Professor Stephanie Tai Receives Professional Scholarship Award and Neal Rasmussen Receive Student Scholarship Awards and
AALA presents Scholarship Awards that recognize and encourage scholarly work in agricultural law. In selecting student and professional winners, the AALA Awards Committee considers criteria including the excellence in quality of writing, the relevance to important legal issues in agriculture, broadly defined, the clarity of analysis, the potential impact, and other attributes of scholarship.
This year, the Professional Scholarship Award was presented to Stephanie Tai of Madison, Wisconsin for her publication, Whole Foods: The FSMA and the Challenges of Defragmenting Food Safety Regulation, 41 AMERICAN JOURNAL of LAW & MEDICINE, 447-458 (2015). The article discusses the fact that 19 Federal Agencies are charged with food regulation and it proposes a process by which Food Safety regulation might be more efficiently handled by the Federal Government.
Stephanie Tai is an associate professor of law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She focuses her scholarly research on the interactions between environmental and health sciences and administrative law. She was an adjunct law professor at Georgetown from 2002-2005 and a visiting professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law during the 2005-06 academic year. Her teaching interests include administrative law, environmental law, food systems law, environmental justice, risk regulation, contracts, and comparative Asian environmental law. She spends her leisure time lifting weights, boxing, reading fiction, listening to terrible pop punk, scouring farmers’ markets, and annoying her pet iguana.
The Student Scholarship Award for 2016 was presented to Neal Rasmussen, LW’16 University of Minnesota Law School, in recognition of his publication, From Precision Agriculture to Market Manipulation: A New Frontier in the Legal Community , 17 Minnesota Journal of Law Science & Technology, 489 (2016).
Neal Rasmussen graduated from Kansas State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Geography and is a 2016 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. During his time in law school he served as managing editor of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology and as a student attorney in the University of Minnesota Law School Business Law Clinic. In addition to law school activities, Rasmussen worked in the legal department of Land O’Lakes, Inc. as a law clerk for two years. He recently began his “official” legal career at the law firm of Lindquist & Vennum LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he is assisting companies that are acquiring, selling, reorganizing and merging their businesses and advising clients on day-to-day legal and business matters. When he is not working he enjoys keeping up with Kansas State football and being outdoors with his wife and dog.