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 research and scholarship focus is on legal issues in animal agriculture, and she frequently lectures on those issues and others to audiences nationwide. Additionally, 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.
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.
Brigit Rollins, B.A., J.D.
Brigit began her life in Sonoma County, in the heart of California’s wine country. Growing up, she was surrounded by small farms, dairies, and wineries, which ultimately led to a passion for agriculture and the environment. She attended Sonoma State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies, and a minor in studio arts. While at Sonoma State, Brigit studied different types of agricultural methods and how those methods could be used to promote environmental sustainability. After graduating from Sonoma State in 2015, she started as a law student at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. While at Lewis & Clark, she worked as a student clerk for the Western Resources Legal Center, where she worked on cases assisting small ranches, farms, and municipalities. During her time at Lewis & Clark, she also interned with the California Farm Bureau Federation, and worked as a law clerk for the Sacramento-based environmental law firm Somach Simmons & Dunn. While at the California Farm Bureau, Brigit focused on Environmental Species Act issues and water law issues, as well as issues specific to California. While at Somach Simmons & Dunn, Brigit expanded her work on water law and participated in work involving federal Indian law. On campus, Brigit was on the board of Lewis & Clark’s Food & Ag Law Society and served as a student member of the ABA Public Lands Committee. She is licensed to practice law in Oregon.
Brigit began her work at the Center as a research fellow during her second year of law school. As a research fellow, Brigit worked on a wide variety of agricultural law topics ranging from liability issues to the new frontier of lab-grown meat. In 2019, Brigit graduated from Lewis & Clark and joined the Center full-time. At the Center, her primary area of research and scholarship is environmental law as it intersects with agriculture. She maintains an interest in promoting sustainability and environmental health through agriculture and resource use.
Sarah Cato, B.S.
Sarah Cato, originally from Osceola, Arkansas, earned her degree in Agricultural Communications at the University of Arkansas. While working on her degree she worked two summers as a lab assistant at the University of Arkansas Research & Extension Center in Lonoke, AR. She also interned for the UA Division of Agriculture Communications Department, writing press releases, coordinating social media and constructing public relations plans. She served two semesters as the UA Entomology Club Media Specialist and she enjoys reading, hiking and running.
Drew Mitchell, B.B.A.
Drew attends the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he expects to graduate in May 2021. Drew grew up on a family farm in Northeast Mississippi, where his family focuses mainly on row crops. Prior to law school, he graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi State University with a B.B.A in Finance and as a Stephen D. Lee Scholar. During the summer of 2016, Drew interned at the Office of Senator Roger F. Wicker in Washington D.C. and worked as a tour guide, researcher, and scheduler. After graduation, Drew plans to pursue a career in business law and use his background in agriculture to advocate for Mississippi farmers.
Samantha Mikolajczyk B.S.
Samantha is a law student at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas, where she expects to graduate in 2021. Samantha grew up in South Texas on a small strawberry farm run by her family. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in University Studies-Leadership and minors in English and Bioenvironmental Science. Before attending Texas A&M School of Law she interned for Congressman Jeb Hensarling in Washington, D.C. After returning from D.C. Samantha ran her family’s strawberry farm. While at Texas A&M Law Samantha has been involved in the Agricultural Law Society, is on Law Review and was a policy intern for Texas Governor Greg Abbott. She hopes to take her passion for environmental and agricultural issues and make a difference in the lives of farmers and ranchers.
Kevin Hivick, B.A., GradCertPH
Kevin Hivick is a law student at Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he expects to graduate in 2021. Kevin has worked on various farms and ranches, and most recently worked with the United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service inspecting red meat and poultry facilities. In addition to attending law school, Kevin and his wife raise dairy goats, bottle calves, and poultry on a small farm in the southern Shenandoah Valley. Kevin holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Virginia. Kevin is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association. After graduation, he plans to practice business law while advocating for agricultural and natural resources stakeholders.
Amanda Biediger, B.P.A.
Amanda Biediger is a law student at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where she expects to graduate in May 2020 with a concentration in environmental and natural resources law. Amanda was raised in a rural town in the Texas Hill Country, where she grew up riding horses. She graduated on the Dean’s list with a Bachelor’s in Public Administration and a minor in Business Administration from Texas State University in 2013. During the summer of 2019, Amanda clerked for the office of the Texas Attorney General in the Environmental Protection Division, where she worked on a variety of cases dealing with water systems, emissions reduction, wildfires, and Waters of the United States. Amanda has interned for the Texas Department of Agriculture in the Deputy General Counsel Compliance and Enforcement Division, where she worked on cases dealing with agriculture and structural pesticide label violations. She was also a part of the Texas Department of Agriculture team who drafted the emergency rules for pesticide restrictions. Before beginning law school, Amanda worked for the law firm Hance Scarborough in Austin, Texas, where she was a legislative and legal assistant for the firm’s lobbying and administrative staff. Amanda worked with various clients before the Texas Legislature, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the Railroad Commission of Texas. She was directly involved with issues pertaining to groundwater law and policy, eminent domain, and oil and gas regulation. Amanda was a legislative aid to Representative Tim Kleinschmidt during the 83rd Texas Legislative Session. She served as a policy advisor for multiple areas relating to agriculture, environmental, and natural resources.
Grant (Eli) Earich, B.S.
Eli is currently studying at Capital University Law School and anticipates graduating in May 2021. Eli grew up as an active member of both 4-H and FFA and today he remains a vital part of his family’s Angus cow/calf beef operation in south-central Ohio. He earned his B.S. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky where he was actively involved in Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and Block and Bridle. Before beginning law school, Eli worked full time as a Commodity Merchandiser for Archer Daniels Midland in Des Moines, IA. While in law school, he has worked part time in the Pickaway County Prosecutor’s Office and is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association. Upon graduation, he intends to use his J.D. to advocate for farmers and ranchers across the country.
Scout Snowden, B.A.
Scout Snowden is a second-year law student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2018 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Agricultural Business. During his undergraduate career, he worked for Senator Tom Cotton in Washington, D.C. focusing primarily on agricultural and energy policy. Since beginning law school, Scout has clerked with the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office; Friday, Eldredge & Clark; and the Barber Law Firm. In his final year, he will clerk for Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard; Wright, Lindsey, Jennings; and Williams & Anderson. He is an apprentice on the Law Review and is currently writing a note on campaign finance disclosures. After completing law school, he hopes to have a practice in agricultural, environmental, and energy law.
Lindsay De May, B.S.
Lindsay is currently a student at Vermont Law School and anticipates graduating in 2021 with a JD and Master’s in Food and Agriculture Law and Policy. Lindsay graduated from Syracuse University with a BS cum laude in Food Studies, concentrating on food politics and governance. Before starting law school, Lindsay spent a summer working on a farm in the Finger Lakes, and spent two years in Los Angeles working in farmer’s markets and teaching gardening in public schools. Lindsay is a student clinician in the Food and Agriculture Clinic at Vermont Law School, focusing her research on the Food Safety Modernization Act. She serves as the Chair of her law school’s Food and Agriculture Law Society and the co-President of the National Food Law Student Network. Lindsay’s interest in food is continuously evolving: currently, it’s on organic waste and anaerobic digestion, the antitrust lawsuits between dairy farmers and cooperatives, and the development of ecosystem services.
Hammons Hepner, B.S.Ag & B.S.B.A.
Hammons is a student at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he expects to graduate in May 2021. Hammons grew up as the fifth-generation of a family farm in Freedom, Oklahoma. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in agricultural economics and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in finance, along with a leadership minor. Prior to law school, Hammons worked in government affairs with a lobbying principal, where he advocated for agriculture, energy, water, and non-profit interests during the 2018 Regular Session in Oklahoma. Hammons has clerked for Gungoll, Jackson, Box & Devoll P.C. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General. He currently serves as the Executive Articles Editor of the Oklahoma Law Review, Vice President of Programming for the Student Bar Association, and is a co-founder, and current president, of OU Law’s Agricultural Law Association. Hammons is an active member of the American Agricultural Law Association, the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association, and the Sirloin Club of Oklahoma. Upon graduation from law school, Hammons plans to use his law degree to protect and advocate agriculture across the United States.
Liz Sharpe, B.S., B.A., M.S.
Liz Sharpe is a part-time law student at Seton Hall University School of Law, where she expects to graduate in May 2022. Since 2014, Liz has worked in food safety assisting companies in developing and implementing food safety risk management strategies. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a M.S. in Food Safety Regulation, and from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.S. in Food Science and a B.A. in Political Science. Following law school, Liz hopes to continue her work in food safety by shifting to working in food regulation.
Gatlin Squires, B.S.
Gatlin is currently a student at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he will graduate in 2021. Growing up on a small cattle operation in central Oklahoma, Gatlin became involved in production agriculture at an early age. Through his participation in the National FFA Organization, he was a national champion in Livestock Evaluation, Parliamentary Procedure, and an American Star in Agriscience finalist. He went on to serve an Oklahoma State FFA Officer and received a degree in Agribusiness from Oklahoma State University in 2018. In college, Gatlin spent most of his time with Collegiate Farm Bureau, OSU Homecoming Celebration, and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. A Comfort Scholar at OU Law, Gatlin hopes to pursue a career in litigation where he will advocate for agricultural interests.
Luke Vance, B.A.
Luke is a student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law, where he expects to graduate in May 2020. He graduated from Hendrix College in 2015 with a major in Politics and a minor in International Business. After graduating from Hendrix, he worked at an agriculture and logistics company named Bruce Oakley, Inc for three and a half years. Since attending law school, Luke has externed for Judge Waymond Brown at the Arkansas Court of Appeals. He has also clerked for Wright, Lindsey, Jennings and Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard. Luke is also Managing Editor of Law Review. After graduating law school, he hopes to have a practice in agricultural and business law.
Sara Gardner is a student at the University of Arkansas pursuing a major in International Economics with minors in Agricultural Leadership and Spanish. She currently serves as the Arkansas 4-H State President and has been an active member of the organization for ten years. In 2018, Sara was inducted into the Arkansas 4-H Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the Arkansas 4-H Governor’s Award. On campus, she serves as an Honors College Ambassador and is a member of the Student Congress team, Leadership Walton, Associated Student Government Freshman Leadership Forum, and Collegiate Farm Bureau. A 2018 Distinguished Honors graduate from Fayetteville High School, Sara plans to graduate from the University of Arkansas in 2022 and then attend law school.
Anna Mathis is a Honors student at the University of Arkansas majoring in Agricultural Communications and Agricultural Leadership, expecting to graduate in 2023. She currently serves as the Arkansas FFA State President and is a GE-Ronald Reagan Presidential National Scholar. On campus Anna is a member of the Sigma Alpha professional agricultural sorority, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, and Collegiate FFA. She will be serving as a student senator on behalf of the Bumpers College and Associated Student Government, along with serving as a freshman Honors peer mentor.
Elizabeth Berner is a student at the University of Arkansas pursuing a major in Agricultural Communications with a minor in Agricultural Leadership, where she expects to graduate in December of 2021. Elizabeth is involved in several organizations at the University including Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and the professional agriculture sorority Sigma Alpha, for whom she is also the Philanthropy chair. She has worked as part of the media team for the Spring 2020 Arkansas State FFA Convention writing press releases and photographing award winners. She graduated from Prairie Grove High School, where she was active in the National Honor Society, FFA, and the co-leader of the book club. After graduation, Elizabeth hopes to pursue a masters’ in Agricultural and Extension Education, with a focus in communications, at the University of Arkansas.