Episode 1 Grazing Leases • Tiffany Dowell Lashmet
Tiffany Dowell Lashmet is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Agricultural Law with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension. She focuses her work on legal issues affecting Texas agricultural producers and landowners including agricultural leases, water law, oil and gas law, eminent domain, easements, and landowner liability. She serves on the Board of Directors for the American Agricultural Law Association and is part of the State Bar of Texas John Huffaker Agricultural Law Course Planning Committee. In 2016, Tiffany was named the State Specialist of the Year for Texas Agriculture by the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association.
Tiffany grew up on a family farm and ranch in Eastern New Mexico, received her Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness (Farm and Ranch Management) summa cum laude at Oklahoma State University, and her law degree summa cum laude at the University of New Mexico. Prior to joining Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, Tiffany worked for 4 years at a law firm in Albuquerque practicing civil litigation. She is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and Texas. She lives in the Texas Panhandle with her husband, son, and daughter.
Episode 2 Employment Contracts • David Fish
David M. Fish was born in New York City, and is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, and the State University of New York at Albany, where he was a four-year letterman on the University's wrestling team and a 1992 University Greco-Roman Wrestling All-American. Dave received his J.D. from New York Law School, where he led the Moot Court Association to several national victories. Today, in addition to running his law practice specializing in employment law, commercial litigation, and criminal defense, and his sports management agency (MMA Fighter Management), Dave completed his 15th year as an adjunct professor at New York Law School, where he also serves as the faculty advisor to the Sports Law Society. Dave has tried more than 100 cases, and regularly speaks on panels and at symposiums on employment law, sports law, trial practice, and contract negotiation.
Dave’s other passion is mixed martial arts (MMA); he has trained, competed, and coached and cornered athletes since 2004. He is one half of the team on the podcast “Featherstone & Fish.”
Episode 3 Agriculture Mediation Programs • Missy Greathouse
Missy Greathouse was named Executive Director by Dispute Resolution Institute’s Board of Directors on October 1, 2016. She has been employed by DRI since its doors opened in August 2009 serving as Program Administrator and Program Coordinator to several grant funded mediation programs. As a licensed attorney and mediator, Missy assists in planning and providing mediation trainings, provides pro bono mediations on behalf of DRI, and is on the pro bono attorney roster for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance. Additionally, from 2011 – 2013 she assisted Southern Illinois University School of Law with BAR Prep for graduates preparing for the BAR exam.
Episode 4 Last Will and Testaments • Deborah Kaminetzky
Deborah Kaminetzky is the founding member of Kaminetzky Law & Mediation, P.C. located in Cedarhurst, New York. Prior to starting the firm Ms. Kaminetzky was an associate at Weisman Law Group, P.C. where she primarily practiced matrimonial and family law. Deborah has also worked at the New York Department of Consumer Affairs where she was responsible for prosecuting unlicensed home improvement contractors and negotiating settlements for consumers.
Ms. Kaminetzky is a member of the American Bar Association (General Practice, Solo and Small firm Division and Law Practice Management Sections), New York State Bar Association (Business Law, Estate, Family Law and General Practice Sections and serves on the Law Practice Management Committee), Nassau County Bar Association (where she serves as Chair of the General, Solo and Small Law Practice Management Committee, and is active in the Community Relations and Education Committee and Women in the Law committees), National Association of Divorce Professionals, New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, Nassau County Women’s Bar Association.
Deborah serves on the Board of Directors of the Yashar Attorney and Judges Chapter of Hadassah as Treasurer, and was their Woman of the Year 2012. Deborah graduated from New York Law School in 1991 and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1986. Ms. Kaminetzky was admitted to the First Department in 1991, and The United States Supreme Court Bar in February of 2015.
Deborah is on the Matrimonial fee dispute arbitration panel for Nassau County. She is an experienced mediator, having completed a mediation certificate program in December of 2013, and an advanced mediation certificate program in December of 2015 as well as a Divorce Mediation certificate program in early 2016.
Episode 5 Volunteer Farm Labor and in Kind Compensation • Rachel Armstrong
Rachel Armstrong started Farm Commons to help American farmers and other small business owners secure the legal foundation of their businesses. Ashoka’s Michael Zakaras caught up with Armstrong, a farmer, attorney and Minnesota native, to learn more.
Farm Commons, the nonprofit Armstrong started in 2012. The site is a community-driven resource for farmers interested in using the legal system to protect and sustain their businesses. We spoke with Armstrong recently about her story, legal risks on the farm, and how lawyers are crucial in the fight for a fair, just, and healthy food system.
Episode 6 Establishing a Trust for Succession • Daniel A. Timins
Daniel Timins is a graduate of Pace Law School in White Plains, and is a Certified Financial Planner®. He specializes in Estate Planning, Surrogate’s Court proceedings, Real Estate Law, Commercial Law and Medicaid Planning.
As a former member of the New York City Bar Association’s Trusts, Estates and Surrogate’s Committee, Mr. Timins helped draft proposed state legislation for Insurable Interests of Life Insurance Trusts, New York Insurance Law Section 3205, and participated in submitting proposed legislation for the Revocatory Effects of Divorce, EPTL 5-1.4. He has taught continuing legal education classes at Pace Law School, has been a contributing author to several written works and educational programs, and was a recipient of the prestigious “40 Under 40 Rising Stars Award” by the Business Council of Westchester in 2009, and the 2010 Public Education Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s New York City / Southern New York Chapter.
As of 2013 Mr. Timins is a Board Member of the Westchester County Bar Association and Co-Chair of its Continuing Legal Education Committee, as well as it alternate delegate for the New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates. He is a former member of the Nominating Committee for the Board of the Pace Law School Alumni Association, and a former Co-Chair of the Westchester County Bar Association’s Membership and Member Benefits Committee. In addition, he is a member of the New York State Bar Associations’ Estate Planning Committee, a former member of the American Bar Association and Justice Brandeis Westchester Law Society, and is a member of the Financial Planning Association’s New York and Greater Hudson Valley chapters.
Episode 7 Trademarks • Shahrina Ankhi-Krol
Ankhi-Krol Law (“AKL”) is a top-rated, well-known New York City law firm that helps individuals to turn their dreams of starting and maintaining a successful business into reality. AKL believes in proactive measures to legally safeguard business assets in order to prevent avoidable pitfalls.
AKL focuses exclusively on the needs of start-up and small business owners. In an effort to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit and to make the most sought-after business-related legal services accessible to small business owners, AKL provides help in: Business Law, Contract Law, Trademark Law, and Copyright Law, under one roof
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