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

Email: llm@uark.edu

(479) 575-4334
FAX (479) 575-3320

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LLM program blog at www.agfoodllm.com

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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Current LL.M. Candidates

Face-to-Face Candidates

JACKLYN CAPITE (FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS)

J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law

B.S., Psychology, Kansas State University

NICOLE COOK (DES MOINES, IOWA)

J.D, Northeastern University School of Law

B.S., Psychology, University of Iowa

Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Iowa

Recent professional experience includes: Staff Attorney, General Counsel’s Office, Employers Mutual Casualty Company

LORY GERDES (ROME ITALY)

Master in Human Develop’t & Food Security, Universita’ Degli Studi Roma Tre

J.D., Loyola University School of Law

B.A., Philosophy, Spelman College

Military Education: Command Staff College, Marine Corps University; Expeditionary Warfare School, Marine Corps University

Admitted to practice law in Louisiana

Recent professional experience includes: Ethics Officer, The International Fund for Agricultural Development, Rome, Italy; Action Officer, Judge Advocate Division, United States Marine Corps

EMMA HEMPSTEAD (SOUTH ROYALTON, VERMONT)

J.D., Vermont Law School

B.A., Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder

Admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts and Vermont

Recent Professional Experience: VT Statewide Coordinator, Antibiotics for Food & Water Watch

SATOKO KATO (NEW YORK, NEW YORK)

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (Georgetown Immigration Law Journal)

B.A., Law, Sophia University, Tokyo

Admitted to practice law in New York

Recent professional experience includes: Counsel, Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York, Tokyo

LAUREN MANNING ( SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA)

J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (McGeorge Law Review)

Oxford University, Summer 2010 Legal Exchange Program

B.A., Legal Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Admitted to practice in California

Recent professional experience includes: Adjunct Professor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law; Associate, Desmond, Nolan Livaich & Cunningham

MARK OPANASIUK, (KIEV, UKRAINE)

FULBRIGHT FOREIGN STUDENT PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

Ph.D., Research Institute of State Department and Municipal Government of Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine (anticipated)

Master of Laws, diploma cum laude, Nat’l Law University named after Yaroslav the Wise (NLU)

Bachelor of Laws, diploma cum laude, Nat’l Law University named after Yaroslav the Wise (NLU)

Ukrainian Lawyer

Professional experience includes: Junior Associate, Inyurpolis Law Firm (ILF), Investment Consulting Department

KSENIA PETROVETS (SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA)

RUSSIA-UNITED STATES LEGAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION FELLOW (RUSLEF)

Master of Laws, The Law of the World Trade Organization, Saint-Petersburg State University

Bachelor of Laws, Saint-Petersburg State University

Russian Lawyer

Professional experience includes: Legal Counsel, JSCB Intrust Bank

ANNE ROSEN (CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA)

J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law (South Carolina Envtl Law Journal)

B.A., Political Science, Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Furman University

Admitted to practice in South Carolina

Professional experience includes: Practice Administrator, John R. Ross M.D., PA; Litigation Associate, Nexsen Pruet, LLC

CHRISTINE STAMPER (COLUMBIA, MISSOURI)

J.D., University of Missouri School of Law

B.A., English, Southern Illinois University

Admitted to practice law in Missouri

Professional experience includes: Associate, Law Offices of Edwin W. Orr

KATIE WILLOUGHBY (BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA)

J.D., Cumberland School of Law (anticipated 2015)

B.S., in Animal Science (Equine), Auburn University, cum laude

VALERIYA ZAYETS (KYIV, UKRAINE)

LL.B., Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman

Master of Laws, Energy Law, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Ukrainian Lawyer

Professional experience includes: Law Consultant, Ukrainian Mining Company, LLC; Law Consultant, Privat Bank

Distance Candidates Include

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

Admitted to practice law in Colorado

Recent professional experience includes: Of Counsel Attorney (real estate and land use), Garfield & Hecht, P.C

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

Admitted to practice law in New York, Texas and Florida

Recent professional experience includes Instructor (Chemistry), in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science, United States Military Academy, West Point; extensive legal experience in military, including legal support to Joint Special Operations Taskforce in Afghanistan

S. PATRICK MORIN, JR. (BIRMINGHAM, MICHIGAN)

J.D., cum laude, University of New Hampshire School of Law (Pierce Law Review)

B.S., English Literature, Northeastern University

Admitted to practice in Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire

Recent professional experience includes his current position as Of Counsel with Dickinson Wright PLLC in Michigan; Extensive prior experience including Service as Captain in the United States Marine Corps

DAVID NEZZIE (ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO)

J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law

B.A., Anthropology, Arizona State University

B.S., American Indian Studies, Arizona State University

EDWARD PETERSON (WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA)

LL.M., Employment Law, John Marshall Law School

J.D., Capitol University Law School

Masters of Plant Protection and Pest Management, University of Georgia

B.S., Biology, Georgia College

Admitted to practice in Georgia

Professional experience includes his current position as solo practitioner in Warner Robins, Georgia, prior experience as USDA extension agent and APHIS quarantine officer

AISLING SOKITCH GILLILAND (SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA)

J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law

B.A., English Writing & Literature, University of San Diego, Departmental Honors

Professional Experience: Adjunct Professor, California Western School of Law; Admitted to practice law in California

Recent professional experience includes: Attorney, Gilliland & Burgess, APLC; Street Law Instructor & Facilitator, University of San Francisco School of Law

KELVIN STROUD (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law

B.S. B.A., Dual Degrees in Finance and Accounting, University of Arkansas

Admitted to practice in Arkansas

Professional experience includes his current position as Special Advisor, Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce: former aide to Senator Mark Pryor

EBONY WOODRUFF (HARVEY, LA)

J.D., Southern University Law Center

B.S., Business Administration Pre-Law, Louisiana State University

Admitted to practice Law in Louisiana

Recent professional experience includes: Louisiana House of Representatives, District 87; The Law Office of Ebony T. Woodruff Harvey, Louisiana

School of Law

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

Phone: (479) 575-5601

Law School Directory

University of Arkansas School of Law