Planning for the 2018 AALA Annual Symposium in Portland is underway, and we are excited about the opportunities ahead as plans are made and programs suggested. For those thinking about submitting ideas for sessions in Portland, click this post for more information.
Agriculture has always been an interest of mine. I grew up on a crop production/ livestock production farm near Mingo, Iowa. My parents are still actively farming and I continue to be involved in the farming operation. My interest in studying agricultural law began in high school where I participated in our local FFA chapter.
I was raised on farms and ranches in Southeast New Mexico. I have known that I would be involved in advocating for Agriculture since the 4th Grade when I decided to become a lawyer initiating my first water rights lawsuit against my classmates.
My practice focuses on providing a variety of legal solutions for
those in agriculture, including transactional and litigation work. To a smaller extent, I also
provide some agricultural policy advice to clients and participate in producer educational events.
Congratulations to the newly elected President-elect Amber S. Miller, and newly elected directors Blair Dunn and Erin Herbold-Swalwell! They will all take office in October of 2017.
I joined AALA when my law partner became President of the organization. He had such close friendships with members and enjoyed the conferences at all the different locations. I quickly became involved and thoroughly enjoy all of the people I have met.
I initially joined AALA in 2006 as a law student at Drake and upon attending my first conference in Savannah quickly realized the value of the organization as a source for additional education but also connecting with other ag law attorneys across the country.
AALA Member Kristi Boswell has been appointed to serve as Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on workforce issues.
Becoming an attorney has allowed me to have a great education that allows me to advocate for my family’s farm operation and be a part of the broader agricultural community.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has named AALA Member Anne Hazlett, Chief Counsel to the Majority on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, to lead the Rural Development agencies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).