IU McKinney, Purdue team up to launch agriculture law program

Indiana University McKinney School of Law and Purdue University on Monday announced a new cooperative program in agriculture law.

Amy Cornell, a 2006 graduate of IU McKinney and also graduate of Purdue University, has been hired as a consultant to assemble a steering committee to build the program.

The steering committee will meet over the next two years to determine the needs of the agriculture market and what employers and students are asking for, Cornell said. The program will be designed based on those factors.

“I am excited about the opportunity to build programming in the area of agriculture law,” said IU McKinney Dean Andrew R. Klein in written remarks. “We are well-positioned to do so, given our location in the heart of the Midwest and the strong support we have received from Indiana’s leaders in the legislature. I look forward to collaborating with our colleagues at the Purdue University College of Agriculture, and I am delighted that Amy Cornell will lead our efforts.”

Cornell has an extensive background in agriculture law and earned a master’s of law in agricultural and food law from the University of Arkansas School of Law. She is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association and served as policy adviser and counsel for Indiana Farm Bureau before joining the government relations and strategic communications firm Bose Public Affairs Group in 2016.

Cornell is of counsel in the Bose's agribusiness group and was named vice president in September.

A farmer's daughter, Cornell said she’s passionate about ensuring farmers and agribusinesses have trained counsel to grow and expand their family businesses.

“I’m a person who delights in the diversity and complexity of agriculture law, and I look forward to working with the steering committee to design a program that will draw talent to Indiana,” she said.

Cornell was one of 15 attorneys selected this year to receive the Indiana Lawyer’s Leadership in Law Up and Coming Lawyer Award.

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