Christy Anderson Brekken is an Instructor and Research Associate in the Department of Applied Economics at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. She received her law degree from the University of Minnesota in 2005, then completed a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University in 2011.
From 2003 to 2006, Christy was a law clerk at Farmers’ Legal Action Group in St. Paul, MN, where she did legal research and writing on topics affecting family farmers. She was a contributing author of A Farmer’s Guide to Wind Energy, reviewer for A Farmers’ Guide to GMOs, and wrote internal memos on topics including: farmers’ First Amendment right to avoid compelled fees, dormant Commerce Clause challenges to state laws prohibiting corporate ownership of farms, farmer’s rights to information under the Privacy Act of 1974, administrative appeals process, contract and tort issues. While at the University of Minnesota Law school, she was a research assistant and editor for Prof. Ferdinand Schoettle, for whom she edited a textbook for publication: Teacher’s Manual to State and Local Taxation: The Law and Policy of Multi-Jurisdictional Taxation. Additionally, she conducted research and writing for additional papers, including the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes, and property tax valuation issues.
Christy also has an extensive teaching and student mentoring role at OSU. To read more about Christy, visit the OSU biography page here.