Professional Staff - National Agricultural Law Center

Professional Staff

Center Director
(479) 575-7640
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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
erumley@uark.edu | 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 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.

Senior Staff Attorney
(479) 575-2636
rrumley@uark.edu | 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.  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.

Staff Attorney
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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.

Staff Attorney
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Micah Brown, B.A., J.D.

Micah was born and raised in Benton, Arkansas. Growing up, his family owned a small farm which led to his interest in cattle production. He attended the University of Central Arkansas where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. After graduating from UCA in 2016, he enrolled in law school and graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law. While in law school, Micah 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, he 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, and secured transactions. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Arkansas.

Communications Coordinator
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Will Clark B.S.

Will was raised in Northwest Arkansas where his family was actively involved in raising and showing cattle. The son of a firefighter and a teacher, Will always knew he wanted to find a career that allowed him to give back and being a communicator in agriculture allows him to do just that. He attended the University of Arkansas where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural communications & leadership and is currently pursuing his Master of Science degree in agricultural and extension education with emphasis in communications.

While at the University of Arkansas, Will served in a variety of leadership positions such as the 2015-2016 State Secretary for the Arkansas FFA Association, the coordinator of the Razorback Leadership Academy, an ambassador for the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, and as the Associated Student Government Freshman Leadership Forum Coordinator. Other experiences include interning for the United States House of Representatives, OBP (Osborn Barr Paramore), and Syngenta. Outside of work, Will enjoys hunting, traveling, spending time with family, and volunteering with the FFA.

Research Fellow

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.

Research Fellow

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.

Research Fellow

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.

Research Fellow

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.

Research Fellow

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.

Research Fellow

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.

Research Fellow

Harley Montoya, B.S.

Harley is a second year law student at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where he expects to graduate in 2022.  Harley earned a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Music Performance from Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR). Harley’s senior capstone project focused on urban development and its impacts on wildlife populations. While at Pacific, Harley was a 4 year competitor in NCAA College Football. During that time, he was also a legal intern in the Office of the General Counsel for Renown Health in Reno, Nevada, where he focused on legal research and writing, HIPAA, and policy and procedure writing. This experience positioned Harley for a full-time position in the Health Information Management Department of Renown Health until he enrolled at Lewis and Clark Law School in the fall of 2019. After graduation from law school, Harley plans to use his education to advocate for farmers and ranchers throughout the country.

Research Fellow

Jordan Hartman, B.S.

Jordan is a law student at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where he expects to graduate in May 2022. Jordan attended college at The Ohio State University, where he earned his B.S. in the School of the Environment and Natural Resources, a part of the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Science. It was during this time that Jordan was exposed to agriculture, water use, and resource governance. He spent time working at the Metro Parks, a public park system managed by the city of Columbus as well as volunteering in university programs that focused on natural resources. Through these experiences, he developed an interest in the law and how it affects land use and agriculture. After graduating law school, Jordan hopes to remain in the Pacific Northwest and represent the interests of natural resource stakeholders.

Research Fellow

Kate Langworthy, B.S.

Kate attends Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, KS, where she expects to graduate in May 2022. Growing up on a fifth-generation farm where her family raised Percheron draft horses and row crops, she has been involved in agriculture her entire life. Before law school, Kate graduated magna cum laude from Newman University with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, which incorporated courses in animal science from Kansas State University. While in law school, she has been involved in Agricultural Law Society and a number of national agriculture organizations and served as a legal intern with Kansas Department of Agriculture. After graduation, Kate hopes to pursue a career in agricultural law and to continue her mission to be a bridge between the various facets of the agriculture industry.

Research Fellow

Kloe Burris, B.S., M.A.B.

Kloe is a law student at The University of Alabama School of Law, where she expects to graduate in 2022. Kloe was born and raised in South Texas and actively involved in her high school FFA program. She graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech University with a B.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics. During that time, Kloe established a chapter of the Global Business Brigades and led two student groups to Honduras to provide business consultations to rural, agricultural communities. While pursuing her Masters of Agribusiness at Texas Tech, Kloe interned for the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives’ Policy Office. At Alabama Law, she is on the Law and Psychology Review and serves on the Environmental Law Society and Public Interest Student Board executive boards. Kloe is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association and Environmental Law Institute. After graduation, she hopes to continue to serve as an advocate for the agricultural industry.

Research Fellow

Sarah Patterson B.C.J.

Sarah attends Texas Tech School of Law where she expects to graduate in May 2022. Sarah grew up on a cattle ranch in rural New Mexico where she participated in 4-H and the National FFA Organization. She then went to New Mexico State University where she graduated with majors in Criminal Justice and Law in Society as well as minors in Government and Philosophy. Sarah currently serves as a staff editor for the Estate Planning and Community Property Journal and holds several offices in organizations such as the Agricultural Law Association and Energy Law Interest Group. Growing up on a ranch and continuing to help her family with their cattle operation inspired Sarah to pursue a career where she could utilize her background to better help Agriculturists and rural communities. After graduation Sarah hopes to use her law degree to serve as a resource for Agriculture.

Research Fellow

Jessie Gittemeier, B.A.

Jessie is a law student at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where she expects to graduate in May 2022. Jessie graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with a B.A. in Political Science. After graduating, she worked on an organic farm in Lenexa, Kansas and then traveled to Rome to work for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to prepare for World Food Day. Before entering law school, she interned with the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry in Washington D.C. At Lewis & Clark Law School, she serves as the president of the Food and Agriculture Law Society. After graduating, Jessie hopes to work advocating for an equitable and sustainable food system.

Research Fellow

Ann Prevas, B.S.

Ann is a law student at The University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where she expects to graduate in 2022. Annie was born and raised in Baltimore County. She graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. While pursuing her Bachelor’s degree, Ann actively worked in environmental policy research in local government within the state of Maryland. At Maryland Law, she serves as an event coordinator in the Maryland Environmental Law Society and has completed environmental and agricultural research in coordination with professors. After graduation, Ann intends to use her education to advocate for farmers, especially concerning environmental issues.

Research Fellow

Andrew Fenske, B.A.

Andrew is currently attending Mississippi College Law School, where he expects to graduate in May 2022. Andrew attended college at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Environmental policy and Agribusiness. During this time Andrew developed an interest in agricultural policy and trading issues. Andrew is currently the President of the Agricultural Law society at Mississippi College Law School. After graduating, Andrew intends to return to Northeast Louisiana and work for the state’s agricultural department and help small farmers manage their farms in the most efficient and effective way.

Communications Specialist

Sara Gardner

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.

Communications Specialist

Olivia Larson

Olivia is an honors student at the University of Arkansas pursuing a major in Agricultural Communications with a minor in Agricultural Leadership.  She expects to graduate in 2024, and is currently involved in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, where she serves as secretary, the Chi Omega Sorority, and the New Greek Council. In high school she was honored as a Borlaug Scholar as well as an Arkansas Rice Representative and traveled the state discussing Arkansas’ top export. Additionally, she was a highest honors graduate of Har-Ber High School in Springdale.  After she graduates, she plans on earning her Masters and PhD in Agricultural Communications with a hope of one day returning to the university setting as a professor.

Communications Specialist

Emilee Block

Emilee currently attends the University of Arkansas and is double majoring in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science. She expects to graduate in the Fall of 2022. Emilee is serving as the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Treasurer for the 2020-21 school year, and as the Sigma Alpha Sorority Secretary for 2021. She graduated high school with her Associate Degree of Agricultural Business and competed in multiple agricultural competitions through the junior college where she studied. She also served as the Miss Rodeo for a Reason Horsemanship Leader for the 2019 calendar year. After graduation, she plans on utilizing both of her degrees by working alongside her father on their family cattle ranch and freelancing in writing, videography, and photography to showcase her communication skills.