All of the specialized agricultural and food law courses offered in the LL.M. Program are taught by professors with both distinguished scholarly backgrounds and experience in the practice of law. In class, our professors combine the academic with the practical, addressing policy issues, scholarship, and representation considerations. We ask, how do these issues affect clients and constituents – covering the range of possibilities, from farmers, processors, retailers, and ultimately to non-farm consumers.
Tenured University of Arkansas Faculty
Susan Schneider grew up on a family dairy farm in Minnesota and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the College of St. Catherine (Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu) in St. Paul, Minnesota. Professor Schneider earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota School of Law and her LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Professor Schneider’s private practice experience includes work with firms in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington, D.C.
Professor Schneider has published numerous articles on agricultural and food law subjects, including food law and policy, farm finance, agricultural bankruptcy, ground-water contamination, farm program payments, and women in agriculture. In addition to her traditional publications, she is a regular contributor to the Agricultural Law blog on the Jurisdynamics Network and has created a blog for the LL.M. Program, agfoodllm that highlights current program activities and alumni news. She tweets on behalf of the program @aglawllm.
Professor Schneider is the author of the agricultural law casebook, Food, Farming & Sustainability: Readings in Agricultural Law and is a frequent speaker at agricultural and food law conferences. Other publications are referenced on her SSRN publications page. She serves on the Editorial Board of the new Agriculture & Food Security Journal, a peer-reviewed open access journal that addresses the challenge of global food security.
Professor Schneider is an active member of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) and is a past president and former AALA board member. She was the 2010 recipient of the “Distinguished Service Award,” the highest honor bestowed on members. And, in 2011, she received the associations professional scholarship award. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Farmers Legal Action Group, Inc., a non-profit law firm representing family farm interests.
Christopher Kelley teaches Agriculture & the Environment and other courses in the Graduate Program in Agricultural & Food Law. He also teaches Administrative Law, Transnational Negotiation, International Commercial Arbitration, and a Rule of Law Colloquium in the J.D. program.
Professor Kelley was a Fulbright Scholar in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 2005 and in Chisinau, Moldova, in 2011. He continues to teach at universities in Ukraine and Moldova through interactive digital video conferencing and in person. He also has taught and continues to teach in Belarus, Lithuania, and, more recently, Kazakhstan. He is a part-time Professor at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine, and a consultant to the Inyurpolis Law Firm in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Currently the Chair of the Public International Law I Division of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Professor Kelley previously served three terms as the Co-Chair of the Section’s Russia/Eurasia Committee. He is now a Senior Adviser to the Russia/Eurasia Committee. He also has served as Vice-Chair of the Section’s Committee on International Legal Education and Specialist Certification. He was a delegate on the Section’s International Legal Exchange (ILEX) briefing trips to Poland, Jordan, Lebanon, Australia, and New Zealand. He participated in the World Justice Project’s World Justice Forums I and II in Vienna and the World justice Forum IV in The Hague.
Professor Kelley is a member of the editorial boards of the Baltic Journal of Law and Politics published by Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, and Law and Civil Society published by Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Academy and serves on the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association. He also is a member of the International Bar Association.
Before joining the faculty in 1998, Professor Kelley practiced in large and small law firms variously in Minnesota, Arkansas, Georgia, and the District of Columbia. He also has been a public defender, a legal services attorney, and staff counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi. He began his legal career in the Solicitor General’s Office of the Minnesota Attorney General.
Professor Kelley has taught at the William Mitchell College of Law, the University of North Dakota School of Law, the University of South Dakota School of Law, and the Drake University Law School. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University (B.A.), the Howard University School of Law (J.D. cum laude), and the University of Arkansas School of Law (LL.M.). He is admitted to practice in Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, North Dakota, and the District of Columbia.
Distinguished Agricultural Law Visitors and Adjunct Faculty
Professor Civita’s work at the law school is focused on developing the capacity to take the UofA’s unique LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law to a distance-learning format for a Fall 2014 launch. In addition to developing the curriculum proposal, she is responsible for building online course content that will be used by LL.M. program faculty, visiting lecturers, and adjuncts from around the globe who will be brought on to teach in the virtual classroom.
Professor Civita’s research focuses on the areas of food justice, sustainability, and food system reform. She has developed and plans to offer a course that explores the emerging discipline of Food Justice. Her article, “2012 Developments in Food Law & Policy,” was published in the Spring 2013 issue of the Drake Agricultural Law Journal. She is presently completing work on her latest article, “From Movement to Mandate: Using Federal Farm Policy to Recalibrate the Food System, Promote Responsible Regional Agriculture, Nourish the Hungry, Generate Economic Opportunity, and Revitalize Communities.”
Professor Civita also directs the Food Recovery Project, a special initiative of the LL.M. program that aims to raise awareness of two fundamentally irreconcilable problems: the overwhelming waste of food and the persistent existence of hunger in America. In this capacity, she authored Food Recovery: a Legal Guide, which is designed to educate food sector businesses, non-profit feeding organizations, and their attorneys about the protections afforded to food donors and nonprofit recipients.
Before completing her LL.M. in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas, Professor Civita was an Associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP in New York and Los Angeles. There, her practice focused on employment law and commercial litigation. She has also served as in-house counsel to Veggiecation, LLC, an innovative classroom and community-based nutrition education program, which teaches children and their caregivers health benefits of and appealing preparation techniques for plant-based foods.
Professor Civita obtained her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she devoted much of her time and study to child advocacy and represented youth through the juvenile justice clinic. She also holds an A.B. in American Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia University.
Neil Hamilton is a well-recognized leader in the study of agricultural law and its part in our food system, and he is a longtime friend of the LL.M. Program. Professor Hamilton is the Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law at the Drake University School of Law in Des Moines, Iowa and also serves as the Director of the Drake Agricultural Law Center. He has taught agricultural law for over thirty-two years and was instrumental in the founding of our LL.M. Program, serving as one of our first professors in 1981. He teaches our introductory course, Introduction to the Law of Food and Agriculture and a new course that explores new opportunities such as wind power, Rural Lands – Rural Livelihoods.
Professor Hamilton has lectured throughout the United States and in 22 other countries, has written more than three dozen law review articles and several books on food and agricultural law issues. Professor Hamilton is former president of the American Agricultural Law Association and former vice chair of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Small Farms Advisory Committee. He served on the advisory board for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University for 21 years and is on the boards of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Seed Savers Exchange, and the FoodCorps. He has been a consultant for many international organizations, such as the United Nations Development Program in China, the Royal Botanical Garden at Kew, the World Bank and the International Potato Research Center in Lima, Peru. In January 2012 he led the first delegation of U.S. Law students to Cuba to study agricultural law and agrarian reforms.
Vincent O. Chadick
Vincent O. Chadick is a popular adjunct professor in the LL.M. Program. He received his B.A. degree from Georgetown University, his law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and his LL.M. degree in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law. He is a partner in the Bassett Law Firm, practicing in the areas of agricultural law, environmental law, business and commercial law. He is a recognized leader in the Fayetteville community and is a member of the Washington County, Arkansas and Oklahoma Bar Associations. Professor Chadick brings his rich agricultural law practice experience to the classroom in his course, The Regulation of Livestock Sales, a course focused on the Packers and Stockyards Act.
Professor Corbridge is a widely recognized scholar in water law and natural resources law, with numerous publications including Vranesh’s Colorado Water Law, 2001, 2003, and 2005 Supplements, Univ. of Colorado Press (with T. Rice and S. Corbridge); and, Water Resources Management: A Casebook in Law and Public Policy (Fifth ed.) (with A.d. Tarlock and D. Getches) (2002).
Professor Corbridge serves on the Advisory Board of the Journal of International Law; the Advisory Board of the Denver University Water Law Review; and serves on the Board of Directors of the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition, he is a Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee of the Grand Lake Watershed Alliance Foundation.
Professor Corbridge received his A.B. degree from Brown University and his L.L.B. degree from Yale Law School. He is now retired from full time teaching and lives in Oklahoma where he continues to be active with water law issues.
Bill Marler is an accomplished personal injury lawyer and national expert in foodborne illness litigation. He has been a major force in food safety policy in the United States and abroad. He and his partners at Marler Clark have represented thousands of individuals in claims against food companies whose contaminated products have caused serious injury and death. His advocacy for better food regulation has led to invitations to address local, national, and international gatherings on food safety, including recent testimony to US Congress Committee on Energy and Commerce. Marler Clark is considered the nation’s foremost law firm representing victims of foodborne illness and other serious personal injuries.
Professor Marler began litigating foodborne illness cases in 1993, when he represented Brianne Kiner, the most seriously injured survivor of the Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, resulting in her landmark $15.6 million settlement. Marler has focused his practice on representing individuals, particularly children, in litigation resulting from E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, hepatitis A, and other food contamination cases. He has represented victims of nearly every large foodborne illness outbreak in the United States securing over $500,000,000 for his clients.
Under the umbrella of OutBreak, the nonprofit consulting arm of Marler Clark dedicated to food safety advocacy, Professor Marler travels widely to speak to food industry groups, fair associations, and public health groups about the litigation of claims resulting from outbreaks of pathogenic bacteria and viruses and the issues surrounding it. He is also a frequent writer on topics related to foodborne illness. His blog, www.marlerblog.com is avidly read by the food safety and legal communities.
Professor Marler is a graduate of the Seattle University School of Law in 1987. Mr. Marler was given the 2008 Outstanding Lawyer Award by the King County Bar Association, as well as being given the Public Justice Award by the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. He has been profiled in numerous publications.
Professor Marler and his firm are the founders and sponsors of the widely acclaimed daily online news service, Food Safety News.
This PBS video highlights Mr. Marler’s exceptional career as a food safety attorney.
David P. Grahn
David Grahn serves as Associate General Counsel for International Affairs, Food Assistance, and Farm and Rural Programs in the Office of General Counsel of the USDA. He has served at OGC since 2002 and was promoted to a new expanded position in 2011. Also in 2011, he was awarded the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award for his service to the U.S. government, and he received the Excellence in Agriculture Award from the American Agricultural Law Association.
From 1996 through 2002, Professor Grahn was the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation responsible for the drafting and reviewing of legislation and the reviewing of Congressional testimony that affected agencies of the Department of Agriculture. He was detailed to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Nutrition during Congress’ consideration of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996. From 1992 through 1995, he served as a Confidential Assistant to the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency. Professor Grahn is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and Carleton College.
For a number of years, we have relied on Professor Grahn’s unparalleled expertise in federal farm policy as a friend and colleague. He has developed a unique course (sometimes fondly called, How OZ Really Works) that explores how federal budget issues, including Paygo, OMB, and OIRA serve to drive federal policy decisions behind the scenes. He presents the budget information in the context of a major policy under development at the time of the course, and this year, the Farm Bill is a likely choice.
Mark Henry is a registered Patent Attorney with an active agricultural law, commercial law, and intellectual property practice in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He received his B.A. degree in Biology from Hendrix College, his law degree (with honors) from the University of Arkansas School of Law and his LL.M., in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri; also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth and Federal Circuits, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the U.S. District Court of Nebraska, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma. He is a member of the Washington County, Arkansas (Chair, Intellectual Property Section, 2003-04), and American (Intellectual Property Section) Bar Associations.
In addition to his agricultural intellectual property work, Professor Henry received recognition for his firm’s representation of Hmong family farmers who had moved to the region to purchase poultry contracting farms and were facing foreclosure. Professor Henry teaches a course in Agricultural Biotechnology in the LL.M. Program.
Peter Barton Hutt
Professor Hutt has taught Food and Drug Law at Harvard for the past 18 years and is the lead author of the casebook, Food and Drug Law: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 1st edition 1980, 2d edition 1991, 3d edition 2007). He has published more than 175 book chapters and articles on Food and Drug Law and on health policy.
Professor Hutt is a senior counsel in the Washington, DC law firm of Covington & Burling, specializing in Food and Drug Law, as he has for many years. From 1971 to 1975 he was Chief Counsel for the Food and Drug Administration. He has represented the national trade associations for the food, prescription drug, nonprescription drug, dietary supplement, and cosmetic industries. While at FDA he drafted the legislation that became the Medical Device Amendments of 1976, and beginning in 1962 he has participated in the drafting of most of the major legislation amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. He has testified before the House and Senate more than 100 times either as a witness or as counsel accompanying a witness.
From Professor Hutt’s bio on the Covington & Burling website:
Mr. Hutt was named by The Washingtonian magazine as one of Washington’s 50 best lawyers… and as one of Washington’s 100 most influential people; by the National Law Journal as one the 40 best health care lawyers in the United States; and by Global Counsel as the best FDA regulatory specialist in Washington, DC. Business Week referred to Mr. Hutt in June 2003 as the “unofficial dean of Washington food and drug lawyers.” In naming Mr. Hutt in September 2005 as one of the eleven best food and drug lawyers, the Legal Times also referred to him as “the dean of the food-and-drug bar.” In April 2005, he was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award by FDA. In May 2005, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for research advocacy by the Foundation for Biomedical Research.
Allen H. Olson is an experienced agricultural lawyer with a national reputation for his work. His practice is based in Albany, Georgia, and his representation is concentrated on federal farm programs, payment limitations, USDA administrative appeals, crop insurance litigation, conservation easements, farm business planning, farm bankruptcies, and other matters affecting farmers and related agricultural businesses.
Professor Olson received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1971, his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1974, and his LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1996. He practiced law in Virginia and Nebraska and taught at the University of Arkansas prior to moving to South Georgia in 2001. He has over 30 years of experience as a practicing lawyer in addition to his time spent teaching. He currently represents farmers throughout Georgia and nationwide.
Professor Olson is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Agricultural Law Association and is a past Chair of the Agriculture Law Section of the Georgia State Bar. He is the author of numerous articles on agricultural law topics, including Allen H. Olson, “Federal Farm Programs — Past, Present And Future — Will We Learn From Our Mistakes?”, 6 Great Plains Nat. Resources J. 1 (2001).
Phil Kunkel has represented clients in agricultural law matters throughout his distinguished career, from his early work representing farmers during the farm crisis of the 1980′s to his current work involving agribusiness. He is a past president and board member of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) and is a popular speaker at the AALA conference. He has taught Agricultural Law at William Mitchell College of Law and is a frequent CLE lecturer on commercial financing, UCC, renewable energy, financial workouts, and bankruptcy.
Phil is a principal at the law firm of Gray Plant Mooty in St. Cloud and Minneapolis. He concentrates his current practice in commercial financing, project financing, and workouts and bankruptcy. He has represented senior lenders in more than 25 alternative energy financings totaling more than 1.75 billion; represented an administrative agent in a $400 million syndicated revolving credit facility for a multi-state integrated agricultural producer; represented an administrative agent in a $175 million syndicated financing for an agricultural processing facility in Missouri; and served as the Chapter 11 trustee and represented bankruptcy trustees in $30 million check kiting and $350 million Ponzi scheme cases in Minnesota and Missouri.
Phil’s recent publications include co-authoring the “Farm Legal Series,” published by the University of Minnesota Extension Service (2009); and co-authoring the Business Workouts Manual (West Publishing).
Phil received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, and his B.S. from Johnʼs University in Minnesota. He travels to Fayetteville to teach the Spring Semester LL.M. course, Field to Table: The Use (and Occasional Abuse) of Marketing and Production Contracts in Agriculture.