Featured Member: Terence Centner
Current employer: Professor of Practice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Education and work experience: B.S. with Distinction, Cornell University; J.D., State University of New York at Buffalo; LL.M., University of Arkansas.
Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia. Also taught at the University of Mannheim Law School (Germany), University of Aberdeen Law School (Scotland), and the University of Lucerne Law School (Switzerland).
AALA leadership roles: Past Secretary-Treasurer, Board Member, and President.
How did you get interested/involved in agricultural law?
I grew up on a farm in New York State and my first degree was from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at Cornell University. After completing law school and working for a few years, I learned about the agricultural LLM program at the University of Arkansas. I enrolled, graduated, and subsequently secured a teaching position at the University of Georgia.
What is your current role and what type of work are you doing?
I teach 2 courses in the College of Agriculture and 2 courses in the College of Law. In addition, I continue with my legal research.
What are some of the challenges and opportunities you see in your job and the ag law profession?
There is so much going on that many agricultural lawyers will be specializing. Yet our small towns need agricultural attorneys and provide great opportunities for those wanting to be part of an agricultural community and engage in a general practice.
How does AALA help or provide benefit to your profession or current role?
The annual Agricultural Law Educational Symposium provides opportunities to meet other agricultural lawyers and to stay updated on significant issues. Over the years, I have met many wonderful people and was able to learn from others at these gatherings.
What is one of your favorite AALA memories or experiences?
In 1986, I was able to participate in the Euro-American Agricultural Law Symposium in Plymouth, England. The camaraderie was wonderful. The symposium led to future research and teaching assignments in Europe and presentations of my research at conferences and universities all over the world.