During college I had a variety of summer internships, but one of my favorites was working for a member of the U.S. Senate. That experience was a turning point for me, and I left that internship wanting to find more ways to get involved in public policy. A mentor at that time told me that if I wanted to be competitive in the world of ag/politics I should consider going to law school, so I enrolled that fall and the rest is history I guess.
As the attorney representing the “younger” generation in our office, I have devoted special attention to helping young, new, and beginning farmers get off the ground. With all of the challenges that come with entering the farming profession, I want to make sure these clients have an attorney who can provide affordable and practical legal solutions.
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Employer: Department of Ag and Resource Economics, University of Maryland Education and Work Experience: B.S. Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State, Juris Doctorate, University of Oklahoma, LL.M, Agricultural Law, University of Arkansas and M.S., Agricultural Economics, University of Arkansas How did you get interested/involved in agriculture law? I grew up on my family’s wheat and […]
I’m a faculty member in the Department of Extension, which involves teaching, research and outreach. I teach an Agribusiness Law class for undergraduate students and direct the OSU Agricultural & Resource Law Program.
Currently I serve as one of 5 attorneys “in-house” at Clemson University, the public land grant institution in South Carolina. My specific responsibilities are very diverse and include working with the Dean and Vice President of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS), as well as working with the regulatory division of Public Service & Agriculture…
Growing up with grandparents who were farmers and ranchers in Kansas, I have always had an interest in agriculture and the agriculture industry. However, my interest in agricultural law didn’t peak until I began working in the legal department of Land O’Lakes, Inc. for two years during my time in law school.
I grew up on my family’s farm and ranch in northeastern New Mexico, and have been involved in ag since I could walk. I have just always had that interest. I got an undergrad degree focused in agriculture and my intention when I went to law school was to be involved in ag law.
I grew up on a dairy farm in northwest Wisconsin. Although I didn’t want to wake up at 5 a.m. every morning, I knew I wanted to stay involved with agriculture. I worked as a commodity trader for 2 years on the floor of the Kansas City Board of Trade after college.
Work: Associate General Counsel for the Office of General Counsel at USDA Educational and Background: Carleton College BA in Political Science in 1982 University of Minnesota Law School, Juris Doctor, 1986 Current Role: Associate General Counsel at the Office of General Counsel at USDA. I am responsible for providing legal advise to three […]