralegal Certificate with Honors, University of San Diego Paralegal Program
  • B.A., English, Cornell University

Professional experience includes: Adjunct Professor of Legal Research & Writing, Des Moines Area Community College; Program Attorney, ABA Rule of Law Initiative, Legal Skills Program, Monrovia, Liberia; Staff Attorney, PP Heartland, Inc., Des Moines; Legislative Director and Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa; Associate Attorney/Financial & Office Manager, Dickey & Campbell, PLC

Admitted to practice law in Iowa

Trevor Findley (Aumsville, Oregon)

J.D., Cum Laude, Willamette University College of Law

  • Certificates in Business Law, International and Comparative Law
  • Note and Comment Editor, WILLAMETTE LAW REVIEW
  • Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security/Defense, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • M. Ed., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • B.A., International Studies, Willamette University

Professional experience includes: Associate Attorney (Creditors’ Rights, Bankruptcy Group; Litigation Group), Saalfeld Griggs, PC; Certified Law Clerk (Juvenile Division), Marion County District Attorney; Teach for America, Las Vegas Valley, 5th Grade Classroom Teacher

Admitted to practice law in Oregon

Diane MacDonald (Chicago, Illinois)

  • LL.M., Taxation, with honors, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • J.D., with honors, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • M.Sc., Economics, London School of Economics & Political Science
  • B.A., Economics, Bucknell University

Professional experience includes: Associate Attorney, Baker & McKenzie (international trade, including antidumping and trade compliance assistance); Associate Attorney, Barnes, Richardson & Colburn (import/export compliance); Product Manager, Export, ClearCross, Inc.

Publications include:

Personal Data Privacy and the WTO, with C. Streatfeild, 36 Hous. J. of Int’l L. (Summer, 2014); Who is a “Person” Under the U.S. Import Laws?, PRACTICAL TRADE AND CUSTOMS STRATEGIES (May, 2014); Food Safety Modernization Act Implications for U.S. Importers, PRACTICAL TRADE AND CUSTOMS STRATEGIES (Jan., 2014); Contributor, ABA International Trade, Year in Review 2013; Corporate Form Principles Apply to Import Law Violations, LAW360, (August 29, 2013); Antidumping Duties on Imported Goods: Resellers Beware, 12 THE CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL PRACTITIONER (No. 2, 2002-2003)

Admitted to practice in New York, California, Illinois

Diane has been a frequent legal webinar speaker. She is a Licensed Customs Broker. She developed the Trade Law and Trade Agreements online class for the World Trade Institute, Pace University.

Hillary Renick (Washington, D.C.)

J.D., University of the Oregon School of Law

  • NALSA Public Relations Officer
  • Native Environmental Sovereignty Fellow, ENR Center
  • Research Assistant, Professor Mary Christina Wood
  • M.S., Cultural Resource Management, Central Washington University
  • Thesis on Yakama Indian Treaty Fishing and Significance of Traditional Places
  • Advanced Public Health studies, George Washington University
  • Research Assistant, Dr. David Goldsmith (Research on Native American health problems associated with exposure to agricultural pesticides)
  • B.A., Anthropology, American University in Washington, DC.

Professional experience includes: Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Sherwood Valley Rancheria; Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, FOIA Specialist, Washington, D.C.; Yakama Nation Chief Judge; Yakama Nation Air Quality Specialist; Associate Attorney, LaPena Law Corporation; Board of Trustees, California Indian Legal Service; Udall Fellow in Office of Senator Cantwell (D-WA).

Hillary is a member of the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians and descendant of the Hopland Shanel, Noyo and Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone tribal communities.

Christina Rice (Charlotte, North Carolina)

J.D., with honors, Charlotte School of Law

  • CALI Award for Lawyering Process I
  • Order of the Crown Honor Society
  • Public Interest Law Society
  • Participation in The American Caribbean Law Institute Caribbean Law Clinic (Trinidad and Tobago).
  • Participation in the Estate Planning Law Clinic.
  • B.S., Business Administration & Finance/Accounting, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Professional experience includes: Legal Intern, Law Office of Marjorie J Brown, PC; Legal Intern, SERC Reliability Corporation; Teaching Assistant for Lawyering Process; Summer Intern, Oracle Law, LLC; Post-closing Legal Intern, Costner Law; Summer Intern, Love Sloan Law; Recovery Specialist and Customer Accounts Representative, American Honda Finance

Elizabeth Ruiz (Anchorage, Alaska)

J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law

  • Member, North Carolina Journal of International law and Commercial Regulation
  • Honors Writing Scholar and Teaching Assistant
  • Vice President, Carolina Public Interest Law Organization
  • Pro Bono, 85 hours
  • B.A., English, University of South Carolina, Magna cum laude

Professional experience includes: Staff Attorney, Chesapeake Circuit Court; Legal clerk, Chesapeake Circuit Court; Legal intern/fellow, National Hispanic Media Coalition; Google Policy Fellow, Media Access Project; Legal intern for the Office of FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn; Staff Writer and B2 Editor, The State Newspaper, Columbia, South Carolina

Admitted to practice in Virginia

Maranda White (Springdale, Arkansas)

J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law

  • Co-chair, Equal Justice Works (2012-13)
  • M.S., Environmental, Soil, and Water Science, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences, University of Arkansas
  • Graduate Assistant to Dr. Duane C. Wolf
  • Thesis: The Ecological Effect of Unpaved Roads
  • B.S., Environmental, Soil, and Water Science, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences University of Arkansas

Professional experience includes: Research Assistant, Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative; Research Assistant, Professor Robert B. Leflar; Law Clerk, McMath Woods, P.A.; Public Interest Extern, Attorney General for the Cherokee Nation; Corporate Extern, Walmart Stores, Inc.; Law Clerk, Mostyn Prettyman; Pro Bono Law Clerk, Legal Aid of Arkansas; Research Intern, Nature Conservancy; Consultant, Arkansas Wildlife Federation

Distance LL.M. Candidates

(Note that this is an incomplete listing to respect the privacy of candidates that do not yet want their participation publicized for professional reasons)

Michael Hoffman (Aspen, Colorado)

J.D., University of Denver
M.B.A., Finance, University of Colorado Boulder
B.S., Zoology/Animal Biology, Colorado State University

Professional experience includes his current position as Of Counsel Attorney (real estate and land use), Garfield & Hecht, P.C.; Attorney and President, E. Michael Hoffman, P.C.; Partner, Freilich, Myler, Leitner & Carlisle, P.C.; Lender and Trust Officer, U.S. Bank

Admitted to practice in Colorado

Brian Mathison (West Point, New York)

J.D., Maurer School of Law, Indiana University – Bloomington
M.S., Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry, University of California, Davis
M.S., Finance, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
B.A., Indiana University, English Literature
B.S., Indiana University, Biochemistry

Professional experience includes his current position as Instructor (Chemistry), in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science, United States Military Academy, West Point; Administrative and Operational Law Attorney, Joint Special Operations Task Force, Afghanistan; Trial Counsel, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas; Trial Counsel, 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Daegu, Korea; Deputy Legal Advisor, Joint Task Force-North, Fort Bliss, Texas; Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Bliss, Texas; Legal Assistance Attorney, Tax Center Officer-in-Charge; Transportation Officer, U.S. Army Europe Headquarters, Heidelberg, Germany

Publication: A Rapid Method to Determine the Sterol, Erythrodiol, and Uvaol Concentration in Olive Oil, J. Agric. & Food Chemistry, (co-authored with Dirk Holstege), available at

S. Patrick Morin, Jr. (Birmingham, Michigan)

J.D., cum laude, University of New Hampshire School of Law

  • Senior Research Editor, PIERCE LAW REVIEW
  • B.S., English Literature, Northeastern University
  • Professional experience includes his current position as Of Counsel with Dickinson Wright PLLC in Michigan; Associate positions with Bass, Berry & Simms PLC (Nashville and Knoxsville, TN) and Sullivan & Worcester LLP (Boston, MA); Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Jeffrey R. Howard, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit; Legal Clerk for U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Hampshire

    His publications include: P.T.S.D.: A NOVEL (CreateSpace Press 2011); THE AUDITOR: A NOVEL (publication pending); Wherefore Art Thou Guidelines: An Empirical Study of White-Collar Criminal Sentencing and How the Gall Decision Effectively Eliminated Sentencing Guidelines, 7 PIERCE L. REV. 151(2008).

    Admitted to practice in Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire

    Pat is a Board Member of the Veterans Bar Association and served as Captain in the United States Marine Corps. His awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Iraqi Liberation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, Sea Service Deployment Medal.

    Edward Peterson (Warner Robins, Georgia)

    J.D., Capitol University Law School

    • LL.M., Employment Law, John Marshall Law School
    • Masters of Plant Protection and Pest Management, University of Georgia
    • B.S., Biology, Georgia College

    Professional experience includes his current position as solo practitioner in Warner Robins, Georgia; Assistant Public Defender II, Swainsboro, Georgia; Associate Attorney, Matthew Waters Law; Assistant Public Defender I, Dublin, Georgia; Associate Attorney, Walter E. Baker Law; Assistant Solicitor, Warner Robbins, Georgia; Assistant District Attorney, Warner Robbins, Georgia

    Professional experience with USDA includes: County Agricultural and Natural Resource Extension Agent; Plant Protection & Quarantine Officer, USDA APHIS; Computer Services Coordinator, USDA, APHIS; Technical Information Specialist, USDA, APHIS

    Admitted to practice in Georgia

    Kelvin Stroud (Washington, D.C.)

    J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law

    • President, Student Bar Association
    • President, Student Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
    • B.S.B.A., Dual Degrees in Finance and Accounting, University of Arkansas
    • Honor’s Thesis: Diversifying Financially with International Investments

    Post-J.D. educational advancement: Global Policy Fellowship, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Scholar, Truman National Security Project Educational Institute; Congressional Fellowship, Partnership for Secure America; Scholar, Congressional Research Service Legislative Process Institute.

    Professional experience includes his current position as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Mark Pryor; Legislative Analyst, Tyson Foods; Legislative Counsel, U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee; Proprietor and Of Counsel,, Inc.; Solo Practitioner

    Kurtis Ward (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

    J.D., Oklahoma City University

    • CALI award for Securities Regulation
    • B.S., Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University

    Professional experience includes his current position as General Counsel for the National Livestock Credit Corp.; Attorney, Law Offices of Kurtis J. Ward; Securities Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority; Futures Arbitrator, National Futures Association; Managing Member/ CEO, OKC Trading, LLC / KIS Futures, Inc.; Stock Broker/ Financial Advisor / Branch Manager, International Securities Corp.; Loan Officer, Farm Credit Services; Loan Assistant, USDA Farm Services Agency; Adjunct Professor, Political Science / American Gov’t, Oklahoma State University

    Publications include: Preventing Investment Fraud: The Swindle, the Swindler, and the Swindlee, Provision Network (2007); The Futures Industry: From Commodities to the OTC Derivatives Markets, 12 PUBLIC INVESTORS ARBITRATION BAR JOURNAL 3 (2005); YOU SHALL HAVE GOOD SUCCESS (Harrison House Publishers 1995).

    School of Law

    1045 W. Maple St.
    Robert A. Leflar Law Center
    Waterman Hall
    University of Arkansas
    Fayetteville, AR 72701

    Phone: (479) 575-5601

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