Harrison M. Pittman, B.S., J.D., LL.M.
Harrison received his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, after attending Mississippi State University and graduating from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He then earned an LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law’s Graduate Program in Agricultural Law. Harrison has worked at the Center since 2001. During that time, his title and job duties have spanned the range of graduate assistant, staff attorney, co-director, interim director and currently, director; in which capacity he has served since 2007.
He has taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law as part of the Ben J. Altheimer Distinguished Professorship for Agricultural Law, and has also served as a visiting professor at the Drake University Law School. In addition, he has taught Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Introduction to Agricultural Law in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, & Life Sciences, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness. In that role, he was awarded the 2011-2012 Agricultural Business Club Teaching Award.
He is an active member of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA), the nation’s only professional organization focused on the legal needs of the agricultural community, and was the first recipient of the AALA’s Excellence in Agricultural Law award in 2010. Additionally, he is an active member of the Arkansas Bar Association, where he helped found the Agricultural Law Section, later served as interim chair and chair, and currently serves as vice-chair. He is a frequent presenter on a range of topics and issues, including the farm bill, water law, and environmental law. He has authored articles on numerous subjects, including the National Organic Program, the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, the constitutionality of corporate farming laws, pesticide regulation and litigation, agritourism, states’ recreational use statutes, the Packers and Stockyards Act, agricultural bankruptcy issues, and environmental laws impacting agriculture.
Elizabeth Rumley, B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Beth was raised on a small family farm in Ida, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University, where she was an active competitor, president, and captain of the Mock Trial team that participated in competitions across the Midwest. She also interned in the chambers of Magistrate Judge Virginia M. Morgan, United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. After graduating from MSU in 2004, Beth returned home and commuted to law school at the University of Toledo, where she graduated cum laude in May of 2007. While in law school, she volunteered as a coach of the Ida High School Mock Trial Team and continued to assist with the MSU team. In addition, she interned at the Michigan prosecutor’s offices of Monroe and Lenawee counties, with the United States Attorney’s Office in Toledo, and for the Honorable David A. Katz of the Northern District of Ohio. From 2005-2008, she was also employed by the Toledo law firm of Cosme, D’Angelo and Szollosi. She is licensed to practice law in Michigan, Ohio and Oklahoma.
At the Center, her primary focus is on legal issues in animal agriculture. Her article A Proposal to Regulate Farm Animal Confinement in the United States and an Overview of Current and Proposed Laws appeared in the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law (14 Drake J. Agric. L. 437 (Fall, 2009)) and she co-wrote an article titled Enforcing Animal Welfare Statutes: In Many States, It’s Still the Wild West, which appeared in the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review (21 San Joaquin Agric. L. Rev. 21 (2012). She is an adjunct faculty member in the University of Arkansas’ Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, Animal Science Department, and the Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Department. Further, Mrs. Rumley works closely with and is on the advisory board of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Center for Food Animal Well-Being.
Additionally, she has co-taught a course titled “Animals and Agricultural Production, Law and Policy” several times at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and most recently at the University of Nebraska College of Law, has developed and teaches a course on legal issues in animal agriculture through the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, & Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, and teaches a course on agriculture and the environment, also through the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, & Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas.
Rusty W. Rumley, B.S., J.D., LL.M.
Rusty was born and raised on a family farm in Cogar, Oklahoma. He graduated magna cum laude from Oklahoma State University in 2004 with a B.S. in AgriBusiness and in 2007 earned his juris doctor from the University of Oklahoma. While attending the University of Oklahoma he was a member of the American Indian Law Review and worked part-time for Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation. After law school, Rusty earned his LL.M in Agricultural Law at the University of Arkansas. He is licensed to practice law in the states of Oklahoma and Michigan.
Rusty has published law review articles discussing the future application of special use valuation for inherited farmland, “right to farm” statutes, and the enforcement of animal cruelty statutes by private organizations. He has also written on landowner liability, agritourism, food labeling, local food production, business organizations, crop insurance, estate planning, leasing, and other land use topics in his work at the Center. Further, Rusty presents around the country to producer, consumer, extension, industry and legal groups on an array of topics.
Additionally, he has co-taught a course titled “Animals and Agricultural Production, Law and Policy” several times at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and most recently at the University of Nebraska College of Law and teaches an introduction to agricultural law course through the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, & Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the University of Arkansas’ Animal Science Department and the Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Department.
His primary areas of interest are in estate planning, taxation, business organizations, landowner liability, leasing and agritourism.
Mark Camarigg B.A., J.D.
Mark is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and the University of California at Berkeley. Before joining the Center, he worked as Manager of Publications at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. In that role, Mark chaired the Center’s annual Blues Symposium and published the bi-monthly Living Blues magazine. He also lectured on blues music history and co-edited Blues Unlimited: Essential Interviews from the Original Blues Magazine published by University of Illinois Press in 2015. He is co-editor of the Living Blues Books Series, an imprint of University of Illinois Press. Prior to that, Mark practiced law in California focusing on the self-storage industry and real estate and construction issues. He is licensed to practice law in California and Mississippi.
Center Research Assistant
Amie Alexander, B.S.
Amie Alexander is a second-year law student at William H. Bowen School of Law of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is also pursuing a Master of Public Service degree through the Clinton School of Public Service, focusing in agriculture policy and rural development. She grew up on a small cattle farm in Waldron, Arkansas. Amie was involved with the National FFA Organization, serving as a state officer in Arkansas and later spending a year facilitating youth leadership conferences across the country. Amie graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2015 with a degree in Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology with an emphasis in education. During her undergraduate program, Amie was involved in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, serving as a college ambassador and conducting research with her faculty advisors. She was also involved in planning, developing curriculum, and conducting several on-campus conferences and competitive events for high school students. Amie hopes to use her interest in policy and passion for agriculture in her future career.
Center Research Assistant
BreAnne Ruelas, B.A.
BreAnne is a graduating student at San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno, California. Originally from Bakersfield, California, she graduated from California State University Bakersfield with a Bachelor degree in Criminology and minor in Political Science. At San Joaquin, BreAnne is an active member of the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review. Her article, Organized Robbery: How Federal Marketing Orders Amount to Unconstitutional Takings without Just Compensation was published in Volume 25. Further, BreAnne served as the Notes and Comments Editor for Volume 26 and currently serves as Assistant Editor in Chief for Volume 27. Additionally, BreAnne participated in the UCLA Cyber Crime Moot Court Competition, and in the George Hopper Moot Court Competition, where she was recognized as the Best Brief Finalist. While in law school, she has been working in the criminal law field in Fresno County.
Center Research Assistant
Christina Cardenas-Gonzalez, B.A.
Christina is a fourth-year graduating law student at San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno, California. She is currently the Notes and Comments Editor of Volume 27 of the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review. Her policy piece, Genetically Modified Organisms and School Lunches: Genetically Modified Foods Should Not Be Allowed in our Nation’s Schools, will be published in Volume 26 of the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review. Christina has interned for the New American Legal Clinic at San Joaquin College of Law to assist those in need with immigrating legally to the United States and assist with their Naturalization applications, U-Visas, and DACA. She is currently a law clerk for the firm of Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian. She is a member of Delta Theta Phi, law fraternity and was a board member for two years. Prior to law school, Christina received a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law Political Science with a minor in Psychology. Christina was born and raised in the Central Valley of Fresno, California, one of the largest productive farmland in the world. She has developed an interest in agriculture since writing for the Agricultural Law Review and hopes to continue and develop this interest towards a future career in the Central Valley.
Center Research Assistant
Brigit Rollins, B.A.
Brigit is a second-year law student at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. She is currently a participant in the Western Resources Legal Center, where she works on cases assisting resource users. She has also interned with the California Farm Bureau Federation. Prior to law school, Brigit attended Sonoma State University where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in environmental study, and a minor in studio arts. Originally from Santa Rosa, California, Brigit has grown up surrounded by small farms and wineries. She hopes to take her passion for agriculture with her into her future career.