Strobel and Lundquist Receive Student Scholarship Awards and Professor Drew Kershen Receives Professional Scholarship Award
Each year, our organization also presents AALA Scholarship Awards which are intended to recognize and encourage scholarly work. 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.
In 2015, our Student Scholarship Award Winners were Jacob Strobel and Kyndra Lundquist and our Professional Scholarship Award recognized the article by Nina Federoff and Drew Kershen for the articles cited below.
Jacob Strobel, a 2015 graduate of Drake Law School, was honored by AALA for his articleAgriculture Precision Farming: Who Owns the Property of Information? Is it the Farmer, the Company who Helps Consult the Farmer on How to Use the Information Best, or the Mechanical Company who Built The Technology Itself?, 19 Drake J. Agric. L. 239 (2014).
The awards committee recognized the time and research that went into Strobel’s timely and informative article discussing precision farming and the data that goes into those systems. The article analyzed the privacy rights of farmers who engage in precision agriculture by making a detailed review of the history and information related to ownership of data and the privacy issues that are more frequently becoming a topic of conversation. Strobel concluded the article with his suggested fix for the issues surrounding data use and privacy rights.
Strobel’s goal is to use his family farming background and his focus on ag law to work in a rural practice.
Kyndra Lundquist, a 2015 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, was honored for her work titled Unapproved Genetically Modified Corn: It’s What’s For Dinner, 100 Iowa L.Rev. 825 (2015).
The awards committee recognized her well-researched and thoughtful analysis of the issue of escapes of GMO products that are in the testing phase. Her conclusion is that a change in regulation of field trials is warranted to place the costs of preventing escapes of traits on the growers of those traits rather than the farmers who are impacted when the appearance of unapproved traits impact agricultural markets across the globe.
Lundquist received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University. She is currently serving as a law clerk to Justice Edward Mansfield on the Iowa Supreme Court.
The Professional Award recognized the work of Nina V. Fedoroff & Drew L. Kershen for their work titled Agricultural Biotechnology—An Opportunity to Feed a World of Ten Billion, 118 Penn. St. L. Rev. 859 (2015).
This article looks at how the expanding human population presents need to increase agricultural productivity quickly and to do so without unduly damaging the many other kinds of organisms that share our planet. As advances of genetic engineering and genetic modification hold the promise of making it possible for us to grow more food more sustainably, these advances have evoked an almost unprecedented level of societal controversy quite specifically in the realm of food production, resulting in the proliferation of regulatory and legal issues. To read this article in full, please use the link below.
Professor Drew Kershen is Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma College of Law where he teaches courses on agricultural law, legal history, professional responsibility and water rights. In recent years, Professor Kershen has focused his teaching, research and lecturing on agricultural biotechnology law and policy. Dr. Nina Fedoroff serves as Senior Science Advisor at Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz, PC in Washington DC, advising on science and policy issues for agricultural plants animals and microorganisms. Dr. Fedoroff’s primary scientific expertise is in plant genetics and molecular biology and she has served as Staff Scientist of the Carnegie Institution for Science and in academic posts at the Johns Hopkins University, Penn State University, and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).