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The Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) is a collaboration of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB); the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP); and the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. ALEI is an initiative of the University of Maryland: MPowering the State, a strategic alliance between UMB and UMCP created in 2012 to significantly expand research, business development, and student opportunities at both universities.

Executive Committee

Craig Beyrouty, Ph.D., Dean, AGNR
Moses Kairo, Ph.D., Dean, SANS
Donald Tobin, JD, Dean, UMCSL

Leadership Committee

James Hanson, Ph.D., Associate Dean/Associate Director,  AGNR/ UME 
Sarah Everhart, JD, Managing Director, UMB, UMCSL
Darren Jarboe, Ph.D, Assistant Director and Program Leader, Agriculture Program, UME 
Jurgen Schwarz, Ph.D., Chair, DAFRS 

Working Group

Nicole Cook, JD, LLM, Legal Specialist, DAFRS
Sarah Everhart, JD, Legal Specialist, UMCSL
Paul Goeringer, MS. JD, LLM, Extension Legal Specialist, AGNR
Mayhah R Suri, BS, Faculty Specialist, AGNR

AGNR – College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College Park
DAFRS – Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, Eastern Shore
SANS – School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, Eastern Shore
UMB – University of Maryland, Baltimore
UME – University of Maryland Extension
UMCSL – University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Baltimore

ALEI Working Group