Professional Staff

Center Director
(479) 575-7640

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.

Senior Staff Attorney
(479) 387-2331 | C.V.

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.

Senior Staff Attorney
(479) 575-2636 | C.V.

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, and is licensed to practice law in the state of Oklahoma.

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.

Communications and Special Projects Coordinator

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

Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, B.S., J.D.

Elizabeth graduated from the Drake University Law School, specializing in agricultural law. She was raised on a small family farm in eastern Iowa. Following graduation, she attended Iowa State University to pursue her passion for agriculture, and in 2011 earned her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business, International Agriculture, and Agronomy. During her three years at ISU she served as a leader in a number of different clubs and organizations, including Collegiate FFA, Ag Business Club, and National Agri-Marketing Association. As a law student, she continued her involvement within the industry, dedicating her time to organizations such as the Student Bar Association, American Agricultural Law Association, Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, as well as a number of  state commodity associations. Her professional career has included internships with the United States Senate, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), eXtension, and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF). In addition to a broad array of work experiences, Elizabeth has also participated in a number of international travel opportunities. In conjunction with University-sponsored programming, she has observed agricultural production in Argentina, Spain, Greece, Panama, and most recently Cuba.  She is licensed to practice law in Iowa, and serves as Government Relations Manager at the Iowa Corn Grower’s Association.

Center Research Assistant

Mary-Thomas Hart, B.A.

Mary-Thomas is currently a third-year student at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. She is also pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Management through Samford’s Howard School of Arts and Sciences. As the sixth generation of a north Florida farm family, Mary-Thomas was exposed to the agricultural industry at a young age. Throughout college, she discovered a passion for American government and law, which was confirmed during a summer internship with U.S. Congressman Ted Yoho. Mary-Thomas received her American FFA Degree in 2013. Since starting law school, Mary-Thomas has worked for the Florida Office of Public Counsel and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. She has studied abroad in both Europe and South America, observing agricultural production operations in Ireland, France, the Galapagos Islands, and Peru.

Center Research Assistant

Matt Dalton, B.S.

Matt is currently a second-year law student at the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford, MS, where he is a staff editor for the Mississippi Sports Law Journal. Matt attended and played college basketball at both Hendrix College in Conway, AR and Mississippi College in Clinton, MS, and he graduated from Mississippi College in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and a minor in Biblical Studies. Matt lives on a family farm in Water Valley, MS that produces Black Angus cattle, soybeans, and corn annually, among various other crops. As a law student, Matt’s professional experience includes serving low-income individuals while working for North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, serving as an extern in the University of Mississippi Athletics Compliance office, and clerking for Benjamin Griffith at Griffith Law Firm in Oxford, MS. Matt hopes to combine his passion and interest for serving low-income individuals with the study of agricultural law in his future career.