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Steering Committee Members Chosen for Joint IU/Purdue Ag Law Program


The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Purdue University College of Agriculture announced the members of the steering committee who will design the schools’ joint agricultural law program, which was announced in October 2017. Members of the steering committee are:

· Harrison Pitman, The National Ag Law Center
· Tom Wilson, Robert H. McKinney School of Law
· Shawn Donkin, Purdue University College of Agriculture
· Sarah Simpson, Indiana Board of Animal Health
· Bill Even, National Pork Board
· John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation
· Brandt Hershman, Barnes & Thornburg
· Ron Walker, The Nature Conservancy
· Eric Hobson, Dow AgroSciences
· Kathy Mayberry, AgReliant Genetics, LLC
· Maria Marshall, Robert H. McKinney School of Law

“Over the past several months, we’ve been working hard to survey the landscape of food and agricultural law programs and to assemble our steering committee,” said Amy Cornell, Director, Agricultural Law Program, IU McKinney School of Law & Purdue University College of Agriculture. “Each person on the committee was chosen for their specific skill set and perspective on agricultural law. I am thrilled that they have agreed to share their time and talents to develop this very exciting program.”

The steering committee will be tasked with ensuring that the program meets the needs of the agricultural law market and appeals to a wide student base. Members will also have input on the curriculum of the program, experiential and capstone learning opportunities and overall promotion of the program.

“It’s an honor to serve on the Steering Committee,” said Brandt Hershman, a 2014 graduate of the IU McKinney School of Law. “I am the product of a family farm and a longtime believer in strengthening Indiana’s presence in agricultural law, having funded the creation of the program during my tenure in the Indiana State Senate. This program, bringing together key assets from IU and Purdue, will strengthen Indiana’s ag sector, give students the opportunity to become top lawyers in a growing specialty area of law, and enhance the educational offerings of our state’s world leading public universities.”

“We are delighted that the new Agricultural Law Program will be guided by the recommendations of dedicated individuals with an in-depth knowledge of the area of the law,” said IU McKinney Law Dean Andrew R. Klein. “We are looking forward to hearing the steering committee’s recommendations for this exciting new program.”

The committee began their work at the end of March with the goal of launching the new program in 2019.