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.
Micah Brown, B.A., J.D.
Micah received his Juris Doctor, graduating cum laude, from the University of Arkansas School of Law, after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas. While in law school, he worked as a law clerk for the Office of the Arkansas Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division. During his time clerking for the Attorney General, he worked on various agricultural, environmental, and public utility law issues.
During his second year of law school, Micah began working at the Center as a research fellow. As a research fellow, Micah primarily worked on tracking and analyzing agricultural and environmental federal litigation. After graduating law school in May of 2020, he joined the Center full-time. At the Center, his primary areas of research are finance and credit, commercial transactions, secured transactions, federal crop insurance, and foreign ownership of agricultural land. Micah is licensed to practice law in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, he is a certified mediator in the state of Arkansas.
Samantha Capaldo, B.S., M.S., J.D.
Samantha received her Juris Doctor and certificates in Food and Agricultural Law and Legislative Practice from Drake University Law School. She earned her Master of Science in Agricultural and Life Science with a concentration in Food Safety and Biosecurity and Bachelor of Science in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech. Prior to law school, Samantha worked in commercial insurance marketing at an insurance agency in Virginia.
While in law school, she worked as a legislative intern for the Iowa Senate working on issues related to fertilizer prices, veterinarian immunity, and carbon pipelines. She also worked as an intern with the USDA Office of General Counsel in the Marketing, Regulatory, and Food Safety Programs division. In the summer before her third year of law school, Samantha began working at the Center as a research fellow, primarily working on estate planning topics. After graduating law school in May of 2023, she joined the Center full-time. At the Center, her areas of research are agricultural labor and insurance. Samantha is licensed to practice law in the state of Iowa and is a licensed insurance producer in the states of Virginia and North Carolina.
Emily Stone, B.S., J.D., LL.M.
A proud native of Pike Road, Alabama, Emily has been exposed to agriculture all of her life. Through both her grandfather’s cattle operation and her father’s role as the Executive Director of the National Young Farmers Educational Association, some of her earliest memories involve the agriculture industry. Emily is a fourth-generation graduate of Auburn University’s College of Agriculture where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Communications. During her time at Auburn, she served in various student leadership roles in the College of Ag while simultaneously working for four years as an undergraduate assistant for Auburn’s softball team. Emily spent two summers during her undergraduate years working in Washington, D.C. – both as a congressional intern for Congressman Mike Rogers and as an intern for Tyson Foods’ Government Relations Team.
Emily graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2022 and earned an LL.M. in Agricultural and Food Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2023. During her years at Arkansas Law, Emily served in various roles for the Arkansas Journal of Food Law & Policy including as Staff Editor, Editor-in-Chief, and Graduate Assistant. Additionally, Emily worked for four years as a Graduate Manager with the two-time SEC Championship winning Arkansas Razorbacks softball team. While earning her J.D., Emily worked for the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, Montgomery, AL-based firm Gilpin Givhan, PC, and Tyson Foods’ Law Department. During the LL.M. program, Emily worked in the USDA’s Office of the General Counsel. Emily lives in Fayetteville with her Border Collie, Marty.
Drew Viguet, B.A., M.A.
Drew was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, but grew up in Springfield, Missouri. In his early years, he was interested in writing, public speaking, music, and drama. He did journalism throughout high school, developing his passion for effective writing and communications. He served as editor-in-chief of the school’s newsmagazine his senior year.
Returning to his birth state, Drew attended college at the University of Arkansas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, with a News/Editorial focus. He then earned a Master of Arts in Communication, also from the University of Arkansas. During his time at the university, Drew worked as a staff reporter, assistant news editor, and copy editor for The Arkansas Traveler, the student-led newspaper of the University of Arkansas. He also completed a communications internship working in the College of Education & Health Professions. While earning his master’s, Drew worked as a graduate assistant, teaching courses of Communication 1313: Public Speaking. Drew has also worked for Acorn: The Influence Company, which is based out of Rogers, Arkansas, taught as a substitute teacher, and recently worked in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, in the Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness.
At the National Agricultural Law Center, Drew works on conference publicity, webinar programming, press releases, social media, and more.
Ramie Parsons, B.S.
Ramie spent most of her childhood in Western Arkansas, where she graduated from Waldron High School. While there, she participated in journalism and also worked during the summer for the Waldron News. After attending the University of Arkansas, she earned her B.S. in Human Environmental Sciences, part of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, & Life Sciences. Her concentration was in Childhood Development from Birth to Three Years, and she put those skills to use during the several years she spent working with both typically developing and special needs children, providing care and teaching developmentally appropriate practices. Since then, she has turned her focus to part-time website editing at the National Agricultural Law Center. Additionally, she operates her own business as a medical billing and coding specialist for mental health professionals in private practice.
Annalisa Miller, B.S.
Annalisa attends the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she expects to graduate in May 2024. Annalisa grew up on a cattle ranch in northeastern New Mexico. She actively participated in 4-H and FFA and served as the New Mexico State FFA President. Annalisa graduated from New Mexico State University with a B.S. in Agricultural and Extension Education and a minor in Journalism and Mass Communications. While at NMSU, she participated in the National Agri-Marketing Association, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, and served as a College of ACES Ambassador. Currently, she is a member of the Environmental Law Society and helped organize an agricultural law speaker series to generate interest in agriculture within the law school. After graduation, Annalisa aspires to use her law degree to be a voice for American agriculturists and rural communities.
Kerry McClaughry, B.S.
Kerry attends the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she expects to graduate in May 2024. Kerry graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Education from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. While at Juniata, Kerry was a member of the Swim Team, the Lacrosse Team, Students Athletes Board, and P.A. Special Olympics. She also spent a semester at their Remote Field Station on Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania, where she conducted a research project on the effects of lake eutrophication on macrophyte growth. Currently, Kerry is an Event Coordinator for the Maryland Environmental Law Society at her law school. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in environmental law.
Candice Wilson, B.S., M.S.
Candice Wilson is a second-year law student at Washburn University School of Law. She is a junior editor for the Washburn Law Journal and a member of the Moot Court Team. Prior to attending law school, Candice served as an economist with the United States Department of Agriculture where she was an oil crops outlook analyst. Additionally, she served as the manager of ethanol trade policy and economics for the U.S. Grains Council where she worked on trade policy issues in addition to providing global economic analysis.
Wilson earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from Kansas State University.
Taylor Mason, B.S.
Taylor Mason, Georgia native, is a law student from Atlanta attending Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she expects to graduate in 2024. Taylor graduated cum laude with her B.S. in Sport Management with an emphasis on Sport and Entertainment Law, and minoring in Sociology, from the University of West Georgia, in December of 2018. During this time, she served executive memberships in organizations advocating for the civil rights of underrepresented communities on and off her campus. Taylor also held membership as a novice debater for the University of West Georgia Debate Team.
After graduation, she clerked for a business law firm in Atlanta before coming to law school. Taylor believes that Intellectual Property Rights are the central parts of the basket-related issues in environmental and land use policy. While she is most interested in contracts, trademarks and trade secrets, Taylor hopes to pursue a career within this realm of Intellectual Property supporting the protections in Agricultural Law.
Ashlyn Hoggard, A.A., B.S.
Ashlyn is a second-year law student at the University of Arkansas Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, where she expects to graduate in May 2024. She was born and raised in Batesville, AR. While in high school, Ashlyn was very active in her FFA chapter serving multiple offices. She attended many state and national competitions and conferences focused on agriculture.
After high school, Ashlyn obtained her Associate’s degree from the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville where she served as a student ambassador and Student Government Association Vice President and President, respectively. Ashlyn later completed her Bachelor’s in Political Science at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She moved to Memphis to work as a paralegal for 2 years before moving back to Arkansas to start her law school journey.
Ashlyn is focused on a career in ag law with the hopes of being an asset to the people of Arkansas and an advocate for agriculture.
Kylee Boomsma, B.S.
Kylee attends the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law where she expects to graduate in May 2024. While working to obtain her juris doctorate, she enjoys serving on the executive board of the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law Agricultural Law Society and being a member of the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law Environmental Law Society. Kylee’s passion for agriculture comes from growing up on a third-generation family farm. While growing up on the family farm, she was active in both 4-H and FFA. Kylee continued to pursue her passion within agriculture by attending South Dakota State University where she graduated cum laude with a double major in Agricultural Business and Agricultural Science, as well as a double minor in Animal Science and Agronomy. After graduation, Kylee hopes to utilize her law degree to be a voice for farmers and ranchers within South Dakota’s rural communities.
Nathaniel Dupree, B.S.
Nathan is a native to rural Northwest Georgia, where his passion for agriculture originated. He credits his FFA advisors for nurturing that passion throughout high school which ultimately led him to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. While at ABAC, Nathan received a Bachelor of Science in Diversified Agriculture and met his wife, Faith. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, Collegiate FFA, and Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers.
After graduation in 2015, Nathan joined Georgia Farm Bureau in the Commodities and Marketing Department as the Grain Desk Manager and later as District Federation Manager, where he served 15 county farm bureaus in northwest Georgia until starting law school. Nathan attends Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University, where he expects to graduate in May of 2024. Prior to Faulkner, Nathan earned two CALI awards for Legal Research, Writing and Analysis and ranked in the top 10% of his 1L class. Following law school, Nathan looks forward to assisting food and fiber producers again and serving the agriculture community.
Tanner Weber, B.A.
Tanner attends the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he expects to graduate in May 2024. Previously, Tanner graduated from the University of Arkansas after earning a B.A. in Political Science with highest distinction. While at law school, Tanner clerked at a private firm drafting statutes for the Owaska, Cherokee, and Delaware tribes, as well as the Iowa Nation. Further, he served as a research assistant for a law professor focusing on the regulation of cryptocurrency. After graduation, Tanner hopes to work in public service to the Cherokee Nation.
Will Scobey, B.A.
Will attends the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he expects to graduate in May of 2025. He graduated magna cum laude from Arkansas State University with a degree in Economics. At the time, he was recognized as the outstanding senior graduate in the Pre-Law Economics program.
Will is a lifelong resident of Arkansas, hailing from the rural community of Corning. Here, Will gained years of agricultural experience while working on a local farm and participating in FFA. After graduation, Will hopes to continue his involvement with Arkansas’ agriculture industry and assist small-town farmers using his legal education.
Bailey Morrell, B.S., B.A.
Bailey attends the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where she expects to graduate in May 2025. Bailey grew up on her family’s farming and ranching operation in Northern California. She actively participated in 4-H and FFA and served as a Director and Communications Chairman for the National Junior Hereford Association. Bailey graduated cum laude from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Agricultural Education with a concentration in Agricultural Literacy, and a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Environmental Politics and Policy. While at Colorado State, she was a member of the 2021 Collegiate Livestock Judging Team, president of Block and Bridle, and served as a College of Agricultural Sciences Ambassador. Currently she is treasurer of the Water Law Society at McGeorge and pursuing a Certificate of Concentration in Water and Environmental Law. After graduation, Bailey aspires to bridge communication gaps between stakeholders in the agriculture, environmental, and municipal sectors by utilizing her experience and her education.
Jill Apter, B.BA
Jill Apter is a law student at Michigan State University College of Law, where she is expecting to graduate in 2025. Jill grew up in South Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in International Business & Trade. After years of international travel and immersive, hands-on development work that combined entity formation, compliance, and government program involvement with regenerative farming, Jill returned to the United States to pursue more formalized education in Colorado. With a desire to positively impact her community through her work, Jill pursued a Master of Nonprofit Management degree and a Project Management Certificate.
While working toward those degrees, Jill actively applied the knowledge by getting involved with local nonprofits in a multitude of capacities, including serving on various committees, doing policy and advocacy work at the local level, grant writing, and strategic planning. Inevitably, however, every project interacted with the law or the legal system in some facet. Ultimately, a desire to be a higher-level resource for her community and to get involved with projects that have a broader impact drove Jill to pursue a formal legal education.
William Gaspard Jr., B.S.
William Gaspard Jr. is a student at Southern University Law Center, working towards his juris doctor degree, which he anticipates receiving in May 2025. He previously completed his undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University (LSU), earning a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Extension Education with a minor in Agricultural Communications, graduating summa cum laude in May 2022. During his time at LSU, William actively participated in various student organizations. He was recognized for his outstanding work in agricultural communications through his appearance in the LSU fall 2021 halftime commercial.
William’s strong connection to agriculture stems from his rural upbringing and extensive involvement in organizations such as FFA and 4-H. His experiences have fueled his passion for agriculture, and he aspires to merge his knowledge of farming practices and policy as a research fellow. In addition, William is known for his fearlessness and tenacity when advocating for the agricultural industry. His ultimate goal is to utilize his legal expertise to provide crucial legal counsel to farmers and ranchers, ensuring their operations’ long-term sustainability and protection for future generations.
Michael L. Byrd Jr, B.A.
Michael attends North Carolina Central University School of Law, where he expects to graduate in May of 2024. Michael graduated cum laude with his B.A. in Political Science from the Illustrious North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. While at North Carolina A&T State University, Michael joined the Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and served as Peer Mentor to incoming students. Before beginning law school, Michael worked as a Loan Processor. In this position he ensured small businesses, specifically farms and family businesses received loans throughout the pandemic. Currently, Michael is the chair of the Moot Court Board and is pursuing a Law & Technology Certification. Michael is excited to assist the community through Agricultural Law and make a meaningful impact on the community.
Carolyn Jolly, B.S., M.A.
Carolyn Jolly attends Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law and expect to graduate in May 2025. She is from Mobile, Alabama, and graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Molecular Biology. She also earned her M.A. in Teaching from Liberty University. Prior to starting law school, Carolyn had a career in research and registration of potential crop management tools. She worked as a research associate at the IR-4 Western Laboratory at UC Davis before transferring to IR-4 Headquarters at Rutgers University. At IR-4 HQ she worked as a study director, designing and managing studies to measure the residues of pesticides on specialty crops.
Outside of school, Carolyn enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and two children.
Nicholas VanHee, B.A.
Nicholas VanHee is a second-year law student at Washburn University School of Law. He is a senior staff writer for the Washburn Law Journal and worked as a teaching assistant for a professor teaching Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing. Currently, he works for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks as a Legal Intern. After graduation, Nicholas hopes to work for a state, or a federal agency tasked with preserving our natural resources.
Anna Poole, B.S.B.A
Anna attends the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she expects to graduate in May 2025. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.S.B.A in Management with an Organizational Leadership Concentration and a minor in Marketing. Anna is a fifth generation cattle rancher. After graduation, Anna plans to stay in her hometown to provide legal services to local farmers and ranchers. Outside of school, Anna enjoys playing with her German Shepherd, Waylon.
Hyo Jin (Jinnie) Lee, B.A., M.A.
Jinnie is a Law & Public Policy Scholar and a Law Owl Ambassador at Temple University Beasley School of Law, and will be graduating in May 2024. She is a recipient of the Conwell Scholarship and the Flaster Greenburg Scholarship. Jinnie graduated from Ewha Womans University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies as a double major and got her Masters degree in International Studies at Seoul National University. Jinnie continued her education while working in the food industry of South Korea, Japan, and the U.S., mainly teaching cooking classes and writing cookbooks. She got her culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu and her second Masters degree in Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University, where she volunteered at the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) in New York. For her 1L summer, she interned at the Food and Agriculture Department of the Consumer Federation of America in Washington, DC. During her 2L, she completed her research project on the COVID-19 School Meals Policy and participated in the Community Lawyering Clinic at her law school. For her 2L summer, she is working at Handel Food Law LLC and Conley Law Group LLC. For the 3L fall semester, Jinnie will be working at the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic at her law school.
Jinnie’s interests include FDA and USDA regulations, food labeling, nutrition education, matters related to running a successful agricultural business, and food policy.
Haleigh Karl, B.S., B.A.
Haleigh attends Washburn University School of Law, where she expects to graduate in May 2024; she graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and a B.A. in Political Science. While at the University of Missouri, Haleigh was a member of the University of Missouri Collegiate Soil Judging Team, a member of the professional agricultural sorority Sigma Alpha, and a repeated scholarship recipient and attendee of the Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference. Currently, she is the Justice of the Phi Alpha Delta Benson Chapter and a member of the American Association for Justice Trial Team at Washburn University School of Law. After graduation, Haleigh hopes to pursue a career in environmental and natural resources law.
Tayler Workman, B.S.
Tayler is a second-year law student at the Lewis & Clark College Northwestern School of Law where she expects to graduate in May 2025. Born and raised in Indiana, Tayler graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in Political Science with a focus in pre-law studies and a minor in Emergency Management.
After working in Indiana for a few years, Tayler moved to Portland, Oregon in 2018 where she now attends law school. Tayler is interested in the intersection of criminal and environmental justice as well as global food production and access. She hopes to stay in Oregon but is still figuring out what area of law she will try to focus her career in. In her free time, like a true Portlander, Tayler enjoys all thing outdoors, eating at the many food carts around the city, and adventuring with her dog.
Dakotah Kiehl, B.B.A
Dakotah is a Kansas native attending New England Law – Boston in Massachusetts, where she expects to graduate in May 2024. Though she grew up surrounded by the agricultural industry, her interest in Agricultural Law started during her second year of law school when she took Indigenous Peoples Rights and Administrative Law. She enjoyed learning about land rights, caring for the land, and the administrative bodies in place to protect Indigenous Peoples, farmers, and ranchers.
After graduation, Dakotah plans to use her law degree and B.B.A to advocate for landowners and to educate others on the importance of the agricultural industry. In her spare time, Dakotah enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and traveling and is excited to take Environmental Law this fall.
Cara Teigum, B.S.
Cara attends Drake University in Des Moines, IA, where she expects to graduate in May 2025 with a specialization in Food and Agricultural Law. Cara grew up in rural southern Minnesota and was heavily involved in 4-H and FFA. She graduated with a B.S. in Agricultural Leadership from South Dakota State University along with a certificate in Agricultural and Environmental Law. Cara currently serves as the Vice President of the Drake Agricultural and Environmental Law Association (DAELA) and is a Junior Staff member on the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law. Cara hopes to pursue a career in Cooperative Law.
Caitlin Robb, B.S., M.S.
Caitlin is a 3rd year law student at the University of Arkansas School of Law. She grew up on her family’s farm in west central Illinois, which was recognized in 2012 as in Illinois Department of Agriculture Centennial Farm for family ownership over 100 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Communications from West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) and a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois in Strategic Brand Communications.
Currently, Caitlin serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Food Law & Policy at the University of Arkansas School of Law, is a member of the ABA Traveling Moot Court Team, served as a Legal Research and Writing Teaching Assistant, and a Research Assistant. Currently she is serving in the chambers of Associate Justice Courtney Hudson of the Arkansas Supreme Court as a judicial clerk.
Caleb Currie, B.S.
Caleb attends the Jones School of Law in Montgomery, AL, where he expects to graduate in May 2025. Before beginning law school, he served in the U.S. Marines, earning the rank of sergeant. He graduated from American Military University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Caleb is working at the NALC after being selected to be part of Alabama Ag Law Pathway, a partnership between the Jones School of Law, the Alabama Farmers Federation, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industry, and the NALC. As part of the Pathway, Caleb has interned with Alabama Farmers Federation, and will be interning with the Alabama Department of Agriculture. Caleb and his wife Jillian have a 1-year-old son, Declan. After graduation, Caleb hopes to work in general practice in his hometown in north-central Florida with a focus on Agricultural Law and Veteran Advocacy.
Tru Joi Curtis
Tru Joi Curtis is a 17-year-old rising Junior at the University of Arkansas, majoring in Agricultural Communications with a minor in English. She hopes to continue her educational journey into law school.
Tru Joi lives on a small family farm with her mom, grandfather, and over 100 animals. She graduated in the top 5 of the class of 2022 from Westville High School with various honors. Tru Joi was very active in FFA competing at the national level in Parliamentary Procedures, receiving her Oklahoma FFA State Degree and she expects to receive her FFA American Degree in the fall of 2023. She had the honor of being a media room intern at the 2023 Arkansas FFA Convention. Tru Joi is also a member of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, FFA Alumni and Supporters, and Pre-Law Society at the University of Arkansas.