Sign up for a unique opportunity to hear the reflections of a sitting judge on his time as USDA general counsel.

Judge Stephen Vaden, who currently serves on the United States Court of International Trade, will share his experiences as part of the Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center.

Vaden is no stranger to the conference, having served as keynote in 2019.

“I always appreciate the breadth of information the conference provides. It is a good mixture of policy and practicality,” Vaden said.

“I will look back on my tenure at USDA and discuss what issues we solved and what issues remain,” he said. “I also plan to talk about the importance of trade to agriculture and some of the important trade issues that are before the federal courts for resolution.”

“Judge Vaden’s experiences will provide attendees of the conference with a unique and beneficial perspective of what it is like have served as USDA general counsel,” said NALC Director Harrison Pittman.

“His outlook on international trade will be beneficial to producers, farm managers, attorneys, lenders, and everyone in between.”

The conference is scheduled for June 10 – 11 with Vaden speaking on Thursday at 2:10 p.m. Those interested can register and learn more about the conference and continuing education opportunities at

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