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LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law: Alumni-Sponsored Graduate Assistantship

Raised toward our $6,000 Goal
61 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on September 28, at 11:59 PM CDT
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1 Day to raise $1k!

September 27, 2017

With just one day left we are only $1,065 shy of reaching our stretch goal of $10,000 in support of our new Alumni Sponsored Graduate Assistantship. Meeting this goal means one deserving candidate will receive funding for a full years Graduate Assistantship.

A special thank you to all of our Alums who have made this project a success by donating funds and helping us spread the word. Your support has truly made a difference! Next week we'll share the official results of our campaign so be sure to continue to follow us on social media.

On this last day of our campaign, please encourage your former classmates and fellow Alumni to consider donating now. You can share our project with your family and friends via email, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please share this project link:

As always, like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for announcements and updates and check out the video with LL.M. Alumnus Kaeling Bowling to see how these Assistantships enhance the careers of our future agriculture & food attorneys, and the clients they serve.

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The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law

7 days left to fund our Alumni-Sponsored Graduate Assistantship!

September 21, 2017

Thanks to the generosity of our donors we have met our initial goal of $6,000! Your thoughtful gifts have made it possible for the LL.M. program to offer a deserving student a semester without the worry of the typical financial burdens. A semester that a student can spend dedicated to their passion!

Together, we can fund the assistantship for a full academic year. Help us stretch our goal to meet the $10,000 mark and increase our impact. We are so close! Your support truly makes a difference.

If you haven't done so already, encourage your former classmates and fellow Alumni to consider donating within the next 7 days. You can share our project with your family and friends via email, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please share this project link:

Like and follow on Facebook and Twitter for announcements and updates and check out the video with LL.M. Alumna Lauren Manning to see how these Assistantships enhance the careers of our future agriculture & food attorneys, and the clients they serve.

Paying it Forward - LL.M. Alumni Give Back

September 15, 2017

We are 63% towards our goal with 14 days left!

Thanks again for your support of the LL.M. Alumni-Sponsored Graduate Assistantship! Want to see how you’re making a difference? Check out this video testimonial from LL.M. alumna KC Tucker as she discusses how her time in the program changed the trajectory of her professional life. Assistantships provide critical financial support while enhancing a candidate’s professional portfolio and advancing the good work being done in Agricultural & Food Law today. We’re making great progress, but aren’t there yet. Please help spread the word about this important project to your colleagues and classmates. Send a quick email. Share this video on social media. Be sure to provide our project link ( and share how the LL.M. program has made a difference in your life, too! Remember, gifts of all sizes join together to help us reach our goal, and contributions can made anonymously.

Why I Donated-by Nicole Civita

September 12, 2017

Several years ago, I was fortunate to receive a Graduate Assistantship, which made my pursuit of an LL.M in Agricultural & Food Law possible by covering my tuition and providing a modest-but-critical stipend. As a GA, I had the opportunity to work directly for LL.M. program director Susan Schneider, who is now a treasured mentor, colleague, and friend. Earning my LL.M. provided the foundation for my career in food law, justice, and systems.

Without the Graduate Assistantship... - Going back to school as a brand new mother would never have been possible; - I wouldn't be a professor, paying forward the support I received by teaching undergraduate, law, and LL.M. students, many of whom are already doing important work; - I wouldn't have a law practice, with fellow LL.M. alum Lauren Handel, that I'm proud of, advising and representing food entrepreneurs and farmers (who are ever more important, imperiled and in need of service in these volatile times); - I wouldn't be advocating for an ethical, resilient, just, and sustainable food system by speaking and collaborating with stakeholders all around the county.

If you can spare even a few dollars for this cause -- which is half way to its funding goal -- I'd be very grateful. We need more people doing this work and higher education needs to be attainable without insane amounts of debt.

41% to Goal

September 07, 2017

We're getting there! Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, we have already raised nearly $2,500 toward our goal of $6,000! How does your support make a difference? Check out this video featuring 2017 LL.M. candidate Kelly Nuckolls as she describes her experience serving as a graduate assistant. Kelly's assistantship under the supervision of Dean Stacy Leeds focused on building a toolkit for native American farmers and ranchers, as well as the attorneys who assist them. This is just one example of projects undertaken by our GA's. Help us continue this important work by sharing on social media and encouraging your friends, family and fellow graduates to make a gift to the LL.M. Alumni-Sponsored Graduate Assistantship Campaign!

LL.M. Alumni-Sponsored GA Campaign off to a great start!

August 31, 2017

Our Alumni-Sponsored GA Campaign has officially begun, and we're off to a big start thanks to donations from a number of Alumni & Friends of the LL.M. Program. We thank you for your generous support!

We still have a long way to go over the next 28 days. We are 30% toward our goal of $6,000, and we need your help! Please consider a gift to support the next generation of LL.M. Candidates.

Wondering how your dollars can help? Check out some of the bio's from this year's candidates serving as Graduate Assistants. Your dollars will help us bring standout Candidates, like those featured below, to Fayetteville.

If you've already donated, consider challenging others from your class to do the same.

In addition to supporting our project financially, please help us even further by sharing our project with your family and friends via email, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please share this project link:

Like and follow on Facebook and Twitter for announcements and updates! 


This year, we are able to offer 5 Graduate Assistantships to outstanding candidates who applied to join us in Fayetteville. Each Candidate will contribute their time and skills to a project designed to enhance the important work being done in agricultural & food law. Help us continue the tradition by contributing to the Alumni Sponsored Graduate Assistantship Campaign today!


Andrii Trapizonian (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Masters in International Economic Law, Kyiv National Economic University

LL.B., with honors, Economics & Law Institute, Cherkasy National University

Sub-Lieutenant, Department of Military Training


Daria Kotova (Moscow, Russian Federation)

Recipient of the Russia-US Legal Education Foundation (RUSLEF) Fellowship 

LL.B., National Research University Higher School of Economics, Faculty of Law

Member of Jessup Moot Court team, winning 1st place at the national rounds, top-20 in international rounds


Erika Dunyak (Cleveland, OH)

J.D., Case Western Reserve University

B.A., German and International Studies, with concentration in Global Environmental Sustainability, University of Dayton

Legal Extern with Sustainable Economies Law Center; Legal Intern and Research Assistant, Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic; Sustainability Fellow with Office of Sustainability, Case Western Reserve University


Jamie Dickinson (Portland, OR)

Packaging & Labeling Specialist, Recreational Marijuana Program, Oregon Liquor Control Commission

J.D., University of Oregon School of Law

Staff Editor, Legallity Online Journal

Member, Law of Intellectual Property

B.S., Nutritional Sciences, University of Texas


Mary Susan Burns (Minneapolis, MN)

Attorney, Founder and President, Susan Burns LLC, Minneapolis, MN

Extensive experience in business law and business planning

J.D., Hamline School of Law

Hamline Law Review, Associate Editor

B.A. German, College of St. Benedict

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1st Decade Donor

This is where it all began! In 1981, LL.M. Director Jake Looney welcomed our inaugural class. Candidates from this era remember first-hand the Farm Crisis and Professor Don Pedersen's Agricultural Law casebook . Since that time, our alumni have brought their expertise to policy, practice, advocacy and education. Help us continue the tradition by donating $40 in honor of the LL.M. program’s first decade!


2nd Decade Donor

During the 1990s, the LL.M. Program in Agricultural Law continued under the leadership of Don Pedersen and Lonnie Beard. Our current director, Susan Schneider, received her degree in 1991. Give $40 x 2 decades to help a new LL.M. candidate join the family!


3rd Decade Donor

Did you know? In 2000, Professor Susan Schneider took over as LL.M. Program Director, and it was during this decade that the LL.M. Program in Agricultural Law became the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law. Please consider a gift of $40 x 3 decades to support the next generation of LL.M. grads.


4th Decade Donor

It's been nearly 40 years since the LL.M. program at the University of Arkansas School of Law began. A gift of $40 x 4 decades gets us one step closer to our goal!


Number of Graduates

Since our inaugural class in 1981, we've graduated 304 candidates! Help us reach and/or exceed our goal by donating and encourage your fellow classmates to do the same.


Director's Appreciation Gift

Over the life of the LL.M. Program, we've benefitted from the leadership of our program directors: Jake Looney, Don Pedersen, Lonnie Beard and Susan Schneider. Consider showing your appreciation for their service by donating $600 to support our cause.


Founding Year

1980 is the year our program launched and the year our LL.M. alumni family network began. A gift of $1,980 will greatly accelerate our ability to reach our goal of $6,000.